U.S. war on drugs moves to pharmacy from jungle - Yahoo! News
Reading these articles day after day angers me so much. I cannot understand the DEA's stance on this. Contrary to their statements, their war on Prescription Medication is obviously affecting legitimate CP patients very much.
When I read about horrible stories about American citizens in excruciating pain who cannot receive the medication that they need, that they have to take, it makes me so angry at our government.
I understand their objective. I agree their is a significant drug abuse problem. What I don't understand is how they have no empathy for those that need the medications. Their statements about showing the whip to the horse further reinforce this. By using that tactic, they are not cleaning up the system, they are removing it all together. These pharmacies and wholesalers are not able to say this script is good and that one is bad.....instead they are simply curtailing the sales of controlled substances as a whole. And the effect of this = legitimate CP patients suffering for no good reason. Either there is a supply shortage, the wholesaler won't sell it, the pharmacy won't order it to sell, or the doctor's are too scared to even write it.
I am a libertarian and the nanny state ideology bothers me. But politics aside, if they want to curtail the epidemic of drug abuse, their are better methods. And imo if no other method will work, then the current method still has no place in America, because any operation that punishes the innocent as a known side effect is unconstitutional.