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 am signing this both for myself, and for my loved ones who have suffered in pain because of doctors' fear of the DEA. Going after doctors and pain patients who have a legitimate need for pain medicine has done nothing to stop overdose deaths or to stop addicts from getting high on opiates (they're using heroin instead). The only difference now is that a lot more people with chronic pain are suffering needlessly.
I belong to several support groups that require pain medicine for Chronic Pancreatitis, it's not like a back ache, and these people are not about to sell their meds, bc they are in need of them. Until you suffer from these kind of illnesses, you have no idea how this effects ones life. It is in humane to take away their pain meds and have them suffer not only pain from the disease, but from withdrawal, bc some doctors have stopped prescribing then all together and in some places, it takes months to get into pain management. I also want to address that I know personally a child of 3yrs old that recently passed away from seizures, bc her parents could not get cannabis oil legally. This is not only heartbreaking, but ridiculous, when it is proven these children improve w this oil. The people are screaming for these changes, it's the right thing to do!
Hi, I have mental illness, an have had it almost all my life. I suffered without treatment for many years, not knowing what was wrong, now at the age of 52 years old, no one wants to even be seen with me, it is frustrating, I always have trouble trying to get my medications to keep me somewhat normal, however everywhere you go, people look at you differently, like ewwww, there's that crazy person again! Even professionals and family treat you different once your exposed! Gaaa, it's hard enough to live life without al this extra turmoil an grief society gives you. Trying to stay afloat, while suffering in silence.....
Hi, I have mental illness, an have had it almost all my life. I suffered without treatment for many years, not knowing what was wrong, now at the age of 52 years old, no one wants to even be seen with me, it is frustrating, I always have trouble trying to get my medications to keep me somewhat normal, however everywhere you go, people look at you differently, like ewwww, there's that crazy person again! Even professionals and family treat you different once your exposed! Gaaa, it's hard enough to live life without al this extra turmoil an grief society gives you. Trying to stay afloat, while suffering in silence.....
Hi, I have mental illness, an have had it almost all my life. I suffered without treatment for many years, not knowing what was wrong, now at the age of 52 years old, no one wants to even be seen with me, it is frustrating, I always have trouble trying to get my medications to keep me somewhat normal, however everywhere you go, people look at you differently, like ewwww, there's that crazy person again! Even professionals and family treat you different once your exposed! Gaaa, it's hard enough to live life without al this extra turmoil an grief society gives you. Trying to stay afloat, while suffering in silence.....
I am 54 years old and my dr got in trouble and now I suffer because I don't have my pain mess I hade to go through horrible withdraws and an in horrible pain it's not my fault I need help please can't find dr because of dr I was seing
All the new laws do is make sure that the only way to get pain medicine is on the street..there is still plenty there..but those of us the really need it, is declined by pharmacies and treated like we are doing something wrong.
My husband suffers from chronic pancreatitis and bad back fusion surgery every day. He needs pain medication to function every day. He is not a drug seeker.