There are too many people who can doctor shop, pharmacy shop, getting various medications and filling them at various pharmacies. We need to stop this. Prescription drug abuse, addiction and accidental overdose is the fastest rising addiction and cause of death in the United States. 12 million people every day start abusing a prescription drug. This is too many. We need some better regulations on scheduled drugs. These drugs are painkillers, narcotics, and anti anxiety medications.
Today, it is estimated that 2.7% or 7 million Americans are addicted to prescription drugs. With better monitoring, alternatives in pain and anxiety control, we can reduce this number. We need to be able to better monitor who is prescribing, and who is filling these medications, so that if a physician or pharmacy does not see the impending problem, the program will.
I have sent this letter to the: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The House of Representatives, the Senate, and the President of the United States.
We want to set up a national system, not just a state system to track those prescription medications that are being abused, causing addiction or overdose death.
It is estimated that there are currently 7 million Americans addicted to various medications. It is also estimated that everyday, 12 million Americans begin to abuse these medications. There are approximately 26,000 overdose deaths directly related to this.
It needs to stop. We can no longer afford to ignore this fast rising epidemic. By tracking these medications, we will be able to see who is over prescribing medications, and more importantly who is abusing or becoming addicted to them. The early detection of this will enable that help be offered sooner.