First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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There are many Doctors who label their patients unfairly, demean these patients and degrade them because they are victims of chronic life long pain.
This is archaic medicine and does more harm than one can imagine. Physicans are afraid to treat patients who are victims of pain. The DEA targets them and instills fear in how they choose to treat their patients and what they prescribe. More and more, Doctors are refusing to treat their patients who have chronic pain. Patients are far too often considered "Malingering" or "Doctor Shopping".

Doctors far too often refuse to even communicate with these sufferers and label them as a LTDU ( Long Term Drug User) This is unfair, harmful medicine, and and causes llife long damage, both physically and mentally. It has effects on family, friends, co-workers and often causes the sufferer to withdraw from society. Through no fault of the patient, they withdraw from daily activities with their spouses, family and friends.

Much like the Abortion issue, you force these victims of pain into back door alleyways, store front pain clinics and worse. They receive no counseling on how to take their medication and often don't know what they are taking. Like in the past, by treating victims of pain this way, you force them into seeking help and relief outside of the Law. It is one issue to target illegal clinics but another issue entirely to target Physicians who should be allowed and should be treating their patients who have pain. Instead, Physicians are forced, out of fear of prescribing pain medication, to send their patients off to some "Unknown" pain clinic where they suffer yet more humiliating labels and discrimination. Pharmacists often feel the need to "interfere" and embarass the patient when they pick up their medications. They are treated like second or third class human beings.

Why is it that Doctors are no longer treating the 'Whole Patient?" Not addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain? There are many instances when there is NO clear cause for pain but that is not to say it doesn't exist. Pain receptors malfunction. Injuries can cause pain years later.
Elderly patients who suffer every remaining day of their lives are told by their Doctors' that "They are concerned about a possible addiction". What happened to the quality of their life? Their right to live their life to live without debilitating pain? Their only option may be to consider suicide?
The damage caused is a horror. Elderly commit suicide rather than live with this pain.
Physicians are taught (since the very beginning of medical school) that any patient requesting pain medication is to be Scrutinized" and to be "Wary" of them especially if they tell you they can't take anti-inflammatory drugs, that is a sure "SIGN" of addiction.
I was told this by my own Doctor. "What to watch out for when a patient requests help with their pain." They actually have a class for new Doctors on how NOT to treat patients.

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It is literally easier to get pain medications for your dog than for yourself. I think it's sick that we treat pain patients, who are human, like pariahs simply because they have chronic pain. It's really sad that it's easier to get guns than legitimate pain medication. What kind of a message is that sending to chronic pain sufferers? I wonder how the people who make these laws will feel if they possibly find themselves suffering from chronic pain some day?
We need to be heard? let people get help with their pain by allowing our Doctors to treat us with medications with out brainwashing or making believe humans don't have chronic pain if you are human and have a soul and or comprehend yours or others and their existent's in which we live know's and If those who in positions to help and do not they are a great dis-service to all of human race. For those who wish to play God and who enjoy inflicting abuse or discrimination or control upon people who suffer chronically to please inflict this behavior upon themselves and the ones they care about or love.
I Have Suffered to long! Reality is we as HUMANS have Pain! this will never ever go away no matter how much ******** is fed to us from the Media & the Government and the Law as well does not want to deal with the people who ruin it for others well guess what? that's your JOB! if its to hot in the Kitchen get out! our founding fathers when molding our country for good of humanity did not intend for country to become corrupt with white color crime and Brainwashing at all but certainly not to the degree that it is in present day in 2015 we need to have Unity and there is no way we would have built our present day world with out Team work people helping people. What we witness today is only going to reach a higher level of negative feed back and unfortunately a breaking point due to functional good people in society not standing for this no longer! wake up? and be very Wise to whom they choose to stand for? basically don't let a country be sacrificed for a few who are problematic? its not the gift of modern Medecine that is in question here? It is the people in whom choose to use this gift from science that helps people stricken with chronic pain so that they may have a quality of life. The ones who make a profit illegally non govern-mentally is where we need to strongly focus and to be careful not to allow discrimination and negative repercussion towards sufferers like I said in the beginning Pain nerves are through out the human body and denying humans access and help to a life that can be productive & meaningful to whom all comes in contact with them I know people who are paying the medical society especially in the state of UT to alleviate their pain that all you receive is medication that takes the edge off only and doing a disservice of not prescribing break through medication/ we all know at times pain can be at different levels and the Doctors have you describe the level of pain on a scale 1-10? so they know? but what really hurts and breaks the trust between Doctor and patient is when you see these Doctors not fighting for their patients rights? Those Doctors are Cowards! and news spreads quick in society we the people know who they are and the good people who suffer's believe in Pointing fingers to the wrongful entities not all just who's deserving through observing and acknowledging this dishonorable badge goes to our FDA funny alcohol for instant is legal and marijuana is not? the public are just recieving the message when you do your research? that Alcohol can give you Cancer and that marijuana has health benefits what ever the treatment We should be entitled to exercise our Choices as well as their Doctors treatments that help regardless of descrimination, Greed, or what level of society people are from. For instance: we the people have the Rights to protect ourselves with a Firearm and those who do not understand take a walk in a neighborhood that U have no choice but to live their and then you will understand not just walks going to
Don't punish legitimate prescriptions because of those who know how to manipulate the system.
You could be that legitimate person one day...
Had to go 3 days without pain medication because the pharmacy refused to fill my pain medication. The medication is a 7 day pain patch. If it should fall off, you are required to put on a new patch. My doctor did everything he could do, but due to DEA regulations the pharmacy would not fill the prescription because it was 26 days since the last refill and they said the DEA would only allow the prescription filled within 29 days since the last refill. So I had to go 3 days without my pain medication and I suffered. THANK YOU DEA.
This is insanity! The people who are constantly abusing this keep getting what they want from the CRIMINALS. Nothing is ever done to stop this. I have even turned in the pill Mills and drug houses where it is a family business to sell prescription meds. GO GET THEM!! They all get right back out and go right back to doing business as usual. ...because its all about the money. They pay bail, fine restitution and go right on about business as usual. Where are YOU heavy handed bad boys of DEA with theze slime balls!?!? Oh're too busy bullying the good docs, compassionate docs that are treating people like my 76 year old mom (who has never even been in a hospital other than to have babies, never had surgeries, never even been to doctors til now) who gets compression fractures in her spine and can not even make it her appointments to get help with out some pain management. Even her ortho-spine surgeon who sees her MRI and knows that she is in excruciating pain won't prescribe anything for pain because they are afraid of the DEA. Now that is INSANITY. You are penalizing, no you ARE TORTURING the wrong people. I feel like I have fallen into a parallel universe where good is bad, right is wrong. You will now be forcing the good, honest people to become part of the problem in order to survive their chronic, severe pain!
(Balancing Control And Availability Of Opioid Painkillers In Pain Management) "Because opioid analgesics have both a medical indication and an abuse liability, their prescribing, dispensing, and administration, indeed their very availability in commerce, is governed by a combination of policies, including international treaties and U.S. federal and state laws and regulations. The main purpose of these policies is drug control: to prevent diversion and abuse of prescription medications. However, international and federal policies also express clearly a second purpose of drug control, that being availability: recognizing that many opioids (referred to in law as narcotic drugs or controlled substances) are necessary for pain relief and that governments must ensure their adequate availability for medical and scientific purposes. When both control and availability are appropriately recognized in public policy, and implemented in everyday practice, this is referred to as a balanced approach (American Medical AssociationĀ]Department of Substance Abuse, 1990; Cooper, Czechowicz, Petersen, & Molinari, 1992; Drug Enforcement Administration et al., 2001; Fishman, 2012; Gilson, 2010a; Gilson, Joranson, Maurer, Ryan, & Garthwaite, 2005; Joranson & Dahl, 1989; Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2011; Woodcock, 2009; World Health Organization, 2011a)."
My ex-husband who is disabled & lives with me due to his excruciating pain, was managing to live at a pain scale level of 5, but now to rescheduling of his opioid, he is being under treated once again because the Pain doctors are afraid to titrate his meds as is needed to allow him some quality of life. I can't blamee the Drs. they are afraid to pracctice medicine due to the DEA's witch hunt! My heart breks for my exx-husband & other chronic pain patients. The DEA needs to go after the real criminals such as the drug cartels & leave doctors & patients alone!
I went in for a simple diskectomy, it went badly and i ended up in the icu for a month and a total of 5 surgeries in a matter of 5-6 weeks. Now i live with this awful pain and have so much trouble getting help it is unbelievable! A DOCTOR DID THIS TO ME!!! How can this be??
I have read pages of the comments listed and I feel like they are all versions of my own experiences. I hope someone is listening. I hope I will still be here when change is made.