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San Diego Hospitals Adopt New Painkiller Policy

It is interesting that death from prescription drugs is the #1 cause of accidental death in San Diego County. If I am understanding that statistic correctly that means in the last 12 months there have been few than 269 deaths from car accidents, drowning, poisonings and/or heat stroke. Somehow that number does not make sense to me.

Also, as a person who questions everything, were these deaths caused by prescriptions written in Emergency Rooms or, as I suspect, at least half of them from elderly patients that have multiple doctors? And were they all from improper use of pain medication?

It sounds like the county task force needed to take some action to justify it's own existence. Unfortunately it comes at the cost of the huge number of people who have conditions, such as allergies, and diseases, such as RA, that can "flare" on a weekend while their primary physician is not available or they cannot get an appointment with their doctor for up to eight weeks. It's sad to think that these people who set this policy will probably never realize the human suffering they will be causing.

September 13, 2013 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )