|Bono-Mack (R) is a congresswoman who represents the 45th Congressional District. Courtesy of pe.com|
Be that as it may, she does a tremendous amount of work to get people who abuse prescription drugs help. I discovered that when I read an article about Mary Bono Mack's fight to help those who are addicted to prescription drugs.
I know her pain. I have had the same issues in my own family that are closely connected to the controversy this issue has become . Tomorrow, would have been my brother's birthday (Dr. Norman Bamberg), but his life was given up. During the most recent part of his thirty-year medical doctor career he was a pain doctor.
Much has been written about the association of pain doctors and the prescriptions they write. Bono-Mack's solution doesn't deal with a throw-everybody-in-jail approach. Instead, she seeks to enact laws that make drug companies responsible for the pain relief drugs that they make.
Recently, she advocated for making it very difficult to physically change pain pills so it can they used for other purposes--mainly to get high. That certainly would help legitimize the business of pain medicine. To be sure, many people have pain that deteriorates their quality of life.
I had written Bono-Mack last May when my brother died. I was very specific about what happened, and felt a little strange telling her about it. Today, she responded with the following:
Thank you for your personal story regarding the abuse of prescription drugs. It is good to hear from you, and I appreciate your patience while awaiting a response.
As your Representative, I have been leading the fight in Congress against the fastest rising drug problem in America – the abuse of prescription drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses, including those from prescription drugs, are now the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. It is clear that Congress needs to take steps to address this critical problem that has devastated families all across America.
In an effort to raise awareness about this important issue, I serve as the co-chair of the Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, I have introduced the Stop Oxy Abuse Act of 2011, (H.R. 1316). I introduced this legislation to help stop the rising abuse and addiction of prescription drugs containing controlled-release oxycodone hydrochloride, included in the popular pain killer OxyContin. Over-prescription and drug diversion can have devastating effects on families and communities across the country, too often leading to addiction, criminal activity, and even death. Far too many young people are falling prey to the highly dangerous and addictive drug, OxyContin.
I also introduced the Ryan Creedon Act of 2011, (H.R. 2119) which would put in place new measures to ensure that prescribers of powerful pain medications receive a minimum standard of education before issuing the drugs. No such national standard currently exists.
It is important that the citizens of our district keep me apprised of their views so that I may better represent you in Washington. Rest assured, I will keep your views in mind when this issue comes before the U.S. House of Representatives.
Again, thank you for taking the time to write. For your convenience, you can sign up to receive regular email updates from me on issues important to our district at . Please feel free to contact me on other matters of mutual concern.