160 drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire in 2009

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New Hampshire's chief medical examiner says more residents died last year from prescription drug overdoses than injuries from car crashes.
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Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

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Apr 12, 2010
 
Isn't it interesting why the media spends so much time on homicides.

The best story in the paper today.
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Keene, NH

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Wow, funny. No overdoses on Marijuauna here. Interesting. So while all the police departments circle their wagons and go after all the street level weed dealers, hundreds upon hundreds of people are killing themselves with drugs that you get from your doctor.

Priorities? or Grandstanding? Makes you wonder about all that tax payer money that went into busting some 20 year old kids with a dime bag of weed.

No one is dying from Marijuana. They are dying from the drugs in your medicine cabinet.
maggiemaggot

Manchester Center, VT

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Having Oxycontin in your medicine cabinet and a teenager in your house is like having a loaded gun in you nightstand. Anyone who does not have his/her drugs under lock and key or who has multiple prescriptions or is a drug addict themselves faking pain to get oxy are criminals.

Oxy is addictive to about 30% of the population on the first recreational use.

Our children are dying out there and no one is doing anything about it.

Suggestions. First, a statewide registry of all oxy prescriptions. Second, limit prescriptions to less than 10 pills so the use and refill can be monitored. Third, suspected rescription abusers should have to go to a clinic to get their dose or alternatively limit the number of pills they have at one time to two.

Our children are dying and no one is doing anything about it.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Right, for people in severe pain, there is a lot of people with this, Oxy is a miracle. So you are going to limit the availability and distribution of oxy for people who desperately need these meds?

You can not imagine the miracle drug it is for sick people in real pain.
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Keene, NH

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Exactly Maggine! But we're much more concerned with some teenagers smokin some pot.

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Manchester Center, VT

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Right, for people in severe pain, there is a lot of people with this, Oxy is a miracle. So you are going to limit the availability and distribution of oxy for people who desperately need these meds?
You can not imagine the miracle drug it is for sick people in real pain.
Mike, Most of my suggestions have no limit or seriousl inconvenience for people in pain. I know of a man who has off and on back pain, who is addicted, and who has multiple prescriptions which he gets renewed all the time and has up to a hundred pills in his possessio all the time. His step son was stealing them (5 to 10 a week) for several years and selling them in the HS and he didn't even notice. As a result several 15 and 16 year olds got into addiction troubles. At least a couple of them went into residential treatment and cost their parents thousands of dollars. One is still addicted to heroin.
One told me that on more than on occasion he thought he was going to die after snorting oxy pills crushed up.
Oxy is killing our children and the pills are coming out of the medicine cabinets of irresponsible adults. Is it too much to ask to make them act responsibly?
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Yea well, I haven't used mine sep the first few days...

I find you scenario preposterous because the insurance companies are keeping such a tight lid on the cost of prescription drug. They give you a mouth supply....they restrict you from refilling that prescription for the month. If they give you a three month supply...you canít go back before the three month is up. For this to be going on for all this time and the amounts you mention...it is poppycock.

My doctors have been very careful with giving me meds...everyone is strictly paying attention to what I take.

By the way, my back operation is at the end of the month!

Joe

Chester, VT

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Rolling Stones, Mothers little helpers and outside the door, she took 4 more.

obombacare opens the door wide by giving millions of more people unlimited access to drugs, the pill pushers are supporting getting 45 million new customers.

Not a peep out of anyone about the Doctor shoppers using their gold health insurance polices to get drugs pushing up health care costs for everyone.

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Manchester Center, VT

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Yea well, I haven't used mine sep the first few days...
I find you scenario preposterous because the insurance companies are keeping such a tight lid on the cost of prescription drug. They give you a mouth supply....they restrict you from refilling that prescription for the month. If they give you a three month supply...you canít go back before the three month is up. For this to be going on for all this time and the amounts you mention...it is poppycock.
My doctors have been very careful with giving me meds...everyone is strictly paying attention to what I take.
By the way, my back operation is at the end of the month!
The prescriptions can be paid for out of pocket too and not too expensive especially when you can sell the pills for $25 to $50 each. And the recent publicity on this issue has caused everyone in the medical community to run for cover. According to an article last week in the Boston Herald there are far too many people in the health care industry also addicted to this "miracle" drug. I had a percocet prescription after my hernia op and I took one and said to myself this stuff is great and then I threw the rest away. Long term use of these drugs causes a form of dementia. People don't think that clearly when taking it. And it shows. The example I gave of the person whose son was stealing from him was running around his yard one night with a loaded shot gun because he was afraid someone was going to come and steal his drugs. And he denys he is addicted.

Like I said, about 30% of the first time recerational users exhibit immediate signs of addiction. Very dangerous stuff. Be very very careful as it has ruined many lives.
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Keene, NH

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Hey Mike. You are very mistaken here. Sure, maybe your doctor keeps lids on prescriptions. Most do not. But i could go right now, to 4 or 5 walk in clnics and walk out with 4 or 5 prescriptions. They would never have any idea that I did it. And by the time anyone caught up with it, I would have well over 100 pills at my disposal. The people who have a market for this illegally do this every week with 5 or 6 people in different areas. A dealer will pay them $100 to go get a LEGAL prescription filled. 30 pills, maybe a 3 month supply of 90. The dealer pays for the presciption, and just like that, he has an unlimited amount to sell on the street. This is how this happens. It happens every day in every town.
These are the people that should be the target of all these investigations. Not street level pot pushers.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Well, one thing you donít understand, is severe pain has the same or worst ability screw up your brain as much as much as the oxy or Percocet. All you do is be consumed by the pain all day and night long. It is just a trade off between the least worst choice.

Anyways, I am a pretty bad alcoholic with a addicted personality...I didnít see any advantage with being high. I got off the pills as soon as I could because I wanted to feel like myself again.

I mean, at the end of the day, we have to have compassion for somebody who is suffering pain or severe pain...our medical establishments are legally required to have compassion for pain.

All I am saying, there is really a legitimate use for these types of meds.
TNB

Memphis, TN

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Energy is to blame!

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Manchester Center, VT

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Apr 14, 2010
 
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Well, one thing you donít understand, is severe pain has the same or worst ability screw up your brain as much as much as the oxy or Percocet. All you do is be consumed by the pain all day and night long. It is just a trade off between the least worst choice.
Anyways, I am a pretty bad alcoholic with a addicted personality...I didnít see any advantage with being high. I got off the pills as soon as I could because I wanted to feel like myself again.
I mean, at the end of the day, we have to have compassion for somebody who is suffering pain or severe pain...our medical establishments are legally required to have compassion for pain.
All I am saying, there is really a legitimate use for these types of meds.
Yes there is legitimate use but they are very dangerous nevertheless and the way we hand them out has to change.
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Keene, NH

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Apr 14, 2010
 
Hmmmmm. What I am saying is the system is severely flawed that I could gaurantee that I could get a hold of at least 60-90 pills today without a single thing wrong with me. All i have to do is research the symptoms on the net of what desrves this prescription. Go to a walk in clinic, tell them the symptoms, walk out with a scrip, then on to the next walk in clinic.

People that need the drug, sure. But lets keep the point here. Marijuana is not killing any of our local youth. Prescription pills are! Focus on the real problems and dont manifest fake ones to make yourself and your department look like they do their jobs.

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