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September 11, 2013 3:36PM
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Updated: October 13, 2013 6:49AM
New law an oxymoron
Can we all agree that our Indiana legislators are neither our medical doctors nor are they our police officers? They seem to be stepping into both of those roles when looking at the new state law that passed earlier this year that will make it “mandatory” for Hoosier doctors to conduct urine or saliva test on “some” patients to insure they are taking their medicine.
Is it the job of our physicians to make sure their patients are taking their medicine (It use to be Mom’s job, right?) Rather, isn’t it the duty of our police officers to enforce the law? In fact, when you look at the verbiage of this new law, the inclusion of the words “mandatory” and “some” used in this new legislation make it reek of confusion. But, it surely gives a great example of what an oxymoron is.
If we look at the big picture, when our society has a problem, and there is no quick fix for that problem, our politicians simply make a new law. Now, let me make myself clear. I commend Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller for unveiling the new website www.BitterPill.IN.gov to help “educate” Hoosiers in ways to identify and overcome the problem of prescription drug abuse; However, I must criticize the Indiana politicians that created this new “blanket penalty law” for “some” patients who will be forced to pay for and undergo unnecessary testing to make sure they are taking their medicine and not selling it. We all know there are loopholes, and believe me, criminals will find ways to continue selling their medicine, and still test positive, creating the charade that they have been taking their medicine.
This new law creates an avenue for discrimination and it will prevent “some” Hoosiers from getting the medicine and care they need. It will also force middle aged patients into premature surgery that could be postponed. Do the targeted middle aged Hoosiers (mostly women according to our politicians) want to manage their pain as long as they can with medicine and physical therapy, or jump right on the gurney and go under the knife immediately? Do these politicians know how long a knee replacement lasts? Do they know that most back surgeries are only effective up to a maximum of 10 years? More importantly, should that decision be made by politicians in Indianapolis or by the patient and doctor?