SHOW-ME JUNKIE PILL MILL MISSOURI THANKS TO GOP SEN. ROB SHCHAAF!!!
Internets news isn't afraid to call out a Missouri GOP politico and connect his stubbornness to a dangerous drug epidemic in Missouri.
Vice News: With No Monitoring Program, Missouri Is a Haven for Prescription Drug Addicts
Read the whole thing, the excellent article even DRAWS A MAP of how Missouri is serving as a distribution center for crooked docs to get junkies hooked up.
Here are the highlights:
"The revolutionary concept of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) would tone down some of the more Machiavellian business strategies in the prescription world, both for doctors and traffickers. When users or drug dealers in other states try to get their prescription filled more than once, an alert is sent to doctors and law enforcement. Not being able to double-dip on your prescription forces you to be imaginative when figuring out how to run your pill trafficking operation. Large swaths of abusers are slowed by this simple step, but somehow, Missouri is the only state that doesn’t have a PDMP. This can largely be blamed on their state leader, Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph.
"If they overdose and kill themselves, it just removes them from the gene pool,” Sen. Schaaf said during an eight-hour filibuster he led against a pill monitoring program bill in 2012"
It gets worse . . .
"The New York Times published a front-page story on Missouri’s refusal to employ a PDMP program. But their piece opted not to connect the trend to the growing heroin problem in cities and towns across the country, particularly St. Louis' heroin epidemic."
The consequences . . .
"Medical examiners, advocates and health officials. They all recognize the problem as an epidemic, they see it growing in their hospitals and on their streets, and they can’t wrap their head around why a monitoring program hasn’t been established yet.
“It’s bad, it really is," Collier told me. "The reported usage is going way up, the death rates are going way up. This is a huge problem, and it’s been a decade in the making."
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