Drug abuse issue has no easy fix

Look out taxpayers: The West Virginia DHHR is creating plans for your money!

It is a fact West Virginia has a prescription drug abuse problem. It is also a fact that for decades bureaucrats devised endless plans and programs to fight the war on drugs, virtually all lacking in positive results. Now enter DHHR and its latest collusion with the American Medical Association cartel attempting more Charleston-run taxpayer-funded supposed solutions.

Is DHHR’s recently assembled “expert panel” off to a good start? The panel consists of four doctors and one bureaucrat from DHHR. where did the PRESCRIPTION drug problem start? Doctors over prescribing opiods. Does anyone believe that “expert” doctors are going to rein in the culprit to the problem? No, they will devise a scam to fleece the honest working taxpayers to funnel money through Charleston to come up with programs where the medical community will benefit from the problem they themselves created. Now in the private sector this would constitute fraud or racketerring, in government; business as usual. Politicians take donations from Doctors, Doctors get more business and tax payers are left with the bill and new problems the “solutions” create.

I recently had an appendectomy at DMVU Hospitals Parkersburg and within an hour of surgery I was prescribed an opiod pain medicine. I took regular strength Tylenol and was perfectly fine. Why resort to opiods right away? To normalize the practice? To get a long-term patient who the medical community can bilk the taxpayers for years?

As long as voters elect politicians that only care about their donor class, we will never get the WV we deserve. Real improvement will require politicians getting tough and meeting the problems of our day with real leadership. Leadership isn’t just shuffling working people’s money to doctors and other donors on a problem and hoping it will go away.

D. Shannon Kimes

Vienna, WV