That’s the only conclusion one can reach after reading WCRI’s latest report, The Impact of Banning Physician Dispensing of Opioids in Florida.
As of July 1, 2011, Florida’s docs could no longer dispense most opioids from their offices. Before that date, 5.7% of the scripts dispensed by docs were opioids that fell under the ban.
After? 0.6%, and almost all of those were dispensed by docs outside of FL for FL claimants.
Well, we’d expect the volume of pharmacy-dispensed opioids to go up dramatically, wouldn’t we? After all, no physician would ever prescribe opioids to a patient who absolutely didn’t need them, right?
The volume of pharmacy-dispensed opioids declined. Went down. Decreased.
In fact, 3.5% of patients were receiving the stronger opioids from docs before the ban, only 0.5% after (again these were mostly from cross-border trips by FL claimants to out-of-state dispensing physicians). And the percentage of claimants getting stronger opioids from pharmacies went up by a mere one-tenth of one percent.
Dispensing docs were prescribing and dispensing strong opioids to many patients who DID NOT NEED THEM. Why? For the money.
Opioids are incredibly dangerous. Opioids kill people. Destroy families. Ruin lives. Addict children. An intelligent, articulate, promising young woman I know is now a prostitute, selling herself to strangers because she became addicted to prescription drugs. Her family is devastated, her dreams reduced to the next high.
And these money-grubbing bastards allow this to happen, just to make money to buy nicer cars, better wines, fancier dinners.
What does this mean for you?
STOP ALLOWING ANY PHYSICIAN DISPENSING.