Lately, CNN has been pounding the Rx Drug abuse story with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The Doctor admits he knew little about this epidemic until Former President Clinton approached him. He’s right and like most doctors doesn’t know that legal prescriptions are addicting and killing 1 person every 19 minutes and admitting about 300,000 a day to the ER overdosing. Not to mention the rash of babies addicted to Opiates. Remember all the press on crack-babies in the 80s? Now it is Opiate-babies. What he doesn’t really cover is the toll this is taking on the youth of America.
Grass root parent groups are springing up all across the USA as their children die from drugs doctors prescribe. This story needs to be moved from the obituary page to the front page! And I am doing what I can, from guest blogging on sites like this one, to trying to get the word out on radio and television shows, to corresponding with Dr. Throckmorton of the FDA.
I wrote a note to Dr. Throckmorton in which I described my unique perspective on the issue of prescription medication regulation and control—in that I have a wife who needs pain medication from a car accident and so I do not want her access limited. I also have a prescription drug addict in remission, my 27-year old son. Ironically, in my wife’s accident, she was run down by a young woman who was so high on her pain medications that she couldn’t stand up after she poured herself out of her car. A fair FDA evaluation on the distribution and classification of these powerful addictive and deadly prescription drugs would include all sides of the argument.
The FDA’s Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Throckmorton, wrote me back. Signed his note, “Doug.”
I have never met a parent who thought their child would become a drug addict and I have never met an addict who thought they would become addicted. This is a big deal.
Have you told Dr. Throckmorton your feelings on the subject? You can contact him at the FDA.