What is the problem with this law?
The Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016 ensures doctors and patients KNOW about the ability to partial fill a prescription. One, doctors already know how to write prescriptions for so many days, I’ve experienced this myself after my knee surgery. I was given one week of pain medication, not a full month. Two, this opens up the law for companies like CVS to interpret the law and create their own policies. Giving the pharmacist the ability to decide who or if to fill the prescription.
I’m all for most of this bill but let’s address the real issue! Fentanyl. People are NOT overdosing from prescription opioids, they are taking Fentanyl, a synthetic drug, the government has decided to call an opioid. If the overdoses are Fentanyl then why are doctors being targeted for writing prescriptions? Why are doctors refusing to write prescriptions? Why are pharmacies refusing to fill prescriptions?
THIS is why if you are reading this, you have to contact the State and U.S. Senate and House representatives for your state to show your disapproval of this law. How has this affected you? I read post every day about how someone was denied pain medication or the doctor doesn’t even write pain medication any longer for fear of being targeted.
Let your Legislatures know what this law has done to you, how have you been discriminated against because of someone’s interpretation of the law. This bill was passed into law. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continues to push to build on the restrictions on opioid medication. I read an article this morning that stated she had 81 supporters already. That’s nowhere near the majority needed to pass the CARE ACT, but she continues to push for an additional $100 billion dollars and much stiffer restrictions.
We have to make our voices heard. If you are reading this and live in the United States you can send four emails! Find out who your state representatives are and email their office. Let them know what you are ill with, how it affects your life, and how this discrimination against pain patients has affected you, or how further changes could. Let them know you want them to focus on Fentanyl, not prescription opioids.
We have to do this together. We can’t sit back and think someone else is going to take care of pain patients. It’s only going to get worse for all of us.
OCTOBER 04, 2018
Bipartisan Bill Including Several Warren Priorities is Set to Become Law
Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) applauded the final Senate passage of bipartisan legislation combat the opioid crisis. The legislation, which is set to be signed by President Trump, contains several of Senator Warren’s bipartisan efforts to address the epidemic, including:
- Disposal of Controlled Substances by Hospice Care Providers: This provision, which is based on Senator Warren’s bipartisan Hospice Safe Drug Disposal Act, will allow hospice care providers to safely and properly dispose of leftover prescription opioid medications in order to reduce diversion and misuse of prescription medications, and will require a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of hospice safe drug disposal management.
- Recovery Housing Best Practices: This provision is based on Senator Warren’s Ensuring Access to Quality Living Act and will require HHS to develop guidelines for operating recovery housing, in order to ensure that individuals recovering from an opioid addiction receive quality care.
- Partial Filling of Opioid Prescriptions: This provision improves implementation of Senator Warren’s Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016 by ensuring that more doctors and patients know about the option to partially fill opioid prescriptions.
- Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances: This provision is based on the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely (EPCS) Act, which Senator Warren introduced with her colleagues to gather better data on opioid prescriptions and help health care providers make the best decisions for their patients by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids, under Medicare.
- Assistance for States and Municipalities to Detect Fentanyl: This provision incorporates Senator Warren’s Surveillance and Testing of Opioids to Prevent (STOP) Fentanyl Deaths Act, which aids states and municipalities in identifying the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl in both fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses.
“This is a deadly epidemic, and we need to do everything we can to respond to it accordingly,” said Senator Warren. “While Congress could have gone further in providing communities with the resources they need to address the epidemic, I supported this bill because it makes some common-sense changes that will help us in our fight against the opioid crisis. I am also pleased that several bipartisan provisions I worked on with my colleagues were included in the final bill and look forward to seeing it signed into law.”In April, Senator Warren and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) introduced the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act to provide states and communities with $100 billion in federal funding over ten years, including more than $800 million a year directly to tribal governments and organizations.###