Painkiller Abuse Plan
April 20, 2011 by staff
Painkiller Abuse Plan, To stop the abuse prescripteion, the nation’s drug problem of rapid growth, Congress should require special training for physicians and other health workers before they are allowed to prescribe powerful drugs like OxyContin, Czar White House drug Gil Kerlikowske said Tuesday.
The Obama administration Prescripteion Drug Abuse Prevention Plan called on Congress to amend the Controlled Substances Act with a new requirement: that health professionals learn the proper use of opioid medications and how to evaluate substance abuse patients before they can obtain a Drug Enforcement Administration license to prescribe controlled substances. Opiates such as hydrocodone, are synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of opium and can be used to treat severe pain. They can be highly addictive.
The DEA, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services approved the plan.
When a drug abuser prescripteion, “can be as dangerous as street drugs,” said DEA, Michele Leonhart. “I think we’ll see a lot of interest from members of Congress.”
The representative Mary Bono Mack, R-California, held a hearing April 14 on drug abuse and prescripteion has introduced legislation to adjust the rankings of the FDA for the use of opioids. It is reviewing the testimony of the hearing to determine whether to propose new laws, Cort spokesman said Bush.
Prescripteion drug abuse is “an alarming public health crisis” that is “suffocating our society,” said HHS Deputy Secretary Howard Koh. “I’m here for the commitment of HHS the power behind the plan.”
The FDA told drug makers Tuesday to the creation of educational materials on opioidanlgesics. Independent medical educators to use materials to teach the correct way doctors prescribe, the FDA said.
Extended-release and long-acting opioids like OxyContin and other painkillers, 11, are widely misprescribed, misused and abused, the FDA commissioner, said Margaret Hamburg.
President of the American Medical Association Cecil Wilson, said his organization supports the intent of the plan to prevent drug abuse, but is concerned “that a key element of this strategy is based on the industry to develop educational materials and initiatives to train prescribers in the future could become a mandatory part of the registration process by the DEA to prescribe controlled substances. ”
Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Control Policy, Drug, also says he wants all states to adopt programs prescripteion drug monitoring, which allow a recipe to build a database for patient whethera prescripteions has several drugs. Thirty-five states have databases now. The federal government cannot require States to establish, but offers scholarships to encourage state participation.
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