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.