Illegal prescription crackdown in Ohio, Kentucky

Doctors were charged with illegally prescribing and distributing opioids and other addictive drugs.
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Transcript for Illegal prescription crackdown in Ohio, Kentucky
Speaking of West Virginia let's going out to West Virginia where doctor Joyner Bailey joins us is a medical doctor a who serves a lot of clients and Appalachia region and especially in her community in West Virginia doctor Bailey thinks much you've been. Here with us on ABC news live before our want to get your reaction. Both to this news and also get your take on the role that doctors and medical professionals play are you seen in your community. Some of this illegal activity are these drugs spreading by doctors. I mean thanks for having me and I'm I would have to say that as far as a medical professional. And an as far as these medications coming from doctors. While there are still plenty bad apples out there that and it hurt in Italy France and the vast majority it does and middleweight from prescribing their hearts or our pain. And our current CDC guidelines. And in terms as a narcotic press thinks you back since about you and nine. C and prescriptions. Medications. Connie and particularly let's Virginia let's Virginia is the national and in that department so I'm. So it sounds look at some you actively. Try to avoid when treating your patients you try to not give them it's OxyContin and no like. Absolutely absolutely. And get better prescribed OxyContin anybody. Now while it in a what's your sense you know we talk to you a few weeks ago. Here we we were talking about the impacts the crisis is having in West Virginia to people that you're treating. First hand. Do you have the sense that we've turned a corner yet. I don't that we yet turned cornerback Ingram and break racks and we definitely it's for an hour from physicians prescribing medications. Marks were physicians treating chronic pain. There medication assisted treatment her hands and other various routes. Rather. Then easy coaching addiction recommend treating chronic pain. In what sort of support you need Joanna as we just wrap up here and he'd continuing in this fight we've heard. Our calls from your state for more resources more federal funding to help fight field through a crisis. But what's most urgent right now. I think mark pending an marked her owners and really our problem here is apparently not in an economic issue. We. We are in need. Better transportation and and more job opportunities and this area. Few people self medicate and that these medications. When actually what their feeling is hopelessness related to report on the. And we wish you all the best doctor join a daily. Joining us from West Virginia someone on the front lines treating her patients and also the community there as the so Buick crisis continues doctor barely think you so much.

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