This is pretty amazing: A nationwide shortage of IV opioids. There must be a news story there! Hard not to think this is related to having a president who has neglected to appoint people to hundreds of federal jobs (and, of course, the ones he has appointed all want to destroy the federal government).

A quick investigation shows: March 12, 2018 – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asks the DEA to lift production quotas that are limiting the supply of legal opioids used at hospitals nationwide.

It seems the shortage was known to be impending, but the DEA acted slowly and tardily. They, of course, are mainly concerned about making sure people do not misuse drugs. Their second priority is serving the needs of actual suffering patients.

Tom DeCoursey

Oak Park  

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