Doctors Tell Congress They Need Help with Prescription Drug Problem

Currently a handful of bills are in the hands of Congress dealing with the problem of prescription drugs and their potential to lead to addiction. The hope is that these bills will better educate doctors and the public of their dangers. Over 125 doctors went to Capitol Hill recently to seek help with their battle against addictions related to this prescription drug problem. Last year alone, almost 30,000 people in America died from overdoses and half of those were due to prescription drugs according to PBS NewsHour. Doctors and Physicians want the federal government to step up and offer help with this problem and are asking for those who prescribe these types of drugs to have specialty training in this area.

Dr. David Kloth, spokesman for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and a pain management physician from Connecticut, says most doctors are innocent in prescribing drugs because they haven’t had the proper training and don’t know how to identify an addict. Around 80 to 90 percent of doctors in the U.S. have no training or instruction with the proper use of prescription drugs. Two leading doctors from ASIPP believe that lawmakers should make it a requirement for all physicians to partake in training to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs. They believe physicians should have to register with the DEA before they are allowed to prescribe some medications known to be extremely addictive pain killers such as opioid based drugs.

Kloth believes doctors wouldn’t go through training voluntarily and that in order to help solve the problem, training should be mandatory. Kloth says that generally physicians are too busy and don’t volunteer to do any extra training or certification that isn’t required by law. 38 of the 50 states already have these training programs in place and several others have passed bills but simply cannot afford to begin these programs. Patients are able to go other places and find the medications because of the mobility offered to us with technology.

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