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

29,869 Letters Sent So Far

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.

Enter Your Name and Submit to Sign

don't show my name
Add your public comments (optional):
View activity report
People signing this petition:     Browse all signers
I want go extend my sympathy to my fellow chronic pain sufferers. I am the 54yo from hatfield, ma with all the painful conditions. I am refusing treatment for cancer because i don't want to extend my life because i cannot endure any more pain. I read a article about the DEA shutting down pain clinics. Most of the clinics serve the elderly.they were abruptly cut off. As a result of this, some went to methodone clinics, while others have turned suicide and many have turned to heroin for pain relief. Isn't it ironic that the elderly who have chronic pain had their pain meds taken away and are now using heroin?!?! I have read and heard from others with chronic pain also turn to heroin for pain relief. It is 2:32 am here and i can't sleep because my body is throbbing with pain!! I have cancer and cannot get pain relief! That is why i will be ending my life. I just cannot continue to exist in pain. Being in severe pain day after day affects you physical, mentally and emotionally. You try to distract yourself from it, but can't because it is constant and you have no relief. The DEA are not doctors yet they decide about our health. By restricting our meds and making us suffer, it is not going to reduce the heroin crisis. People use heroine to escape reality, a bad home life, depression, anxiety, etc. They self-medicate because of the lack of mental health services. This is not our problem. The DEA lost the war on drugs a long time ago and they will never win. They are hurting innocent people. Our doctors can check us with urine tests to make sure we are properly taking our meds. I had a surprise urine test and passed. I don't mind taking one. They can weed out those who abuse drugs. Let the doctors do their job and treat us with life-saving pain meds because being comfortable means living, going without, we exist. The fricken government has no right to determine our health care needs. Unless the each earn a medical degree. The doctors creed is "First do no harm". All of us would rather be healthy than ill. I had to quit my job which i loved. I miss my active life-photography, gardening, hiking, skiing, etc. I am a prisoner of chronic pain! And now i get to suffer! By restricting our meds is abuse!!! The DEA needs to punish the real criminals like the drug dealers and stop punishing us! Sharon
I want go extend my sympathy to my fellow chronic pain sufferers. I am the 54yo from hatfield, ma with all the painful conditions. I am refusing treatment for cancer because i don't want to extend my life because i cannot endure any more pain. I read a article about the DEA shutting down pain clinics. Most of the clinics serve the elderly.they were abruptly cut off. As a result of this, some went to methodone clinics, while others have turned suicide and many have turned to heroin for pain relief. Isn't it ironic that the elderly who have chronic pain had their pain meds taken away and are now using heroin?!?! I have read and heard from others with chronic pain also turn to heroin for pain relief. It is 2:32 am here and i can't sleep because my body is throbbing with pain!! I have cancer and cannot get pain relief! That is why i will be ending my life. I just cannot continue to exist in pain. Being in severe pain day after day affects you physical, mentally and emotionally. You try to distract yourself from it, but can't because it is constant and you have no relief. The DEA are not doctors yet they decide about our health. By restricting our meds and making us suffer, it is not going to reduce the heroin crisis. People use heroine to escape reality, a bad home life, depression, anxiety, etc. They self-medicate because of the lack of mental health services. This is not our problem. The DEA lost the war on drugs a long time ago and they will never win. They are hurting innocent people. Our doctors can check us with urine tests to make sure we are properly taking our meds. I had a surprise urine test and passed. I don't mind taking one. They can weed out those who abuse drugs. Let the doctors do their job and treat us with life-saving pain meds because being comfortable means living, going without, we exist. The fricken government has no right to determine our health care needs. Unless the each earn a medical degree. The doctors creed is "First do no harm". All of us would rather be healthy than ill. I had to quit my job which i loved. I miss my active life-photography, gardening, hiking, skiing, etc. I am a prisoner of chronic pain! And now i get to suffer! By restricting our meds is abuse!!! The DEA needs to punish the real criminals like the drug dealers and stop punishing us! Sharon
My pain medication has been more that cut in half. I have severe arthritis where i get about 20 cortisone shots a year. I also have discogenic disease, fibromyalgia, severe permanent bursitis in my right hip, carpal tunnel syndrome and a mass in my right lung. I am only 54 yo and had both my knees replaced when i was in my 40's because of arthritis. I am suffering do bad. All i do is lay in bed and cry because the pain is unbearable. Before the med reduction i could walk with a cane and do about 1/2 hour activity before i had to lay down for the back pain for 15 minutes. I am no longer living, i am existing. I am going to be committing suicide. At least the pain will end.
Government, stay out of the patient and doctor relationship. Until you suffer chronic pain you have no right to tell a person who went to medical school and took an oath to treat suffering patients how to do their job. Walk in a pain patient's shoes and see how you like it. You will never stop the abuse. People in severe pain will do what they have to do. You're only making the epidemic worse. When you herniate 7 discs and have spasms and severe nerve impingement and can't get help like myself, see how it feels. Remember you were voted in and will be voted out. Any true American that believes in freedom should sign this. Wake up people!
Chronic Pain Warriors, I have read the letter Richard from NV is speaking of. This pain warrior continued to write many many letters to the CDC and Miss Houry finally replied to him. It's a must read, print and like Richard suggests attach it to your story and send to anyone and everyone. WE MUST FIGHT BACK! I WILL NOT LIVE MUCH LONGER IF THINGS GET WORSE FOR US LEGITIMATE CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN SUFFERERS. WE CANNOT LET THE CORRUPT LAWMAKERS TAKE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE AWAY!! TAKE OUR LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION, LEAVING US ABANDONED BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY..MY BODY IS AT WAR WITHIN ITSELF AND EACH DAY ANOTHER PIECE DIES. CHRONIC PAIN PTS ARE BEING TORTURED, LEFT TO EXIST IN A BROKEN PAINFUL SHELL, WHERE IS THE HELP FOR THE SUFFERING!?!!
Please go to: http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/7/19/cdc-opioid-guidelines-not-rule-regulation-or-law
Read the article by Pat Anson, Editor
You can find a link there to copy the letter I received from Dr. Houry at the CDC who oversaw
the development of "CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - United States, 2016" Take a copy of it to your physician, pain mgt. physician, and any one else you can think of. Send a copy to your state and federal representatives. To the media. To the insurance companies. Anyone and everyone. It is a breakthrough letter. It dispels much of the misrepresentation, misinterpretation, and outright lies perpetrated by the politicians, the media, and insurance companies. My physician was ecstatic about it. He said he and his colleagues can use it to rebut any questions about
their judgement in opioid prescribing. Send out your story and this letter. There is a 2 day drug abuse prevention summit in Las Vegas NV Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Contact ROTA@NPHF.org for information and registration. Gov. Sandoval is Vice Chairman of the National Governors Association. 40 governors of this group are trying to pass legislation like Mass. to make it much much harder to get opioids for pain. Stand up and fight. RM
I have multiple herniated discs in my neck and back. I relocated to Rhode Island recently and found that its impossible to receive treatment for chronic severe pain even though multiple mri's clearly show "severe spinal stenosis" especially in the cervical region. The doctors here totally lack any form of compassion. My life is a living hell with lack of sleep and pain, thanks to insensative morons that took an oath to treat the suffering and the sick. I now believe the oath some doctors took was acuually the "hippocritical" oath.
My wife has chronic back pain. Come to my house and sadly watch her like I do everyday. Even with her pain meds she still has very real pain and no life. If her pain meds are taken away, she will soon be lifeless.................
I have a serious neck injury that now causes my left hand to be 'on fire' about 80% of the time, and my right hand is numb and tingle most of the time. My disc injury is apparently now protruding into my spinal cord. On a scale of 1 to 10, my neck and mid back pain is an 8 almost 100% of the time. When I go to the drugstore with my prescription ( my doctor is a highly respected pain management specialist) I am made to feel like some sort of drug addict, I am a professional, 55-year-old, well educated woman. Trust me when I tell you, if there was anyway I didn't have to take this medication I wouldn't!! I hate the feeling of going to the drugstore to get my prescription, I would give anything to avoid being made to feel like a common criminal. Two weeks ago I moved to Dallas Texas. It took me three weeks to get into see a neurologist, who does not write prescriptions. He refers only to a pain specialist who takes at least three weeks to get an appt with. You guessed it, I have a 30 day medication supply and now I am out of medication. I finally had to go to the ER yesterday because after two days without medication I was ready to pull my hair out!! I literally could not walk by myself to the uber driver's car. So now let's add humiliation in to the equation. And here's the part you're never going to believe, the hospital will not write me even a carryover prescription until I get into see the pain management doctor, despite the fact they didn't MRI and they can see my injuries!! Are you kidding me? So now I have to get on an airplane and fly back to where I came from to see my previous pain doctor in order to get enough of my prescription to get me to my appointment with the pain management doctor. This is absolutely criminal, what the federal government is doing to people who are truly sick and in pain! Completely heartless! I wish I could trade places with these idiots for a day.
Adding to below my comment . Also yes we have a drug epidemic in our state but also this is one way it starts is a doctor's prescribing these lethal drugs and get you hooked then just can cut you off and force patients to go elsewhere to get whatever they need and then get in trouble and be put in jail because they have been through a doctor who put them on a narcotic for years then can just dismiss you because you did not receive a phone call and we're unavailable at the time they called. People do work, run errands, and also take their kids to places to enjoy and also have fun during summer or just wanna sleep in a little on their day off of work. This is ridiculous and unfair to the patients who do suffer of pain on a daily basis . Doctors should be held accountable of these problems because they make you take these meds but also can just take away.