Weighing in on Trump's opioid crisis plan

In opioid crisis, hold doctors responsible

Re Trump’s opioid plan calls for death penalty for drug traffickers (March 19): I am a licensed medical doctor, retired after 40 years of practice. As the chief of staff at a community hospital in Oregon, we faced situations of procedures being performed or care prescribed but the attending physician not being available for follow-up complications.

If a doctor prescribes opioids, that doctor is responsible to be on-call for overdoses that may result from their prescription. They are on-call for this prescription 24 hours a day unless covered by a colleague. Failure to be available should be subject to license revocation.

Having been on call 24 hours a day for much of my profession life, I can sympathize with this arduous requirement. But if you can’t be responsible, don’t prescribe opioids. Trump wants to kill drug dealers? Irresponsible prescribers are drug dealers.

Donald K. Ryan

La Jolla

What’s so bad about us being great again?

Re Trump opioid plan: After 14 months, where are the specifics? (March 19): Give President Trump a chance. Can you folks possibly get past your hatred of Donald Trump the man and accept that he is Donald Trump the president? We elected him, and whether you voted for him or not, because of your selection of a candidate for president, we all are responsible for him being in the White House. He speaks of cracking down on drug dealers and attacking the opioid crisis, but you say with “his exercise in vague rhetoric,” he didn’t say enough. The liberals, Democrats, dislike him so much that you can never cut him any slack. Get past it.

I fly a flag beneath my American flag: “Trump, Make America Great Again.” While it may offend some folks, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want America to be great, better than it’s been. Impeach him or support him. Like it or not, he will be in the White House until 2021.

Gary Grace

El Cajon

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