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Mayor Bloomberg announced that pain killers like Vicodin and Percocet will only be administered in NYC public hospitals for no longer than three days. If you you loose or have your medicine stolen you will not be able to refill the prescription. This is Bloomberg’s way of fighting the abuse of prescription painkillers in NYC and I’m sure it will spread nationwide as well. We should allow the professionals to decide how many days a patient needs to be on painkillers and not the government!
“Here is my problem with legislative medicine,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians and senior vice chairman of emergency medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Eastern Pennsylvania. “It prevents me from being a professional and using my judgment.”
Some people might fake an injury or pain but there are many people that go to the emergency rooms in hospitals with legitimate injuries and they might need to be on painkillers for more than three days.