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

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it is in- humane that legitimate pain patients have to suffer be cause the sea can't come up with an effective way to continue their war on drugs. Actually I won't be surprised to find special interest groups behind this. This problem needs to be dealt with without causing needless suffering.
My back pain is so debilitating that with out pain meds I remain in bed unable to participate in any physical activities and de conditioning of my entire body occurs. I need help to get past the pain of a failed back surgery complicated by psoriatic arthritis. I have started to be active with the help of low dose methadone and even with it I have to stop and rest lying down frequently
This is purely a witch hunt. 4 back surgerys for me, my doctors office today basically told us who were going there just for pain meds that we were all done there because there not a pain management office, thank GOD the doctor has another office that does and he is taking us with him. It will be 60 miles farther, another undue stress on my back. Without meds, i wont be able to do the small home business i started since i cannot work a actual outside job any longer. The lovely DEA will take my income, and probably my life. I cannot live in that pain, i have no insurance, i did win lifetime medical benifits from AAA auto in a lawsuit, and this wonderful Govenor of Michigan snyder "the deeck" made a fantastic law that even if you win lifetime benifits in court, within a few months the insurance company or work comp company can send you to THERE scamming paid doctors, and say your fine, then cut your benifits off. Here in Michigan the ONLY no fault auto state left we pay the highest auto premiums because of these lifetime medical benifits, and now 98% of the people getting them are being cut off. You cant appeal, you have to start ALL over suing them and no lawyer will pony up $10,000 for a jury trial. So, between that, and the absolute witch hunt of people in chronic pain, here in Michigan, we are really screwed.
So, everyone, it has to be class action time, we HAVE to do something. This is discrimination of people in chronic pain. I don't give a DAMN when i am told "but there is so much abuse of these drugs" i tell those people i dont give a Sh**t about them, i only care about us legitimate people, and there is a HUGE amount of us, and we MUST do something NOW. Everyone, call this LAWYER, Geoffrey Fieger in Soutfield mi, i am calling him tomorrow, i am going to try and convince him into taking us on, he is famous and notorious for going after big companys, why not the DEA? So, join me, i am going to do something about this, today was the first day of my decision. To hell with the DEA and there discrimination! I want to live my life in a tolerable way! Contact Info. Fieger Law; 19390 W 10 Mile Rd; Southfield, MI 48075; Phone: (248) 355-5555
This is purely a witch hunt. 4 back surgerys for me, my doctors office today basically told us who were going there just for pain meds that we were all done there because there not a pain management office, thank GOD the doctor has another office that does and he is taking us with him. It will be 60 miles farther, another undue stress on my back. Without meds, i wont be able to do the small home business i started since i cannot work a actual outside job any longer. The lovely DEA will take my income, and probably my life. I cannot live in that pain, i have no insurance, i did win lifetime medical benifits from AAA auto in a lawsuit, and this wonderful Govenor of Michigan snyder "the deeck" made a fantastic law that even if you win lifetime benifits in court, within a few months the insurance company or work comp company can send you to THERE scamming paid doctors, and say your fine, then cut your benifits off. Here in Michigan the ONLY no fault auto state left we pay the highest auto premiums because of these lifetime medical benifits, and now 98% of the people getting them are being cut off. You cant appeal, you have to start ALL over suing them and no lawyer will pony up $10,000 for a jury trial. So, between that, and the absolute witch hunt of people in chronic pain, here in Michigan, we are really screwed.
So, everyone, it has to be class action time, we HAVE to do something. This is discrimination of people in chronic pain. I don't give a DAMN when i am told "but there is so much abuse of these drugs" i tell those people i dont give a Sh**t about them, i only care about us legitimate people, and there is a HUGE amount of us, and we MUST do something NOW. Everyone, call this LAWYER, Geoffrey Fieger in Soutfield mi, i am calling him tomorrow, i am going to try and convince him into taking us on, he is famous and notorious for going after big companys, why not the DEA? So, join me, i am going to do something about this, today was the first day of my decision. To hell with the DEA and there discrimination! I want to live my life in a tolerable way!
I am afraid our complaints and issues are all falling on deaf ears. When the DEA makes a ruling I have never heard of it being reversed. Look at the pseudofed rule....how ridiculous was that ? Did that really stop or slow down meth labs? NO, and that was illegal behavior, yet, we are all treated like a potential meth lab in the making. The government now sees us all as potential drug dealers, handing out our pain medications to our family and friends. This is how they see us, like it or not! The FDA and DEA did this for other reasons. This was something they had been cooking up for a long time....profit motive? maybe. Who knows. The government isn't going to tell the public. This was a self-perpetuating move, providing more reasons for the DEA to exist, that is all. They care more about their own budget than whether you or I can get what we need to control pathological pain. The DEA says it has not changed anything, right? Wrong! Now, pharmacies can only purchase small amounts of HCP's under the Sch. II designation. Before, pharmacies could order much more of the drug to fill prescriptions for the public needs under Sch. III. The funnel has been narrowed greatly as far as access to pain medications. Why was Ultram made a schedule IV drug? Not because it is addictive or being diverted, but so it can be substituted for HCP's, and that is all. Ultram is not even a real opiate, like morphine or codeine, and its abuse potential is not on the same level as any of the opiates. It is all a trumped up scam on the public. The FDA works in collusion with the DEA and pharmaceutical industry on this. There is something else behind it. Maybe its the approval of a new drug(s)! Maybe its the need to prosecute and incarcerate more of the public or fine more of the public to swell the already bloated coffers of the state, local, or federal caches. Whatever the reason, it is not legitimate. That is for sure. We may never know the full truth. The compassionate movement to help treat people in pain and discomfort will probably have to move underground. What other options are there? I don't blame M.D.'s for being wary of the govt. on this. They could be prosecuted for treating somebody's pain. This is plain and simple. The DEA and FDA says nothing else has changed.....what a lie! By the way, our DEA has influence in other countries, as well. What our government does sways other governments, too. Don't think it does not. The DEA has its fingers in Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Don't bet that it doesn't. Self perpetuating just like our pentagon and military industrial complex. Start wars to keep the budget bloated. Feed fears and skew statistics to keep people dumbed down
I have severely deformed knees and take Vicodin for the pain. So now the FDA is going to lump me in with all the drug addicts?! Nice going FDA you are all a bunch of idiots!!!
If something happens to him because he cannot get this prescribed medication filled because of your "agency" interfering with his civil rights - you will be held accountable.
None of this would have happened had the FDA, DEA and HHS advertised as much BEFORE the rescheduling as they have AFTER. NOW, it seems every 3-4 days you read an article about how evil HCPs are; What part of the country takes more HCP, the NFL was visited by DEA to assess HCP abuse, HCP abuse among hardcore drug users, etc, etc.
Now, if the powers that be are satisfied with the 573 comments/letters it received during the minimally publicized opened comments period so be it.
How many average Americans suffering from chronic pain have heard of the Federal Registry? I had never known such a thing existed until this came about. Maybe because my concerns and worries were geared more toward surviving paycheck to paycheck in this economy. I was worried about whether or not I would be able to afford my pain medications; should I forego the electric bill this month to get my prescriptions? should I cut back on my blood pressure medicine to make it last an extra month so I can get my pain medications?
One thing about our current govt is that it starts up committee after committee, panel after panel, agency after agency...all in a concerted effort to confuse the American people. And they have succeeded. So many committees and not enough OR no oversight because all politicians are on some type of committee or ten of them; no one has time for oversight. Some groups or committees are necessary, like the group that received funding just last week to study cow flatulence others, not so much, like the agency that has led a failed war on drugs; marijuana is legal in some form or fashion in all but a few states; yet it's still classified as illegal under federal law. This agency has gone from a failed drug war to practicing medicine; one extreme to the other. Alas, jack of all trades, master of NONE.
REPEAL this atrocity of HCP rescheduling and ask for a public vote and let the American people have a voice in their healthcare, lest you are a dictatorship; my way or the highway!
I could careless about who OD's by MIXING medications due to their stupidity; they asked for and met their fate. NOT MY FAULT, DONT PUNISH ME by taking away my only hope for alleviating pain to some degree that I can function in society. Many docs just quit dealing with HCPs due to the extensive, burdensome requirements set forth by the govt that it's an injustice to people who REALLY have need for them. "With all these new restrictions and requirements, It's just not worth it anymore", my doctor told me when he, cold turkey, cut me off hydrocodone.
God Bless Us.
I contemplated suicide 3 times last week. I am being forced off my hydrocodone that I take ONCE a day (at bedtime) for osteomalacia and rheumatoid arthritis. Each of these conditions have been verified by BLOOD TESTS. I was transferred to a pain management doc whose 1st suggestion is for me to move to a FENTANYL PATCH! I went home to read about what that entails & learned quickly that I do NOT want Fentanyl in my life!!! I am sick and filled with grief from the deep aching pain of bone pain. During the day I am in pain, but I have learned compensatory strategies for reducing the pain. On some days I accidentally burn my hands because sticking them under hot running water is a GIGANTIC relief, but eventually it does numb them I think. Anyway, I am BEGGING BEGGING BEGGING the DHHS Burwell to step in and save us. She has ULTIMATE authority over scheduling. She CAN ORDER a reschedule back to III if she wants. I think we need a petition to her as well. We must do something people. All of this is coming from the Muslim influence of the current President and DEA director. You cannot get a doctor anywhere in the middle east to prescribe an opiate for pain. Their response? "It is TOXIC." even Tramadol is described as toxic. When a patient has surgery they are given one day of IV Toradol and then a preacher prays for them HAHAH I promise. Do some checking and see if I tell the truth. Anyway...GET THE MUSLIM OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE and then start a campaign against the Director of HHS Dr. Burwell.
My Pain Management Doctor told me a year ago that Kaiser would no longer cover my long lasting Pain Meds.
He lied, then he told me about the new FDA safe prescribing guidelines and said that even though I have been on the same dosage of meds for 6 years I needed to be cut down to a fraction of what I have been taking.
My primary care doctor started cutting my meds by one tablet a month until I could not tolerate the pain.
I asked if I could have a while longer to adjust to the new dosage and get through the busiest time of the year at my job and he did but now he is going back to cutting my meds by one tablet a month.
When I asked my Pain Doctor what would happen if my pain treatment was not effective and I got to the point where I can't take the pain and he said I should get another insurance.
my insurance is through my work and is already too expensive and if I try the affordable care coverage it is twice as much.
Please repeal these unfair and cruel laws and guidelines and stop using scare tactics on doctors trying to treat real pain patients.
I have had chronic pain for 11 years. This last year, since joining a HMO, I have had horrible problems
with doctors who don't want to prescribe opiates.
Also, the first doctor I went to wrote libelous statements, false and distorted statements in my medical record and stated my pain was largely psychological. He even misdiagnosed me so he could try and get me off my meds.
Other HCP will look at my chart
and will read this dribble. So, not only are doctors
tRYing to take their patients off of pain meds: some of them are defaming their character, making up lies about them and it's all in your medical record.
This is not only unethical but probably illegal as well. So, when it comes down to it; who is more important: the doctor or the patient.
The strong vs the weak. We as patients with chron ic severe pain know the answer to that.
We are actually being discriminated
against. The right to pain control is a HUMAN RIGHT AND our human rights are being denied.
These doctors who write lies in their
records about chronic pain patients are ruining our
lives. We could end up with NOTHING FOR PAIN.
Some of us will suffer so much that we may want to
take our own lifes. Is this really a democracy?
Tired of feeling criminal every time I have a doctors visit to get a script refilled every 30 days for pain I've had since my early 20s! Having to give a urine sample that is being billed to my insurance for over a $1,000 a month because my physician feels he has to protect himself with proving I'm not smoking crack or taking an array of 15 other drugs I've never ever heard of?? This is causing me so much anxiety that my blood pressure is sky high in the doctors office on every visit. I hope I can wean off of this and still function every day as a productive citizen in society? I guess the government would rather have me on early disability than paying my way. Sorry, but I cannot afford to have pay Obama's "High Deductible" health insurance plan and having to ignoring what ever health issues comes my way because all of my savings is going for a **** test for taking medication I've been on for the past 12 yrs! Less overdoses for OPIATES while cheap heroin overdoses sky rocket! Doesn't make sense...
Tired of being called an addict and discriminated for pain medications? They don't have the right to discriminate against us for being in pain....

Fight Back and Sign the Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/stop-pharmacy-abuse-discrimination-and-restore-peace-by-billy-earley
I went to the pharmacist the other day I had a count of 131 and they only put a medications in my pill bottle I called them up and told him it took a week to finally get my meds I don't think they have quality control I called dea cops some other things people havent got back with me so I could actually get this case working I ask the pharmacist what about my medication he says oh I didn't feel it the other guy did I said well the owner wants me to deal with you so its all messed up I asked me on her I said I need to rectify this and get my medication roxicodone 30 if I don't I'm going to be sick owner of the store deon******is suntree pharmacy in Melbourne Florida told me that she doesn't care if I get sickher name is deon Clark not******but anyways I'm speaking into this stupid machine so I finally call the pharmacist that is the owner but I was going to get sick without my meds and she told me I really don't care I don't have time for this I don't care if you get sick or not so get out of here you're insulting my intelligence and I left and she says the man will be back Wednesday talk to him about your medication so he didn't even work the two days and I got my meds and went to pick them up in the man that did tell him he says all remember anything and they finally give me my medication I had 231 pills coming into a bottle and only a hundred would fit into the bottle so the prescription supposed to be 131 and I told the pharmacist if he could put a hard for you want pills and put that bottle I would walk out and never come back well guess what the medication didn't fill the bottle it poured over his hands all over the table the owner of the pharmacy deon far as suntree pharmacy on Wickham Road in Melbourne Florida she saw this her face turned red and she started walking out of the building real fast and I'll come back when she walked out I had a friend of my vehicle the saw her she walk real fast and show her she was embarrassed and scared it took her 2 minutes to get into a brand new BMW it's very sad and sick and they think it's all over but its not all over its just the beginning cuz I'm an advocate and I will get to the bottom of this I make some phone calls and stay with me on this and you will get the outcome pharmacies is going to go the owners going to go somewhere you going everybody's accountable for stealing my medication and they're selling it out of another store I know exactly what they're doing but you're right you can't feel it other places I go to Walgreens is a class action suit against them for not filling they want to do a urine test on you here with your medical records from your doctor its a HIPAA law the doctors going to lose your license and that's enough that's right now the loss is 450 million Walgreens just got sooo 480 million it's getting crazy out there should be a fill the doctors what to do it deatails at pharmacy what they're going to do and doctors are getting guns and blowing your brains out people are shooti
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I am 27 years old now stuck living with Degenerative disc disease, arthritis of the spine, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, gout, fibromyalgia and carpel tunnel syndrome, most related to a car accident in 2011 (not my fault). I am on the verge of losing everything because of the pain. I'm also very close to other chronic pain sufferers who are having the same issues as far as medications and the standards the lovely government makes. All because some others abuse the medication, the ones like us have to suffer every day. Unable to get out of bed, shower, get dressed, go to work, run errands, clean their homes, ect. You are causing more harm then good. I understand some standards but you all are classifying us all in the same category as drug seekers which is horrid. We need a change, someone to take a stand and fight for us. We need to feel like we are being treated fairly, getting the best care that we are paying for and LISTENED too!
I HAVE SYSTEMIC SCLEROSIS (SCLERODERMA), FIBROMYALGIA, RAYNAUDS PHENOMENON & HYPOTHYROIDISM... 3 OUT THE 4 CAUSE PAIN, ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF PAIN, THAT I NEED NARCOTIC PAIN MEDS FOR, THERE IS NO CURE & I WILL HAVE THESE PAINFUL DISEASES THE REST OF MY LIFE & THE MEDS TOO!! I DON'T TAKE AS HIGH OF A STRENGTH OF MEDS I SHOULD B/C I STILL HAVE PAIN ALL DAY! I KNOW THEY'RE ADDICTING BUT I'VE BEEN ON FOR 6+YRS & HAVE HANDLED IT FINE & MY DOCS KNOW THIS...I GO TO ONE OF THE BEST PAIN CLINICS IN THE U.S. SO LEAVE IT UP TO THEM INDIVIDUALLY TO DECIDE WHAT WE NEED!
Each politician receiving this petition in their emails should come to this website and read ALL the other injustices this new HCP rule is having on Americans or Google: Petition2Congress: First do NO harm.
Please go read what the dysfunctional government is doing to the millions upon millions of chronic pain sufferers that are being affected by this new classification of hydrocodone containing products. Law abiding citizens are paying the price for the criminals who decided, on their own, to MIX HCPs with other drugs. It isn't my fault that, by their own hands, they met their fate; death. My doctor told me, via a phone call, a month before the rule took effect that he was no longer going to prescribe me hydrocodone due to the DEA and FDA's decision to reschedule; he said, "It's just too much trouble". It's not that he doesn't think I need it, because it's been helping me with my chronic pains and that's what WE BOTH decided worked best after a year of trying ALL alternatives. He's no longer prescribing for fear of prosecution from the DEA. Yea, DEA says that doctors should continue prescribing CII drugs if it's warranted; WELL, my case WAS warranted UNTIL DEA, FDA got involved in ME and MY doctors BUSINESS!!! My doctor is scared shitless of the DEA and it's failed WAR ON DRUGS that's he's just not going get involved in practicing medicine. He'll just listen to me ***** and moan that Tylenol 3 isn't doing the job of taking the edge of my pain, charge me my co-pay and "I'll see you in 4 weeks". UNTIL or UNLESS, I find an alternative to legalized medicine. I refuse to keep making appointments and paying money to someone who isn't going to treat me properly, why should I?
REPEAL this asinine, unethical cruel and unusual punishment of a decision TODAY!! Better yet put it to a public VOTE. Then and only then will it have received a FAIR voice. DEA is scared the reclassification will be overturned and that's why they only allowed a short period for comments and were satisfied with the 573 comments they got; not to mention Executive Orders, in place, that REQUIRE 60 days of opened comment periods. What say you?
My mother has skin cancer. She experiences chronic pain. I don't know where to turn for help. Sometimes I wish she was dead because the pain is so unbearable. The doctor refuses to give her pain medication. I worry because I am her only caregiver.
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No patient with chronic, intractable pain, should ever have to beg for an appropriate prescription of opioids
Most people who abuse prescription drugs illicitly obtain them from friends or relatives with legitimate prescriptions. The new law now places a significant burden on patients, the vast majority of whom use them in a legitimate manner.

My husband travels for work weeks at a time and at a moments notice. His doctor tells him he now needs to pick up a 30 day hard copy prescription each month and refill locally.
There is no way he will always have the pain medication he needs when he needs it.

It should be the doctors decision regarding scripts. How are we (those who suffer from chronic pain) supposed to function??
Addicts abuse pain meds to escape from life..pain patients use pain meds to participate in life. Help us to live our lives to the fullest!
Propaganda tells us feeling good is bad and suffering is good! Don't buy this crap anymore! If feeling good is not harming you or maoing you harm amyone...then therebis no problem. They say the same about alcohol. It's not the drink...it's what it does to you. If you drink responsibly ten fine. If it's messing up your life then it's time to get help like any responsible adult handling your problems. Government doesn't get people sober...people do it themselves!
Addicts abuse pain meds to escape from life..pain patients use pain meds to participate in life. Help us to live our lives to the fullest!
Propaganda tells us feeling good is bad and suffering is good! Don't buy this crap anymore! If feeling good is not harming you or maoing you harm amyone...then therebis no problem. They say the same about alcohol. It's not the drink...it's what it does to you. If you drink responsibly ten fine. If it's messing up your life then it's time to get help like any responsible adult handling your problems. Government doesn't get people sober...people do it themselves!
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1999 at work I blew my back out lifting due to a company not having proper equipment on site. Did they help me.NO I was told to f-off and sue me.They had more money and was told I will never win and they will starve me.They did!After a year of hell I did try surgery Three times both anterior and posterior fusions over two years but I was left with cronic nerve pain and was told there was nothing else they can do.I was placed on meds and in time I was able to get somewhat of a life back.14 years later I take my scripts to the pharmacy and I get treated like a junkie and they have nothing like that here????.Just like that and I did nothing wrong.I don't want the pain that is returning and I will not live with it.If they chose to kill me this way I hope they they can live with there self.You can bet if it happen to them they would have there medicine at are cost!
Dear Sir or Madam:
Thank you in advance for your attention to this serious matter. I live in a semi-rural community, Winchester, VA. I am almost three years out from being treating for stage IIIa triple negative breast cancer. I received very good treatment at the Massey Center in Richmond, Virginia. Now, no doctor will treat me. While I am very grateful for the dense dose chemotherapy and the double mastectomy, the removal of my ovaries and other surgery at VCU Massey that saved my life, this treatment does take a toll. The body is weakened, I have had blood clots, a strangulated hernia, etc. I am slim, do not drink or smoke. I have insurance, and I am in pain. I am scared, symptoms are returning. Yet no doctor will treat me. Doctor David Flack, of Selma Medical Center, dropped me without telling me why. My oncologist at Shenandoah Oncology Center smiles, listens to me, is very nice, nods about the increase swelling, the nodule on my liver, yet Dr. Resta will do himself for my very common post cancer treatment pain and swelling. He did refer me though, to the Virginia Spine and Brain Center for pain management. Today I went the the pain center, The Virginia Spine and Brain Center in Winchester, Virginia. I had spoken with them before the appointment of course, and they assured me cancer treatment related problems were within their scope. They were quite pleasant today. They asked my to urinate into a cup, I thought they were checking for infection. I appreciated the honesty, a nice lady looked me in the eye and said sweetly they were checking for heroin and street drugs. Wow. Okay. Their office, their rules. I complied. This cost me $175.00 out of pocket. I met with a nice doctor who was ever so surprised that I was there for cancer as they only treat spine problems with injections. This contradicting all past information, and why did we waste the $175 plus the office visit. They referred me back to the oncologist. The pain and fatigue are worsening.
I am a young woman, my family needs me. Please, what is going on? My life is miserable, agony, and no one will treat me. I may die unnecessarily due to lazy doctors, fraud and I don't know what. Please help.
I began pain meds in 1984 after a herniated disc. It wasn't 'till 1994 I began Hydrocodone on and off when needed. By 2005, no doctor saw my pain was so bad I was not working good. Then a doctor gave me enough Hydrocodone to help. From 2008 'till now, I was able to build a wonderful business and provide income earning abilities to almost a hundred families and serve thousands of Churches throughout the U.S. and Canada. Without the pain everything comes together. I am creative and motivated. Without the pain meds, I am worthless, totally engulfed by pain. The government is out of control.
I am treated like a criminal by my Doctor and my Government because I have a PAIN !!!!!
Ever since i have been diagnoised with Arachnoiditiis and had to start taking "narcotic" pain meds, trying to get my pharmacy to fill my script,they first would tell me they didnt have them or i would have to wait 48hrs , i became very depressed and felt as though the pharmacist had a right to refuse my Dr's diagnoses and reason to prescribe the medication necessary. I have switched pharmacy and there i was treated with some dignity and respect. Many times after needing to see other physicians i could immediately feel the discourse and negitive feelings from the staff after filling out registration forms and listing my many medications. How dare they assume that i am a " LTDU" without even knowing my medical background and automatically treated me with discrimination, I felt terrible and so upset, knowing all to well i do not deserve to be treated this way! There are way to many Dr's, nurses, secretary, and any /all medical staff inadvertently discriminate without just cause. Proper re-training and education in pain management is in great demand! All those who treat patients with the need for pain management be it medication or other forms of treatment should remember compassion and Do No Harm physically or psychological. All those guilty of this should be held accountable! God forbid they recieve this type of negitive treatment for debilitating pain and need the same meds or the same treatment from Dr.s and staff , ER Dr.s , nurses and of course Pharmacists and staff. AWARNESS AND RE-TRAINING SHOULD BE A MUST!! IF THEY ONLY KNEW THAT IT COULD BE A LIFE OR DEATH CONDITION. Too many outcomes could happen to those in such need, and without proper care and consideration some may seek help from those who are financially supported by illegal drugs to treat their conditions. Pray we can spread this information with education and empathy! LETS DO NO HARM !!!
so very well said! I myself experience this kind of scrutiny everyday of my life and it even drove me to no longer seek treatment by a physician but instead led me to a drug i never thought i would get near,heroin. I also considered suicide and half*****attempted it which resulted in the loss of half my leg,now is that why people get into medicine to become doctors really? Shame on the DEA and shame on the physicians who dont stand up for themselves in the wake of this kind of tragedy!!!!!!!!!!
Shortly after a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain in 1998, my physician sold his practice, and, though devastated by this loss, I had no choice but to try the new owner. This doctor has cared for me for 16 years with compassion and a deeper understanding of the condition than any other physician I have seen. Now the DEA is dictating how he should practice. I use hydrocodone to manage my pain. I have recently renewed my prescription and we agreed to cut back on the frequency, as I have experienced some "remission" and I do not take the pain medication unless Tylenol is not strong enough. I am 73 years old and have always been a law abiding citizen. Is the DEA going to force me go go outside the legal path for my pain medication? This must be re-evaluated.
I have severe A.S. , today I went in to get my pain medication ( which helps me walk , sit and must function ) and I was told on my las UA it was clean of everything and I can no longer have any medications . I take Simponi , which gives me severe runs , I asked if this could be why and they said it didn't matter. So for Christmas my kids get to see their mother in severe pain . Basically I am being accused of being a drug dealer . Real nice DEA , I am suffering from a horrible disease and now my choices are try to buy some illegally , which I won't do or make the pain stop for ever . So when you see a mother of two young children killed herself because she couldn't stand the pain anymore . You remember to sleep good at night , because it doesn't effect you !
Life is difficult enough for pain patients. This makes it even more difficult due to the steps a pain patient must take in order to receive medications that will ease their pain and, make life a little easier! Please don't punish all of us due to some who misuse.
I would add to this petition something another concrete idea: to reclassify hydrocodone product to schedule III as it was before. Punishing legitimate patients to avoid drug selling on the black market is ridiculous. You claim there is no difference but this is not true. It is more difficult to go the doctor's office more frequently and pharmacists are becoming crazy about filling controlled substances - they are always afraid the DEA will "crack down" on them. The DEA claims it doesn't and that it's still the doctor's and/or the pharmacists' choice, but was it? Has the DEA not cracked down accidentally on certain pharmacists? and/doctors? It's not right to punish many people for the mistake of few...
I would add to this petition something another concrete idea: to reclassify hydrocodone product to schedule III as it was before. Punishing legitimate patients to avoid drug selling on the black market is ridiculous. You claim there is no difference but this is not true. It is more difficult to go the doctor's office more frequently and pharmacists are becoming crazy about filling controlled substances - they are always afraid the DEA will "crack down" on them. The DEA claims it doesn't and that it's still the doctor's and/or the pharmacists' choice, but was it? Has the DEA not cracked down accidentally on certain pharmacists? and/doctors? It's not right to punish many people for the mistake of few...
What I put into my body is private and between my doctor and my pharmacist. How on earth did some government agency stick their nose into my private business? Must I write my congressman to see how to treat my aches and pains? Disgusting.
Unfortunately pain is relatively subjective~meaning their is no test to prove it nor measure its intensity. Therefore pain is gauged by the physician, with supporting 'evidence' of tests, x-rays, etc, and of course the patients complaint and the smiley pain chart indicator.
I am a chronic pain patient I have tried to end
My life because. Doctors pain doctors don't
Want to treat me only stick needles in me that
Just don't work any longer What right do you
Have to tell a pain patient they can only have
80mg of morphine a day when 150mg is the only
Amount that help ease the pain to get through
The day. So we can get out of bed and make
It through the day. Because of my pain I am
A very mean person I have no patients for people
Around me not my family or strangers I will couse
A person out for the smallest reason. All because
Of pain for 15years. My disc in my back keep
Falling apart rods and screws in neck and low
Back the middle is next Don't tell me I'm a durg
Attic I am a person in pain every damn day..
I could say so much more. You live with my pain
For a week and you would beg and cry to stop
It
I have a brain tumor in my optical area which after radiation shunk the tumor but left scarring which causes constant auras and migraines due to sunlight or floresant lighting, even minimal lighting to reflect in my brain hitting that tumor scar and flaring into aura and migraines. I even went to mayo clinic I am on nuerontin, verapamil. I only receive 10 0.5 lorazapam and 60 norco a month. I am treated at The university of Chicago. I've also have had 4 occipital nerve blocks in 1 years time and I can't endure another one. Please understand and hear the painful crys imposed on the legitimately suffering. We are a voice and we are constituents and we are a large voting block and right now feel thrown under the bus with our personal physicians. I believe we in pain are also MADD as Hell. You want to go after those who abuse drugs, go for it. Personally as we unite you will find yourself out of office. This new regulation was in October and you saw the effect in November. Since we can't function as well due to the pain inflicted upon us we have more time to vote you the hell out of office.
I have been dropped now from all pain management in my small town. Not for abuse, in fact never " lost" a script, or needed more then prescribed, Even was over prescribed several years ago and requested help to not be on 24 pills.I suffer. I suffer horribly. I have had every tests, multiple times, poked, prodded, scans and rayed. I have been on every joke of Big Pharm scams, Neurontin, Celebrex, Cymbalta, and on and on. I also have been on some sort of pain medication for over 15 yrs and without it I am like today, I have sat up for four nights, no sleep, rocking and contemplating ending it. I will not live like this, this is not life. But I was just dropped by last Dr because, I attempted to use an alternative medication CBD ( not pot) since I am getting worse and not better I had to try. I told her I would not be in for over 50 days in case there was THC (which there was not) in my system so I test clean.. I had stashed enough codeine to last a couple months by cutting my intake.( only was in two 10 mg a day by my request so I could sleep without the relentless leg pain even though I know have horrible arthritis in my feet where I often literally have to crawl the 10 feet to the bath room, I just want to sleep) Sometime in that 2 month period, you all decided that drug addicts will somehow cease to find prescription meds that are overdosing thousands by their own doing not by most Doctors, When I called for my appointment as for I was running low on the few meds I needed for pain at night, my quack ( always was a quack when it came to calling back for appointments) took 3 weeks to call me in for appointment. I **** tested as usual knowing I had nothing but legally prescribed Valium that was prescribed along with my codeine ( Anxiety and stress exasperate my pain and I have over three bottles of Valium from the past two years as for I use it only when unable to sleep for days on end from stress or anxiety) When I got in her office she accused me of cock-tailing and said new DEA laws forced her to drop me. I was not cock tailing, I was using legally prescribed medications as prescribed. I was now dropped cold turkey with zero referrals and no more Drs to treat. The one prior who got me on Fentynal and this was a blessing. I was not up every 2-4 hours chasing pain and for the first time in over 4 yrs could take my dog for a walk now and then, do dishes, cook a mean, take a shower, basic life things I have not been able to do, she dropped me with Feds told her she had to meet criteria her office was not equipped to do and the pain management center prior dropped me because after being subjected to three rounds of invasive back injections and having to be put under to do so, which was resulting in zero relief I refused to do them ( they where costing tax payers over $3800 a month by the way what a scam) and they lied saying I refuse a urine and oral swab. Never refused a urine and never heard of an oral swab til then. So now I sit her this morning
out of work 2 days. with daughter and family to support, diagnosed with degenerative disc disease after bulging disc and 2 pinched nerves. dont need surgery, if i did Dr said would just lead to chronic pain, I was taking meds as prescribed then abrublty cut off. I now face possible chance of losing job. no meds provided Drs scared to lose license. Agreed about abuse issue, but my Dr never stopped my meds due to abuse YOU did. No thanks to give here. rethink this!
agreed
I am a chronicly ill patient until Oct my primary care Dr had my pain under control now thanks to
the dea and walgreens I am suffering I have been treated like
a drug seeking nut case but in reality I am just like your mother aunt or grandma who has had cancer and other conditions that
make life unbearable but medicine gave me back a quality of life only for the dea to tie the hands of the dr that has cared for me for over 20 years forcing him to send me to a pain management Dr that knows nothing about you and those drs are now refusing patients like myself I hope to God that all those involved in this can be forced to watch their loved ones suffer as my husband has had to watch me suffer
I've been a chronic pain patient for over a decade. I have an aortic arch aneurysm now and due to my poor health surgery is not an option. Now, the "law" has forced my family physician to send me to a pain clinic. I cannot tolerate those long hours. The shot's they put in my spine years ago did not help me and I'm sure I can no longer tolerate them. It's absurd, since that I do not have long to live that I'm being subjected to this. I live in Kentucky, and they have passed these laws without regard for those who are truly in need. It's a shame my last hours on earth may be spent waiting to see a doctor in some pain clinic. My family physician has my pain under control and he kept seeing me even after the law was passed putting himself at risk of violating the law. The laws will only change when enough legislators families are suffering. Or the legislators themselves.
My pain was managed well till i was treated very bad in a pain center and yes i stay in cronin pain i am now in ine pain center and i cant take anti filamitotoy meds longer than 3 days i bleed under skin i have and illness causeing this i face osyio on my spine and a seoerster sholder withis disc issues i dr said i was not in that much pain yes i am even now ,it ****ing me off i need help i an sick snd tired of begging for it a pain centet it to treat pain.rihht who care if i am seekimg drugx i am i am in pain or i would not be there how dare them
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The DEA has far over stretched its authority regarding opioid pain meds! You have caused thousands of people to suffer needlessly with your jackbooted prosecution of doctors! We do NOT need government involvement in doctor/patient affairs! Get out!
The DEA, HHS and FDA have collectively FAILED the American people miserably. The DEA has failed the "war on drugs, FDA has caved in to numbers on paper and a few testimonies. HHS is worthless. They must ALL be abolished NOW.
US ATTORNEY GENERAL, ERIC HOLDER, DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, THEY ARE YOUR PEASANTS after all !!! By the power invested in you, YOU MUST overturn this cruel and unusual punishment TODAY.
They have caused millions upon millions of pain sufferers more misery than should be allowed by the government; only to represent, and for the sake of, dead people who, by their own hands, met their fate. What about those who still have chronic pain but the doctors are not and will not prescribe HCPs? What about the pain sufferers who were inhumanely cut off their HCPs literally overnight? Do you not care about the living? We are legitimate voters you know...
And spare me the cookie-cutter, computer generated BS response.
I have been treated for chronic pain for several years and I just found out that the DEA is dictating that pain medicaiton (opiates) cannot exceed 100 mg per day combined. I have been prescribed much more than this and I follow all the rules. I get physical therapy and take urine tests every 28 days. I have never broken the rules and I think the Doctor should have the right to prescribe to patients as long as the rules are followed. I have never went to more than one doctor and I take my medicine as prescribed. This major reduction in my medicine is inhumane.
The DEA is the direct reason for this tragic fallout on chronic pain sufferers as I believe this war was perfectly planned out many years before it's inception which is now an industry fueled by FEAR AND UGLINESS . The DEA did it without any remorse or a single thought about any the end results they implemented on us. Well, the end results are here and the results are hmmmm we have needless suffering, suicides are on the rise, immobilized people in pain has increasing dramatically, a HUGE rise in heroin use is coming back strong to every city in America. It is so disgusting to me that it is easier now to get heroin off the street than to LEGALLY go to your doctor, get a prescription, and simply get it filled at your pharmacy. MY GOD those three steps have turned into one of the biggest pain in the*****hassles of my life. I look forward to my monthly OMG are there going to have my medication? Am I going to be harassed again by that employee, or will they thrown my prescription back at me like I am an subhuman? Am I going to go on that dreaded pharmacy to pharmacy run all over the damn city just to find my medication, or will I be curled up again in the fetal position in bed because I cannot receive my therapy. Every single one of us deals with this now every single month of our painful freaking daily lives. Ever since the DEA WAR ON DRUGS campaign has FAILED, will continue to fail, they needed to divert there resources, keep there billion dollar budgets going, and of course there cushy jobs secure so hey lets turn against the drug industry in America and Americans. How is it that all these pill mills popped up across America overnight practically and were totally out of control for years prescribing millions and millions of pills without there hmmmmm alarm going off? Was there no oversight? Come on give me a break! the DEA allowed these pill mills to run there courses that began killing thousands and thousands of ILLEGITIMATE non chronic pain sufferers ..then ohhh yes.....the DEA began their well planned out invasion to take over and control every aspect of this industry. The Pain Management Community is in shambles and we now have an epidemic that's so out of control with no checks and balances......and OHHHH look its the DEA our heroes to put a stop to this horrible segment of America, its the DEA DONG DONG DONG... and then the arrests of doctors, fines of millions of dollars to the big pharmacies, closings of pain clinics all over America, all compliments and of course our heroes the DEA. THE DEA had turned the chronic pain Industry into a police state which threatens, harasses, and controls the manufacturing segment that slowed down production to a crawl.....and any of you non conformers will be arrested and prosecuted. THEN the Fear and ignorance spreads across America through the news channels like a disease OMG that word PAIN PILL means so many awful bad demon words now, words like junkie, addict, drug user, doctor shoppers, pharmacy look
I suffer from failed spinal fusion surgery,,fibromyalgia,cervical ,knee and sacral/lumbar pain 24/7 many year from butcher job of neuro surgeon who within 4 months of my surgery skipped the country. I struggle everyday to just want to continue to live, now with the new DEA ruling they cut my med back too far and also gave me a drug 7 times stronger than morphine just so they at the pain management center are not red flagged . my doctor told me this last month.please allow my doctors to treat me without fear. You are pushing me toward suicide. I'm not depressed, I'm in pain. I'm 70 years old. My life is just as valuable to me as yours is to you, more so because I now have precious less time. Please allow me to have a humane existence. You can monitor me all you like but allow my doctors to do what they believe is best for me without fear or reprisals. The DEA is going about thus in a very stupid fashion. Anyone can see you're making it easier for drug dealers. I spend 75 to 90 percent in bed due to pain even before the new rulings. Now I will never be able to get out for fear of more pain. Any activity I do and I mean any time spent standing or sitting only increases my pain . at least before once every Three months or so I could go out for a couple of hours to feel human but now without adequate med coverage I'm anguishing here alone in bed.u til one day is going to be the last. If I could sign a consent to have my spinal cord cut below my hips to cause permanent cessation of pain I would be in that operating room tonight . I'm a retired RN and I know. full well the consequences of that action but its at least a shot at life, life without intractable pain. Thank you.
I suffer from failed spinal fusion surgery,,fibromyalgia,cervical ,knee and sacral/lumbar pain 24/7 many year from butcher job of neuro surgeon who within 4 months of my surgery skipped the country. I struggle everyday to just want to continue to live, now with the new DEA ruling they cut my med back too far and also gave me a drug 7 times stronger than morphine just so they at the pain management center are not red flagged . my doctor told me this last month.please allow my doctors to treat me without fear. You are pushing me toward suicide. I'm not depressed, I'm in pain. I'm 70 years old. My life is just as valuable to me as yours is to you, more so because I now have precious less time. Please allow me to have a humane existence. You can monitor me all you like but allow my doctors to do what they believe is best for me without fear or reprisals. The DEA is going about thus in a very stupid fashion. Anyone can see you're making it easier for drug dealers. I spend 75 to 90 percent in bed due to pain even before the new rulings. Now I will never be able to get out for fear of more pain. Any activity I do and I mean any time spent standing or sitting only increases my pain . at least before once every Three months or so I could go out for a couple of hours to feel human but now without adequate med coverage I'm anguishing here alone in bed.u til one day is going to be the last. If I could sign a consent to have my spinal cord cut below my hips to cause permanent cessation of pain I would be in that operating room tonight . I'm a retired RN and I know. full well the consequences of that action but its at least a shot at life, life without intractable pain. Thank you.
I suffer from failed spinal fusion surgery,,fibromyalgia,cervical ,knee and sacral/lumbar pain 24/7 many year from butcher job of neuro surgeon who within 4 months of my surgery skipped the country. I struggle everyday to just want to continue to live, now with the new DEA ruling they cut my med back too far and also gave me a drug 7 times stronger than morphine just so they at the pain management center are not red flagged . my doctor told me this last month.please allow my doctors to treat me without fear. You are pushing me toward suicide. I'm not depressed, I'm in pain. I'm 70 years old. My life is just as valuable to me as yours is to you, more so because I now have precious less time. Please allow me to have a humane existence. You can monitor me all you like but allow my doctors to do what they believe is best for me without fear or reprisals. The DEA is going about thus in a very stupid fashion. Anyone can see you're making it easier for drug dealers. I spend 75 to 90 percent in bed due to pain even before the new rulings. Now I will never be able to get out for fear of more pain. Any activity I do and I mean any time spent standing or sitting only increases my pain . at least before once every Three months or so I could go out for a couple of hours to feel human but now without adequate med coverage I'm anguishing here alone in bed.u til one day is going to be the last. If I could sign a consent to have my spinal cord cut below my hips to cause permanent cessation of pain I would be in that operating room tonight . I'm a retired RN and I know. full well the consequences of that action but its at least a shot at life, life without intractable pain. Thank you.
This is ridiculous. I'm 80 years old, have COPD, and a host of other ailments that my doctor doesn't want to hear about until the COPD is taken care of. Like, never?
I've been prescribed Vicodin with 2 refills, since July 2007. I take 1/2 of one per day. There is no longer any high after taking Vicodin. There is only an ability to breathe a little better and stoppage of a horrible cough.
My dentures need repairs, but I've been out of this house twice in over 6 months, both times to the doctor. I just can't work up enough courage to go to my Orthodontist. I just pray GOD will let me die before these 15 pills are used up
I have severe osteo-arthritis of the spine. I have severe DDD of the lumbar spine, I have also had 2 failed laminectomies on the lumbar spine years ago that left me in serous pain to this day it will not go away as long as I take a breath. I also have severe DDD of the cervical spine. I had to have 6 levels fused with 12 pedicle screws and 2 rod's. I have had every procedure known to man on the lumbar and a lot on the cervical spine and nothing works due to the advanced disease. I have taken NSAID'S like that doctor recommends from PROP"Sdoctors, the ones that say there should be a 90 day limit on opiate use and a certain mg. of daily use that cannot be exceeded. Basically they threaten to destroy thousands of lives with not even a second thought. Their propaganda videos are very convincing. They say the drug companies and doctors are all in bed with eachother. What about them they are in the Billion dollar business of drug rehab. Their top doctor recommends using NSAID;S for pain instead of opiates. Well those wonder drugs according to their top doctor landed me in the hospital with bleeding ulcers, and almost killed me. This EXPERT on pain according to himself recommends this as an alternative to opiates for pain he even states that he too suffers from severe pain and takes NSAID'S. This expert PROP doctor didn't even know the statistics on NSAID's and how they kill more people per year than all opiates. The fact is I don't have the one disease these experts feel is worthy of being taken seriously, cancer. NON CANCER pain is what I have and according to the latest group of experts non cancer pain is pretty much all in our heads or we should just take an aspirin. One day this will touch everyone as you or your loved ones will find them selves in this situation. That is when you will begin to know the discrimination, the stigma of chronic pain. Unless of course you have cancer???? This is one of the most stupid arguments I have ever heard. Ask any pain management expert and they will tell you there are many diseases and conditions just as painful as cancer. Some non cancer patients are in more pain than cancer patients. This whole drug war and torture of pain patients should be against the law. Pain patients are not the problem. The problem is all the idiots who use drugs when they don't need them. Punishing pain patients will not help the war on drugs it will only cause allot of agony and suffering on innocent people who have the disease called chronic pain. Torture is supposed to be illegal in the US yet the DEA is doing it every day by scaring doctors and pharmacists and pain advocates with the threat of the law. What kind of cowardly people allow this .Remember one day it could be you or your spouse or child that get's an injury or disease that will leave them in chroinic pain, then you will know the hell the rest of us are forced to live in. I wouldn't wish this on anyone
I am a pain patient, not a drug abuser or a criminal drug dealer. I have the right to be treated with respect and to have my pain adequately treated. Forcing me to submit a urine drug screen every month, to drive an hour and a half round trip each month to pick up my prescriptions (since my doctor's office requires a signature to verify I've received them), and forcing me to fill out a three page, single-spaced "pain contract" every year that requires my initials on EACH of thirty ridiculous and offensive statements ("I will not
sell my medications," "I will not harass the staff in my doctor's office," etc.) as if I I'm an out of control junkie, IS NOT TREATING ME WITH RESPECT. In ten years of using opiates to treat chronic pain, I have never lost or abused a prescription, harassed or abused my doctor, her staff, or my pharmacist. And I never will. And my doctor knows that. But these LAWS are forcing the medical system to act like the penal system and treat me as if I am a criminal. Enough must be enough. Chronic pain patients DESERVE RESPECT. Everyone, EVERYONE is a heartbeat away from being in our shoes. Go after the bad guys, not the pain patients. WE HAVE BECOME THE VICTIMS IN THE WAR ON OPIATES.
the DEA has no business dictating to my doctor what he can and cannot percribe me just to rule out the people that are taking advantage of the system especially when there are people outthere with legitimate issues that require. specific pain management.

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