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Lex Kogan, Ibogaine Developer, Celebrates Recent CDC Panel
Date:5/27/2013

NEW YORK, May 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Recently PBS hosted a question-and-answer session in which viewers were able to submit inquiries, on the topic of prescription drug addiction, to members of the Center for Disease Control; the Q&A has won the attention, and the praise, of Lex Kogan, Ibogaine developer and drug recovery advocate. Through his pioneering Ibogaine program, Kogan has helped numerous individuals recover from their addictions to Oxycontin and other narcotics. Now, he has released a statement to the press, highlighting the PBS initiative.

"Education is the silver bullet, the important first step toward eliminating drug addiction," says Lex Kogan , in his press statement. "As such, this PBS program is to be commended. It does an excellent job of dispensing some important information about prescription drug addictions, and about the recovery process."

The first question in the program is about how doctors can overprescribe medicines when state regulations have prescription limits in place. While 35 states had legal limits in place by 2010, the CDC answers, there are may complexities to these regulations. In many states, "such laws are restricted to certain schedules of drugs, to emergency prescriptions or to members of certain benefit plans (such as Medicaid)." Continues the CDC, "Very few states have laws requiring specific steps when exceeding daily dosage limits for all prescription painkillers." The result is that these legal limitations really do very little to curb overprescribing.

The CDC panel also addresses the question of whether doctors receive incentives when patients fill certain prescriptions—particularly those for opioids. The short answer is that no, generally speaking, they do not, but there are related factors in play, such as insufficie
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