MORE TEETH REQUIRED FOR THE MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA IN THE EFFORT TO CONTROL THE METHADONE/OPIATE PRESCRIPTION EPIDEMIC AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH
July 1, 2015/ Dr. Nayvin Gordon
Imagine a Boeing 737 crashing, killing all on board, every day for eight months. The number of dead would equal the yearly death rate in the U.S. from prescription opiate use. The Center for Disease Control has documented over 37,000 deaths per year from narcotic prescriptions. They call this an epidemic.
One way to control the epidemic at its source is to more broadly empower the Medical Board. Presently The Board is only allowed to investigate a physician for overprescribing dangerous drugs if someone files an official complaint form and sends it to The Medical Board. An investigation ensues which may take two years. This is followed by an accusation from the Attorney General. The case may take another year to come to court. During this entire period the physician is ABLE TO CONTINUE OVERPRESCRIBING WITHOUT RESTRAINT, thus gravely endangering the Public Health.
This threat to Public Health can be reduced in part by allowing the Medical Board to monitor the CURES computer system that records all prescriptions for narcotics every month state wide. Any prescription for the equivalent of over 90 mg of Morphine Sulfate per day should trigger an alert, constituting an immediate threat to Public Health. The involved physician should immediately be investigated, and educated. If the prescribing behavior does not rapidly improve then discipline and RESTRICTIONS MUST BE PLACED ON THE ABILITY TO PRESCRIBE DANGEROUS DRUGS. These restrictions may be changed at the court hearing where the physician is granted due process.
Delay means more addiction, and deaths.
Dr. Nayvin Gordon is a Board Certified Family Medicine Doctor. He has been practicing Family Medicine in California for over 30 years. His has worked for Medical Groups, H.M.O… Practices, Solo Practice, Social Security Disability, and is presently working at an Indian Health Center . Dr. Gordon has also written and published many articles on Health related issues over the years.
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