Controversial bill authorizing psycho...

Controversial bill authorizing psychologist prescriptions awaits governor's signature

There are 1 comment on the Oregonlive.com story from Mar 4, 2010, titled Controversial bill authorizing psychologist prescriptions awaits governor's signature. In it, Oregonlive.com reports that:

Oregon could become the third state where psychologists can prescribe drugs, if the governor signs a controversial bill the state Legislature passed last week.

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head4hills

Portland, OR

#1 Mar 4, 2010
OK SO I GUESS A PSYCHOLOGIST ONLY HAS A PHD AND NOT AN MD? is that it? because i bet most people don't know the difference. But it must be only Psychiatrists who can currently prescribe meds.

I think it's important that any kind of practitioner be thoroughly familiar with the pharmacology of medicines, and even md's are usually barely up to snuff on that. So why would a psychologist, less qualified, be able to handle this?
It's true that the state has allowed Nurse Practitioners to prescribe regular meds, in lieu of MD's at medical clinics. although I question that, having had experience with np's at one clinic, which was poorly run.
We need BETTER trained clinicians, NOT the lesser trained kind, to be prescribing meds. But psychiatrists and psychologists should work together, as one works on the talk therapy and one works on the chemistry therapy. At any rate, psy meds are very often overprescribed as it is. Don't need more access to them, unless the patient simply cannot afford sessions with a psychiatrist because more expensive.
maybe if psychologists got a lot more ed on pharmacology, it would be ok.

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