Medicare Is Dealing Drugs

Considering that the so-called war on drugs has been ‘waging’ for many years, the latest revelation should be anything but a surprise. Congressional investigators report that Medicare is enabling (some call it “subsidizing”) drug abuse for thousands who shop around for doctors and fill prescriptions for huge quantities of painkillers and other narcotics.

For those who do not have their heads in the sand, this is obvious and has been going on undeterred for years. This is entitlement abuse at its worst and it is fueled by ignorant (or greedy) doctors willing to prescribe addictive painkillers to anyone for anything in quantities that cannot be justified. Addiction to painkillers is on the rise and the “war on drugs” has yet to fire a shot across its bow.

There is much awareness and subsequent clamor about food stamp recipients buying non-essentials (they can also exchange stamps for drugs), but that is because it is east to talk about. Illegal drugs and addiction is not so easy to talk about. There is as much fear of addiction as there is ignorance of it in society and it has been more comfortable to turn a blind eye to it than to deal with it.

The “system” is broke or, at the very least, it is blind and those who abuse the “system” know very well how to get anything they want out of it. Abuse is widespread and many doctors have found that being blind to the abuse is economically beneficial. Meanwhile, our children and family members are becoming addicts and many are dying because of it.

The powers-that-be long ago decided to bring the troops home from the war on drugs. It has become little more than a rhetorical war and the latest attempts to legalize drugs are nothing but an acceptance of defeat. Medicare needs an overhaul and the prescription drug abuse it fuels needs to be addressed. This is more than just a waste of money. It is a waste of people.

David J. Hentosh

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2 Responses to “Medicare Is Dealing Drugs”

  1. Bill Says:

    Don’t you mean Medicaid not Medicare?

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