Special interest at work here?
State Rep. Robert Schenck thinks a drug database is just big brother at work and he wants to protect citizens from a database controlled by the worst entity in the world: our own state government, which intends to use it to track the purchase of dangerous drugs that are killing record numbers of people.
I often wonder how we got so far behind controlling dangerous drugs, and it seems Rep. Schenck wants to be part of the problem instead of the solution. It's impossible to control any epidemic without a database of those affected, and this drug problem is an epidemic.
His effort to repeal this needed control smacks of another database a special interest wanted kept secret. Several years ago, the NRA, with the help of our gun-loving Legislature, made the database of those who had concealed handgun permits a secret. It seems too many researchers were publishing results that significant numbers of these permit holders were getting into trouble with the law, which the NRA continues to deny. But we have to take the NRA's word for it, since no recognized researcher is now able to study that database.
State Rep. Schenck has not revealed the special interest or interests he is trying to protect. Are we to believe there aren't any?
Art Hayhoe, Wesley Chapel
Doctors need database law
Has Rep. Robert Schenck lost his mind?
If not, how could he advocate the repeal of the drug databank law? Not only law enforcement needs this law implemented, but we conscientious physicians and pharmacists do as well.
Every time I write a prescription for a controlled drug, I worry and wonder whether the patient will use it for anxiety or panic, or will sell it for 10 times its worth to an addict or an experimenting teen who may combine it with others and take an overdose, possibly fatal or else requiring emergency room care at a high cost to all of us and jeopardizing the person's entire future.
I have no way now to know if the patient is a doctor shopper who is getting multiple prescriptions and going to multiple pharmacies to get them filled. Pharmacists have the same concerns. They carefully check with me if a patient is trying to refill a prescription early but have no way to crosscheck with other pharmacies on other prescriptions for the same drug.
We have waited already two years since the law was enacted for it to be implemented. Please work to have it implemented soon, not to have it repealed.
Beatrice S. Braun, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist, Spring Hill
Pettiness lives on in commission
I would like to commend the sheriff of Pasco County for accepting money that would at least benefit his current officers by protecting their pensions.
I do believe the commission has a blind eye to the real problem here and the importance to our county's future without the requested new officers. I can't believe they don't see the benefit of the increased revenue to this county by having the extra manpower to clean up this large portion of west Pasco so people will again feel safe to invest in all the empty real estate. That's simple economics.
Their pettiness still lives on. If the County Commission still insists on using the millions of dollars they are sitting on to build another building, I for one will fight vigorously in the next election to make sure we have people in office who care about the safety of the people.
Marilyn Dennison, New Port Richey