Thursday, May 18, 2017

Disturbing Trend Pet Owners Hurting Animals Just to Score Pet Prescriptions

Jessica Layton, Tramadol, pet care, animals, pets

Addicts are now using pets as tools to score prescription drugs. Some of them are even hurting their pets. CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, a New Jersey lawmaker wants to put an end to the abuse of pet prescriptions.

New Jersey State Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R-Wayne) said that he heard about specific cases around the country.

“A golden retriever dog sliced by its owner, taken to multiple vets to get an opiate, dogs were taught to cough in order to go in and be prescribed an opiate. It’s trending throughout the entire United States,” he said.

Right now, in New Jersey, anytime a veterinarian prescribes a medication for someone’s pet, it’s done in the animal’s name. The lawmaker is pushing for a statewide database to keep track of pet prescriptions using the owner’s name.

He said it would crack down on people who hop from vet to vet to get pills.

“It sounds like it’s escalating, and probably not long before I see a case,” Dr. Benjamin Davidson said.

Dr. Davidson, of Blue Pearl Pet Hospital in Paramus said the only downside he can see is that have to report to a centralized system could take time away from pet care.

“But I think we have to look at, we have to look at the big picture which is preventing people from hurting animals,” he said.

In New York, vets are required to make an online report within 24 hours of dispensing tramadol, a pain reliever that can be taken by both people and pets.

Assemblyman Rooney hopes to see his bill go to the full New Jersey legislature in the next few weeks.

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