I wrote this essay for the doctors’ blog, KevinMD.com. My original title was “California’s Death of Sanity Project” as I criticize what’s called the “California Death Certificate Project”.
It’s bad enough that they are prosecuting doctors for prescription they are writing now, but this project goes up to three years into the past, looking for any opioid prescription to a person who overdoses, even years after they received the prescription, even if the overdose was from fentanyl or a combination of multiple illicit drugs.
As I end my essay:
Trying to stem illicit opioid overdose deaths by mandating restrictions on opioids for patients in pain is only a cruel experiment fueled by ignorance and fear.