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Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Speaks Out Against Prescription Pill Abuse

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Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Speaks Out Against Prescription Pill Abuse

No matter what side of the political fence you’re on, you have to hand it to Mary Bono Mack for taking a stand against prescription pill abuse. The Republican representative from California is heading a commerce panel for the Energy and Commerce Committee to raise awareness of the problembono_mack_home-200x300.jpg

On April 4, Bono Mack, the widow of singer turned Congressman Sonny Bonowho entered politics after his death, introduced legislation that would ensure that no one can get drugs containing Oxycodone for other than the intended use – to reduce severe pain. The legislation is called the Stop Abuse Act of 2011 (H.R. 1316) and she has garnered support from several of her colleagues in Congress. It’s a cause that’s personal for the Congresswoman but she’s well aware it affects the whole country. Her son Chesare became addicted to Oxycontin, and the two have seen several friends get hooked, too. 

It’s hoped that the legislation will stop Oxycontin pills from being so widely marketed. For one thing, the law, if passed, will help thwart the pill mills that are rampant in Florida.  

Our representatives in Congress aren’t the only Americans wanting to step up. Awhile ago Taylor Armstrong posted about April Rovero, who founded the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, after her son died of an overdose from prescription pills. This is a bipartisan issue.

 

 

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  • Carol Levy
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    I do not know why the amount of prescription drug abuse has happened/increased or where they are getting the pills but the implication from this bill is that this drug is used just for the heck of it when you have a little bit of pain. If it is being prescribed by doctors who give it unnecessarily that is where the attention should be be placed, as well as those who steal it, whether the theft is from mom and dad’s medicine chest, a clinic, orpharmacy.
    As someone who has been disabled by chronic intractable pain for 30 years, and as an advocate for pain awareness and more specifically women in pain awareness, it is distressing that the abuse of these meds has become the overriding headline, leaving those of us in disabling and debilitating pain in the dust, rarely heard from and lumped in with the abusers.
    When will you talk about those who need this medication to live, or even just be able to get out of bed?
    Thank you.
    Carol Jay Levy
    author A PAINED LIFE, a chronic pain journey
    https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/groups/111961795481256/
    http://apainedlife.blogspot.com/

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