First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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My son suffers from sickle cell disease he goes to howard hospital he is 19 now and on that 3north they don't treat them right and I need someone to talk to please
Just received and responded to canned emails from both Sen. Feinstein and Congressman Bera.
Both seem to miss the point in their form responses that sound like they came right off their web sites. Nice they could get back to me, us. I am tired of hearing that the 15,000 accidental OD's are responsible for being the tipping point. Again, those numbers don't accurately tell the story. Illegal drugs and alcohol more than likely played a large part--mixing of drugs--in the "accidental" OD of those 10-15,000 individuals. Not just pills. Nobody mentions the diversion, illegal diversion of thousands of pills every year. The DEA thinks that you and I, the ones in pain, are the ones diverting the pills, and not the criminals who rob the transports. The re-classification of HCP's to class II, along side cocaine, is the most ridiculous law to come out of the "tricky Dick" DEA. Talk about diversion in thinking and acting. They want to make public look like they are doing something about the problem of drugs in this country. Prohibition is not the answer!!!! Education and rehabilitation are the answers. Just not the answer the government wants to hear or plan for. Nope! Taking care of pain is not longer on the agenda. The government is the new MD and Rx. They don't have a license or experience to treat and have never cared for people in chronic pain. Nobody cares!!! Nobody Cares!!! Not the senator. Not the congressman. Not the president. Nobody with any power to change things gives a damn! they are all in it together. Save their chairs, seats, and positions of power, so back the legislation without thinking. That is the kind of thinking that brought us Prohibition, the rules on Sudafed(2006 which haven't changed meth use much at all---all tied to the Patriot act), The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the original war on drugs under tricky Dick....if any of you remember Dick Nixon, the father of the war on drugs. I am mad at the people who brought us here and the ones who have come between me and my physician-----senators, congressmen, the FDA, and the DEA.
After 2 failed back surgeries, I live in constant pain. Now I will suffer more, I work a full time job, I try to contribute to society. I take my medication and do not feel anything off of it, except pain relief. No high. I am being treated as a second class citizen because of our healthcare system and the oversight committee. I am seriously considering a lawsuit.
I have suffered from chronic pain after a work injury in 2009. Surgery only corrected half of it. I still have terrible nerve pain down my left hip and left leg. The pain med my doctor prescribes is what gets me through my work days. Without it I would have had to quit years ago and taken a lower paying job that would still cause me pain. I need to work, I am only 32. The medication I take has been demonized lately by the government but that is so unfair to chronic pain sufferers. I have never experienced any negative side effects while taking it. All it has ever brought me is relief. This year I have had to jump through rings of fire to get my prescription filled and can't have refills anymore so I have to see my doctor every 4 weeks. I can handle the increased doctor visits but I shouldn't be made to feel like a criminal for taking a pain medication that truly helps me and helps many others who suffer chronic pain on a daily basis.
I jumped through all the hoops, I took the pee test, and now my doctor said that the Norco did not show up in the test? What the hell? Clearly the lab made a mistake because I take 1 Norco 3 times a day, every day, for chronic pain. Why didn't it show up in their damn test? And that is reason to cut me off? The doctor looks at me like I'm a criminal. I'm cut off now, because their lab screwed up somehow? How am I going to get up at 4 am and function to get to work with the chronic pain that the medication helped me with? How can I continue to be a productive citizen? This is so wrong, on so many levels.
The VA caused a stroke for me while I was recovering from liver transplant.I have constant pain from the surgery scar and the stroke. I also slipped and broke my instep and knee and tore Acl on my stroke side, and middle finger on my good hand. The VA prescribed my pain medicine for 9 years and last year I got assigned a new doctor who without meeting me or examining me stated by cutter my meds in half. And down to zero. I protested in writing, requested a new doctor even wrote my medical director and patient advocate, both senators, nothing. No answer. I finally was forced to find a civilian pain specialist at a higher cost to be free of pain. This needs to end! I don't want pot or side-effect laden(gabapentin) which doesn't work and can caused suicidal or homicidal depression. All I did wrong was get sick!
I am a 56 year old woman who has had four back surgeries (three of them last year). I also suffer from chronic arthritis in my spine. It costs me a small fortune to visit a pain care doctor every month. They are considered a specialist.

I can totally understand why law abiding citizens would actually turn to street drugs.

If a licensed physician makes a decision to treat their patients with a specific drug I think the government needs to stay out of it. If there is a problem with the doctor go after them. Not the people who need the medication(s).

There is no "cure" for my pain. Physical therapy isn't an option for me either. (Not affordable for most people either. At $45 a session and two or three visits a week you could buy a small farm.)

There needs to be something in place for LEGITIMATE CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS.
I have done everything my pain management doctor has told me and I am still in pain. His comment was "Well I don't know what to tell you"!
I didn't ask for this pain and I am not a DRUG ADDICT. I just want my pain controlled. Because of these new laws more people are going to end up filing for disability because we are in too much pain to work.
Trying to get your prescription filled is worse than trying to find gas after a hurricane!
It is not fair that other who have real pain are being made to suffer because of a few that have abused pain medication.
The same story all of you have.. I can barley walk with out my pain meds but my pharmacy strait out told me they won't fill my script because of the dea.. Wtf am I supposed to do now. ?? I'm crippled up in the worst way.. !!!!
How would you like an ice pick shoved into your groin, or a propane torch burning the same area. Well that is the pain I feel every day since a botched ingroinial hernia operation damaged nerves inside my body. Without the pain pills I can't live, plain and simple. Does the DEA understand or even care, no, they've been fighting a losing battle on drugs for years. All the money they have wasted could have been put to good use, for research to help people like me who through no fault of there own are forced to take pain medication. You idiots are killing the messenger, as usual, providing new ways for the Mexican mofia to make money and kill thousands of more people. Leave me and my doctor alone or face the consequences. I have a constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness and without medication to ease my pain I will have no life at all.
I am a victim of the same exact stories I am petitioning for; it is as if the statements by "REAL PATIENTS" herein, just copied almost verbatim exactly what I am being exposed to. I fear that just "SCREAMING FOR HELP", in this forum, will cause the "forces that be" to target me even further, regardless of the fact that I am a patient with extensive, real, documented, verified, medical problems, & with no regard to my care, safety or the causation of increasing &/or adding to said medical conditions. This very writing should never even have a need to take place. Hospitals new H/C oath is this: DO NO HARM TO THIS FACILITY (or its affiliates), document only records that are in the interest of the "HOSPITALS BEST FINANCIAL INTEREST", even if that means lying or altering patients records intentionally; never interfere w/the "HOSPITALS BEST INTEREST IN MIND", always seek to destroy ANYTHING that is not in the BEST INTEREST OF THE HOSPITAL, beit perceived or intentional, Seek to DESTROY ANY PATIENTS integrity if beit by your preconceived notion or non factual circumstances ( even if said documented history is of our own creation, & contradicts our own medical findings or discoveries of any illnesses is of our own findings) if said patient is perceived to be a threat to THE INSTITUTION BY WHICH YOU ARE REQUESTING TO MAINTAIN YOUR LICENSURE, and ALWAYS MAINTAIN A CONSTANT THREAT to the patient by any means necessary, ( even after the patient is no longer under OUR CARE), in order to prevent any possibility of the patient holding US, YOUR LICENSURE, liable for any negative repercussions of our actions while patient was under our care, even "THROUGH", & until, the law exempts us from any "LIABILITY OF OUR ACTIONS", "THEN", as A PRESENTATION & HISTORICAL DISPLAY" (concealing self interest & for purposes of public show & CUSTOMS), we will now "TAKE WHAT IS PUBLICLY KNOWN as the HIPPOCRATIC OATH, First=TO DO NO HARM..& by secretive extension to this oath, you hereby agree that upon receipt of YOUR HOSPITAL LICENSE (granting you authority to access us,& our facilities & our space, & our equipment & our name, by which is normal & legal as an entity to hereby practice your chosen craft) The "DO NO HARM" SPECIFICALLY COMMANDS ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED.. It took tears to write this correctly, not just as a victim of my constant & overwhelming pain, but also that this is such a reality to not just myself but possibly millions of others that I hoped to speak on their behalf, that we are now LABELED as CRIMINALS, DRUG ADDICTS, LOWLIFES, 3rd class citizens of THESE GREAT UNITED STATES, undeserving the attention that is thrust upon us in such a negative light, that one often more everyday, that we would rather CHOOSE TO DIE than try to cope with the negative spotlight we find ourselves in, all to which all our crime is, & it is viewed upon as such, is the fact that we are physically &/or ( in most cases both) in chronic & extreme pain as a result of medical afflicti
I am a victim of the same exact stories I am petitioning for; it is as if the statements by "REAL PATIENTS" herein, just copied almost verbatim exactly what I am being exposed to. I fear that just "SCREAMING FOR HELP", in this forum, will cause the "forces that be" to target me even further, regardless of the fact that I am a patient with extensive, real, documented, verified, medical problems, & with no regard to my care, safety or the causation of increasing &/or adding to said medical conditions. This very writing should never even have a need to take place. Hospitals new H/C oath is this: DO NO HARM TO THIS FACILITY (or its affiliates), document only records that are in the interest of the "HOSPITALS BEST FINANCIAL INTEREST", even if that means lying or altering patients records intentionally; never interfere w/the "HOSPITALS BEST INTEREST IN MIND", always seek to destroy ANYTHING that is not in the BEST INTEREST OF THE HOSPITAL, beit perceived or intentional, Seek to DESTROY ANY PATIENTS integrity if beit by your preconceived notion or non factual circumstances ( even if said documented history is of our own creation, & contradicts our own medical findings or discoveries of any illnesses is of our own findings) if said patient is perceived to be a threat to THE INSTITUTION BY WHICH YOU ARE REQUESTING TO MAINTAIN YOUR LICENSURE, and ALWAYS MAINTAIN A CONSTANT THREAT to the patient by any means necessary, ( even after the patient is no longer under OUR CARE), in order to prevent any possibility of the patient holding US, YOUR LICENSURE, liable for any negative repercussions of our actions while patient was under our care, even "THROUGH", & until, the law exempts us from any "LIABILITY OF OUR ACTIONS", "THEN", as A PRESENTATION & HISTORICAL DISPLAY" (concealing self interest & for purposes of public show & CUSTOMS), we will now "TAKE WHAT IS PUBLICLY KNOWN as the HIPPOCRATIC OATH, First=TO DO NO HARM..& by secretive extension to this oath, you hereby agree that upon receipt of YOUR HOSPITAL LICENSE (granting you authority to access us,& our facilities & our space, & our equipment & our name, by which is normal & legal as an entity to hereby practice your chosen craft) The "DO NO HARM" SPECIFICALLY COMMANDS ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED.. It took tears to write this correctly, not just as a victim of my constant & overwhelming pain, but also that this is such a reality to not just myself but possibly millions of others that I hoped to speak on their behalf, that we are now LABELED as CRIMINALS, DRUG ADDICTS, LOWLIFES, 3rd class citizens of THESE GREAT UNITED STATES, undeserving the attention that is thrust upon us in such a negative light, that one often more everyday, that we would rather CHOOSE TO DIE than try to cope with the negative spotlight we find ourselves in, all to which all our crime is, & it is viewed upon as such, is the fact that we are physically &/or ( in most cases both) in chronic & extreme pain as a result of medical afflicti
The DEA latest ploy in the war on drugs takes aim at the very people who are in greatest need of the very medications they are trying to limit access to; those like myself who are in chronic pain. My story is I had a hernia surgery in 2009 that went terribly wrong and has left me in terrible, sometimes un-bearable pain. My doctor was there right from the start and without his help I doubt I would be alive today. None of the people in the DEA or the Obama administration understand what it is like to be in chronic, inoperable pain or they wouldn't be wasting tax payer money on this latest foray into government trying to save those who abuse and misuse prescription medications for the fun of it while those of us who need these medications are forgotten about and made to suffer even more. Americans use more drugs than any other country in the world, both legal and illegal, but in this case they are purposely picking on those of us with chronic pain, making it more difficult and expensive to get the medications we need to survive. There is no fun in chronic pain, nor is it fun to have to take medications everyday just to survive, but if they spent money on R&D instead of this latest foray to save a few abuses, then maybe many of us wouldn't need pain medications in the first place. This misguided approach to the problem will drive people to street drugs, to unregulated Internet drugs, to maybe make someone who is pain take it out on innocent people because their government has decided to scare doctors to not prescribe medications that are needed for chronic pain. Believe me, bio-feedback is not going to get rid of the pain I am in everyday. Stand up Americans and tell the government they have over stepped big time and will ruin more lives than they will save.
I suffer 24/7 from severe pain of the spine which has caused nerve damage & fibromyalgia, arthritis, Which now my whole body hurts to the point where I can't work anymore & can barely get up let alone walk for more than an hour. I'm only 49 yrs. old & for the past 3 yrs. haven't been able to leave my home or do anything alone, nor can I go & enjoy any fun activities with my family or kids. I didn't like my pain management doc. so I left & my family phys. referred me to another. I just received a message from this new doc. refusing to treat me for reasons they will not tell me. I have an MRI showing a large bulge in my lower back & was told that I need surgery, but the doctors tell me I'm to young for surgery, that it would be a domino effect, one after another. I also suffer from IBS , severe anxiety attacks, depression, PTSD. I've been on many meds. for my illnesses & no for a fact that I'm not addicted to anything, bc my pain meds make me sick. NOW THIS! Being refused treatment & suffering in pain. Yes legit people are being forced to the street. I've been studying medical cannabis & the illnesses that you can benefit from. Even though it's not legal for medical use where I live, but eventually will soon. Last winter I decided to try it. To my surprise I was back to my old self again, but had to remember to take breaks about every hr. so I wouldn't cause the bulge to swell, but I FELT GREAT! Out of fear of it not being passed for med. purposes I went back to the legal way & all those pills, which made me sick & put me back down again. If the doc. is going to refuse me treatment & make me suffer then they leave me no choice. I'm going to do my own treatment. Some people may not agree, but then again some people should try it themselves. Never be treated like an addict again by a doc. or pharmacist. My family at first was against what I was thinking of doing, until they saw for themselves, the way I was on all those pills & the huge diff. they saw when I smoked just a little bit a couple times a day. The response I got was, now there is the girl I miss so much & they are backing me up on it 100%. Weather or not you live in a state where you can get it from your doc. Try it just one day & see if it works for you. The gov. are not helping legit people. They ARE hurting them & forcing them to the streets. Just my own personal findings that I can treat ALL of my illnesses with just one thing & without the help or humiliation from others that are SUPPOSE to help.
I am prescribed vicodin and soma for servere cervical arthritis, causing unbearable muscle spasms in my shoulders and back, than can last for months. I have $ 5,000 of drugs in my cupboard that I have tried.....lyrica, Cymbalta, Celebrex, the Butrans patch. I also have had 15 MRI's in 10 years, verifying this condition. I also go to physical therapy and a chiropractor. All the expensive drugs mentioned above did nothing. Now, I am going out of the country, in a few days. My vicodin and soma prescriptions will run out, in the middle of my vacation. What the heck am I supposed to do??? My doctor and I have a very close relationship, and she has monitored me for years. Now, the pharmacy says they cannot provide me with a "vacation" refill. Apparently, this is drug addicts trick. Well, I have my flight and hotel itinerary that I can provide the pharmacy.....and they still say they can't fill it. I suppose, as some point, we can file a class action lawsuit, when enough chronic pain patients decide they are tired of the government playing doctor. ...sort of like insurance adjustors telling a body shop how they can repair your car. Who is in charge here? Your personal physician or a government, we now, that is filled with self serving knuckleheads. Leaving on my trip in a few days, and, I told my husband, I may have to stay in my room for the entire vacation, when the spasms lay me out.
I am prescribed vicodin and soma for servere cervical arthritis, causing unbearable muscle spasms in my shoulders and back, than can last for months. I have $ 5,000 of drugs in my cupboard that I have tried.....lyrica, Cymbalta, Celebrex, the Butrans patch. I also have had 15 MRI's in 10 years, verifying this condition. I also go to physical therapy and a chiropractor. All the expensive drugs mentioned above did nothing. Now, I am going out of the country, in a few days. My vicodin and soma prescriptions will run out, in the middle of my vacation. What the heck am I supposed to do??? My doctor and I have a very close relationship, and she has monitored me for years. Now, the pharmacy says they cannot provide me with a "vacation" refill. Apparently, this is drug addicts trick. Well, I have my flight and hotel itinerary that I can provide the pharmacy.....and they still say they can't fill it. I suppose, as some point, we can file a class action lawsuit, when enough chronic pain patients decide they are tired of the government playing doctor. ...sort of like insurance adjustors telling a body shop how they can repair your car. Who is in charge here? Your personal physician or a government, we now, that is filled with self serving knuckleheads. Leaving on my trip in a few days, and, I told my husband, I may have to stay in my room for the entire vacation, when the spasms lay me out.
I am a suffer of Fibromyalgia and I am only 33 years old. I have had to become a stay at home mother for the past 2 1/2 years. I enjoy my four children but feel locked away from society because of my day to day pain which fluctuates. On about a daily basis I feel I'm robbing my children of a mother they deserve. Just simple things as going to my freshman son's band performance most time dont go because i feel like the only parent that doesn't help. I do not help because ofmy pain, pain that isn't being managed or taken care of by my doctors in the past or current doctor. I am not the happy, bubbly, loving funny person i used to be because the pain gets me so down. Oh and I have had so many different medications some tried up to 3 times with other meds to find some relief. Along with using heat, physical therapy and addtional vitamins to help. I want a doctor to trust me,hear me and try to understand what i battle EACH AND EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE! I want my quality of life back,my pep in my step an smile on my face....so does my loving husband and children.
I have a couple of friends who deal with chronic pain on a daily basis and now all of a sudden are cut completely off of their pain meds and thought to be a drug seeker. They are going thru crisis and can get no help. Its a sad world.
I wonder ... do the DEA Nazi's or Congress have issues getting their medicine?
Doubt it. All this witch hunting accomplishes is creating a new market for illegal street drugs, overdoses and crime.
I am so relieved to see this petition, and I will do whatever I can to bring awareness to this issue. The reasons stated for targeting Pain Doctors, (as well as causing greater difficulty for the patient) is that the media is bringing more attention to the "fact," that prescription drug over dose has a very high death toll. The numbers are high, but they are not specifying the types of medication; nor admitting that it is not all opioid medications causing these deaths. The FDA, CDC AND POISON CONTROL CENTER CAN NOT EVEN AGREE ON THEIR DATA. Though, the CDC admits it is anticoagulant medication and antibacterials, as well as many other types of medication causing these deaths . The codes for "cause of death are not clear enough to claim this number as the reason for this witch hunt. Put more funding into preventing addiction, by teaching children and teenagers, rather than assuming every Pain patient is an addict or drug dealer. Pain patients seek relief due to discomfort. Addicts seek relief due to discomfort. Pain patients with a dependency on opioids feel even worse than they did before the medication, because your brain reacts in a similar way regardless of the reason or amount that a person takes. These things all closely resemble each other, and it can be confusing for the doctor's, as well as anybody overseeing said Doctor. There does need to be a solution to the death toll caused by all drugs and alcohol, but please recognize the fallout from the current methods. People in Pain are desperate as addicts when they see no light at the end of the tunnel. The data is incomplete and inaccurate. The solution is not so simple as to bully doctors into putting the judgement of the DEA above their Own. Please do consider this, because we will continue to bring it to your attention until something is done to remedy the issue. Thank-you so much for your time and consideration.
I'm tired of feeling like a criminal by Walgreens and other pharmacies since Walgreens have made it almost impossible to get my meds just to ease my chronic pain and to help me even try to function. Something needs to be done!!
The pendulum has swung too far the other way. Doctors are now afraid to treat the pain. Patient care is no longer based on symptoms and cures but fearmongering and labeling. Weed out the pill mills but allow proper doctors to properly administer care. Hospitals and patient care is should not be based on th DEA but on the Hippocratic oath.
The nurse in New Jersey quarantine claims she was treated like a criminal! Severe pain victims are and have been treated like criminals at their doctor, then at the pharmacy. Now she knows how millions have felt for years now, with it getting increasingly worse. I would love to take 0 medication, but that means I will lose consciousness walking across a room, so would become bedridden, a very worse type of "quarantine." All these decades and people aren't stopping their drug use. I should be respected for using medication for a medical reason and responsibly, not just "getting high!" Things are very backwards! Harm IS being done! Please stop it, for the millions who didn't ask for or do anything to cause the illness they have, including me. I'm hoping the prescription database being enacted in my state will remove some of the "drug seeker suspicion" when they look me up and see I have ONE MD and ONE pharmacy! The hysteria has to stop before the suicides by those who can't take the untreated pain anymore!
Ive had two experiences with pain doctors. The first one was Dr Lenchig who would not increase my pain medication dosage because I was told by one surgeon that I needed surgery and also because I did not stop smoking immediately when he told me to. This was documented in his doctors notes. In my own defense, I am not going on just one doctors advise that I need surgery especially when it involves my spine, secondly I am a long term heavy smoker who just couldnt quit the day the doctor told me I needed to. I am smoke free now for over 3 months. So I left that doctor and went to another Pain Specialist and he said he knew the previous pain doctor very well and said he was very good. I do agree with that statement, it wasnt about his ability but about his knowledge that I was in more pain than the medicine was relieving but wouldnt increase the doses. Well anyway the other Dr, Dr Hadi both are from Ft Lauderdale decided that he would combine my two meds into one med and have me on it 24 hrs a day. Im sorry but I dont want to be on medication 24 hours a day. There are times that the pain is unbearable and then out of no where it subsides. So I treat my pain on a as needed basis. I can say after being on pain medication for many years I am not addicted to them. I have gone days without them and on the other hand have needed round the clock treatment. However as I said I did not want to be treated going forward 24 hrs a day surely ensuring me to be an addict. Right now I am without a pain management specialist but am hoping to find one that will listen to my needs and treat me justly. I am not naive about medicine. I have been HIV/AiDS for over 20 years and have gone through a lot and have done a ton of research. I was lucky enough to have a doctor DR Joel Weissman who was chairman of Amfar for a while let me have some input into my treatment which included being in a study for a new drug which I think saved my life.
As a chronic pain sufferer of over 20 years, I've watched Drs give out pain meds by the hundreds for one prescription, to being labeled a drug addict and refused treatment of my pain in an emergency room. All of the recent media blasts that pain meds turn every person into a heroin addict are completely false. A person doesn't get addicted to pain meds unless they're abusing them. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones to heroin overdoses, but punishing the millions who are suffering daily isn't humane! There has to be a compromise & we have the right to have our pain managed without fear. Try interviewing chronic pain patients & follow them throughout one day. Anyone in the DEA & government wouldn't make it through one hour dealing with the level of pain we live in around the clock.
As a chronic pain sufferer of over 20 years, I've watched Drs give out pain meds by the hundreds for one prescription, to being labeled a drug addict and refused treatment of my pain in an emergency room. All of the recent media blasts that pain meds turn every person into a heroin addict are completely false. A person doesn't get addicted to pain meds unless they're abusing them. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones to heroin overdoses, but punishing the millions who are suffering daily isn't humane! There has to be a compromise & we have the right to have our pain managed without fear. Try interviewing chronic pain patients & follow them throughout one day. Anyone in the DEA & government wouldn't make it through one hour dealing with the level of pain we live in around the clock.
As a nurse I see the hurt in people who enter the hospital on a nearly daily basis. It is idiocy to expect people to take periodic tests to see if they are actually taking the drugs. The public is not a big detox or rehab center, where rules are so strict. The only reason why we test for drugs of abuse in the hospital is if someone comes in altered and there is no other obvious reason, i.e. stroke, dementia, supra-therapeutic levels on meds, or narcotic sensitivity. People are not criminals if they request Norco or Percocet for pain, especially if the request is justified. Pain meds play a significant part in the all around treatment of chronic and acute pain. It is another modality to use in the treatment of pain. Anyone who has a attended a pain control seminar will tell you that. Now I see why individuals in pain resort to illegal substances. It is quite obvious. Nobody is listening to them. This new HCP law has very little to do with abuse and OD's. This smacks of power, control, and money. On the surface it looks like the government is doing something---all part of the failed war on drugs or the diversionary Patriot Act(remember the Sudafed rule of 2006? tied to the Patriot Act if you look closer at it) Oh, but the government is doing something about it.......they are bloating the FDA and DEA budgets and this is another way of doing it and justifying their existence. I am for law enforcement when it comes to illegal drugs and pushers and pill mills--including the Rx's who fill them. I am not for the new DEA rules and I am not for connection the FDA has with them. Too much power and what kind of oversight? No checks or balances here. Small group with huge dictatorial powers that impact us all. The common voter has no rights or say in the matters that effect them most. This is where voting at the booth makes no sense, because we are not allowed to vote on the very important issues that impact us most. We vote to put the same people back in office. Those people aren't there to make change, they are there to line their pockets and hold on to power. Change is needed in this country at a fundamental level.
I'll vote for anyone that puts an end to the DEA witch hunt! I'm in constant, unrelenting pain! I need my medicine.
The Dr.s don't have any problems pushing new medications that they get kickbacks for. Yes, I've been denied treatment for anxiety medication and was told I HAVE to go to a psychiatrist to seek medication. They'll give you Zoloft just to act like they've treated you and bait you to come back. What a joke this has become.
repeal repeal repeal rsd/crps is my pain of choice i moved to florida 2 have a better quality of life for me an my family more like a move 2 hell i asked my new doc im in pain an need help his reply is there is nothing i or the er can do because of these new laws what a joke i hope u all who voted for he whos name cant b said r happy so now we all pay so when u vote this time instead of using ur head use ur pain to make this decision and dea out of the way we in pain r not in ur war on drugs we just want some part of a life back. God bless to u all please repeal
I am aiming this email at the people who blog here!!! this is both political and personal.
None of you have written that you would like the law repealed. Send that notice to the congress and people in power, not your whining stories. I'll serve the cheese with your whine. I have read hundreds of stories like the ones here, including my own! Send a message of repeal, not, I AM IN PAIN.....We are all in some kind of chronic pain, so, that is a given or you wouldn't be on this blog in the first place and it would not matter to you. Send a message of repeal! Don't stew in your own pity juices! We all know the DEA and FDA are out to keep their positions and seeming autocratic power within government and will broach no challenge to that power. These two entities represent the big pharmacology businesses(only a few will be able to make and distribute the drugs ), the illegal drug businesses(makers and pushers of heroin, MJ, meth., etc), powerful politicians(who have big pharma in the back pocket and vice versa), and overseas interests(other interests across the border--makers and distributers). Too much money and power to hold on to and no consideration for the vast majority of us. Same old story. Will voting out the crooks in congress make any difference? Probably not, but we can give it a shot. Prohibition did not work then with alcohol and will not work now. Repeal this insanity now and cut the DEA's budget to go after the real problem drugs: cocaine, heroin, meth. Go after the pill mills and the Rx's that fill them....... Leave the rest of us honest citizens alone and let us be treated by our physicians, not the DEA---lacking both an MD license and Hippocratic oath of Do No Harm!
Just had a VA doctor physically assault me during a abusive exam, told my caregiver to shut up and sit down when they asked the Dr. to take it easy. I complained and was attacked by her superiors,and labled by the VA police after 40 years of care and complete doc,s of injury,s, etc. what I've read here I'm not alone . 1936 Nazi Germany did the same and then the euthanasia started! The DEA will say and do anything to further their (keep or job) mentality. They all sick in their head the comments verify, not in their body as are the disabled, who are having their human rights ignored, The government has gone to far in their micromanagement. This the agenda of the right wing (conservative republican) agenda. Where are the Lawyers now! In fear of the terrorist's (the DEA) they wouldn't wear masks to hide who they are i.e . Maybe we could all get together on kick starter to fund a class action law suit against the FDA,DEA, and the president for violating provision of the civil rights act 1964 and the ADA. The unspoken agenda! The government can't be allowed to do this level of injustice, without balance in the implementation, it is simply wrong, illegal, abusive and criminal. The government knows they are trashing the constitution , and our lives and the doctors are cowards for allowing it without loud protest.
We are sick and hurting. WE ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. dopers and junkies and criminals are the problem. There will be many unable to get out of bed who will curse you every minute of everyday!
I am a chronic pain patient. My doctor of close to 15 years will no longer prescribe pain meds. I'm assuming because of new laws. The only outcomes I can see that the new laws will accomplish would be an increase in the amount of suicides; a higher income for those selling pain meds & heroin & an increase in the amount of people applying for ssd & welfare.(for those who are only still working because their pain is managed) & two of the consequences will further drain our failing economy. But most of all the people pushing these new laws through will NEVER understand the the devastating effects on their quality of life until it's them living their lives on a sofa writhing in pain all day. Can't wash dishes, do laundry, go to your family weddings, birthdays & etc. You either pray for help or release from it. I think all of us have done both
I have chronic cervical neck pain. I have had 3 nerve blocks to no end. My physician refuses to prescribe pain meds (Ultram, neurontin, etc are not effective). I have been to E R several times in last 2 years. They treated me for the immediate pain and given me prescriptions for up to 10 hydocodone. These are, by law, all they can prescribe. I am grateful for this treatment. Depending on my pain levels these prescriptions can last me up to a month. Obviously, I am not abusing them. My pain levels peak and wain depending how much I use my right arm.
However, every time I go, depending on the doctor I am asked why no one is prescribing me pain meds. ...... because they refuse to!!!! There are those doctors and nurses that treat me like a pill seeker and are condescending and belittling. The entire seeking of doctor's help is very depressing and to say the least frustrating. Physicians job is to treat conditions that affect quality of life!! I believe not being able to pick up and play with my grandchildren or clean my house, sometimes just drying my hair qualifies me.
I already have a lifelong diagnosis of depression and anxiety....... domino effect!!!
I have osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. I am 70 years old. Every day is a sad day for me. My doctor prescribes my medication, but now I can't get a drugstore to fill it. They humiliated me at the counter in a loud voice and made me feel like I had no business taking my medication. I just don't know what to do. I guess i'm going to be confined to bed from now on.
The DEA needs to understand there are people out here with true pain and suffering. Records that are proof of that. Leave the Dr's to be the Dr's and until they walk a mile in our shoes. Pun intended. Or live a day of our life with pain and suffering and nowhere to turn. They just need to leave it alone and monitor the patients for abuse or Dr. Shopping ect. They already have the equipment in place to do so. Use it. Leave the people with real pain alone & stopp harassing the Dr's. They are trying to do there job. Yes there are some that dont need to be practicing. But the majority took the oath to first do NO HARM! And I have a question for the good old DEA what are you going to do when all the hospitals are full of patience withdrawing from opiates and other medications that you have control of. And when they are refused and cannot live a quality life what are they suppose to do? I have seen several mentions of suicide on here alone. I am a Christian and would never do that. But I can pretty much predict that probably 75 percent of these people will end up on the street illegally buying heroin because it will be the only option that they have to get an opoid that will control their pain. and from experience I can tell you that I had a family member who was a heroin addict for years that is not a place I or anyone should want to go or have to go. not to mention these are people that are not drug addicts they are not going to know how much or even what they are getting off of the streets. Our great DEA thinks that they are saving lives they are going to wind up with more morgues full of people that are unnecessarily there. Just trying get relief to live their life and be able to maintain and control their pain. What then? Any answers people?Somebody needs to do something about this now. They claim they been controlling drugs on the streets for years. Not true! You can go to any town and get some type of drug without ever knowing anyone to get it from. Just go to a bad neighborhood. Boom!
Stop The DEA and it's insane scrutiny of Dr.
The people that are in pain are being treated unfairly to say it mildly.
Sad state of affairs. Per the DEA my pain Doctor reduced my meds 2 months ago. Since then back on disability, back in wheel chair and heart attack from constant stress caused by undertreated pain. Thanks DEA.
Penalizing the people who are truly in pain!
DR Howard Taylor is a doctor who thinks he's god with that prescription pad does narcotics! If you need a neurologist yet for neurology is not the place to go the doctors are hypocrites the treat you like your hair went addict Tori is some kind of junkie and you're just shopping for pills and all you want use the pills to get high no matter how long you were with the same opposite the same doctor had no problems I was with them for 28 years he took over my case because my doctor retired and he's hated on me every sense! He's a horrible doctor so was the rest of them I suggest that you support neurology not be your urologist office and stay away from him he's Adventist medical center
With multiple abnormalities in my spin and sacral / pelvic area, I have tried every remedy known to man. I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted and still require opiate medication to achieve any semblance to a "normal" life. The unprodutive "war on drugs" accomplishes little because abusers will circumvent the law, or move on to a different drug of choice, while placing undue burdens upon the medical community and those unfortunate souls that suffer needlessly. Why not just put a gun to their heads and pull the damned trigger?
I hope all these precious people remember their power to vote. If any senator or representative was in pain all they would do is snap their fingers and they would have pain meds. Lamar Alexander I will not vote for you! I pray for all these people. In CHRIST
Please do not do this because you know what I have 14 start off with a mesh rejecting inside of me an knees the need work on ,back neck ,shoulders,fibermielga.If I spell that right an so much more wrong with me already to much write here one step letting go I cant stand the pain an cant fine anywhere to fill it. Not fear to people like us who take like there told too.please dont, hurt the ones that need.Oh my please as writing I cry so hard because another night with pain.Got go hospital because cant handle the pain.I think you don"t care if people end the life because they hurt so bad please.
I have had a broke leg, foot ,shoulder knee collar bone which sticks up under the skin about 1 inch and I was told by a dr at Sutton wv that I just need extalac or Tylenol,.dr doug given then sent me to a pain clinic where I was completely humiliated again. How is it that these supposed doctors can want to even live when they let people live in pain throught there lives.. A dr takes a oath to keep people healthy and free from pain. Yet look at what they are doing and how they are treating people..i can not even live my life normally because of suffering with pain because of heartless people like doug given . I cant play with the kids much I cant do my house work and my life was greately effected by this.. I am ashamed of these so called doctors for not standing up for the good people that live in pain and suffer. THIS IS WRONG THEY ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEM SELVES. I feel let down by America its self. and to think how my family has fought so hard in combat and war. I am just at a loss for words . I can tell you this . no for giveness to any one that has taken gods plant that was put here for us so we do not have to suffer. and say we cant have nothing for pain. I would not want to be in there shoes when they die and face god. and I hope every one of these heartless beings one day wake up and realize how many people they are letting suffer through there lives THIS IS WRONG.. What is happening to America? I am so let down and sad. Ones that are involved in allowing suffering will never be for given. It is a fact that people that take a low dose oppiet pain medicine can live there lives happy healthy and pain free.. Allowing suffering and not treating patients right for pain is WRONG. WRONG...
I've read countless stories of people in excruciating pain being denied anything more than Advil (which, if it worked for them, no need for a doctor visit!) writing their suicide letter, explaining exactly why they did it, lest the cause of death be written up as "heart failure" or other reason. Here in America, we can't even tell our physician our symptoms due to "red flag words!" I was personally "suspected" for attempting to get a TICK removed! What did I say wrong by asking Doctor to take a look at this tick bite, I couldn't see if I got it all out? This is beyond hysteria. Oh, but run those TV ads for all manner of strange medicine to stop you from urinating & holding up your friends at the mall! All with side effects-sudden death. Superior American Medical Care? I don't think so. Was Thomas Duncan, ebola patient, tossed out of ER because he said his stomach hurt, thus the "drug addict red flag" and cutting ebola loose in the country? I'd bet money on.yes, that happened. Sickening, literally.
To live your life in constant agony is horrible. To be afraid to talk to the doctor because you are afraid of being "red flagged" is terrible. To need medication so that you can sit at your desk and do your job, to be able to support your 3 children. I don't want to go on disability. I don't want to depend on the government to take care of me. I only want enough relief to be able to function like a normal person. To be able to participate in my children's lives. I want my physician to treat me. All of me. That is why they go to school for so long. I don't want to be going to multiple doctors that may give me medication that interacts with something I'm already taking. I am aware that it is my responsibility to inform doctors of my meds that I am on but have you ever forgotten something ? When you deal with constant pain it interferes with memory not to mention the fog that accompanies fibromyalgia. Please reform these laws! Allow our doctors to fully perform their jobs!
Drug dealers and their kingpins target people and cause "chronic pain" so they either go to street drugs and or/ big pharma for pain meds.

Those with chronic pain are not always caused from drugs - some are a result of broken bones and other car accident like injuries; including ski injuries. As shown in Am Jur Proof of Facts concerning "futures"from medical injuries.

Why do you let these criminals gang stalkers on meth and other drugs among us in the U.S. and torture our U.S. citizens?

Are you even aware of the corruption probelled by lies, fabrication, greed and out right cyber esponiage?

My identity has been stolen at least 8 times pursuant to notifications from big corporations: banks and insurance companies. The records are fabricated; I was just pulled over and harassed in that this officer said my car records to don't match the plates? Is he that ignorant? Or does he have a Christmas bonus riding on the gang related activities?
I have chronic pain from a genetic "orphan disorder" and have been taking pain meds for years to get me through the day. I have never abused the drugs and I have never gotten "high" from them, they relieve pain, nothing else. This new rule means I am forced to pay at least one co-pay per month now. A hefty increase in my monthly budget with the $45 co-pay. That is in addition to the visits to the dermatologist ($45) & opthomologist ($45) which starts to add up. This is just another stupid reaction to drug abuse. Treat drug abuse as a disease instead of a criminal act and leave the rest of us alone. Stupid stupid DEA.
I have been called a criminal and Dr shopper. My former pain Dr was more worried about the DEA than his patients pain. It is bad enough having to live with chronic pain. It's worse when Dr's cand pharmacists are giving you the fish eye whenever you fill or pick up a prescription. Whatever happened to the Hippocratic law. "First do no harm"
veteran here who can't get proper pain control for his injuries
I suffer from Syringomyelia, it is bad enough that most doctors have no clue what this condition is - but now to finally have a doctor who was good enough to help me, look into my condition and work with me - she should never be scrutinized! And I should not have to wait 10-12 days to get a prescription to treat a condition that I have years of documented tests and filed on!
Making people live in pain just because of drug addict s
I have 0 quality of life without pain pills. I have Fibromyalgia and several autoimmune disorders. I can't take antii inflammatory meds because I have PBC. I have IBS. I have ulcers. Fibromyalgia takes your life away. Pain pills let me get through the day. Some days the pain is so bad that I wish I was DEAD...
I'm a chronic pain patient. I have severe fibromyalgia and exposed nerves at the base of my spine, pinched nerves and herniated disks. I have NEVER abused my medication and am even urine tested monthly. I have NEVER had a bad urine test. You can't lump everyone together, we suffer daily and our medications help us to function. Without it you're condemning us to life in our beds.
I'm a chronic pain patient. I have severe fibromyalgia and exposed nerves at the base of my spine, pinched nerves and herniated disks. I have NEVER abused my medication and am even urine tested monthly. I have NEVER had a bad urine test. You can't lump everyone together, we suffer daily and our medications help us to function. Without it you're condemning us to life in our beds.
Tired of being treated as a criminal when I'm dealing with a laundry list of medical conditions that are causing me constant pain. Live in my body for a day with fibromyalgia and Graves and osteoarthritis! I wish you could, but again I'd never wish this pain on anyone! I deserve to be able to live my life and not be forced to suffer constantly! So does EVERY other patient with documented medical issues that cause PAIN! Pain is real, give us some ethical and compassionate care back!

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