New York City’s Fascist Mayor Mike Bloomberg proposes more nanny state controls. He now wants to restrict pain killers in public hospital emergency rooms.
Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Under the new city policy, most public hospital patients will no longer be able to get more than three days’ worth of narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet. Long-acting painkillers, including OxyContin, a familiar remedy for chronic backache and arthritis, as well as Fentanyl patches and methadone, will not be dispensed at all. And lost, stolen or destroyed prescriptions will not be refilled.
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.
This is just ridiculous. It’s none of the government’s business how many pills a hosp[ital gives a patient. This attempt to control people has been disastrous the last few decades. People just do not learn.
Update: See Coldwarrior’s #4 comment below.