So, I’m reading blog posts, which as an author is something that one should be part of the daily process. If one contributes only to the initial idea without contributing to the conversation, then there is a diminished value to the point of publicly writing. Today I read an amazing article on listening by The Journey Institute’s founder Dafna Michaelson.
The point is that every time I read a great post I go off on a tangent of thoughts that often expands to another idea or post. So, my advice, read other blogs.
Today’s gem: Not Taking your medication, or taking way to much? The Data Knows… by Derrick Harris
This is an amazing article examining the facts of Prescription Drug use and abuse in the United States. Using analytic methods like this would allow both private businesses and local governments the ability to heal communities that are broken by a process that is illegally abusing both communities and the aspects of health care both private and public. The real truth here is that both private and public medical systems are funding these abuses that trickle down the economic pipeline. Effectively persecuting Dr.’s who abuse the system must include publicly available data without exposing the private personal and medical data. Examining doctors who prescribe high quantities of narcotics, especially in high risk communities, can expose tragic abuses and help curb the public costs. In addition to the actual medical expenses paid by governments and private health insurance that would reduce the overall expense of coverage, the welfare of communities and the extended burden of addiction. This extends to the capacity of social service agencies, churches, the burden of community governments that pay for extended crime rates that are extended by “Pill Farms”.
Additionally, effective use of this data (when it comes to people that don’t take all their medicines effectively), could allow health insurance companies to help communicate to their clients the value of effective medication consumption in regards to success of medication usage as well as a tool for targeting national health concerns like unused medicine disposal in correlation to water quality (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) and diseases developing immunity to medicine due to lack of complete consumption of assigned prescription dosages. More on bacterial immunity can be found via the CDC.