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 Scleroderma and Raynaud's patient. Both hands are crippled. Had 3 C.T. scans done on back 3 months ago and every part has bone spurs, disc protrusion and thoracic spondylosis arthritis.
My husband was diagnosed with mrsa osteomyelitis in arm after delayed treatment for mrsa surgical infection. Placed on surgical restriction for 2 years. Needs back and neck surgeries. Vertebrae pushing on hemicord in 3 areas. Severe high blood pressure due to constant pain. Denied pain meds now. Treated like junkie. Only 39 yrs old. Fighting for disability. Forced to close his business due to health. Has 11 and 7yr old kids. Says daily about ending pain with bullet to his head. Now can't leave couch. Wtf! No quality of life. DEA has targeted almost every doctors office and pain clinic in our area. what happens when there are no more doctors? Idiots.
I am just another of the 100s of other stories I have read here. I am of the opinion of one thing differently, my own family doctor, who was prescribing me Morphine 30 mg. three times a day, did so until we could get me in with a pain clinic that would take my insurance. I have two. Cigna, through my husbands work, and Medicare, because I am disabled due to my back and hip status post injuries and advancing age. Yes, I am 48 years old, but live in a body that is 75 or more. I live in rural Appalachia, in a town that is still in the 1950s mentality. I finally got into a Pain Clinic in Nashville, TN. Evidently, its quite alright to be disabled, have occasional seizures, be on strong narcotics, but drive 5 hours EACH WAY once a month, every month to a Pain Clinic. The family doctor that was writing the morphine for me, says he is absolutely ready to throw the towel in on his medical practice. He is just as disgusted and dumbfounded as us patients, on how these government agencies have taken away his ability to care for patients. He is FURIOUS with the DEA or FDA, or combo of both, not allowing him to make the calls of patient's needs that he is examining and are not these dreaded 'DRUG SEEKERS' these agencies keep naming as their reasons for my and your doctor being unable to help us. I find it is truly ironic that I read in the paper and watch news reports constantly of "busts" they have made on drug houses that are full of pain pills. It seems to me that the people having trouble getting medication are us legitimate people, half crippled, and mentally coming unhinged due to the discrimination we are enduring by trying to find doctors to help us. The Pain Clinic I am in now also wants to do neuro-caudal injections, physical therapy, behavioral assessments, hypnosis, EMG (nerve damage testing) and also can fill my meds. at their own pharmacy right across the hall, but with a different name. My problems are 3 herniated discs in the lumbar region, pinched nerves at L-3, L-4 and I believe L-5. My pinky and ring toe on my left foot is completely numb, no feeling whatsoever. Behind the L-3 and L-4 herniations, with nothing in between to keep my vertebrae from rubbing together, the bones are crumbling, as they are in my cervical region. There are 2 large bone spurs and they are quite sure, another behind the 2 larger ones at L-3. L-4. All this information is from my orthopedic surgeon, who wants to do a spinal fusion immediately. I cant have a spinal fusion at this time because I live in TN, my husband is currently in Wisconsin working (he is a union pipefitter) and there is nobody here that can take care of me post-op. In addition to that, I also need a breast reduction, which insurance has approved, because I wear a 38 F, which is probably the reason for A LOT OF THESE BACK ISSUES. That and the fact that I worked like a man most all my life. I owned a home/rental property refurbishing company. I worked very hard, and it took its
I'm disabled due to a herniated disc, Ibs, severe migraines, epilepsy. I can't even get out of bed most days due to back pain and take care of my children, they say they miss their mommy. I have tried everything then the pain medication Norco makes everything I used to do possible again. I am looking at losing custody of my 12 and 8 year old because my doctor is too scared to prescribe the medications I need.
I have sat here reading story after story my heart being crushed each time. I feel so bad for each of you who have signed this petition. I am signing because I too have the same horror story. I have had 26 broken bones the worst of which was my knee which each insurance I have had, has always said they would not replace it. The knee continues to destroy my quality of life. Add to this in 1997 I fell ill, so ill in fact I lost 51lbs in less than 100 days. I was sent to 6 specialists ranging from gastrointestinal to RA to psych. Every one said that they could not figure it out and could do nothing for me. My entire family and I resolved that I would simple pass on. I wasn't done yet. I fought, I forced myself to use what few hours a day I had left to get my life in order for my wife and children. As it turns out they were not able to diagnose my Fybro and it was 4 years of hell in severe pain with no meds until I finally got diagnosed.

In 2001 having only 1 primary doctor ever in life and 6 failed specialist I got diagnosed and placed on Norco (vicodin) and the change was so drastic I felt like I was 22 again. I was able to go camping go bike riding I even started working out at the gym.

Now today I sit here facing the same thing you each face. The DEA has scared my doctor into dropping me. They may have falsified my records that I am a drug abuser and the new "pain management" clinic is telling me it wont take me.

1. I took the exact prescription exactly the same time everyday (you each know what a structured day is and why we do it.)
2. I took every urine test - passed every one since I dont take anything else not even alcohol, again you know what a change in the regiment can do to a Fybro patient
3. Took every blood draw test - passed those all too - because I live a healthy clean life - full of pain but clean.
4. Never saw any doctor other than the 1. I saw this doctor since 1997 and then he disappears and they wont tell me where only that I have a new MD period.
5. This doctor sees me for less than 1 year and now drops me without cause or reason.

Now 18 years later I am changing doctors for the first time ever and I get told they will not take my appointment. I just finished my prescription and I am crashing off vicodin as I write this. I fear the days ahead. I fear what is going to happen to me and wish I had never taken the damn drug to begin with. I have no hope no rights and now no future of a decent life without pain. All this and still I feel worse for some of the testimonies of people in worse condition than I am staring at the stark reality I see with the same outlook.

Is there anything we can do? Is there anything we can do to fight this? I know there is no short term answer and many of us on this petition will need to work very hard to not give up and do something terrible. A pain filled life is terrible and I wish it on no one, but please if you read my petition here - keep the faith, stay strong, sign this too
We have the right to live a life without pain!
I am a pain patient, rather was until a year ago, was forced to decrease (that ok) but, then fires me and leaves me in pain! Yeah thats so much better than being able to function. But better yet, dr puts on my record, "DRuG SEEKER?" "BROKE AGGREEMENT?"
After many years at same group, jumped all the hoops to get there, a dr that understood my pain, and I actually wanted to lower my meds, not the dr! I just want a facsimile of my former life! Be it with opiate/opoids, so be it, im 61 yrs old for gosh sakes, am I to live whatever time I have left in PAIN? Oh now I get it, it is the Clintons and Kal'eo, another part in big pharma! Yes she pushes for all to get off drugs, and who better than her and co. to have what ppl need, and antidote! I thought that personal interests and gains should not reflect political policies? Ba humbug! Money talks, and they have plenty. Hmm, now all the people that are forced to get some type of drug on the street, can now have nalaxone if they overdose on who knows what? And who sells it? H. CLINTON! Money greed, not the future of the pain patient that has to live in pain, oh, they will find another option, yeah, like suicide!? aw come on now, stay out of our and our drs lives, arent you controlling enuf of it already> hmm, kind of like the ussr, who decides all for its people!? Shame! And I used to love my country, but, now? IDK.Think of the paople that it affects, not just the numbers, but, real human beings that just are trying to live the best they can, whether it be with meds like vicodin. Why or how is it different than getting high blood pressure meds? Should they cut don on them also? Whats the difference, they both help a body to live as normal and function, what, pursuit of happiness, whats that?Will you take all of our freedoms and rights away in the name of, helping people? If we are to be scrutinized, then so should the politicians! Like Congress who will never know a hard days work and will be compensated until they die, for taking away any freedoms and happiness and semblance of a "normal" life .Politicians should take a class on how to be a average American and not take every advantage while leaving others inpain. So many of us have paid our dues, worked raised families, and now being older, have lots of medical problems and sometimes need opiates/opoids to allow them to function. This will never happen and the Clinton will become richer, but, I know of at least some people that wont vote for her.. But no, nothing will happen because she is in a powerful position that no one who benefits from her in any way want to rock the boat. Money is way more important than human pain and suffering. If it wasnt for her pushing it thru, with her pharma co, and money, we wouldnt be in this porition of looking like drug seekers when all we are seeking is to aleve some pain and be able to funtion, pay taxes, vote, go shopping, care for kids, family. But no we are NOT important enough.
I suffer everyday because a doctor.An i couldnt do anything about it an now the DEA.
I have lived in constant excruciating pain since developing RSD after nearly being killed by a reckless driver in 1986. For most of those 29 years I have been treated like I'm drug addict by many of my doctors and pharmacists over the years. The pain I suffer from has destroyed my life. I do not drink, I do not use street drugs, and I have never even smoked cigarettes. The least I deserve is to be treated with respect and receive adequate pain medications for my incurable disease without being hassled or demeaned when I seek adequate treatment for RSD. After all, this is known as the "suicide disease" due to being the most painful chronic disease known to medical science.