When government began controlling narcotics nearly 90 years ago, it assured Americans it would never interfere with the practice of medicine.Read the rest of this week's TGIF column at the Foundation for Economic Education website.
Chalk up another in a long series of lies by the state. In theory government serves the people. In practice it does something else entirely.
The crusade to determine what drugs we can and cannot use, and under what conditions, couldn't help but affect medical practice. Someone who wanted a drug controlled by the state had two ways to obtain it: he could go into the black market or go to a doctor. If the drug-enforcement agencies weren’t prepared to watch the doctors, how effective could the anti-drug policy be? So as time went on, they did watch the doctors -- and prosecuted them, ruining careers and sending some to jail in the process.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Posted by Sheldon Richman at 7:00 AM