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Presciption Pill Abuse – Mass Senate Takes Aim at Epidemic

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Prescription Drugs

Due to the significant increase in deaths from overdoses from Prescription Drugs, Massachusettes is bringing forward measures to halt this growing epidemic.  The senate has passed a bill that will now be moving to the House, that will call for stricter guidelines for addictive drugs.:

[BOSTON , MA— The state Senate has approved a bill to try and help halt the epidemic of Prescription Pill Abuse.  The bill will now be moved to the House, to get approval

The measure calls for stricter oversight of potentially addictive drugs — such as OxyContin and Vicodin — linked to thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of hospitalizations in Massachusetts.

The bill approved Thursday on a 36-0 vote would require all doctors who prescribe controlled substances to sign up for a state program that monitors and tracks the drugs. Participation is now voluntarily and officials say only a fraction of doctors have registered.

“We have been working as a committee on the Rx drug legislation to try to put more systems in place to try to address this problem that has become really severe,” said Rep. Liz Malia. “When you look at the number of deaths, it’s frightening.”

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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