Drugs

GOP State Senator on Drug Overdoses: Good Riddance

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

State lawmakers in Missouri are debating the passage of a prescription tracking system that could be used to fight the state's opioid epidemic, but at least one Republican lawmaker apparently believes drug addiction can be a blessing in disguise.

According to state Senator Rob Schaaf, one potential benefit of drug addiction is that it kills the undesirables.

On one side is Republican state Senator Rob Schaaf, who once said that when people die of overdoses that “just removes them from the gene pool.”

Schaaf, who is a physician, has squashed legislation in the past six sessions to establish a prescription drug monitoring program, or PDMP. But sensing urgency that the legislation might pass this session, Schaaf introduced his own bill to set up a PDMP that’s unlike those in any other state — a proposal that medical experts have called a “sham.”

Sociopathy aside, critics say Schaaf's bill is a "sham" because it would force doctors to go through a middle man by contacting the state rather than simply looking at a patient's prescription history themselves.

Schaaf says he intends to filibuster an alternative bill working its way through the state legislature that would establish a real PDMP.

Call it a 'God complex' or whatever you want, right wing doctors seem to be more eager than most people to say who should live and who should die.

Needless to say, if congressional Republicans cut Medicaid and eliminate requirements that insurance covers mental health and substance abuse, states like Missouri will be devastated.

  • Draxiar

    In light of recent losses this article is particularly unnerving.

  • katanahamon

    Same s here in Utah, where a doctor/state rep wants to get a job with the insurance industry, he’s proposed a ludicrous set of bills to make it impossible for chronic pain patients to get meds.

  • Scopedog

    “On one side is Republican state Senator Rob Schaaf, who once said that when people die of overdoses that “just removes them from the gene pool.”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9883826236f06102a5b27b21973407f59c0462d2861a2d7a4196f774dc0844b4.gif

    • Aynwrong

      Scopedog has the best GIFs. The best, the very best GIFs.

      *tiny orange hands gesticulating wildly*

      • Christopher Foxx

        Sure. But can we kindly ask him to limit their use to just 100 times each?

        • Scopedog

          Heh! Your wish is my command! 🙂

          • Christopher Foxx

            😉

        • Aynwrong

          I can’t. I’ve posted the Lizard person pic from “V The Final Battle” too often.

  • Aynwrong

    “….by contacting the state rather than simply looking at a patient’s prescription history themselves.

    Brought to us by the The Party Of Limited Government® AKA the The Party Of Jesus.©

    As I said earlier, the death panels have arrived.

  • Badgerite

    Can we just finally admit that the ‘War on Drugs’ started by Nixon long ago was not a war on drugs so much as a war on people. And like all stupid and incompetently fought wars, it has and still does kill a lot of good people for no good reason. All the war on drugs has done, as far as I can tell, is help the drug trade stigmatize and destroy people. How is that helping? Society or anyone.

    • Aynwrong

      As far as I can tell the “War on Drugs” is little more than a full employment program for law enforcement and the private prison system. It’s a disgrace.

      • Badgerite

        Exactly.

  • The Hippocratic Oath must mean nothing to conservative doctors.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      They take the Hypocritical Oath instead.