Doctors are at the heart of opioid epidemic: Dr. Marc Siegel

Doctors are at the heart of opioid epidemic: Dr. Marc Siegel


STUART: THAT’S A SOLID GAIN. NICE GAIN FOR THE S&P. MOVE TO THE OPIOID CRISIS AS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY ALEX A CZAR. ROLL THE TAPE.>>BOTH FROM THE BASIC OPIOID, FROM AND ESPECIALLY FROM THE RISK OF FENTANYL WHICH IS SO TREMENDOUS. PEOPLE ARE DYING IN SUCH A GREAT PACE. WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS HERE. WE ARE SEEING THE PRESCRIBING OF LEGAL OPIOID THAT ARE THE BEGINNING OF ADDICTION FOR SO MANY PEOPLE THAT IS GOING DOWN. STUART: THAT’S AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DRUGS IS GOING DOWN. DR. MARC SIEGEL CONDUCTED THE INTERVIEW IN HIS JOINING US NOW. MOMENTS AGO ON THIS PROGRAM, THE GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY WAS ON OUR AIR. HE SAID 79 OPIOID BILLS HAD BEEN PRESCRIBED FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN KENTUCKY IN ONE YEAR. ROLL TAPE.>>IN KENTUCKY LACERATED HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF BILLS THIS DANCE. 359 MILLION OF THESE PILLS FOR 4.5 MILLION PEOPLE. 79 PILLS FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD. STUART: THAT’S INCREDIBLE. WHAT ARE DOCTORS DOING PRESCRIBING MIGHT THIS?>>THE HHS SECRETARY AGREES WITH ME THAT DOC OR IS THERE AT THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM BUT NO MATTER HOW MUCH PRESSURE DOCTORS HAVE BEEN THE NEED TO TREAT PAIN, WHICH SHOWS OPIOIDS DON’T EVEN WORK THE WAY DOCTORS THOUGHT. DESPITE WHATEVER YOU GET, AND IT IS YOUR PEN WRITING A PRESCRIPTION. DOCTORS ARE TO BLAME. THEY ARE ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS HERE IN THE DID NOT SALUTE DISGRACE TO. HE DID SAY TO ME THAT HE THINKS THEY ARE MAKING PROGRESS. HE THINKS THE RATE OF PRESCRIBING IS GOING DOWN. HE SAID THAT IN A SOUNDBITE. THAT IS NOW THE CDC SAID A YEAR AGO. THIS IS PROGRESS. AZAR BELIEVES PRESIDENT TRUMP TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS AND SHOWING COURAGE IN FIGHTING IT HEAD-ON IS GOING TO. STUART: I AGREE ENTIRELY. DOCTORS ARE AT THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM HERE. WHAT ABOUT THE FENTANYL PROBLEM? THAT IS THE DEADLY DRUG THEY MIX ON THE STREET FOR STREET DRUGS. WHAT WE DO ABOUT THAT?>>HE TALKED ABOUT THAT, TOO. WE HAVE TWO STOP THE ILLICIT FENTANYL COMING OUTCOME OF 50 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN. YOU DON’T KNOW WHICH ARE GETTING CAVITIES STOP READING AND END UP IN THE HOSPITAL. THAT’S A LARGE PART OF THE OVERDOSES. THAT CAN BE CUT DOWN. STUART: THAT IS NOTHING TO DO WITH DOCTORS. THEY ARE NOT DESCRIBING FENTANYL.>>IF THEY ARE. DOCTORS ARE PRESCRIBING LEGAL FENTANYL COMEST LEGAL FENTANYL, SO THAT GETS OUT THERE. IT IS FOR PALLIATIVE CARE FOR DYING CANCER PATIENTS. ITS USE ACROSS THE BOARD, ONE OF THE OVER PRESCRIBED DRUGS. THAT IS WHAT GOT IT IN THE MIND OF ILLEGAL CHEMISTS. I’M NOT KIDDING. THIS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM. THE OVERUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THIS PAST WEEK THE STUDY CAME OUT THAT SHOWS IT ENDS UP IN THE MEDICINE CABINETS TO PRESCRIBE DRUGS, OPIOIDS AND PEOPLE TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT WASN’T EVEN INTENDED FOR. WHEN THEY RAN OUT OF A COMEDY BY ILLEGAL AND FENTANYL. STUART: TO CUT TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER.>>KIDS ARE DYING. STUART: CUT RIGHT TO THE CHASE IT IS A DOCTORS PROBLEM. OVERPRESCRIPTION BY DOCTORS ARE AT THE VERY HEART OF THIS PROBLEM, YES?>>YES. I WANT TO ADD HHS CAN PUT PRESSURE WITH CDC USING THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. EVERYONE CAN PUT PRESSURE AND RESTRICT DOCTORS PRESCRIBING. WE HAVE A SYSTEM IF I WANT TO PRESCRIBING OPIOID I HAVE TO REGISTER ONLINE. THAT SHOULD BE IN EVERY STATE

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