2017-12-20 / Letters

Look out taxpayers

Dear Editor:

It is a fact WV has a prescription drug abuse problem. It is also a fact that for decades bureaucrats devised endless plans and programs to fight the war on drugs, virtually all lacking in positive results. Now enter DHHR and its latest collusion with the American Medical Association cartel attempting more Charleston run taxpayer funded supposed solutions.

Is DHHR’s recently assembled “expert panel” off to a good start? The panel consists of four doctors and one bureaucrat from DHHR. Where did the prescription drug problem start? Doctors over-prescribing opioids. Does anyone believe that “expert” doctors are going to rein in the culprit to the problem? No, they will devise a scam to fleece the honest working taxpayers to funnel money through Charleston to come up with programs where the medical community will benefit from the problem they themselves created. Now in the private sector this would constitute fraud or racketeering; in government, business as usual. Politicians take donations from doctors, doctors get more business and taxpayers are left with the bill and new problems the “solutions” create.

I recently had an appendectomy at DMVU Hospitals Parkersburg and within an hour of surgery I was prescribed an opioid pain medicine. I took regular strength Tylenol and was perfectly fine. Why resort to opioids right away? To normalize the practice? To get a long-term patient who the medical community can bilk the taxpayers for years?

As long as voters elect politicians that only care about their donor class, we will never get the WV we deserve. Real improvement will require politicians getting tough and meeting the problems of our day with real leadership. Leadership isn’t just shuffling working people’s money to doctors and other donors on a problem and hoping it will go away.

D. Shannon Kimes

Vienna, W.Va.

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this writer has summed up

this writer has summed up the situation in a nut shell. the human suffering brought on by pill mills and doctor shopping leaves us to wonder if the addicted can really be saved with the proposed treatment facilities. . will they just become swinging doors and return to drug use after too short a stay in detox housing. even the very well heeled rich folks keep slipping back into addiction. realistic time period would involve 18 months to 24 months in housed location with nearly no outside contact. the costs for such treatment are astronomical with no guarantee of success