Bloomberg acts to restrict painkillers in public hospitals

According to the New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg has imposed limitations on prescriptions for certain pain killers in their 11 public hospitals: "City officials said the policy was aimed at reducing the growing dependency on painkillers and preventing excess amounts of drugs from being taken out of medicine chests and sold on the street or abused by teenagers and others who want to get high. "Abuse of prescription painkillers in our city has increased alarmingly," Mr. Bloomberg said" What took so long?  Maybe he was too busy solving the big soda problem.  Let me tell you where I come from.  I am a retired Medicaid caseworker with 24+ years of experience in the ways of Medicaid.  I have worked behind the desk as a caseworker, prosecuted fraudulent public assistance as an Investigator and supervised a team responsible for establishing benefits.    Much of this experience has opened my eyes to the fact that our government likes to think it can fix...(Read Full Post)