Updated: Mar 9, 2020
Submitted by Conrad Doyle
This article will contain NO sarcasm as I find this bill(act) to be one of the most dangerous pieces of potential legislation ever submitted. Therefore, l will suspend sarcasm because I want to give you the exact wording of this bill as it is currently written to include specific and direct wording as presented:
HB-202:Bill Title: AN ACT relating to controlled substance prescription pill counts for pain management facility patients.
A pain management facility shall implement a pill count procedure for all patients prescribed any Schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substance for more than three (3) consecutive months. The pill count procedure shall:
1. Include an initial count of prescribed pills at the start of therapy; 2. Randomly subject patients to pill counts throughout the course of therapy; 3. Include annual pill counts on a minimum of thirty percent (30%) of all patients prescribed any Schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substance for more than three (3) consecutive months; 4. Require patients to bring their prescribed medication to all office visits; 5. Permit a pill count of prescribed medication at any office visit; and 6. Include a report of the results of all pill counts to the electronic system for monitoring controlled substances established under KRS 218A.202.
(b) If a patient is dismissed from a pain management facility for irregularities in a pill count or failure to comply with the pill count procedure, the facility shall report the dismissal and the reason for the dismissal to the electronic system for monitoring controlled substances established under KRS 218A.202.
Now, why do I call this bill dangerous? If while reading this you do not have red flags and warning lights going off in your head, let me explain my reasoning:
This bill will make every pain management facility, its staff and patients, targets for every addict, drug dealer, criminal and thief looking for a “soft target” or an easy “score” to literally hit the jackpot!
I have a number of family members and friends that are forced to drive long distances to have their pain medication monitored and prescriptions refilled. A number of them are physically unable to drive themselves because of age or disability and most cannot defend themselves when the thug decides they want what the patient has on his/her person, in a purse or at their homes. Statistically speaking, not one of my kinfolk have, or want to own, any firearms or other type of defense mechanism.
Because the need exists for so many people living with chronic pain and conditions, and the legality and exhaustive governmental controls placed on both medications and physicians that prescribe them, most General Practitioners (Family Doctors) are refusing to prescribe the needed medications except for sudden or short-term emergency or temporary usage.
This bill does not serve the rationale that says “these pain clinics are passing out pills like candy” so they must be more heavily regulated. NO!!! This bill (ACT) will never accomplish that by punishing the patient and setting them up to be easy prey and/or victimized.
I make you this promise, and unlike local elected or appointed leaders and their attorneys, I will not threaten or bully you into seeing things my way!!! ....consider this your only warning...
I am licensed to carry concealed (the law no longer requires a license), but most people are not, and will not. I will invite you to take a few seconds to bend over and kiss your behind goodbye then I will indiscriminately perform a surgical procedure upon your personhood that will leave you a new canal, at or near your behind, if you intend to take anything including legally prescribed and medically necessary medications that do not belong to you!