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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I am being victimized at this very moment.
After a horrible accident in 2010, I have had chronic pain, and according to my MRI,,,,It have been told it is an uncommon injury, in an area Doctors do not want to touch due to too many vital organs and such in that area,, I have had numerous injections that last 2-3weeks and the pain comes back. Pain Management Dr dropped me due to inability to afford insurance Obama care gave me an exemption number?? I have completely gone off of one medication (suffering horrible withdrawls), the pain is so bad I don't know where to turn. Carelink gave me a month of insurance and said they would review my eligibility . Been to the Dr, said couldn't see me until my Pain management Dr sent my chart.she assured me that when it came in,to come in and she would get me in ASAP. I did so..she said she couldn't see me for 4 more day's . I was so worn out and in so much pain the office manager said he would put me in with another Dr. In the same office (I was relieved , I figured she could discuss my situation with my Dr.), INSTEAD the other Doctor accused me of "Dr. Hopping"!?!? I asked her if she could send me for a MRI, She said no. I seriously don't know where to turn Quality of life is almost non existent . I try to care for my elderly parents (mother 85, Father 88). They have been Amazing).
I can not get any help or benefits without a note from my Doctor, but as of March 4, I will be without any Carelink , and they cannot interview me until March 15, with No Guarantee. Something has to give here. Prayers can only help me so much. Thank You for your time.
Once you've seen your doctor for pain and they stop treating you, you can't get treated anywhere else. I have been made to feel like a criminal, I feel that my life is not worth living and I hate them for not giving me a chance to have some semblance of a normal life. Not adequately treating pain should be a crime. No wonder it's called the suicide disease. And normal law abiding citizens have to consider illegal means to control their pain.
I currently have no pain to deal with, but cancer is waiting for me (family history), also heart, also pancreas… Freedom from pain should be a legal part of medical treatment, in a civilized country.
I have been treated SUCCESSFULLY for over 15 years with Pain Meds for my Service Connected Disabilities, and now all of a sudden I'm being cutoff Cold Turkey. This is a Disgrace and I'm proud to sign this petition on behalf of myself and all my brothers and sisters who served and are still serving. CONGRESS - VETERANS NEED THEIR MEDICINES TO GET THROUGH DAILY LIFE!!!! WE ARE NOT ADDICTS!! WE ARE VETERANS WHO SERVED PROUDLY, AND NOW WE'RE BEING TREATED LIKE WE DID SOMETHING WRONG. WE ALL SIGNED THE INFAMOUS "PAIN MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT", AND THEREFORE WE AGREED TO LIVE UP TO IT ON OUR END. WHAT ABOUT ON THE DOCTOR'S SIDE? DO THEY JUST GET TO ARBITRARILY STOP PROVIDING US THE CARE WE WERE PROMISED BECAUSE THE DEA HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO THESE DAYS THAN HARASS VA DOCTORS SO THEY STOP PRESCRIBING THE MEDS WE NEED??

I understand we lose on average 22 veterans per day to suicide, which in itself is a problem that needs to be addressed, however, do you think that taking away the pain meds that we need to keep up with daily activities will truly "reduce" the suicide rate? I hate to say it, but in my humble opinion I think this will only make the rate go higher because VETS can't get the meds they need to stay out of pain.

I served proudly, but this new rule is a Disgrace to all VETS and those who are still serving.

PLEASE CHANGE THIS IMMEDIATELY!!!
Bad back pain, should have more options that living a miserable life...
It is actually easier for pain patients to go down the street and buy illegal drugs ( heroin) to get pain relief than it is to get prescription drugs from a doctor! This is the reason there is a heroin epidemic in this country! People arent using it to get high they are using it for pain relief!
Chronic pain is NOT a joke. I've suffered since an accident and had a wonderful and compassionate Dr, then the laws changed this past October. It's left a LOT of people without proper medical care. Chronic pain=depression=stress that runs your entire body down. It's so hard not to feel hopeless.
For pain patients the nightmare continues, when patients can get prescriptions they often can not get them filled. Stop treating pain patients their doctors and pharmacies like hard core criminals. The pain management business could care less about the patients and subject them to dangerous treatments and meds that have previously failed them. They force treatment or will withhold medication patients need to have a more normal life.
I agree DEA needs to get out of Drs business, DEA show me your medical degree or go blow, but I seriously think they want us to die off, I also dont understand why Drs arent standing up for this, your gonna get less patients & less money, in which youve come so accustomed to having & I hope those causing us with pain, trouble, get double the pain that I suffer with
Don't know what answer is. I have been un chronic pain for 5 years and every few months they question my pain. I'm tired of hurting everyday and I would end my life if I had balls due to the painhas eaten me up mentally and physically.every few months I have to fight for treatment and away am told sorry. Judgement will never change.
I WISH EVERY LAW MAKER AND THE PEOPLE WHO HELP THEM THE SAME FATE THEY HAVE INFLICTED ON, WE THE PEOPLE !!
I have been in pain for the last 20 years. I have been going to a pain clinic for about 19 years. Every time I see my doctor my blood pressure is way high because they threaten to lower my medication or stop giving them to me. I am also disabled and I would rather die then go threw the hell of no medication for my pain. Even with medication I am in a great deal of pain. I am tired of being treated like a drug addict and a criminal.

Please is there someone out there that can help people, like myself from being discriminated against. All we want is some quality of life?