Rep. Bomgar Urges Common Sense Over Opioid Regulation Push

By Keith Plunkett | November 20th, 2017 at 9:38 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of

Filed Under: Ethics, Joel Bomgar, Legislature, Liberty, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom, Public Safety

A state lawmaker is examining CDC data and trying to figure out why the overdose deaths are increasing. Representative Joel Bomgar says a lot of what’s being done to get a handle on the opioid crisis is only making it worse. His analysis of the CDC data shows it started when states cracked down on prescribing opioids.

“If you look at the year they cut people off, overdose rates spiked by 10 percent,” said Bomgar. “I mean, the graph is just, the data screams the truth. And the truth, in this case, is when you abruptly cut people off who are already addicted without good treatment options, they switch to street drugs like heroin and they overdose and they die.” – Jackson, MS

READ: Rep. Joel Bomgar does analysis of CDC opioid data

  • William H Smith

    I have similar concerns. My wife has had 6 knee surgeries, all related to 3 knee replacements (yes, 3) over the past two and a half years. I have had two knee replacements over the past year and a half. We both can say how important oxycontin was both to pain management (high levels of pain that continues for 2-3 months) and to going through rehab to get the benefits of the replacement (and a lot of pain associated with it). Now it seems to me that an overreaction is taking place. Doctors are going to be afraid to prescribe, or not allowed to prescribe except for a few days, and patients with real pain are going to be denied relief.