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New York City to Restrict Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospitalsí Emergency Rooms
New York Slimes ^ | January 10, 2013 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS

Posted on 01/10/2013 7:33:30 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

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Why is it that the Lefty default position is to punish the innocent?
1 posted on 01/10/2013 7:33:38 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So while you (the law abiding citizen) is gritting their teeth in pain from after surgery pain.....across town some snooty lib sipping white wine has plenty of painkillers.


2 posted on 01/10/2013 7:38:04 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You’ll note his decree doesn’t affect him and his buddies only those who go to the public hospitals. Bet the rules wouldn’t be enforced if one his buds showed up for some reason at one of the covered ER’s


3 posted on 01/10/2013 7:39:55 PM PST by airedale
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It’s an interesting conundrum. But you’re correct, the leftist default is to screw everybody, especially the innocent who will suffer the most, and let Gaea sort them out.


4 posted on 01/10/2013 7:40:16 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: jakerobins

I would hope that if one has surgical pain, one would be getting these prescriptions from one’s surgeon and not an Emergency Room?


5 posted on 01/10/2013 7:42:32 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Shared sacrifice for the proletariat . The ruling class claim to sacrifice the most so they're always excluded from the greatest suffering.

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6 posted on 01/10/2013 7:44:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

bloomberg does not know what it’s like to do without anything his black heart desires. He loves the power he has and he wields it like any tyrant who has ever been. Absolutely.


7 posted on 01/10/2013 7:47:35 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: MestaMachine

BUMP. That tiny man is power drunk.


8 posted on 01/10/2013 7:49:31 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The first legit case denied proper medication needs to sue NYC and Hizzhonor for interfering with a legit doctor’s job, pain and literal suffering.

Note I said ‘legit. Not Blooming idiot’s call to legally make.


9 posted on 01/10/2013 7:49:45 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

A liberal with power is a special kind of evil, isn’t it?


10 posted on 01/10/2013 7:50:00 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The nanny of the state is a nasty master.


11 posted on 01/10/2013 7:50:44 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: jakerobins
Personally, after a major surgery, I rejected most pain medication, and when I left the hospital, I left the pain scrips with the doc. I wasn't going to pay for crap that made me the intellectual equivalent of a rock.

If the patients are getting their service and meds on the taxpayer dime, I'm all for restricting pain medications.

I restrict mine because I'm paying for it.

/johnny

12 posted on 01/10/2013 7:51:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cripplecreek

You have a pretty good bead on it there.


13 posted on 01/10/2013 7:52:59 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Bloombastard has obviously never been in serious pain, that S.O.B. I would say that causing suffering to people in pain is pure evil. Most people who end up in hospitals are in pain!


14 posted on 01/10/2013 7:53:17 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I once thought i knew pain.....Then i woke up in the hospital with 10 titanium screws in my wrist, a wired broken jaw, a broken rib, a broken clavicle a concussion and internal bleeding.
It was my wrist though, I never felt such unbelievable pain.
Like my hand and arm was dipped in boiling oil.

in that case i think i’d need a little more that a vicotin.
Jeeeez.....


15 posted on 01/10/2013 7:53:27 PM PST by mowowie
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’m a bit conflicted on this one. There is considerable abuse of the system, with people going into the public hospitals purely to get some of these drugs. As the article suggests, the problem is probably worse in Florida and California than in New York, but I’m sure there is some abuse, and that many doctors may find it easier just to go along with the patients’ requests than to refuse them.

On the other hand, medical care should be handled by doctors and nurses, not by politicians. Bloomberg has a problem of addressing problems and making them worse.

I’m not sure what the answer is, but this probably isn’t it.


16 posted on 01/10/2013 7:55:30 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JRandomFreeper

While I do not think the .gov shoudl make such rules we alreay do this. 2-4 days of pain meds from the ER. I would never give oxycontin,fentenyl ,Morphne etc to a ER patient I was sending home. As for as someone coming to the ER for pain meds cause they (lost, had stolen or the dog ate) is a big red flag and a NO. Even my own patients is the clinic get a NO for those reasons. If they are stolen they must bring in a police report. Alot of patients LIE. These are stories I have heard for years.


17 posted on 01/10/2013 7:56:48 PM PST by therut
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To: JRandomFreeper

Patients should not be relying upon scripts from the ER anyway. I’ve never had an ER give me more than the bare minimum to get by until I see a real Dr. This has been true since the ‘80’s, nothing new.

That said, this policy does a pretty good job of making the bureaucracy look stupid, and I’m all for that....


19 posted on 01/10/2013 7:58:59 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: jakerobins

That was an episode of Voyager.


20 posted on 01/10/2013 7:59:35 PM PST by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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