The Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking more control and surveillance in the lives of people who use opioids, particularly people who use the medications buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Bunavail, or Zubsolv) and methadone (Diskets, Methadose). The DEA’s mission in this regard is, on paper, to prevent diversion – the sharing or selling of methadone and buprenorphine to people unauthorized to have it – of the medicines. Yet an argument could be made that diversion serves a positive, harm reduction goal: even if someone benefits financially from the sale, the buyer is using it to stave off the effects of opioid withdrawal – withdrawal that can be deadly.In September the agency proposed the creation of software capable of searching for and identifying patients and prescribers of opioid use disorder medication. This expansion, coupled with the immense power the DEA already has, would serve to put a damper on people reaching out to methadone and buprenorphine clinics for legal methadone and buprenorphine.According to its proposal, the DEA wants its agents to have access to patient deidentified data. This means private information on medicine fills and refills, gender, and other things. The Pharmacy Prescription Data System will give the DEA information on patients and their habits to a degree previously unseen in the United States. Currently monitoring occurs at the state and federal levels. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program of each state currently holds data on patients, though to a lesser degree than the proposed Pharmacy Prescription Data System, and information included isn’t the same between states. At the federal level, the Automated Reports and Consolidated Orders System details the manufacturing of controlled substances, supply chains, and distribution.The push by the DEA to include methadone and buprenorphine endangers patients, because it may cause the distributing pharmacist to refuse to disperse buprenorphine. It may also be harder for methadone clinics to do their job while including patient-level information on everyone who is given it. We must resist this encroachment of people’s privacy. Opioid-addicted patients must continue to be given fair and positive healthcare.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
ILOILO – The provincial government’sproposed budget of P4.080 billion for 2020 may be approved before the Christmasbreak, according to the Committee on Appropriations of the SangguniangPanlalawigan (SP). This will be sourced from collectionsand service incomes of 11 district hospitals and one provincial hospital, plussubsidy from the General Fund./PN * special purpose appropriations(P1.16 billion) * general public services (P917million) Budget hearings were faster than lastyear’s hearings for the 2019 budget, according to Oso, because capitol officescomplied with the suggestion of the Commission on Audit to be specific withtheir proposed allocations. * economic services (P482 million) Offices with the biggest budgets werethe Governor’s Office, district hospitals and Hospital Management Office. The proposed General Fund is P282.417million (9.32 percent) higher than this year’s. The allocation is broken down into thefollowing: Budget hearings for the 2020 budgetwere conducted from Nov. 7 to 12. In the proposed P4.080-billion budget,the General Fund has an allocation of P3.029 billion while for Local EconomicEnterprise (LEE), P1.060 billion. Budget hearings have been completed,according to SP member Domingo Oso, chairperson of the Committee onAppropriations. * social services (P469 million) Meanwhile, the proposed LEE fund isP209.425 million (19.74 percent) higher than this year’s. He said he may be able to present tothe committee the budget report for deliberation, and by the first week ofDecember such report may already be submitted to the plenary.
The St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball team walked away with a win in overtime against St. Michael’s of Brookville, bring the Cardinals to 2-4 on the season. The final score was 14-12. Leading the Cardinals in scoring was Bridget Lohmueller with 6 points, scoring 4 in OT and Rachel Suttmann with 6 points as well. Katelyn Rahe went coast to coast and scored her first 2 points of the season! Paige Watters had some crucial defensive stops at the end of the game. Karsyn Watson commanded the floor on defense creating numerous steals. Jaelyn Owens had a big presence on the floor causing many jump balls. Cora Roth and Meg Ritter did a great job reading the passing lanes and stealing the ball. Isabel Imel got off a couple of great shots to complete the team effort. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Anne Suttmann.The 6th Grade Lady Cardinals hosted St. Michael’s. Final score 34 to 19 in favor of the Lady Trojans. The Cardinals showed much improvement defensively and on the offensive side as well. I noticed a lot more hustle tonight. Lucy Abplanalp had 8 points, Rachel Suttman 6, Maria Voegele and Kenzie Maple 2 and Emily Schebler 1. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dan Abplanalp.