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Government
Bloomberg Slaps Down Criticism of Painkiller Restriction Plan
2013-01-13
[POLITICKER] Yesterday, Mayor Michael Nanny Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city's emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region. Some critics, as documented by The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
, however, felt the move would unnecessarily hurt poor and uninsured patients who use emergency rooms as their primary care doctor. Needless to say, Mr. Bloomberg was not swayed by this line of argument.
After all, who better to prescribe the right levels of medication than a politician?
"The city hospitals we control, so ... we're going to do it and we're urging all of the other hospitals to do it, voluntary guidelines. Somebody said, oh, somebody wrote, 'Oh then maybe there won't be enough painkillers for the poor who use the emergency rooms as their primary care doctor,'" the mayor said on his weekly radio show with John Gambling. "Number one, there's no evidence of that.
Possibly because nobody's looked for it.
Number two, supposing it is really true, so you didn't get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit.
Ever had a dislocated hip, bub?
The other side of the coin is people are dying and there's nothing perfect ...
Meaning the the city government-imposed dosage limits won't be, either.
There's nothing that you can possibly do where somebody isn't going to suffer, and it's always the same group [claiming], 'Everybody is heartless.' Come on, this is a very big problem."
Ever slip a disc, yerhonner?
In the same interview, Mr. Bloomberg stressed the initiative's simple rationale is to prevent extra pills from piling up in the cabinets of New Yorkers who no longer need them, where they can pose a health risk if they're abused.
There's a solution to that. It's called a "toilet."
"We talk about drugs, heroin and crack and marijuana, this is one of the big outbursts--and it's a lot worse around the country than it is here. It's kids and adults getting painkillers and using them for entertainment purposes, or whatever field of purposes, as opposed to what they are designed for," he explained. "If you break a leg, you're going to be in pain, nothing wrong with getting something that reduces the pain. But if you get 20 days worth of pills and you only need them three days, there's 17 days sitting there.
I've got thirty days' worth of painkillers. Some days I gulp 'em down like candy. Sometimes I go for a week without needing them. No doubt hizzonner will send me an email telling me when's good.
Invariably some of the kids are going to find them, or you're going to take them and get you addicted."
The addict's method of taking percocet: first lick the time release coating off the pill. Second, grind it up nice and fine. Third, sniff it up your nose. I don't think merely limiting the number of pills dispensed will do anything to effect that kind of usage.
Mr. Bloomberg also argued the number of pain pills currently being prescribed had even contributed to an uptick in violent crimes outside of pharmacies from robbers looking to steal the drugs.
Wouldn't it be a better idea to control the crooks than to control... Oh, wait. I see. It's the law-abiding that get the drugs, the crooks that steal them. It's so much easier to bully the law-abiding, isn't it?
"You see there's a lot more hold-ups of pharmacies, people getting held up as they walk out of pharmacies," he explained. "What are they all about? They're not trying to steal your shaving cream or toothpaste at the point of a gun. They want these drugs."
"Therefore you shouldn't have the drugs. So suck it up."
Posted by:Fred

#13  I want a root canal---a long, slow root canal.

(without painkillers)
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2013-01-13 21:32  

#12  That's a precursor, Charles.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-01-13 21:07  

#11  Who needs a Death Panel, we have a Pain Executive!
Posted by: Charles   2013-01-13 17:19  

#10  "Is it safe?"
Posted by: Frank G   2013-01-13 14:39  

#9  Hell pain is good for 'ya! He sure sounds like 1820 Massachusetts

Or a modern German dentist. I discovered the hard way they don't believe in Novacain. It's related to cocaine, y'know... *shudder*
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-01-13 14:29  

#8  Hell pain is good for 'ya! He sure sounds like 1820 Massachusetts....
Posted by: Shipman   2013-01-13 13:56  

#7  He's an egomaniac. One of these days his subjects will have had enough of his decrees. Of course, free money will take a lot to overcome. But I have every confidence in the guy in this regard. He gets more and more emboldened every time his sheeple submit to his ever-more-insane ideas.
Posted by: gorb   2013-01-13 13:06  

#6  Wonder if New Yorkers are regretting giving this fool a third term or if they agree.
Posted by: rjschwarz   2013-01-13 12:16  

#5  Well a new study says that three out of four people who end up in th emergency room have soda on a daily basis.

The obvious solution komrades would be a cup buy-back program. After 30 days police and certified public sugar deputies will be dispatched to search random blocks for high capacity styrofoam cups, with the authority to confiscate and arrest for other found contriband.
Posted by: swksvolFF   2013-01-13 08:54  

#4  Money quote: "supposing it is really true, so you didn't get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit."

Typical progressive attitude of 'we all have to suffer some for the good of the collective' - actual guilt is irrelevant. Somebody else got fat, I can't have a big soda. Somebody else shot a kid, I can't have my rifle. It NEVER ends.
Posted by: Glenmore   2013-01-13 08:27  

#3  Paging Tonya Harding.....Paging Tonya Harding to the white courtesy phone.....




Just saying....
Posted by: Silentbrick - Schlumberger Squishy Mud Division   2013-01-13 02:18  

#2  "If you break a leg, you're going to be in pain, nothing wrong with getting something that reduces the pain. But if you get 20 days worth of pills and you only need them three days, there's 17 days sitting there."

I can't wait until this asshole breaks a leg and they give him THREE DAYS worth of painkillers...

Posted by: tu3031   2013-01-13 01:47  

#1  the crooks that steal them.

Are a Law fnforcement Problem, How about an Armed Lawman inside esch drugstore, instead of Looking for "Gun Conreol" Use "Criminal Control"?

But that wouldn't stop EEVIL GUNS, (crime). (Sarc)
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2013-01-13 00:35  

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