Thursday, January 4, 2018

ER docs oppose opioid amendments

Mississippi ER doctors publicly opposed the Board of Medical Licensure's "opioid amendments."  The Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians said in an October letter sent to the Board that the amendments "will not improve safety and will have unintended negative consequences."   The two-page letter is posted below and makes some points worth reading. The letter was obtained through a public records request. 

The Board did not make any changes to address these concerns in the regulations that were approved on December 15.  Add the ER docs to the Ob/Gyn's, Orthopedic surgeons, State Health Officer, and a plethora of doctors who oppose these amendments but what do they know?

Earlier posts
 Ob/gyn's oppose opioid amendments.
Medical Board releases approved opioid amendments 
 Irresponsible!  Orthopedic surgeons oppose opioid regs
 Bomgar on opioids: We have a death problem, not a prescription problem.
"Stop the nonsense. Talk to real doctors." (Letters)
 It would be nice if we could do this behind closed doors.
 Medical Board approves opioid regs with little notice. 

  Never let a good crisis go to waste.  
 Board of Medical Licensure calls meeting yesterday to discuss opioid regs tomorrow.
State Health Officer warns of unintended consequences    
 Doctors on proposed opioid regs: "dangerous", "Ill-conceived", "idiots" (Letters) 
  How much pain will proposed opioid regs create for doctors?  (Regs analyzed)
Can medical weed fight opioids?  
 Opioids prescription: Mo' taxes, mo' spending, mo' jail (Gov.'s task force report)


Anonymous said...

Sorry, docs!! Get with the times. Handing out smack like it's candy is not good for public health. There have to be some safeguards for the public.

Louis LeFleur said...

Anon. 9:09, you are the one who needs to "get with the times". Thus far no doctors outside the MSBML have endorsed the board's recomendations, and no other state in the country is considering the types of practices the board has proposed.

Anonymous said...

9:09. If for some unfortunate reason you find yourself in the ER with a severe and painful injury I am sure they will give you a bullet to bite on to ease your pain. Those sissies who want something for severe pain are just going tp have to learn to suck it up.

Anonymous said...

I could have sold the 12 they gave me last week for a Knee Strain for $60.00, I holding on to them, I am sure they will double in value as soon as these rules are implemented.

Anonymous said...

Ethics has never been your strong suit 10:40. The fact that you are here expressing an interest in breaking the law confirms it.

Anonymous said...

Well, down in the ole magnolia state, a doctor may be a "days ride" away to begin with. Maybe we can just bite down on a bullet or a good piece of leather in the vent of severe pain, maybe a shot of whiskey (between 10:00 and 8:00, Mon-Sat in "wet" locations)could also numb it up too. What do the ER docs and OB docs know about pain anyway? Looks like we have some real geniuses "fixing" this problem. Maybe the geniuses in the state legislature could get involved here and really "fix" this problem once and for all, tell me how that would end. It sure has been nice not being able to get any Sudafed.

Anonymous said... can get plenty of sudafed if you're a criminal or would like to become one. Wasn't that the intent of the law or just one of those unintended consequence things?

Anonymous said...

"I could have sold the 12 they gave me last week for a Knee Strain for $60.00."

Pussboy Alert! What the fuck did you go to the doctor for if all you had was a knee strain? Wait, don't tell're wife put you in the back seat and drove you to a clinic so you could get an 'out of work' excuse slip.

Anonymous said...

The restrictions on sudafed are absurd. I buy them every time I travel out of state. I hope someone somewhere is tracking me too. When I'm finally able to make the move from clogged sinuses to full blown meth dealer they can track me down! Cause Lawd knows my stash of red pills will really give the cartel a run for their money.

If we can't get pain meds or benzos we will at least be able to fly our state flag with pride while sipping some shine. #lifeinlastplace

Anonymous said...

Dowdy, et al, will claim the prescription necessity for stuffy nose medicine cured the meth curse. Requiring the same doctors to prescribe for stuffy noses that they want to forbid from prescribing pain meds.

The meth curse disappeared because after law enforcement got its say on stuffy nose medicine, they stopped looking for the meth labs...

Anonymous said...

I've asked this before, as have others during this discourse, but I'll ask again: what can we laypeople do to have a say in this? Have I missed someone in-the-know answering this question? We can complain all day long but that doesn't really do anything What can we, as John/Jane Doe Citizen do to stop this knee-jerk idiotic empire-building madness?

Anonymous said...

This is the email that I received from the Board about this matter. It contains an email address and phone/fax numbers for anyone interested in contacting them.

The Board of Medical Licensure has filed a proposed rule amendment with the Secretary of State for review and comment. MSBML Administrative Code Part 2640 Chapter 1: Rules Pertaining to Prescribing, Administering and Dispensing of Medication has been updated to reflect changes as proposed by the Governor’s Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force and other guidelines previously published by the CDC. A copy of this proposed rule can be located on the Board’s website under “Regulation Filings”, A copy is attached.

Questions and comments regarding the proposed rule may be submitted to or to the address below.

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure
1867 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite 200-B
Jackson, MS 39216

(601) 987-3079
(601) 987-4159 fax

Anonymous said...

I called and they sent me to the voicemail of one of the board examiners. To the unsure, an examiner is a pencil dick non medical wanna be cop who investigates doctors. Nice. Fuckers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. That’s extremely helpful.

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