At a forum with the Minnesota Medical Association, doctors said they feel caught between patients who legitimately need prescription drugs and people who are addicted. Doctors agreed that prescription drug abuse is a problem, but one doctor said, “Even if you do everything right, you can be burned. It’s waltzing in a mine field.” Doctors complain that they get blamed for denying people medicine and blamed for accidentally prescribing it to an addict.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, “They’ve been accused in the past of not doing enough to treat pain. But they’re also blamed for the prescription drugs that are ultimately abused.” Minnesota currently has a prescription monitoring program that allows doctors to see if patients are hopping from doctor to doctor to get pills. However, only 40 percent of pharmacists and 30 percent of doctors are making use of the program.
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