While I can agree that Heroin addiction is a horrible problem that has to be addressed, I can also point out the fact that in my opinion, the immediate reason this young man ended up dead, when he did, is because he had been subjected to surgery to correct a cleft palate, and because he was known as a drug addict he was refused pain medication after his surgery.
Excuse me, but just what the hell kind of Country do we live in?
I am seeing a lot differing scenarios similar to this lately, in that the “patient” ends up dead of a Heroin overdose because the medical establishment refuses to give a patient NEEDED medication after a surgery or traumatic medical event.
This is just insane!
I cannot believe that the parents of this young man can not seek out a way to sue the medical establishment for insufficient care. But because the ‘medical establishment’ is following the letter of the law as far as dispensing is concerned, there is as of yet no way to turn to get justice for a patient that has been treated in this manner. It is incomprehensible that this is happening in the U.S. However, since “first do no harm” is supposed to be the code of physician’s, why did the Surgeon agree to do the surgery if he knew he was not going to be able to control this patients pain? If you do not already know, let me tell you…MONEY. At the end of the day he is lining his pockets with money from the Insurance companies for doing the surgeries while refusing to fill needed pain medications because of the laws in place even though they are medically required after a surgery of most any kind, isn’t that akin to malpractice? In effect, it could be said that this Doctor was directly involved with this young mans death. And so was the U.S. Government, and the State Government as well. The fact of the matter is that if the Physician had prescribed the medication needed after this man’s surgery, he would not have died of a Heroin overdose…at least not on that day for the reason of being in post surgical pain.
Read the following very closely:
In March of 2014 Ryan had what should have been his last corrective surgery. Because he was an addict, doctors would not prescribe pain medications.
“For a few days he was uncomfortable. He was very agitated and he went and did what most addicts do. He went to get the thing that would help him,” said Bill.
Bill found his son lying on his bedroom floor. He had died from a heroin overdose. (LINK TO SOURCE)
There has to be a way that the Citizens of this Country can file a Class Action Lawsuit against the Federal and State Governments for “cruel and unusual punishment” among a lot of other things.
Where are all the Human Rights Lawyer’s at?