Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced this Thursday that the powerful prescription painkillers would from now on be restricted in the emergency rooms at public hospitals. The limitation over the painkillers in the 11 hospitals in New York City is a collective attempt to bring an outbreak of prescription drug abuse in the city.
That's a fact. Prescription painkillers are being abused to a concerning extent, with some 250,000 citizens of age 12 years and above doing the same. Not only have they been causing an augment in hospital admissions, but also deaths. In addition, the Medicare fraud by doctors also rises with false prescriptions and violent crime such as holdups.
It is being said that the move means prescription of the narcotic drugs to public hospital patients would now be not more than three days. The same would likely bring a decline in the level of dependence of people on these painkillers.
Amongst the medicines being stopped are long-acting painkillers like Fentanyl patches, methadone and OxyContin. The latter is the remedy commonly used for easing chronic backache and arthritis, the report finds in the meantime. It has been told that the prescriptions, stolen, destroyed or lost, would also not be refilled.