Require doctors to have mandatory training to prescribe painkillers.
  • Petitioned Margaret A. Hamburg

This petition was delivered to:

F.D.A. Commissioner
Margaret A. Hamburg
Chief of Staff
Lisa Barclay
Executive Assistant
Merly Ramos

Require doctors to have mandatory training to prescribe painkillers.

    1. Frank Thompson
    2. Petition by

      Frank Thompson

      Portsmouth, OH

The problem of prescription drug abuse has become so severe that drug overdose deaths attributed to opioid pain medicines such as Vicodin or Oxycontin exceed overdose deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. In 2008, 36,450 people died from drug overdoses in the United States, and 20,044 of those were due to prescription drug overdose. Opioid pain relievers were involved in 14,800 of those 20,044 deaths. (Center for Disease Control, 2011)

Yet, in the face of this national health epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration, overriding the advice of an expert panel, said that it would not require doctors to have special training before they could prescribe long-acting narcotic painkillers that can lead to addiction.

The risk of painkiller abuse is particularly great for teens. The number of teens who abuse prescription drugs has nearly tripled since 1992

Consider the following:

* Popular culture does not give a realistic picture of the risks involved with youth substance abuse
(University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, 2012)

* Overall substance abuse remains in steady decline among teens, but research consistently shows that kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs at home, are up to 50 percent less likely to use than those who do not. Yet, only 37 percent of teens report that they are getting this message from their parents
(Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, 2007)

* Parents often downplay the risks of narcotic pain medicine because they are prescribed by a doctor.
(University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, 2012)

* One in ten teens (10 percent or 2.5 million) reports having abused a prescription pain reliever in the past year. (Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, 2008)

* 12.3 percent of the high school students said they had used opioids for non-medical reasons. (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2009)

The F.D.A. said companies that make the painkillers, like OxyContin, fentanyl and methadone, would be required to underwrite the cost of voluntary programs aimed at teaching doctors how to best use them. Why is Big Pharma in charge of programs that concern the distribution of their products?

Pharmaceutical companies bent on making huge profits cannot be trusted to present an objective view of prescription drug abuse. Voluntary training funded by pharmaceutical companies is totally unacceptable considering the severity of prescription drug abuse. This is a national health issue that requires intervention by the F.D.A. based on unbiased research and expert opinion. All doctors must be mandated to take the necessary training required to prescribe these painkillers.

Frank R. Thompson, Administrator Fix the Scioto County Problem of Drug Abuse Facebook Group

To:
Margaret A. Hamburg, F.D.A. Commissioner
Lisa Barclay, Chief of Staff
Merly Ramos, Executive Assistant
Require doctors to have mandatory training to prescribe painkillers.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 400 signatures
    2. One Packet Confirmed As Received

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Share your late
      Certified maiI -- I report that Lisa Barclay, FDA Chief of Staff, signed that she had received all the signatures and comments on the petition for making prescribers take mandatory training to dispense opioids. Although I also mailed certified info to Margaret A. Hamburg, F.D.A. Commissioner, and Merly Ramos, Executive Assistant, I HAVE NOT received any delivery information for them.

      As of yet, I have heard nothing in response from Lisa Barclay - just confirmation that she received our petition information. If this is how the FDA treats Americans who care, I shudder to think about their indifference about nearly everything. These letters were mailed to them several weeks ago.

      I become more concerned every day about the intentional drugging of our country. We need to intensify our efforts to stop the collusion between Big Pharma, Big Money, and Big Governmental FDA. The war on drugs must be waged against the top echelons, not merely against petty interests.

    3. No Response Yet

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      The FDA has not responded to this petition. I believe their lack of communication makes a strong statement about their lack of concern for the prescription drug epidemic. People, it's good to know where we stand in the view of the high, mighty, and greedy.

    4. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered.

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

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      To date 362 have signed the petition. I sent it Monday to the three FDA top officials by registered mail with all signatures, all comments, and a kiss and a prayer for good luck. How can they ignore your concern and your reasons for support? Thanks so much for your kindness. I truly believe this petition will be a cog in the wheel for change. I will keep you updated with any word I receive. Prescription abuse warriors, I love your strong tenacity and your tremendous empathy. One person plus one person plus one person... this is how we effect needed change.

    5. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered.

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      To date 362 have signed the petition. I sent it Monday to the three FDA top officials by registered mail with all signatures, all comments, and a kiss and a prayer for good luck. How can they ignore your concern and your reasons for support? Thanks so much for your kindness. I truly believe this petition will be a cog in the wheel for change. I will keep you updated with any word I receive. Prescription abuse warriors, I love your strong tenacity and your tremendous empathy. One person plus one person plus one person... this is how we effect needed change.
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    6. Keeping the Petition Going For One More Week Before the FDA GETS IT

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Let's beg for more signatures. I am so proud of your warriors. We will be successful as we stand together against evil. Money and power politics kill innocents, and it's time the people tell the FDA and Big Pharma that their "cozy" policies are unacceptable. Push criminals out and help us make the concerns for human life and personal dignity foremost.

      "I work with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. I sit proudly as one of only two recovering addicts on their board." -Jamie Lee Curtis

      Jamie, I hope you read this and become a leader for health reform. We need a spokesperson with your credentials. Yeah, I am a big dreamer but never a dream killer.

      Thanks to so many kind Americans who know the "score" and fight against the dragon. Don't forget to comment and make your voice heard. The strength of detail and narrative is amazing. Feel free to email me any comments: frank.thompson51@yahoo.com

      Let's see how many docs and dentists back us. Sign?

    7. Can Opioids Cause Pain?

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      In the November 13, 2003 New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Ballantyne and Dr. Mao published "Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain". One of their conclusions was, "Long-term use of opioids may also be associated with the development of abnormal sensitivity to pain, and both preclinical and clinical studies suggest that opioid-induced abnormal pain sensitivity has much in common with the cellular mechanisms of neuropathic pain. Opioid-induced abnormal pain sensitivity has been observed in patients treated for both pain and addiction... Repeated administration of opioids not only results in the development of tolerance (a desensitization process) but also leads to a pro-nociceptive (sensitization) process... Thus, the need for dose escalation during opioid therapy - that is, the development of "apparent" opioid tolerance - may be the result of pharmacologic opioid tolerance, opioid-induced abnormal pain sensitivity, or disease progression."

    8. Read the Blog Entry for a Look at Drug Reps

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      All Things Wildly Considered: Hot Drug Reps and Smooth Operators Going After "Buckets of Money"

      "Sales representatives still pay 115 million visits to 340,000 doctors each year, and some companies and reps have kept up the old, aggressive tactics. Doctors still complain about receiving inappropriate pitches from particular firms, and many hold the pharmaceutical industry and its marketing practices in low esteem.

    9. Please, keep on educating yourselves

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      During the last four years, the 47-year-old Dr. Jon W. Draud has earned more than $1 million for delivering promotional talks and consulting for seven drug companies.

      By a wide margin, Draud's earnings make him the best-paid speaker in ProPublica's
      Dollars for Docs database, which has been updated to include more than $2 billion in payments from 15 drugmakers for promotional speaking, research, consulting, travel, meals and related expenses from 2009 to 2012.
      Payouts to hundreds of thousands physicians are now included.

      Draud is not the only high earner: 21 other doctors have made more than $500,000 since 2009 giving talks and consulting for drugmakers, the database shows. And half of the top earners are from a single specialty: psychiatry.

      "It boggles my mind," said Dr. James H. Scully Jr., chief executive of the American Psychiatric Association, referring to the big money paid to some psychiatrists for what are billed as educational talks.

      Paid speaking "is perfectly legal,

      Dollars for Docs Mints a Millionaire

      Dr. Jon W. Draud, the medical director of psychiatric and addiction medicine at two Tennessee hospitals, pursues some eclectic passions. He's bred sleek Basenji hunting dogs for show. And last summer, the Tennessee State Museum featured "African Art: The Collection of Jon Draud."

    10. 305 Signatures For Saving Lives -- Keep on pushing

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Just think -- If each one gets "one" to sign, we double our numbers. This is the way to make things happen sooner. Thanks to all you drug abuse warriors. Kudos for a job well done. Please, pass it on.

    11. New Blog entry

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      All Things Wildly Considered: Highest Goal of Big Pharma: To Be Sure You Are "Sick" Or, At Least, Think You Are

      73 year-old Bob Aronson received a new heart on August 21, 2007, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. All these years later he has a very active, happy and loving life. He is on Medicare, has supplemental insurance and also participates in Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program.

    12. Let's Awake to a New Dawn of Transparency -- Change Health Care

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Share your latest development here.A MUST see. I watched this last night. You will be enlightened, I promise.
      https://www.facebook.com/escapefire?group_id=0

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      Escape Fire. 11,790 likes · 2,627 talking about this.

    13. Ramping Up for Victory - Make Your Voice Heard and Count

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone is responding well. Still waiting for the right connection to make this petition go "viral." Thanks so all. We will succeed.

      .http://allthingswildlyconsidered.blogspot.com/2013/03/too-high-to-work-in-o-hi-o-great-jobs.html

    14. Read and understand. I hope you find information helpful.

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      All Things Wildly Considered: No Dear, Bigger Is Not Always Better: How Doing Nothing Is Often Better Than Getting Defensive Medicine

      Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports American doctors perform far more tests and procedures and hand our more prescriptions than in other industrialized nations, and far more than they once did. Since 1996, the percentage of doctor visits leading to at least five drugs' being prescribed has nearly tripled, and the number of M.R.I.

    15. We Have Reached Over 250 Signatures. Thanks But Let's Keep Going

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Today let's consider the ethics of American Medicine as it relates to our petition. Please read this, share it, and encourage more people to sign and make comments on this petition. Bless all of you, angels of mercy.
      http://allthingswildlyconsidered.blogspot.com/2013/03/american-medical-ethics-and-my-aching.html

    16. Reached 250 signatures
    17. Please Read this Blog Entry -- So Appreciative. Share it too.

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      All Things Wildly Considered: Questioning Truth: Behind the Scenes of Publishing Medical Science

      For years the most profitable business in the U.S. has been the pharmaceutical corporations, which routinely top the annual fortune 500 list. Doctor prescribed drugs support an industry which out-earns the GNP of many nations. Many thanks to Dr. Beatrice Golomb, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, for this inspiration.

    18. The History of Opioid Pain Relief

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Read about it here. Share it. Get folks to sign our petition. We will let the FDA understand something they might not even comprehend. Thanks.

      All Things Wildly Considered: "Let Go of My O": The Story of Opioid Prescription and the Disfunctional American Medical System

      "As recently as the early '90s, a patient would have to present with cancer or a painful, terminal illness before physicians would write a prescription for ongoing opioid pain medication. Although these drugs were commonly used for short term, acute pain connected to a procedure, surgery or injury, prescribing them long term was considered a bad idea."

    19. Here is a handout that may be a lifesaver...

      Frank Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Dr. Jennifer Christian, President of Webility Corporation and a few others developed a handout for patients. The handout describes alternatives to opioid medication. It also describes opioids as “a two edged sword.” The take home message for the handout is this; If opioids have not relieved chronic pain, it’s time to do something else.
      http://www.webility.md/pdfs/Patient%20Education%20on%20Extended%20Opioid%20Use%20-%20Webility%202012-10-09a.pdf

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cheryl Lubas-Mossio LOWELL, MA
      • 8 months ago

      Because I work in the addiction field and there are entirely too many pain killers being prescribed and diverted to make money.

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    • Theodore D Fifer MD FACS EFFINGHAM, IL
      • 8 months ago

      I am a physician who treats these individuals addicted to opiates. Right now one person dies from opiate addiction for every two who die from traffic accidents.

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    • Joanne Peterson RAYNHAM, MA
      • 9 months ago

      Because there is a huge prescription pill epidemic killing people daily and the pills are big business out here

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    • Sharla DeLong NEWHALL, CA
      • 9 months ago

      My sister is addicted to prescription painkillers. She is in rehab for the 2nd time. Doctors are too quick to give prescriptions out to patients for painkillers.

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    • M C LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 9 months ago

      There are too many deaths from drugs. I want them all destroyed.

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