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'm a father of 5 young children (3 from 4 to 8yrs old and then twins!), I'm a contributing member of society (I work to help others in the Emergency Medicine side of things at the state level), I'm also a Chronic Pain Patient of 9 years. I've always stable and have had little changes in my pain managemnet needs over time. I suffer from degenerative disks in 3 places and a spinal syrinx from a serious car accident that manifested over time (years later) and now neuro issues in my lower spine to my feet that are extremely painful. My issues are clearly visible and validated in Radiology (I've had more than 6 MRIs and several CT scans to confirm the diagnosis). I am very stable as a pain patient goes (or have been until recently) with only a few increases in medications (I have asked for less increases than doctors have suggested) in these 9 years (related to opiod pain management). I tried ~8 or so differing medications before allowing opioids to be an option even and could either not function on any of those meds or found no relief (or both). I additionally did almost *_2 years_* of Physical Therapy (over 40 sessions at 3 clinics) to no avail (PT increased my issues despite my best efforts). I've seen neurosurgeons as well and found that I'm also NOT a surgical candidate due to the location of my injuries and the benefit/risk ratio being too high (for now). So to put it simply - I have medically documented intractable pain that is not operable and can only be treated effectively via Opiod based therapies (augmented with other medications as well).

When the FDA/CDC (DEA) recommendations hit the pain clinic I use - I found that I was too close to their "recommended ceiling" (which is very low as MME equiv dosing goes) though less than half of what many people in my situation are on. I was sent to a different clinic and mislead about continuing my current meds as the doctors there are scared and making irrational decisions as a result. They have basically cut my meds effectively in half (via rotation to another med - with the intention of reducing overall intake and maintaining pain levels). In doing this they forced me to come off of strong meds (patches switching to an extended release pill) that resulted in 12 days of lost work and inability to function at all. Now I'm on meds that are not working (in fact they seem to be making me sick), the new doctor is clearly scared of the DEA (we've had very clear conversation on this) and I'm stuck almost out of work and looking at disability !!

I could continue to be a Tax paying, successful working father OR I could be forced to live as a bed-ridden invalid on disability with children on social welfare as well... Stop this war on real patients !! This is just further pushing people like me or in much worse scenarios to the edge and the streets.. If we want to stop overdosing we need to treat patients properly, treat addiction properly and stop abusing our doctors and stop putting
DEA should look into Dr. Carlos Martinez D.O. in Rancho Cucamonga 91739 as he is a pain management doctor who WON'T prescribe pain meds ands calls you and addict to your face on your 1st visit by reading 1 page of history of your life's struggles with pain. Pushes injections because that is his specialty which if he read my full report I had done n still was given pain medication along with it.
He should be closely looked into cause he will lead many chronic pain suffers to consider suicide!
I have chronic pain and have been on the same dose of pain meds for 6 years and it does not work anymore my doctor keeps putting me thought the injections and physical therapy and sends me to nu

Neurosurgeons and they say nothing g can be done but control
The pain and I can not get her to increase it to control it do not know what else to do thinking about just going and getting on methadone at Lest they well take u up
I have had two vertebra s replaced and I have a bone and join diseas digenative bones the vertebras that they replaced have post operative changes iswhat the last MRI said and I did the injections like my doctor wanted and and he hit something in my neck it made my arm jerk and it hurt like hell and it was suppose to be numb Food not feel the first two but I felt the last one and I have been in severe pain ever since and the morphine is not working been to hospital so it is getting were you can not get any help in
unless you go on the streets I hope the DEA could walk in my shoes for a few years and see how they would react
I have chronic pain and have been on the same dose of pain meds for 6 years and it does not work anymore my doctor keeps putting me thought the injections and physical therapy and sends me to nu

Neurosurgeons and they say nothing g can be done but control
The pain and I can not get her to increase it to control it do not know what else to do thinking about just going and getting on methadone at Lest they well take u up
I have had two vertebra s replaced and I have a bone and join diseas digenative bones the vertebras that they replaced have post operative changes iswhat the last MRI said and I did the injections like my doctor wanted and and he hit something in my neck it made my arm jerk and it hurt like hell and it was suppose to be numb Food not feel the first two but I felt the last one and I have been in severe pain ever since and the morphine is not working been to hospital so it is getting were you can not get any help in
unless you go on the streets I hope the DEA could walk in my shoes for a few years and see how they would react
I'm a 39 year old family man that is in pain constantly! I was diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis and lumbar spinal stenosis 4 years ago, I have tried every option out there and absolutely nothing worked.
I was finally put on Norco, which helped out a lot , I never sold or gave them away, would have been extremely stupid because I have to have them.
I'm a law biding citizen , and now I feel like I'm walking into a prison and being profiled by the doctor's now .....this is no way to live a life .
Please listen to the people you are supposed to help and protect.
By waging war on people that have chronic pain ain't going to change anything except hurt us even more .
Doesn't the DEA have bigger fish to fry? I mean come on ! This whole situation is B.S..
Please correct this hell you people have created!
Thank you.
Where dose this leave a person like me ? Nerve damage . The dea scares doctors not to treat pain , I have no doctor . My pain makes me wish for death because itís untreated, I never had problems with opiods never abused never needed rehab never needed to slowly stop taking them . They just helped with pain . Seems there is never a mention of people with nerve damage just addicts and abusers . I did try to take my life because of this never ending pain , they say this is a behavior problem? To not be treated while forced to have mandatory health care insurance and Iím the one with the problem ? So I should lay in bed in pain the rest of my days and not get treatment and if I donít like it I have a behavior problem? Not crazy,not an addict, not an abuser,just a patient with no doctor and no medicine.
The DEA takes no oath to first do no harm and they are creating a sort of terrorism in this country. To wage war places people in a paranoid state, it creates terror within. It is using those who are so afflicted they can not move, and creating terror in the minds of all of those who suffer, in those around them, and in the general public. But could this be strategic??? Anyone knows that before there was drug abuse there existed child abuse. Until that is fixed we will have a drug problem, but it is NOT the pain patient who should be watched. God knows Iím not giving away or selling that which saves me every day of my medically inflicted life. Think about that. It is the DEA NOT doing an appropriate job, not having an expanded vision of peace and compassion. We are a very sick country so bring on the drugs if u r not going to stop the pain and let it be. It worked for my grandfather who was only a country doctor, and for his father and for his father. And now you come into my life and designate my treatment, and you are not my physician. Just who the hell is the DEA and what is their vision? U have a responsibility to the people to serve the people legitimately, and yet you refuse... I will stop here. Thanks for listening.
I had my first back surgery when I was 17 years old. I had a fusion performed a few years later, unfortunately only one side held. I have had chronic back pain and panick attacks since. I take my medication as prescribed, I give a drug screening every month, and have had random pill counts. Every thing has always been fine as I do not abuse my medicine. It gets me through the day. I could probably get onto disability and not work at all, but with the help from my doctor and pain management clinic I am able to work, rather than live off of the government. I understand these rules and changes are in place to protect people, but not everyone that is prescribed a narcotic is a criminal. It was hard enough when I had to start taking one day each month to go to the doctor, which meant more money spent and a day's pay lost.

When did common sense go completely out the window? The people that abuse this system are now only going to get worse. You are creating a larger black market for these narcotics. You will see an increase in ER visits, possibly even robberies (I pray that is not the case, but it is a possibility). Please, someone needs to hear and be the voice for the patients that will or have dealt with chronic pain or serious illness and don't abuse the system. However they still need to be able to see a doctor without being treated as a criminal.

I sincerely hope you hear the voices and concerns on this petition and respond accordingly to what is best for our country.
Had chronic neck pain Dr says won't prescribe pain meds all this will do is force me to the "streets" where drug dealers will profit,the cdc and DEA interference will exacerbate opiate abuse not alleviate it
My husband suffers from a chronic, horribly painful disease. He has been put through HELL to get help. My daughter has painful scoliosis and she is going thru the same thing. This is inhumane and cruel, people have a right to live with as little pain as possible.
Please do not punish the many for the careless acts of the few. Do not make those who suffer from pain, also suffer to get relief.