reply to post by westcoast
It sounds as if you are talking about receiving medical care from a government facility.
No, I'm not. That negates the rest of your argument. I'm not talking about government hospitals or even government employees. What I mean by the
government controlling doctors, is that every medical doctor that is allowed to practice here in the US, has to be licensed. Furthermore, each doctor
who prescribes medications has to go through another process with the government. With that, there are six (I believe) levels of prescription drugs,
with each level requiring more and more hoopla with the government.
Class I drugs are drugs like cocain, heroin and marijuana. Class II drugs are hard analgesic painkillers like Fentanyl and Morphine (liquid not pill).
Class III drugs are more mild analgesic painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. Class IV drugs are even more mild painkillers such as darvocet,
codeine and then other drugs like Klonopin and Valum. Class V medications are non-controlled prescription medications such as antibiotics. Class VI (I
believe there is a class VI) is over the counter medications like tylenol.
You have to be a licensed MD (PA for Class V and above) to prescribe all medications, though to prescribe Class II (and maybe Class III) medications,
the doctors have to register with the DEA and they are closely watched. So close in fact that they are far too scared to medicate patients that really
need it. That is a shame. A doctor should not have to worry about treating a pateint how s/he sees fit. Furthermore, a pateint should not have to
worry about getting the treatments they need. We should be allowed to do whatever we feel is necessary for our own well being, so long as it doesn't
affect anyone else and taking medications doesn't affect anyone else, regardless of whether you take them to relieve to pain or get high.
If someone is abusinf pain medications, it isn't my fault. That's their problem and we are fooling ourselves to think that we are going to stop drug
abusers by outlawing drugs or making them harder to get for the people who need them. If there is one thing that this silly war on drugs has taught
us, it's that it is completely inneffective.
If you don't want your kids to do drugs, then raise them right. Raise them in a manner to where they either don't need to turn to drugs or that they
understand the consequences. It isn't my problem if someone is too lazy to raise their children right. Parenting is hard work and you make that
committment when you decide to have children or unprotected sex. I shouldn't be held liable for those that can't raise their own children, just as I
don't expect others to catch the slack from my own children.
Again, when someone abuses drugs, it is their choice. We are all born into this world as equals, with not one person designated by god to be the
authority over any other. Therefore we can't pretend to know better than anyone else. Along this line, a pain sufferer is usually not suffering from
pain due to their own choice. Why help the people to ignorant to make the percieved right choice, while leaving those who don't have the choice to
rot? It is much better to create 100 addicts, than to allow 1 legitimate patient to suffer.