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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After using a fentanyl patch in Nrw York without problems for nearly 11 years, I guess my pain from degenerative. arthritis, neuropathy up bpth legs, degenerative disc disease, and wasting syndrome nnot from HIV must be just fine according to the government. I say this because I have been informed, without warning, that I just don't need it anymore! Five orthopedic surgeries. Now I need another to fix a past surgery! I guess ibuprofen solves everything. I hope the sarcasm can be detected. I am not laughing. Medical marijuana is beyond my reach in New York because I rely on SSD and NY medicaid for expenses due to these conditions. These "insurances" wipe out nearly one-third of my SSD income. Medicare is going up I hear, whether rumor or not. There is NO cash for mmj anyway. I do not sleep at nightt. I cannot leave my home very long. I am inundated with pain that will never go away. I cannot walk straight or far.

Get real! What if you or a loved one needed opiates. to enjoy a decemt quality of life? I am 61 years old and get this NOW. I hurt. I do not snort or shoot these drugs. Why don't you think beyond your own personal feelings on the dubject?

Thank you. . .
I am a 46-yr old on DISABILITY with degenerative disc disease who was, without notice, withdrawn from the Duragesic patch and oxycodone (as needed) a year and a half ago without explanation. I then spent a summer as the personal pincushion of a "interventional pain specialist" who ultimately performed a rhizotomy. Now, I walk with a cane. I have recently been to an ER for an additional back injury where they gave me 12 tramadol (practically a placebo). My new internist refuses to prescibe anything. I am now seriously considering seeking out heroin, or suicide. The pain is just consuming me like a fire from within. Please! Help the chronic pain sufferers!
To thee author of this petition,,,THANK U,,,PLEASE PLEASE,PLEASE,, save/copy keep this petition up forever and copy every single commentators words to our government,,,For u see,,,this is legal documentation of thee forcible torture and genocide committed by the Federal and local governments of thee United States of America,,which I am submitting a formal petition to, for acceptance of our case.. to;;Thee Inter- America Council of Human Rights,,, THANK U,,,MARYW
I am a 46-year-old male who has been suffering from HIV/AIDS since 1987. I was also diagnosed with Major Depression in 1992. I also have Degenerative Disc Disease (2010ish). I also have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy(2010ish). My pain has been beyond description, certainly not through key strokes on a computer. My pain, which is my very own and different from everyone else. We are all suffering and claiming ownership of our pain. So much pain and suffering. I think about death constantly and long for my turn. Yes, the DEA has given us to choose from our basic human instinct. Fight or Flight. So YES Congress. I am fighting. Fighting you every day has become my reason to live. You will all know my name as this letter will be doctors to do what they are there for and STAY OUT OF MY MEDICINE CABINET!a daily reminder that we are hurting and dying and our Government DOES NOT CARE! These new rules are beyond inhumane. The DEA needs to allow
I live in pain from spinal diseases. I was afraid to even ask for help with pain because I didn't want to be labeled and also didn't want to be treated like a drug addict by a pain management doctor. I hear horror story almost daily in my spinal stenosis group where people get kicked out of pain management for sometimes no reason. What really bothers me and scares me is the future. I can't function now what's the future going to hold. Congenital spine diseases are incurable. So is MS and other diseases and conditions. I heard of so many sucides from chronic unbearable pain. This is very real for so many people with incurable diseases. Yet even with the MRIs and medical history chronic pain patients are not taken seriously many don't ever get help. I don't think the people at the CDC and DEA have a clue what life is like trapped in a diseased body. The chronic pain patients are not the problem. We are not the illegal drug users not the heroine addicts. We have proven real daily suffering. Yet getting help has become impossible because of stereotyping people the actually need help with horrific pain. I don't even get to walk or do simple things. I can't work I am like millions of others that are trapped in a sick body. How can this be happening how can this be justified. How can we survive. God Speed.
I live in constant pain from an autoimmune disease, peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and osteoarthritis. I can no longer work, nor be social. But my doctors are now afraid of giving me any pain relievers now. You have to pretty much be dying or just had surgery, broken bones, etc. Otherwise...suffer. And that's what I'm doing...suffering EVERY DAY! If I were an animal, they would have put me down by now.
I live in constant pain from an autoimmune disease, peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and osteoarthritis. I can no longer work, nor be social. But my doctors are now afraid of giving me any pain relievers now. You have to pretty much be dying or just had surgery, broken bones, etc. Otherwise...suffer. And that's what I'm doing...suffering EVERY DAY! If I were an animal, they would have put me down by now.
I live in constant pain from an autoimmune disease, peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and osteoarthritis. I can no longer work, nor be social. But my doctors are now afraid of giving me any pain relievers now. You have to pretty much be dying or just had surgery, broken bones, etc. Otherwise...suffer. And that's what I'm doing...suffering EVERY DAY! If I were an animal, they would have put me down by now.
My pain doctor saved my life and if it were not for pain medications I would not be here. The thought of targeting pain clinics by DEA is absurd. These doctors are highly trained specialists in their fields and have the knowledge, experience and know-how to bring people back to life. Should their hands be tied by governmental bureaucracy? As a chronic pain patient, I have gone through every known procedure and treatment available to ease my pain after an injury in which 90% of my neck is held together with hardware. I was a lucky one; I retained all normal functions with limitations but the pain remained. While using narcotics, I worked 60 hours a week, maintained a household as a single parent, finished graduate school and put my three children through college with one being a doctor. Does this sound like an addict or someone in danger because of the narcotics? No. The public has been misled with the DEA and media comparing pain patients to drug addicts. Those who die from narcotics do not get the drugs from doctors.; they buy them off the street, liquefy them and shoot them. Others buy the drugs in altered from or use them in combination with other drugs. Instead of investigating these cases properly, all who use narcotics are clumped into the same category. There has been no direct study comparing the number of deaths from pain patients who use properly use narcotics to the number of deaths from people buying them off the street and/or altering the drugs. The dedicated and honorable physicians are now treated drug dealers and has to stop. Let them do what they are trained to do; relieve pain. Compare this to someone being in an accident and in severe pain but are denied access to narcotics;would the public put up with this? If pain patients are restricted from using narcotics there will be a big spike in deaths for many will commit suicide rather then suffer severe, deliberating pain on a daily basis. These highly skilled doctors are now at risk themselves. That makes two groups innocent groups of people being treated like criminals. Let the doctors do what they do best; save lives of those living in severe pain.
People with Chronic pain have rights. You are doing harm to us by deny us pain meds. Acting like we are bad people are drug seeking. TRUST me if we can avoid going to the er or the dr. we do!
Disgusting shame of a war conducted by scum more sickening than the most bloodthirsty of tyrants. NEVER in human history (before the so-called opium wars) has a nation declared war on its own citizens in need. And who is pushing for this? The corrupt and criminal; the same scum pushing porn, booze and every other vice: in short, vile hypocritical whores. Absolutely sickening. Enjoying your freedom you mindless masses?!
We chronicled ill patients should not have to suffer the consequences of the poor choices other people make in their lives that choose to take drugs and destroy their lives and in that run they take us down with them!! As smart as Doctors are they should know how to tell the difference between junkies and chronic illed patients!! It's just not fair the doctor's take an oath to take care of us not harm us or kill us slowly!