Saturday, March 03, 2007


US Fed News reported on March 1 that a new bill has been introduced by Congressman Keller (Rep., Florida) entitled "Drug Trafficking Elimination Act." My goodness, why didn't someone in Congress think of this sooner? Once there's a law to eliminate drug trafficking the war on drugs will finally have been won, and another mission accomplished. Hooray.


At 1:17 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Gee, Do I detect just a HINT of sarcasm in your posting, Doc?
Whatever for? Look at how effective Nancy Reagan's admonition to "Just Say No!" has been over the years! Mandatory minimums, zero tolerance, drug testing at work and school, disqualifying "druggies" from student loan and financial aide eligibility, and gutting the 4th Ammendment to the Constitution have all but elminated drug use, right?

At 1:10 PM, Blogger RGNewman, MD said...

you got me. And here I was trying so very hard not to let my sarcasm show. Guess subtlety just isn't my forte. You're abolutely right on - all these initiatives at such phenomenal cost in dollars, eroded freedom etc - and there are more drugs at lower prices and higher purity than every in history. What a scandal! rnewman

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking from nurse to physician, you and I BOTH know this problem is not going to go away, the demand is way too high, it is alike to the days of Prohibition. IF they want it bad enough, they will get it. cracking down and taking away the licences of physicans who try and prescribe it safely is not going to work either. Nor is the act of registering the social security number or licence number of anyone on a controlled substance. This is an illness in many ways and should be treated as such. Pushing people away and treating them as lepers or ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away. It is far too widespread. Cutting off a person who is badly addicted to opiates is creating a criminal out of someone who may have been a productive member of society otherwise. I don't pretend to know what the answer is except possible legalization and waived prescription rights for the doctors but certainly none of the current methods are anything but asinine.


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