scottydoesntknow: Isn't it great how you have to prove you aren't using your prescriptions in an illegal way, instead of them having to prove you are?
downstairs: Who the hell would not take their Xanax and sell it? The withdrawl effects can friggin' kill you. At least make your life horribly miserable. I've been on the drug, and went through a scenario (hurricane) where I forgot to refill, and no pharmacy opened for 5+ days.
Krymson Tyde: Well this is farking stupid.
Headso: This law sounds stupid but Kentucky is in like an epidemic of opiate abuse, so I can see then trying anything at this point.
Raging Thespian: How in God's name is this constitutional?
busy chillin': Guilty until proven innocent. Welcome to the New American Century
Sybarite: The tests determine if patients take their drugs, rather than sell them, and if other, unprescribed drugs are in their systems.Even ignoring the financial burden, I just can't believe anyone is okay with this.
FizixJunkee: I've taken Xanax on several occasions, and I don't recall any withdrawal symptoms. How long does it take for dependency to develop?
Vegan Meat Popsicle: Good to know that in Kentucky the democrats and republicans are equally ridiculous.
Silverstaff: //Getting a kick. . .
Silverstaff: In Kentucky, where this article takes place, there is a SERIOUS problem with pill diversion.
downstairs: Secondly, pain meds... I've been prescribed Vicodin many times. But I've never taken the drugs. I fear addiction... with my family history, I'm *very* careful about taking drugs of any sort.
Silverstaff: Sybarite: The tests determine if patients take their drugs, rather than sell them, and if other, unprescribed drugs are in their systems.Even ignoring the financial burden, I just can't believe anyone is okay with this.Here's the problem.In Kentucky, where this article takes place, there is a SERIOUS problem with pill diversion.People are getting prescriptions for controlled substances. Most often opiates, but various benzodiazapenes are common too. They get a nice big script for it, then they go and resell the pills on the black market, while billing insurance companies for the pills in the first place.They are a drug dealer with an insurance company underwriting their supply.This was an attempt to stop that, by making it so that you had to prove you were actually taking your medicine before you could get more. Of course, the problem is that you could just taken enough for it to show up on the drug test, and sell the rest, but it might catch the dumber criminals (of which there are many).You can have people on SSI disability or workers comp, doing no work, getting a benefits check, then selling most of their meds for their "disability" to make a lot more money on top of that.The downside, as this shows, is that this state-mandated test is expensive, and insurance doesn't have to cover it, so they won't, so you end up with honest people paying big bucks for medically unnecessary, but legally mandated tests, to try to curb the abuses of others./Worked drug investigations in Kentucky, specifically dealing with illicit prescription pill trade.//Getting a kick. . .
The Jami Turman Fan Club: 41% of prescriptions for abusable drugs is Vicodin? That's tough to believe.
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