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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My wife has been a chronic pain patient for years, she suffers everday and now because of these outrageous,inhumane and poorly thought out laws. My legally disabled wife who is currently under the care of two licensed physicians one is a pain specialist, cannot get her prescription filled one pharmacy simply doesn't have and the other refuses to fill it because of the geographic location of the doctor. I have driven 230 miles trying to find somebody to fill these legal ontime prescription's with no luck. So now on the second day of no medications i watch my wife slowly slip into withdrawal's and wonder if i am going to have to use fmla at my job again. These ill thought laws cause my wife more trauma and pain that she just doesn't need. MY WIFE IS A PAIN PATIENT NOT A DRUG ADDICT . THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIKE HER ARE BEING DENIED PROPER MEDICAL CARE BECAUSE OF THESE RIDICULOUS LAWS. THIS IS AMERICA AND THIS MISTREATMENT OF PATIENTS MUST STOP.
The DEA's war on prescription pain medication is ill-conceived and inhumane. In order to prevent a minority from abusing prescription pain medications the DEA has placed a significant burden on literally millions of U.S citizens like me who rely on prescription pain medication to make our lives bearable. Doctors and clinics are now afraid to prescribe prescription pain medication even to patients they've been treating for years for fear of harassment by the DEA, leaving millions of long-suffering Americans like me in agony and no longer able to lead normal lives.
I must have forgotten why laws existed. Did I miss something in the last 10 years of my working 2 jobs to make ends meet? I thought laws were put in place to detain, indict, and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent allowable by LAW. To ward off illegal activity. Not to punish legally abiding citizens. Don't punish me on your way to fighting lawlessness.

Lawless acts pertaining to HCP, et al.
1. stealing of HCP
2. diverting of HCP
3. acceptance of HCP...either by theft or diversion.
4. falsifying legal medical documents by increasing number of HCP pills and/or refills.
5. possession of HCP without proper diagnosis by an MD.
6. MD run pill mills
7. frequently changing doctors, pharmacies to acquire HCP

Lawfulness pertaining to HCP, et al.
1. taking prescribed doses
2. having proper diagnosis from an MD for HCP
3. same doctor, same pharmacy for HCP use
4. no diversion of HCP

Any activity outside what is listed in a LAW is reason to prosecute. Don't punish me. Go after the ones you know are breaking the law. Don't issue a blanket rule and expect law abiding citizens to sit back and be punished to for following the law or rule. My pain management doctor quit prescribing HCP which helped ease my pain. He said NO MORE because of the new laws on HCP from the DEA, FDA and HHS.
I call BS on that and anyone who supported the idea of punishing law abiding citizens.
I'm sorry, BUT, it's not my fault your son OD'd on HCPs, maybe you should've cared less about your BMW, or 80 work week and more about what he was doing before it was too late.

If I sale my HCP, or give them away ARREST ME!!
If someone else sells their HCP or gives them away ARREST THEM!!
It's that simple.
BUT leave me the HELL alone if I'm following the LAW!
This is sickening!!!
We must all unite & fight to file a Class Action Lawsuit. What right does anyone have to say what one can & cannot put into their own body. We put our animals to sleep by a Vet. when they suffer, but people are thrown in jail or padded psych rooms to endure more pain when they can't manage the pain taking their quality of life the Government dictates what you & can't do with your own life. People are suffering by a law that is nothing less than criminal, abusive, dictatorial, inhuman, & it is those that wrote & passed this law that are the manipulative controllers willing abuse of power in threatening doctors & patient with an Iron Fist that only hides behind a hammer & sickle, for this is an act of communistic social control, FOR CONTROL THE HEALTH, CONTROLS THE PERSON. We allowed this as much as doctors for we continued to give our rights & freedoms up in silence while the healthcare system was taken over by the government & anyone who spoke for freedom was shamed into silence & now they have control because we allowed it in becoming to political correct & worried about offending when the offense was really being calculated against us the American People. The politicians have not forgotten who they work for, as it was stated by the architect of Obamacare that the American voters are stupid & they laughed & got richer while believing & now saying the American people are stupid. A crime is a criminal act when it is intentional & this bill was that & is that & it is time to roar & be heard, to light up the air waves, to blast the sound waves of all media, write every radio show, overload the call centers of leaders offices, contact the news & load the buses to march the capital & get the lawyers to file the largest class action suite in history...for the buck stops hear & we need to remember we are Americans & this is our country & those we vote for work for us, not us for them. Look at how many vacations, benefits, perks, & salary we...yes we pay those we elect. If we hire them, then where is our power to hold them accountable. Look back in history & see this is what Hitler did one chess move at a time, we are only stupid if we don't think that could happen here.
We must all unite & fight to file a Class Action Lawsuit. What right does anyone have to say what one can & cannot put into their own body. We put our animals to sleep by a Vet. when they suffer, but people are thrown in jail or padded psych rooms to endure more pain when they can't manage the pain taking their quality of life the Government dictates what you & can't do with your own life. People are suffering by a law that is nothing less than criminal, abusive, dictatorial, inhuman, & it is those that wrote & passed this law that are the manipulative controllers willing abuse of power in threatening doctors & patient with an Iron Fist that only hides behind a hammer & sickle, for this is an act of communistic social control, FOR CONTROL THE HEALTH, CONTROLS THE PERSON. We allowed this as much as doctors for we continued to give our rights & freedoms up in silence while the healthcare system was taken over by the government & anyone who spoke for freedom was shamed into silence & now they have control because we allowed it in becoming to political correct & worried about offending when the offense was really being calculated against us the American People. The politicians have not forgotten who they work for, as it was stated by the architect of Obamacare that the American voters are stupid & they laughed & got richer while believing & now saying the American people are stupid. A crime is a criminal act when it is intentional & this bill was that & is that & it is time to roar & be heard, to light up the air waves, to blast the sound waves of all media, write every radio show, overload the call centers of leaders offices, contact the news & load the buses to march the capital & get the lawyers to file the largest class action suite in history...for the buck stops hear & we need to remember we are Americans & this is our country & those we vote for work for us, not us for them. Look at how many vacations, benefits, perks, & salary we...yes we pay those we elect. If we hire them, then where is our power to hold them accountable. Look back in history & see this is what Hitler did one chess move at a time, we are only stupid if we don't think that could happen here.
I have a herniated disc and S.I. problems for over 9 years now. I have undergone over 70 physical therapy visits, numerous pool therapy visits, not to mention numerous chiropractic visits, back injection treatment, and being a guinea-pig to many different medications. I was told by my back Doctor's that surgery wasnít a good option for me.; so after finally finding a medication that worked for me called Hydrocodone, This medication actually helped the pain and helped me to maintain my days, I have since been cut off the Hydrocodone medication by my current Doctor and I was not even tapered off of this narcotic medication. Keep in mind; I did not go to her because i was not happy with the meds or any other reason. She said that this had to be done because of the D.E.A. Scheduling changes. My Dr changed my medication to Oxycodone, and this med was not working for me until she upped the dosage, since then she lowered the dosage and I am very miserable. I raised waves with the Drs Staff because she did not prescribe what we discussed and a dosage that actually did help. And the staff would not let me discuss this matter with the Doctor. Please keep in mind that I have NEVER failed a drug test, NEVER lost nor had any medications stolen, never been to the E.R. for meds, and never gone Dr seeking for meds. I am miserable. I AM SIGNING THIS TO STOP BEING A VICTIM OF OUR OWN GOVERNMENT AND A department called the D.E.A. These Departments feel that they can have the power to control our Doctor's Decisions and the lack of the patientís rights and quality of life decisions. Because our government and D.E.A. cannot figure out a logical solution to the abusers that seek some of the selected and abused medications the patient must suffer these consequences. D.E.A. PLEASE LIVE ONE DAY IN MY SHOES. you have no clue how miserable and what it feels like to constantly be in continuous PAIN, It is no wonder why we have so many people self medicating, Drug and alcohol abuse, and or deaths due to people not being able to seek help from the doctor to help them in chronic pain. I wish I wasnít in pain; I was not given another treatment option except to deal with it, I WILL BE THE FIRST OF MILLIONS TO SIGN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TO GET OUR RIGHTS AND LIVES BACK. Please allow the patient a say in their health decisions and treatment. So much for the patientís HIPPA LAWS. These laws are not as good as the paper that that they are written on.

David Byrnes (Spokane, WA)
It is time for a class action lawsuit by all the patients who have been on hydrocodone for longterm treatment for Govrrnment over riding the doctor & misleading the public while causing harm to patients.
Doctors are now scared to be medical leaders caving to the DEA where their afraid to return patient calls and weakened by Government Political Crooks to where we question are they Doctors any longer. Every politician who supported this law banning opiate pain medication will see the largest political ad campaign THAT THEY TURNED PATIENTS INTO SUFFERING VICTIMS, STRONG ARMED DOCTORS, TO KEEP RECEIVING PAYMENTS FROM PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES PUSHING MORE EXPENSIVE MEDICATIONS OUT OF GREED, LEAVING THE PATIENT BROKE, BRUISED, AND BEATEN. FOR THOSE WHO VOTED FOR THIS BILL, WE THE VOTERS WILL UNITE TO VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE TO VOTE IN A REAL LEADER WHO REPRESENTS WE THE PEOPLE.
Doctors are now scared to be medical leaders caving to the DEA where their afraid to return patient calls and weakened by Government Political Crooks to where we question are they Doctors any longer. Every politician who supported this law banning opiate pain medication will see the largest political ad campaign THAT THEY TURNED PATIENTS INTO SUFFERING VICTIMS, STRONG ARMED DOCTORS, TO KEEP RECEIVING PAYMENTS FROM PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES PUSHING MORE EXPENSIVE MEDICATIONS OUT OF GREED, LEAVING THE PATIENT BROKE, BRUISED, AND BEATEN. FOR THOSE WHO VOTED FOR THIS BILL, WE THE VOTERS WILL UNITE TO VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE TO VOTE IN A REAL LEADER WHO REPRESENTS WE THE PEOPLE.
so i have been taking vicodine for 6 years due to a horrible car accrident and nerve damage with tbi and ptsd never call my rx in early or late always passed drug screens and what not well i never had a problem till i missed my appointment the receptionist miss wrote my appointment date as the 7th my appointment was really the 4th i showed up the 7th to find the office was closed i called and they said i had missed my appointment and i asked them "well i have the appointment card with the 7th written on it and initalled by the receptionist what do i do now??" and i quote "well looks like you are******out of luck".... seriously and now i have to suffer because no other doctor will treat me even though they agree that i am one of the cases that this law hurts and not helps, all the doctors take one look at my records and instantly there attitudes change from "he just wants pills" to "oh my god i wish i could help you... but my hand are tied" they don't wanna be black listed and neither do i, and the dea doesn't relize that the drug dealers are still getting them and still selling them but now for even more money (inflation) so the drug dealers get richer and i suffer.... the dea need to target the drug dealers not the doctors
These polices are going to make the whole situation worse. Why don't' you instead try to make our medical system better?
I've been hurt by many doctors who are in rush to make their fees ( because of privatization) and don't treat me properly and cause me pain which I then have to get meds for.
I think you all like torturing people, esp the sick, old and poor.
Your "fix" isn't going to work for anybody
Tired of being denied proper treatment because our doctors are too afraid to prescribe medications for chronic pain?

If you are like me and the answer is YES!
Then we have to find a way to have our voices heard. Write your states elected officials and get anyone involved you can to have this cruel treatment of legitimate chronic pain patients addressed.
You can go to www.whitehouse.gov and find several links to voice your opinion.
I am a long term sufferer of pain. I have had 6 spinal surgeries, taken 4 pain management classes, have a 30+ year life with fibromyalgia, had 3 knee replacements, leaving my rt. knee with a chronic staph infection and other diseases destroying my joints and in my 30 years with Vicodin and after 25 years, the slightly stronger Norco. I have never 'abused, overdosed, sold or requested more and stonger pills and I have been treated as a junkie by doctors, nurses, pain managers, drug store pill counters, hospital workers and just plain ignorant, cruel and nasty people. I have also gone the herbal route.I am now facing 69 years of age. with the knowledge that I will never have to live through another day of misery because I am in the twilight of my life and not young, with a life of pain in front of me. Please,U.S. government, state and local governments GET OUT OF MY HEALTH CARE and let my doctor do his job!
i would love to know why a Dr. MD would send a person to someone that has less Education, most at the bottom of their class. to treat a person that has real pain, they take an oth to do no harm and then they do this. to me it is another way to rip the people off. if you have money you do not have to put up with this BLANK, if you do not have money you have to live in pain and no one gives a BLANK.