It’s safe to say nearly all doctors in the Miami Valley have stopped prescribing strong pain medication for fear of showing up on the radar of some Attorney General investigation.
A lot of patients and — as judging by a doctors’ conference Sunday afternoon, a lot of docs — are angry about the lack of clarity in how the law’s enforced. Ohio is at the epicenter of a national crisis of painkiller availability brought on by a heavy-handed war on the drugs’ abuse. While I broke the news last summer, Radley Balko, a national human rights reporter, is currently reporting a series on the problem. Find the first two articles here and here.
Mind you, we’re talking about a totally legitimate need for medication. These people have full documentation of some horrendous injury and, in most cases, have tried physical therapy and/or non-pill pain interventions. In other words, they’re taking a proper dose for documented symptoms and they’re not selling the stuff.