Wouldn't you think they'd focus on the doctors prescribing the meds? Our folks have been specifically told to use alternative treatment and only prescribe opioids as a last resort or if absolutely necessary.The Cherokee Nation sued distributors and retailers of opioid medications on Thursday, alleging the companies have contributed to "an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse" within the tribe and have not done enough to prevent tribal members from acquiring illegally prescribed opioid painkillers.
The lawsuit alleges that six distribution and pharmacy companies have created conditions in which "vast amounts of opioids have flowed freely from manufacturers to abusers and drug dealers" within the 14 northeastern Oklahoma counties that comprise the Cherokee Nation.
The tribe argues the companies regularly turn a "blind eye" to opioid prescriptions that would require further investigation before pills are dispensed. The lawsuit also alleges the companies have pursued profits instead of trying to reduce opioid-related addition that has taken the lives of hundreds of Cherokee citizens and cost the tribe hundreds of millions of dollars in health care costs.
I could see the retail pharmacies possibly intervening if they have a person showing up regularly with an opioid prescription or something, but unless there is some high tech way to create your own prescription that I'm not aware of the doctors should play a pretty important role in stopping the "vast amounts of opioids flowing freely" right?
What am I missing?