Out of Control - Controlled Substances
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Out of Control - Controlled Substances

    1. Cynthia Barootjian-Hunker
    2. Petition by

      Cynthia Barootjian-Hunker

      New Jersey, NJ

NATIONAL DATABASE NEEDED!

Prescription drug abuse has never been higher. They are called "controlled substances" but in reality they are so out of control we are losing the fight against drug abuse. The biggest drug dealers are not who they seem. They are drug companies, insurance companies (paying these claims), pharmacies, pharmacists, doctors, taking advantage of the most vulnerable. Our tax dollars are paying for these drugs (while many patients are on social services) and without any control, patients are allowed to doctor shop and jump from one pharmacy to another. Our tax dollars are hit once again while filling our jails with prescription drug abusers. Why, when you try to buy cold medicine you must give your credentials and have your driver's license swiped.  However, when picking up oxycontin or xanax for someone.... nobody asks you who you are. There is something so wrong with this system and it must be STOPPED. I watched the system first hand and have dealt with this horrendous problem for over 7 years when a family member became addicted to prescription drugs after a serious burn injury. Help is limited when it comes to drug rehabs (especially when the person is sick). Drug rehabs will not house a physically sick abusert, hospitals just prescribe more drugs and send you home leaving the only place left - JAIL. What is wrong with this country? This is what I saw:

1. Doctors (not all) are very willing to give controlled substances and never even ask if the patient if he/she has a history of drug abuse or addiction problems. Doctors are not required to explain how addicting the drugs can be once you start  taking them.

2. Even when I explained to doctors about the drug abuse for my family member, I was told..."put him out of your house because he will bring crime into your home". What is that? Doctors are not held accountable once they hand over that prescription.  They are not mandated to help you get off the drugs once you are hooked.

3. Drug companies are making a killing on killing our young. Many of these drugs should be outlawed completely. Xanax and Oxycontin are hijacking our country. Why is it that marijuana is illegal in most states? I never heard of anyone overdosing on pot. Maybe because the drug companies will lose out on the addicts they have created when they turn to something that can be grown anywhere.

4. There is no way to track or stop doctor and pharmacy shopping. Hasn't this country ever heard of a database?

5. We need better rehabs that will house not only the addicts but those also with physical injuries.  Jail should not be the only option (since they have a medical department) for the addicts who simply went to the doctor for a backache or were seriously injured in an accident became addicts and abused the drugs and the system.

6. Medicare and Medicaid are paying for much of the drugs on our streets. The drug pushers know what pills are the most popular and cost effective. They simply go to a doctor.... fill the prescription.... and sell these drugs on our streets.

7. Insurance companies paying out for the claims for these drugs can easily put in place in their database when too many pills are getting prescribed to one patient while they doctor and pharmacy shop.

8. Who will stop this madness? It is not just celebrities that are dying from "prescription drug abuse". It is our society dying slowly day by day and I am sick of sitting back, watching and thinking there is nothing that can be done.

THERE IS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE. LET US STOP THIS MADNESS. GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR GOVERNOR, CONGRESSMAN AND SENATOR AND LET THEM KNOW THE COUNTRY NEEDS A DATABASE AND SYSTEM IN PLACE TO TRACK UNCONTROLLED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. THANK YOU.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      My Ex-tenant takes and sells drugs and he is a dangerous man and stalker!

      The Most Dangerous Drugs In The World!

      Like Ecstasy and methamphetamine, the drug known as “bath salts” is a designer drug, which means it’s synthetic, concocted in a lab. (On the street, it’s also sometimes called “bath powder,” “herbal incense,” or “plant food.”). What makes the term “bath salts” more confusing, though, is that name is used for a surprisingly large number of different chemical combinations. But the drug also apparently causes paranoid delusions and/or hallucinations. Experts are saying it’s psychoactive, rather than hallucinogenic like acid, but the end result appears to be similar: delusional beliefs acted upon in violent ways.

      Benzodiazepines

      This drug is psychoactive in nature and is used to treat problems of depression mostly. The action of this drug becomes dangerous when it is used in excess. The exact action of the drug on the nervous system is known with certainty and the specialists assert that it can cause many side effects. For example, slurred speech, drowsiness and severe depression and dependency.

      Crystal Meth

      This is yet another drug which acts as a stimulant and was indeed a great invention in the field psycho pharmacology. It also acts in suppressing one’s appetite. The action and the effects of this drug become dangerous to one’s health when it is used for recreational purposes. The common effects are dizziness, visual impairment, ADHD and restlessness.

      Ketamine

      This drug is a very powerful drug that can cause hallucinations and even paranoia. It has a number of effects on the human body including anesthesia, visual and auditory hallucinations and blood pressure problems. It has been reported for a number of recreational uses and in addiction.

      Street Methadone

      This drug has been reported as a form of an opiate drug. Its acts as an agonist in the nervous system and it also effects heavily on the neurotransmitters which are released in the human brain. The overdose of this drug can cause pneumonia, Hepatitis, and even a number of psychological disorders. The respiratory depressions and actions it causes can even cause death.

      Cocaine

      This drug is indeed a very dangerous drug which is known all around the world as the slow killer. This drug influences a number of neurotransmitters at the same time and is extremely dangerous to the nervous functioning of the brain. It is has been banned in many countries due to the number of deaths it has caused.

      Opiates

      Street names include Codeine, China White, Ddarvon, Darvocet, Demerol, dilaudid, heroin, methadone, Morphine, Percocet, Percodan, Talwin, and Vicodin. According to the United States Library of Medicine, many prescription drugs are characterized as opiates. Morphine is an opiate often legally prescribed to alleviate chronic pain; however, due to its addictive nature, it is administered in hospital settings. Other legally prescribed opiates include codeine, methadone and Oxycontin. One of the most common illegal opiates is heroin, a more concentrated form of morphine. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America reports that heroin is so addictive that withdrawal symptoms can appear within hours of not using.!

      Heroin

      It is a derivative of opium and is the most dangerous drug responsible of thousands of deaths every year. The tolerance to this drug develops very fast and so the body demands more and more intake of this drug. The fatal side effects include shortness of breath, seizures, disorientation, abnormal behavior, cycles of knock outs and even the whole brain stops functioning at times leading to sudden death.

      LSD

      LSD produces unpredictable psychological effects, with "trips" lasting about 12 hours. With large enough doses, users experience delusions and hallucinations. Physical effects include increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; sleeplessness; and loss of appetite.

      The Devil’s Breath

      This drug has the power to eliminate free will and wipe out memory and is being dealt with regularly on the streets of Colombia. Scopolamine, or ‘The Devil’s Breath,’ comes from a tree common to South America. Since scopolamine is odorless and tasteless, it can be blown in the face of a passerby on the street and, within minutes, that person is under the drug’s effect. Leaving you hopeless with no free will, making you obey every order you are given.

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    • Joseph Dunn WOLCOTT, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because I know three young adults who died from over doses and all of them used prescription pills.

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    • Sharon Kafka MAHANOY CITY, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I know first hand how horrible this problem is. I have seen MANY lives destroyed as a result.

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    • Dave Oswald BOONTON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Cynthias nephwe is a clear example of the problems associated with these "controlled subtances"

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    • Martha Armstrong EFFINGHAM, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      My mother committed suicide 6 months ago due to mental illness, and painkiller & every kind of nartcotic drug she could get doctor hopping. please sign my own petition:

      http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/prescription-drug-epidemic-in-south-carolina/

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