Make Doctors Pee in a Cup?

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It’s outrageous.  A methamphetamine user convicted of a federal felony for drug dealing just won the right to treat patients again in one year.

Pilots would be grounded for life. Lawyers would lose their license forever.  Doctors that use and deal drugs, like Nathan Kuemmerle, face little discipline or deterrence.  That has to change, and you can help today by calling for reform.

The Los Angeles Times conducted a remarkable investigation that found widespread problems with prescription overdoses and a fundamental failure in California to discipline and deter drug-dealing and drug-using doctors.

This week, I talked with mothers who lost their sons to drug-dealing doctors and are ready to march on Sacramento for change.

Will you help clear the road for them by asking your legislators to hold hearings, data-mine state databases about doctor prescribing patterns, and improve doctor deterrence and discipline?

These families have been devastated by the preventable loss of their children.  The fact that their kids’ deaths were preventable is what is so frustrating for them and tragic.

How is it possible that drug-using and drug-dealing physicians, including the 71 identified by the Los Angeles Times whose prescribing has led to 3 or more deaths, are not known to the public and are nearly all still practicing without scrutiny?

Pilots must undergo mandatory random drug testing because they hold the lives of so many passengers in their hands. Physicians who operate on patients and are in a position to overprescribe or use narcotics themselves should undergo similar mandatory random drug tests.

Sacramento needs to put the issue of doctor oversight, discipline and deterrence on the front burner.  Will you help by weighing in today?

Jamie Court
Jamie Court
Consumer Watchdog's President and Chairman of the Board is an award-winning and nationally recognized consumer advocate. The author of three books, he has led dozens of campaigns to reform insurance companies, financial institutions, energy companies, political accountability and health care companies.

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