FDA To Place Limits On Narcotics Prescriptions

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

The FDA plans to place new limits on prescriptions of two dozen popular narcotics.
It is part of an effort to reduce the deaths and injuries caused by abuse of drugs like Oxycontin.
We talked to a man who says he became an expert at fooling doctors into writing prescriptions he did not need.

Daniel Natter says he abused narcotics for years.

Natter says, "Oxycontin, heroin, and basically every opiate that's available."

His arm was severed as a child, causing permanent nerve damage. After his addiction started through experimentation, Natter used his childhood injury as a reason for doctors to prescribe more powerful drugs.

Natter says, "I was actually able to go to a pain clinic and just report pain in my arm, and it really didn't exist."

Oxycontin was at the top of his agenda.

Natter says, "Every month I would go in and say, 'No this isn't working for me, I need something stronger,' you know whatever I had to say."

But a new program known as REMS - Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies - will allow the FDA to place strong restrictions on the distribution of oxycontin and 23 other drugs. Proponents of the legislation that made REMS possible say it's long overdue.

Operation UNITE Director Karen Engle says, "This should have happened years ago, and maybe we wouldn't be where we are today."

Rep. Hal Rogers says, "I even went to the FDA in 2003 and testified requesting that the FDA change the rules by which Oxycontin can be prescribed."

No immediate changes are planned, but next month the FDA will begin meetings with manufacturers, patient and consumer advocates, and health care professionals to develop guidelines.

The FDA is planning a public meeting in late spring or early summer for broader input.
Daniel Natter is currently in recovery at Chad's Hope center in Clay County.


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  • by Laura Location: Chicago on Feb 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    William, I am sorry you are in so much pain. Chronic pain is so very dibilitating. If one is suffering from chronic pain, and there are no other options available for that person to relieve their pain (surgery, therapy) then they do typically have to rely on pain medication to just be able to function. What the FDA wants to do is regulate the prescriptions of these medications so that they are ONLY utilized by those people who truly, truly need them to have a functional life. As I said in my earlier comment, these proposed restrictions will protect the people prescribed these opiates. I admire Mr. Natter for taking a stand here in the comment section of his interview. I think we all know how the media works: They will listen to your story, then use only what words of yours that fit their pre-determined outline for their story. Good Luck, Mr. Natter on beating your addiction. Admitting it to yourself is the first step. Admitting it to the public is a harder step.
  • by William Location: seky on Feb 19, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    (ouote)This drug creates slaves, so does pain but I say take Oxycotnin off the market people did fine before it its the drug that has killed so many in Kentucky just take it out the state, but dont remove to many medicines because pain creates slaves as well.
  • by Daniel on Feb 18, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    I am Daniel Natter. They got a few things wrong in this report. I am not a local man. I am from Illinois. I did not say that I was prescribed heroin. The question was "What drugs did you do prior to seeking treatment". I answered honestly and directly. The interview clips they used left out 90% of what i said and chose to use what they thought would make a story. I never claimed to be an expert at anything and I hoped that by admitting my problem and stating my opinion about the regulations i could at least start to do something good for society instead of what i had been doing all these years like lying stealing basically being a criminal. This drug creates slaves. Its needs to be stopped. I recieved nothing for my testimony and i only wish they would have aired the interview in whole.
  • by William Location: seky on Feb 15, 2009 at 10:54 PM
    You know what UNITE workers is Foodstamp people they might as well draw ssi, They are nothing but Government dependants they depend on that Money from the Goverment what if Barack Obama cuts off there checks they have to get real jobs or take cuts in pay, we need real medical help not police, I think some of these old male politics and these young pretty girls might be Goverment bums worse then ssi and foodstampers, just a better class of broke, at least the foodstamp people dont raid your house and distroy your health care in your town, I wander if they got some hanky panky kissy face stuff going on Umm ? probley do if UNITE gets cut some of them politicians will have to buy some them pretty women a pair of shoes from the dollar store and a meal at taco bell...it happens they are just foodstamps on steriods calling them self important.
  • by Daniel Location: recovery on Feb 14, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    I believe that in some cases (cancer patients etc) the use of pain relievers can be benefitial. Unfortunately the abuse has become a national epidemic. This could be a good start to help with the problem but it will not fix it. China went through the same thing during the opium wars. They had 40 million adicts and the population was not as great as ours is today. It took a total revolution to overcome that problem. We may be faced with the same need. I also agree with Laura from Chicago. She is obviously brilliant and beautiful.
  • by William Location: seky on Feb 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    (quote)Natter says, "Oxycontin, heroin, and basically every opiate that's available) Now im cearious what pain Clinic Or Doctor give Daniel Natter Heroin? I never herd of Herion being give out by GP's that sounds like a street drug? This makes every person in this region Look like Daniel Natter look a little deeper in to this one Looks like somebodys got Tiny Tim to wave his little hands for Goverment FDA restrictions, and money how low will some people go for the dollar bill?
  • by William Location: seky on Feb 14, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    This is for Daniel Natter did I hear him say Heroin? What Doctor or pharmacy in Clay county prescribes Heroin? I dont think they do that do they? Now Daniel Honey you need to make things more clear Doctors in seky giving you heroin prescriptions??? are you lieing Daniel ?
  • by j j Location: ky on Feb 14, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    i agre with william lots of people need pain pills,try working in the coal mines 25 years and have rods and pins in your back,plus other broken bones.but there is other people that don't need them just want to sell them.
  • by William Location: seky on Feb 13, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    If you have been blessed to be a big thick boned red faced beautiful healthy Fellow or gal all your life with no sickness Its kinda hard to understand sickness, But just waite your until your line dancing in some disco and your boot heal breaks and you fall down several stairs and twist your spine in three places and the bar has to call the EMT's and your took to the hospital and after surgery the pain still just want stop it feels like your having a baby 24 hours a day you will eat Dog s*** to take away the pain if it works from the littlr box if need be....some people need this medicine, and for people that lie and gets drugs to sale, The United States needs to think about ways to bring jobs to Kentucky so people dont become pedi drug dealers to pay bills and keep food on the table, Hal Rogers want bring any money making jobs to seky everything goes to Pikeville as close to Virgina as he can get. maybe hal should move to va,
  • by me Location: rite here on Feb 13, 2009 at 01:57 AM
    oh my back is killin me rite now u people ant a helpin it so quit cryin.
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