A milestone show again Sunday night. Florida State Representative Jim Frishe started out the show with me. It appears the silence from our elected officials is being broken. It was evident and refreshing that Rep Frishe clearly understood the scope of the growing drug culture in our country and understands more has to be done moving forward. With Rep Frishe’s example, I hope we can all expect that more elected officials will be stepping forward to help the radio show bring business, church and community leaders together to discuss the huge economic damage being created by the increasing proliferation of drugs into our communities, both legal and illegal.
Later in the show the sentencing of David Laffer, the man who killed four people in a Long Island pharmacy last summer was discussed http://www.newsday.com/long-island/records-show-laffer-shopped-for-doctors-1.3330619 Laffer was sentenced to life in prison and his wife for 25 years. Prior to the June 19th killings, Laffer had received 400 pills from five different doctors from June 7th to June 17th. New York State has a “drug data base” available to the medical profession. In a four year period Laffer and his wife had legally obtained 12,000 narcotic containing pills from a number of doctors. It appears that New York’s drug data base was created for cosmetic purposes only.
The radio show found it ironic that most states have what are called Dram Shop Laws. A bar (bartender) can be held liable for a patron’s actions if they are served alcohol while visibly drunk. The bartender has a civil obligation to not serve someone who may be exhibiting dangerous behavior to themselves or possibly someone around them.
This radio show host questions the logic of holding a bartender liable for a person’s safety and the medical profession has a carte blanche on haphazardly passing out narcotics in a cash transaction.
The system has become so upside down that attorney’s have a hard time presenting evidence contrary to the existing “Standard of Care”. The doctor’s cash transactions for the narcotics has effectively become a part of the “Standard of Care” in medicine.
The “Standard of Care” for a bartender is higher than the “Standard of Care” expected from today’s doctor!