Obama's Drug Czar on Fighting Illegal and Legal Drugs

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

President Obama's drug czar Gil Kerlikowski is dealing with a rise in the abuse of prescription drugs, ongoing violence along our border with Mexico and the legacy of the war on drugs. Kerlikowski, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, talks to The Takeaway about fighting drug cartels and the need for public education about the dangers of prescription painkillers.

"Electronic prescription process...cuts down on the potential abuse of a doctor over-prescribing. But it also looks at the patients who are going to multiple doctors which can be incredibly dangerous."
— Gil Kerlikowski of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on electronic prescriptions

Guests:

Gil Kerlikowski

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Contributors:

Noel King

Comments [3]

Patrick Carroll

So, NABNYC, are you accusing The One Who Has Been Promised Us At This Time of taking bribes?

I'd believe it, of course.

Given what happened to Joe the Plumber's government records, would you feel comfortable closely questioning a politician, knowing your entire prescription record (hence, most likely, your entire medical record) was available to a government bureaucrat?

Oh, and think about the opportunities for denying treatment to people who don't vote the way you want them to.

Obamacare will turn our civil servants into very uncivil masters.

Jun. 30 2009 12:48 PM
NABNYC

It is the Medical Industry -- health insurance, drug dealers, hospital groups and doctors' lobbies -- who are pushing the concept of a new national electronic medical records system to be created and paid for by taxpayers. Why taxpayers should give money to doctors to update their computer systems is beyond me. Except, of course, that the Medical Industry pays millions in bribes to Congress.

The idea of having all medical information available to every person in this industry, when we still are the hostages of a private health insurance system, is a terrible idea. Once this happens, every single time a person buys a bottle of aspirin, that information will be made available to every private health insurance company in the country, and they will use it to dump patients who appear to have any kind of health problem. It is a system that theoretically could make it easier to manage data, but in fact will be turned against the citizens and to the benefit of the corporations.

Jun. 30 2009 12:01 PM
Patrick Carroll

So, because *some* Americans abuse prescription drugs, *all* Americans are going to lose privacy WRT prescription drugs.

The Imperial Federal Government is turning the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution into the One-Fourth Amendment.

I seem to remember a lot of screaming and moaning about a recent President and his attempts to shred the US Constitution.

I guess it's all different, now that The Lightworker is in power.

Jun. 30 2009 10:55 AM

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