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From Prescription To Addiction: Could You Be A Victim?

Updated on November 9, 2015

Introduction

There is a growing drug addiction problem across many states in the United States right now, and it is thought that much of it is due to doctors giving out opioid prescriptions like they are Halloween candy giveaways. Unbeknownst to you, the ailment for which you were prescribed the pain-killers in the first place no longer is an ailment, but you have a greater affliction – an addiction that you cannot kick.


Local Epidemic

In the state of New Hampshire, during the months of April, May, and June, it was recently reported in one of the local newspapers that 13 million doses of opioids were prescribed to 109,000 patients, who filled 16,285,000 prescriptions – in a state where the population is 1.2M, that’s nearly 9% of that state’s total population (NH Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, 2015).

In Massachusetts, 49.1 million doses of opioids were prescribed to 390,926 people through 832,000 prescriptions for the period of January, February, and March of 2015 – nearly 6% of that state’s total population (Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2015).

National Issue

Even more interesting is the existence of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Prescription Monitoring Program (NABP PMP) which is an interconnection program between states to monitor prescriptions. Only 25 states currently participate in this program. Massachusetts and New Hampshire, two neighboring states, are not part of the PMP. Moreover, while one can note that this data appears on state websites both for NH and MA, it is not shared in the NABP interconnect.

This could lead one to wonder: Who is getting rich at your expense? Why aren’t all states interconnected for more regulation of these dangerous problematic substances? and What can be done to curtail this activity?

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