Pain clinic owner supports bill aimed at cracking down on pills

Pain clinic owner supports bill aimed at cracking down on pain pill epidemic

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"They were very concerned about walking out the door and going to their car, that they would be assaulted," said pain clinic owner and nurse practitioner Edward Roland. "They were very concerned about walking out the door and going to their car, that they would be assaulted," said pain clinic owner and nurse practitioner Edward Roland.
Hank Peck, a pharmacist at Long's Drug Store, also supports the bill and says pharmacists keep track of what many patients have been prescribed, adding an extra layer of protection to people's health. Hank Peck, a pharmacist at Long's Drug Store, also supports the bill and says pharmacists keep track of what many patients have been prescribed, adding an extra layer of protection to people's health.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A state lawmaker from Oak Ridge is calling for another step to fight the epidemic of painkiller addiction by again tightening up the rules on pain clinics.

His proposal would keep clinics and other painkiller prescribers from actually dispensing the drugs.

Sen. Randy McNally says the bill is aimed at getting more prescription drugs off the streets and eventually helping to shut down the illegal pill mills.

6 News spoke with both a pain clinic owner and a pharmacist for perspective on this bill.  Both hope it passes.

Edward Roland is a nurse practitioner and the owner of the Clinic for Productive Living. At the pain clinic he only writes prescriptions. Roland does not dispense pain pills, but has patients who have been to other clinics that have.

"They were very concerned about walking out the door and going to their car, that they would be assaulted. They would be approached many times by people offering to buy their medication, because they knew when they walked out the door that that person just got some pain medication," said Roland.

Roland says prescribing and dispensing pills at the same place can also be a conflict of interest.

"If I'm dispensing the medication and make a profit off of it, I'm going to be more tempted to make a decision in favor of increasing your medication," said Roland.

Hank Peck, a pharmacist at Long's Drug Store, also supports the bill and says pharmacists keep track of what many patients have been prescribed, adding an extra layer of protection to people's health.

"It gives us a chance to look at their profile and look at the prescriptions that are written if there's anything that might contraindicate we can talk with the doctor," said Peck.

The bill's sponsor, State Sen. Randy McNally, says having an outside entity fill the prescription adds accountability and is more likely to be reported to the controlled substance registry. He says the bill is modeled after a Florida law.

"When you see the number of pain clinics closing down in Florida and the number opening up in Tennessee, it gives you the indication that by tightening up the Florida law it worked," said Senator McNally.

Sen. McNally says the bill will be amended. He believes there will be an exemption added for pre-op medication to be given in a doctor's office. The senator believes once the bill is amended and refined it will pass.

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