Matt Grant of WESH 2 News in Orlando Florida deserves much kudos for telling the painful truth about Floridians left to endure unrelenting chronic pain associated with the much dreaded “Pharmacy Crawl”. The shameful thing is that Attorney General, or should I say Politician Pam Bondi is getting just the attention she wants on the very backs of her constituents that are suffering in pain daily, as she successfully used this last year for personal gain while campaigning for re-election. Some say that she is the worst Attorney General in the country. In fact, just a few months ago, New York Times reported on Pam Bondi’s plea to Defend Free Trips “to conferences and socialize with lawyers for corporations under investigation by other states”.
Although legitimate American Patriots suffering day in and day out from pain are no doubt in favor of Bondi’s success to squelch Florida “pill mills”, these same sufferers are likely infuriated that such criminals have essentially crippled their own personal integrity and made it impossible to obtain their legitimate and much needed prescription medications, including opioids.
Indeed I have called out many a journalist on various blogs for their sensationalistic journalism, biased reports on the opioid epidemic without considering legitimate patents, and downright ignorance in reports laden with false statements by politicians and ill-informed clinicians. But you know what? Journalist Matt Grant deserves our support for telling the truth when people like Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, NPR, the NY Times, Boston Globe, People Magazine, and LA Times continue to play games with the lives of those who are suffering with little or no consideration for pain-associated suicide and morbidity!
Shameful are the Chain Pharmacies hiding behind their own indiscretions to bolster a case against patients attempting to fill legitimately needed prescriptions. This behavior is not in sync with the Oath of a Pharmacist which clearly states, “I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns”.
So on this Post-Super-Bowl Monday where the Patriots prevailed, perhaps we should consider their namesake victory and as American Patriots deserving of better treatment in our own right, embrace Matt Grant’s report with a very big thank you from the patients, their families and caregivers, and the frustrated doctors and pharmacists that follow this blog.
Please write a short note here and tell Mr. Grant that you appreciate his honest reporting. No doubt that if more journalists comprehensively reported this side of the story in Florida and nationally, and if pharmacists and prescription writers weren’t intimidated by the DEA and state authorities, Ms. Bondi would be forced to listen.