Drug testing…

Drug testing 3Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire commented that the New Hanpshire House of Representatives has so mutilated proposed legislation to mandate drug testing among healthcare workers that it appears to be DOA.  This is lunacy and can mean only one thing, legislators and the citizens they represent have little idea how much drug abuse there is among the population.  It is rampant.  It is epidemic.  There are many estimates that as many as 1 in every 5 of YOUR co-workers is under the influence of an illegally obtained, unprescribed drug.

What is equally nuts is not considering at all the prudence of drug testing for all recipients of disability, welfare, food stamps and other so called ‘safety net’ programs.  Such programs are used by a large sector of the population not as a ‘safety net,’ but as last ditch reliance on subsistence support.  These programs have become standard fare that is now firmly interwoven into the fabric, the social being of the underclass.  Do we REALLY want to be financially supporting drug addicts, or people who abuse drugs and drive on our roads?

The costs incurred in testing would easily be saved by eliminating those individuals who are scamming the system.  And there are many.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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