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Letters: Painkillers were dispensed too easily

New York State is considering a bill that

New York State is considering a bill that would limit patients seen in emergency rooms to getting no more than seven days of prescriptions, when there is a lack of proof that seven is less risky than nine or better than five. Photo Credit: iStock

I recently had outpatient surgery at a major Manhattan teaching hospital. As I was being discharged and given home-care instructions, I was told that if I didn’t get relief from Advil, I should take Vicodin prescribed at the hospital for the first two days.

My wife filled the prescription at the hospital’s pharmacy. It was for 40 pills!

As it turned out, I didn’t need any at all. But if I were susceptible to abusing painkillers, I could easily have become another opioid addiction statistic [“Opiate truths and consequences,” Editorial, Sept. 9].

Dave Smukler, Port Jefferson

 

Bravo, Suffolk County lawmakers, for filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies and physicians who have promoted the use of opioids!

It’s about time they are held accountable financially for the drug epidemic they have helped to create. In neglecting to educate people about the risks of taking these types of drugs, they are creating addicts at an alarming pace.

At one time, opioids were used exclusively for terminally ill patients, but out of sheer greed, these companies have “motivated” doctors to prescribe them for the general population, resulting in the drug epidemic facing Long Island and elsewhere.

Not only would the compensation be well-spent for rehab and prevention, it would set a precedent and hit the pharmaceutical companies where it hurts — their pocketbooks.

Robin Tierney, Massapequa

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