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Letter: Prescription law change wrongheaded, wasteful

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A new law that has been enacted, without much or no thought or input from chronic pain sufferers, is but a knee-jerk reaction to prescription medication fraud. It is Indiana Code 25-22.5-13-2 and went into effect Dec. 15, 2013.

“First do no harm ...” This is the first sentence in the new Indiana law propaganda site bitterpill.in.gov.

However, how is it not harmful to us that are on chronic pain management? To have mandatory drug tests twice a year, mandatory doctor office visits four times a year and no longer get our prescription with a phone call but rather drive to the doctor’s office every month for a one-month paper prescription then drive to the pharmacy to have it filled — each and every month forever.

I think this is harmful to all of us. The cost of fuel to drive, the office visit, the drug test, the extra hours spent per month, the waste of time and resources for us and the doctors. I compliment the ACLU for the class-action lawsuit they have filed on our behalf to remedy the drug test part, but what about the rest of this wrongheaded law?

If you believe this is wrong as I do, please flood your Senate and House representatives with emails and phone calls. Now I brace myself for the first of hundreds of unnecessary visits to pick up a paper prescription to drive to a pharmacy to have filled and useless office visits that should be kept for others in need.

Terry Surface


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