Interventional Pain Management Experts Available to Discuss Prescription Drug Abuse

Saturday, September 19, 2009 General News J E 4
Recent prescription medication reports regarding Michael Jackson and the FDA's recommendation to ban Vicodin and Percocet show that prescription drug abuse is reaching epidemic proportions. Interventional Pain Management Physicians from the American Society of Interventional Pain Management (ASIPP) are experts in the field and are available in every state to comment on the latest news and why there is so much abuse in this field - including doctor shopping, wrong usage and improperly trained physicians.

ASIPP has been successfully lobbying for nationwide prescription drug monitoring (there are 39 out of 50 states monitoring or planning to monitor as a result). In 2005, ASIPP helped pass the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) Act to coordinate nationwide monitoring of prescription drugs including sharing of information across state lines.

ASIPP spokespeople are available in each state to comment on a number of key prescription drug abuse issues including:

For interviews with ASIPP spokespeople nationwide regarding every issue of prescription drug abuse and drug monitoring, please call Melanie Weitzner,

(212) 843-8071 or email

CONTACT: Melanie Weitzner, +1-212-843-8071,, for ASIPP

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- July 2/

-- New FDA recommendations for pain pill bans - ASIPP does not agree as this decision does not address the underlying problem -- Growing number of poorly trained/ non-credentialed doctors prescribing pain medications -- Michael Jackson, "doctor shopping" and the effects of the prescription drugs he supposedly was abusing -- What pills NEVER mix together -- Impact of abuse on Medicaid/Medicare deficits; great example of health care system waste -- Many states are concerned about privacy. States, such as Florida, known for high abuse, decide not to share information across state lines - ASIPP says that is short-sighted

SOURCE American Society of Interventional Pain Management


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