Kirk Wants Crackdown On Doctors Who Enable Painkiller Abuse

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is introducing legislation to crack down on doctors who overprescribe painkillers that get abused by teens.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, Kirk says more teens are killed now by prescription medications than by auto accidents.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

Accompanied by David and Gail Katz, who lost their son, Daniel, 25, to a narcotic prescribed for a friend, Kirk said his legislation would toughen federal penalties for doctors who overprescribe painkillers.

Kirk’s bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), would increase fines for so called: “Pill Mill Operators,” as doctors who overprescribe prescription drugs are known.

Kirk’s legislation would also decrease access to hydrocodone drugs such as Vicodin, Loricet and Loritab by reclassifying as controlled substances.

Kirk rejected any idea that his legislation will lead to increased agony for cancer patients whose doctors would limit pain killers to avoid legal problems.

This is “because if someone in a pain clinic or suffering from cancer well fits the medical practice community standards, and would not in any way violate the controlled substances act,” Kirk said.

  • Justforfacebook20101

    You know someone should educate our Senator about the age range for teens and what is a controlled substance.. Parents whose 25 year old son took a prescription from one of his friends, who is not a teenager either, somehow equates to abuse by teens.. Furthermore, Vicodin and Tylenol with Codeine I know for a fact ARE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES…

  • Reasonable Doubt

    Furthermore, for every action there is an equal an opposite reaction, now I can see more and more Caucasian teenagers on the west side of Chicago trying to buy dirty street drugs to replace the Vicodin and Oxycodone. Kirk is a fool

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