Guest terry jackon1 Posted April 4, 2004 Report Share Posted April 4, 2004 http://www.nypress.com/17/12/news&columns/zen.cfm The War on Doctors Prescribe Tylenol codeine? Expect the SWAT team. I have long referred to the war on drugs as the war on some people who use some drugs, sometimes. Now there?s a byproduct of that war?a side effect, if you will?a war against doctors who prescribe painkillers, putting a chill on legitimate pain treatment by physicians who fear prosecution. The Justice Department is particularly concerned with Vicodin, Dilaudid and?America?s most abused pain pill?OxyContin. Just ask Rush Limbaugh and Courtney Love. There are even doctors? offices now with signs on the wall, warning, "Don?t ask for OxyContin" and "No OxyContin prescribed here." According to the Los Angeles Times, former San Francisco district attorney Patrick Hallinan "says that honest doctors all over the country are being targeted by the DEA under the supposition that their patients were violating the law without the doctor?s knowledge" by selling their prescriptions on the street, and that the agents are using the same tactics against them that are used against narcotics dealers. "There isn?t any doubt," he added, "that these prosecutions are increasing under the Bush administration. It is like busting a car dealer because somebody runs off the road and kills somebody." The campaign began under Janet Reno and has increased in intensity under John Ashcroft?including the storming of clinics in SWAT-style gear and the ransacking of doctors? offices. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So now we have our own war with the doctors who don't believe us anymore. This is getting ridiculous! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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