By John Burke, Guest Columnist – Published by Pain News Network

I first need to tell you that I spent 48 years in law enforcement and recently retired in 2015 after commanding a large enforcement initiative in southwestern Ohio. I have extensive experience in  prescription drug abuse as it pertains to law enforcement and have written a monthly article for the past 15 years in Pharmacy Times magazine on the topic of drug diversion.

I am the past national president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and current president of the International Health Facility Diversion Association. In short, I am no stranger to the issues surrounding the abuse and diversion of pharmaceuticals.

I am also a self-declared pain patient advocate who strongly believes that the vast majority of controlled substances that are consumed in the U.S. are taken by legitimate pain patients.  Pain patients have no real lobbying group that can apply pressure on politicians – who are often oblivious to the plight of pain patients as they scramble to get reelected!

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