Judge's arrest shines light on Utah's prescription drug abuse problem

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  • Gail Fitches Layton, UT
    April 4, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    For the most part, the pharmaceutical industry are pushing toxic poisons, and no one reads the side effects or researches what they are taking or injecting into their bodies. There may be a few drugs that are life saving, but the majority of them are very dangerous. People need to study natural health remedies, if they want to live a long and healthy life. In some cases, with the elderly or those who have autoimmune diseases or cancer, pain medication is a necessity. Oxycotin is too strong of a pain medication and very addicting, but sometimes pain can kill you. My Father has to take pain medication (Loratab), and I also give him natural supplements to keep down the inflammation. I feel bad for those that are taking 7-15 different types of drugs, because I know it will kill them.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    April 4, 2013 12:23 a.m.

    I agree with you JapanCougar. It is ignorant to try and blame the medical profession or a religion for this problem. Society and thus families have the opportunity to be the answer. It starts in the home.

  • JapanCougar Apo, AP
    April 3, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    Several ignorant comments here already.

    This problem is too complex to simply blame the pharmaceutical industry, doctors, patients, or (most absurd of all) any religion.

    First of all, this is a national problem, not just a Utah phenomenon. The fact that Utah is not immune to it is not a surprise. Addiction is multi-faceted problem.

    In Europe and Asia pain is viewed differently than in the US. Don't expect to get a strong epidural or narcotics for more than a couple days post-operatively in most other countries. Ibuprofen and tylenol is given for most fractures and pain is to be expected after surgery, fractures or delivery.

    I really think that how we view pain and treat pain is the problem. Pain in many cases is a natural phenomena after injury or illness to inform us how to respond to the injury. I'm in favor of pain control but not pain annihilation.

  • Capella Bakersfield, CA
    April 3, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Sadly, this is not an easy solution, as per the different points made here. And judges are human; education has little effect on the reasoning. As portrayed in the article, most don't anticipate addiction at the onset.

    Society can try all it wants, God bless all the efforts. As a born-again Christian, I see a higher success rate out of addiction in my community due to the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit (inside believers), as opposed to the general public with whom I interact on this problem. But we also surround many family and friends who struggle through the same nightmare, so I don't necessarily see a "corner on the market" for professing Christians. I just see a deeper commitment and awareness in the addicted.

    If easy solutions were out there, the data would show it. I am impressed by the various comments here that reflect the diversity and adversity for this sad statistic.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    Time to drug test everyone that can carry a concealed weapon. If the Legislature prevails, that would be everyone.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 3, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    Sadly enough, I am quite sure a can of beer is better for you than a can of soda of the same size, diet or regular. A can of beer is definately better for you than the prescription drugs.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    April 3, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    It's called = The Word of Wisdom Stigma.

    Mormons who wouldn't dare touch a diet coke or a cup of coffee,
    don't give a second thought to pounding down extremely powerful pyschotropic medications.

    It's like if it's packeaged in a perscription bottle - the Word of Wisdom is magically transposed into being completely null and void.

    Sad - the letter of the law, vs. the spirit of the law.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 3, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    I think part of the problem is in Utah the dominant religion teaches against alcohol, tobacco, etc. so instead members of this church go to prescription drugs as their comfort because it doesn't look as bad as drinking a beer and isn't as taboo in the religion. I know many members of said congregation that are addicted to prescription drugs, but whom would shun a person seen drinking a beer. It really is backwards. Just my observation. It doesn't make it right, I think in their minds it isn't as bad.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    April 3, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Let me throw this one out there: Lots of people have chronic pain from a back or other injury. This could be the result of a sedentary society that is out of shape, over weight and prone to injury. Seeking relief from this pain is to be expected. The medical profession is not very good at treating pain. People that suffer this way have my sympathy. I don't think extreme punishment is the answer.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    April 3, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    UDOT employees have drug tests. It's time to drug test all judges, lawyers in Utah.

  • Mugabe ACWORTH, GA
    April 3, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    Albert: "Perhaps part of the solution might be to get everybody a job.."

    People who have jobs ususally go to "Happy hour," on Fridays, after work. The real problem are the pharmaceutical companies that are allowed to manufacture the poiaon in the first place.

    Nearly every drug that has been made has proven to have devestating side effects, usually, more detrimental than the problem they were produced to cure. But not much is done in the way of monitoring the production of these drugs.

    The law enforcement spends hundreds, even millions, of dollars to arrest a person for possession of Marijuana, but make no effort to monitor the big Pharmaceutical companies that manufactures drugs that kills more people than alcohol and recreational drugs combined.

  • Albert Maslar CPA (Retired) Absecon, NJ
    April 3, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    The prescription drug problem and its abuses are a national and growing problem related to the culture that expects to push a button, and problem quickly solved. That does not nor will it ever work. All it does is exacerbate the problem. Perhaps part of the solution might be to get everybody a job, keeping them off their idle time and dwelling upon themselves that only magnifies any problem, thus requiring even more medications which side effects usually include contributing to the mental problem.

  • Is there no end to Greed? Bountiful, UT
    April 3, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    Its amazing to see a judge in this situation. Of all people.

    "Trust not the arm of flesh"

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    April 2, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    Too bad all around. Those who are found guilty of illegal drug distribution deserve the maximum sentence. So many lives are wasted either from death or time spent trying to procure the ticket to the next high. Addiction is a terrible beast to battle and often you can't beat it alone.

    Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic that doesn't seem to be slowing down. Once again its too bad all around.