We were saddened but not surprised to see that Mississippi ranks sixth among the 50 states for the rate at which physicians prescribe painkillers to their patients.
That news, reported in a July 1 story by The Associated Press, comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to combat deaths from prescription opiods like Vicodin and OxyContin. According to the story, drug overdose deaths reached 41,000 in 2011, and 41 percent of those deaths involved prescription painkillers.
As an addiction treatment center based in north Mississippi, we see firsthand how a prescription for one of these powerful drugs can open the door to addiction – a chronic disease, which those in recovery must manage for the rest of their lives. While the good news is that recovering addicts can go on to lead healthy, successful lives, many could have been spared the struggle if prescribers had acted differently.
We hope that new measures by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure will help curb this trend, by educating prescribers and tracking prescriptions of controlled substances to Mississippi patients.
Mississippi must do all it can to protect its citizens from the deadly, preventable disease of addiction.
The Oxford Centre
Tupelo Outpatient Office
Hobby Lobby decision upheld Christian faith
On Reg Henry’s July 5 article titled “Slippery slope lies ahead after decision,” contained an important fact. As Christians, the Hobby Lobby owner objected to paying for anything that causes abortions, not all contraceptives. Henry paints unpaid contraceptives as blocking others “moral business” by bosses, and he suggests not having this money makes women into victims. But bosses not paying for abortions doesn’t stop women from having an abortion, unfortunately.
Freedom of conscience and religion is the protection of all freedoms. But religious freedom is losing ground, proof being many Democrats denouncing the Hobby Lobby decision.