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

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Placing coached nurse practitioners instead of real doctors is a degradation of healthcare in this country. It also allows people who don't understand medicine to dictate less than appropriate diagnoses and care, especially for pain management. Labeling patients is discrimination and providing replacement medical care through nurse practitioners instead of medical doctors is a mistake in healthcare causing great suffering for patients who need expert quality medical care.
Placing coached nurse practitioners instead of real doctors is a degradation of healthcare in this country. It also allows people who don't understand medicine to dictate less than appropriate diagnoses and care, especially for pain management.
I am an unwilling "victim" of the D.E.A. and the Governments violation of my right to be, if not pain free, at least in less pain.
WHEN did our Government get it's medical degree?
Funny, but I don't recall seeing one of them with MY physician at MY appointments, and looking at my charts, my X-Rays.
HOW, tell me PLEASE, they can generalize and categorize EACH and EVERY person that is prescribed pain medication?
I DO have chronic pain, 24/7 365. Yes, some days (thank God) are not as bad as others, but it's ALWAYS there. I'm not going to go into what caused it, and what I go through every day,simply because it would take me too long to go into.
Suffice to say, I've got it.
Would I prefer to NOT take medication? Of course.
But I have to to be able to function. Not because I am "dependent" or "addicted" to them, it's so I can stand up, walk, sit, eat. Not be any more depressed than I already am, and BELIEVE THIS, living with actual, physical, chronic pain IS VERY,VERY, DEPRESSING!
the dea government needs to stay out of health care. let doctors treat their patients with dignity.
we all need to protest and uproar. god knew we would suffer pain so he gave men the knowledge and plants to treat it. to let people suffer and be humiliated is not human and ungodly.
your laws on hydrocodone that took effect in oct of this year have hurt only the people who suffer from chronic pain. it will not stop drug users from obtaining it illegally. my wife has been suffering for15 years with chronic pain. her hydrocodone based med is the only thing that saved her from a wheelchair or stuck in bed suffering. it helped her raise our 3 babies and live a somewhar normal life. now she is having a hard time getting her meds that she has never abused. she gets treated like a drug addict. told ti just go home and suffer or find another doc who may give it to you. docs are not accepting new pain patients they are scared or overloaded with now having to see patients every month. wait times can be 2-5hours just to get your monthly script sitting in a dic office
the dea government needs to stay out of health care. let doctors treat their patients with dignity.
we all need to protest and uproar. god knew we would suffer pain so he gave men the knowledge and plants to treat it. to let people suffer and be humiliated is not human and ungodly.
My wife suffers from Crohns Disease and can't take NSAIDs for pain. These new regulations are causing her ability to function to decline week by week.
flagging someone who says they cannot take NSAIDs is in sane. I suffer from five autoimmune conditions, one of which is Crohn's. Taking NSAIDs is not allowed in leads to internal bleeding. My new pharmacist has flagged me because I am "too young" to have so many issues and with the new law, my long term doctor thought it prudent to move me to a pain management doctor. That, combined with having two surgeries this year and several visits to the ER for cranial flares (per my neurologist, when meds do not work, I go to ER with script for steroids and pain meds), made my pharmacist decide I'm a drug abuser. He sent letters to ALL of my doctors, and the pain management one, as the newest, fired me as a patient, even though I have not violated the contract with them. They fired me for being "too complex" for their statistics. I had a specialized surgery coming up and the surgeon I was referred to sent a certified letter today, noticing me that he could not do the surgery because he was notified by pharmacist of "extreme narcotic use." I have never even been prescribed narcotics by this surgeon and now have to try to find another specialist to do the surgery this year.
I think it is horrific that the Goverment feels it must take away our individual rights to freedom. Gradually more and more interference with peoples lives. You say for the good of the people. Let people and their doctors decide what is best for who, not the DEA. Against targeting doctors unless they are writing out prescriptions for stupid amounts of pain medications. Against interference in our lives by more and more government regulations. Sure post warning, articles but stay our of the rights of the U.S.A. citizens.
My fiancé is a chronic pain sufferer who broke his back many years ago. Being young and not knowing any better, he laid in bed instead of going to the Doctor. As a consequence his broken back healed incorrectly. Now he suffers with debilitating pain that leaves him struggling to walk most days. He goes to a pain clinic that was NOT shut down with the recent crackdown on unscrupulous pain Doctors, so they obviously weren't breaking the law. He passes every drug test the clinic gives him and he IS NOT A DRUG ADDICT. He takes his medication exactly as directed. He has never really had a problem filling his prescription until a few months ago and now it is almost impossible for him to get his opioid analgesic medicine. He went to the Doctor 5 days ago and still has no medication. The Pharmacist at Publix told him that his Doctor is on some sort of DEA watch list (and he even showed him the DEA list) so that's why he is having a problem getting his medication. The thing I don't understand about that, is the Florida Department Of Health has issued this doctor a state licensure.This means that the state of Florida is saying the Doctor has passed all requirements to practice medicine and write prescriptions in this state. So how can the DEA act like he is doing something wrong. Are they saying the Florida Department of Health doesn't know what they are doing? He has also been told by a Pharmacist that he is having a problem getting his medication because his Doctor writes so many opioid analgesic prescriptions. Based on this Doctors field of practice, he would be negligent if he didn't write more prescriptions for opioid analgesics than a General Practitioner. HE IS A PAIN DOCTOR. People don't go to Doctors specializing in pain for a bruise or a scratch. They go there because they have uncontrolled pain. It is not the type of pain that can be controlled with over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. It is pain that is severe enough for patients to continue going to a Doctor specializing in this field month after month even after being labeled drug abusers and ridiculed when trying to fill their prescription. Other fields that would write more opioid pain prescriptions then a General Practitioner are Surgeons and Orthopedists just because of the nature of their practice. As a Registered Nurse I was taught throughout Nursing school that a patient's level of pain should be assessed with every overall assessment and that pain levels are to be kept under a certain number on a scale of 0-10. So why has that changed? OR HAS IT? The answer is, not to my knowledge! So why are my fiancé and thousands of others being treated like criminals when they are law abiding members of the community, just for having a condition causing them excruciating pain. It's the definition of adding "INSULT TO INJURY". What has this nation become when citizens just like you and me are being treated second rate based on their medical history and the medicati
My fiancé is a chronic pain sufferer who broke his back many years ago. Being young and not knowing any better, he laid in bed instead of going to the Doctor. As a consequence his broken back healed incorrectly. Now he suffers with debilitating pain that leaves him struggling to walk most days. He goes to a pain clinic that was NOT shut down with the recent crackdown on unscrupulous pain Doctors, so they obviously weren't breaking the law. He passes every drug test the clinic gives him and he IS NOT A DRUG ADDICT. He takes his medication exactly as directed. He has never really had a problem filling his prescription until a few months ago and now it is almost impossible for him to get his opioid analgesic medicine. He went to the Doctor 5 days ago and still has no medication. The Pharmacist at Publix told him that his Doctor is on some sort of DEA watch list (and he even showed him the DEA list) so that's why he is having a problem getting his medication. The thing I don't understand about that, is the Florida Department Of Health has issued this doctor a state licensure.This means that the state of Florida is saying the Doctor has passed all requirements to practice medicine and write prescriptions in this state. So how can the DEA act like he is doing something wrong. Are they saying the Florida Department of Health doesn't know what they are doing? He has also been told by a Pharmacist that he is having a problem getting his medication because his Doctor writes so many opioid analgesic prescriptions. Based on this Doctors field of practice, he would be negligent if he didn't write more prescriptions for opioid analgesics than a General Practitioner. HE IS A PAIN DOCTOR. People don't go to Doctors specializing in pain for a bruise or a scratch. They go there because they have uncontrolled pain. It is not the type of pain that can be controlled with over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. It is pain that is severe enough for patients to continue going to a Doctor specializing in this field month after month even after being labeled drug abusers and ridiculed when trying to fill their prescription. Other fields that would write more opioid pain prescriptions then a General Practitioner are Surgeons and Orthopedists just because of the nature of their practice. As a Registered Nurse I was taught throughout Nursing school that a patient's level of pain should be assessed with every overall assessment and that pain levels are to be kept under a certain number on a scale of 0-10. So why has that changed? OR HAS IT? The answer is, not to my knowledge! So why are my fiancé and thousands of others being treated like criminals when they are law abiding members of the community, just for having a condition causing them excruciating pain. It's the definition of adding "INSULT TO INJURY". What has this great nation become when everyday citizens just like you and me are being treated second rate based on their medical history a
My fiancé is a chronic pain sufferer who broke his back many years ago. Being young and not knowing any better, he laid in bed instead of going to the Doctor. As a consequence his broken back healed incorrectly. Now he suffers with debilitating pain that leaves him struggling to walk most days. He goes to a pain clinic that was NOT shut down with the recent crackdown on unscrupulous pain Doctors, so they obviously weren't breaking the law. He passes every drug test the clinic gives him and he IS NOT A DRUG ADDICT. He takes his medication exactly as directed. He has never really had a problem filling his prescription until a few months ago and now it is almost impossible for him to get his opioid analgesic medicine. He went to the Doctor 5 days ago and still has no medication. The Pharmacist at Publix told him that his Doctor is on some sort of DEA watch list (and he even showed him the DEA list) so that's why he is having a problem getting his medication. The thing I don't understand about that, is the Florida Department Of Health has issued this doctor a state licensure.This means that the state of Florida is saying the Doctor has passed all requirements to practice medicine and write prescriptions in this state. So how can the DEA act like he is doing something wrong. Are they saying the Florida Department of Health doesn't know what they are doing? He has also been told by a Pharmacist that he is having a problem getting his medication because his Doctor writes so many opioid analgesic prescriptions. Based on this Doctors field of practice, he would be negligent if he didn't write more prescriptions for opioid analgesics than a General Practitioner. HE IS A PAIN DOCTOR. People don't go to Doctors specializing in pain for a bruise or a scratch. They go there because they have uncontrolled pain. It is not the type of pain that can be controlled with over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. It is pain that is severe enough for patients to continue going to a Doctor specializing in this field month after month even after being labeled drug abusers and ridiculed when trying to fill their prescription. Other fields that would write more opioid pain prescriptions then a General Practitioner are Surgeons and Orthopedists just because of the nature of their practice. As a Registered Nurse I was taught throughout Nursing school that a patient's level of pain should be assessed with every overall assessment and that pain levels are to be kept under a certain number on a scale of 0-10. So why has that changed? OR HAS IT? The answer is, not to my knowledge! So why are my fiancé and thousands of others being treated like criminals when they are law abiding members of the community, just for having a condition causing them excruciating pain. It's the definition of adding "INSULT TO INJURY". What has this great nation become when everyday citizens just like you and me are being treated second rate based on their medical history a
Everything I read is correct. My wife filed for disablity from an accident 14 years ago and it took 8 years to win her case because we didnt have her in Pain Management.. As soon as she went to Pain Management she won her case in a Federal Court. So by making her do this it helped her pain but is always having problems getting meds that they wanted her on.So we did what they told us too and it helps her pain when she gets them. But they forced her to go to these Pain places and now all she can do is hope and pray she can get her meds. Did they not force her? And now they r sterotyping people of who can get them or not. Just because someone doesnt look like they r in pain does not mean they r not. The courts forced her to get on them before she could even win her case. This is a terrible thing they did to her and now she needs her meds or she is yet another one to die from not getting them. How can this be allowed? This is wrong for the judges and courts to do. She was trying to handle her pain but the court wanted it their way. So she suffers all the time and worries about the next month. Dea should be stopped. They r not Doctors. And doctors take oathes to provide what that patient needs. Dea lies and says Its not them but we know from imformation that it is them and their scare tactics when there is no laws backing them up. If something happens to her than I will spend everything I have to press charges against the biggest liars on this planet. Something has to be done and quickly. Dea is not fooling anyone. They r scaring the Drs and pharmacys and than millions of people r suffering. Wait till they meet God themselves. Drs r here to help not turn away people that wete made to take their meds.???So yes We need to do something about this problem or we will have a worst problem than we ever had. Maybe than lawsuits will start happening if not now. Its pretty bad someone wants to die just to get out of pain when they were made to get on them to begin with. Ban together and lets go after Dea and Congress. Cause I bet no one in DEA and Congress is in pain and go through what millions go through. But remember our numbers out number theres .Learn your laws and rights so we can stabd tall abd fight for what is right.we r human not lab rats. Thank u.Bless all of u in pain like me. They will have awar on their hands that they will never be able to wun.
I have been living with pain since 1993 and I have fought with my Dr. tooth and nail with nay increase or addition of medication that I eventually broke down and agreed to because my pain just increased as time went by and it will continue to do so. I have come to terms with that. I had a Dr. that had tried other means to control my pain without any success. I then moved to another state and even though I told my new Dr. that I had been told that I was not a candidate for a procedure this new Dr. insisted that I was a perfect candidate and that way "we can start reducing your medicine". The trial was a failure, I didn't even last the full trial period because of the pain and numbness in other areas it was causing. When I asked if this new pain and numbness had anything to do with the procedure I was told "Oh no, nothing at all" and given medication (neurontin) for this new issue. About 20 min.s after I left the Dr.'s office from having the lead removed the numbness started to go away and the pain was nearly gone. I never did take any of the new medication that was prescribed. Bottom line is that I don't feel that the Dr actually spent time going over my medical records from my previous Dr. just saw the medications that I am taking and made a judgement call "Drug Seeker", "Long Term Drug User", etc.
Yes I have taken pain medication for a while now, not because I want to or for the fun of it but because I am in pain every moment of my life and even with the pain medication it just curbs the pain down to a level so that I can at least get some sleep and be human around my family, not screaming like a wild animal in pain.
Frankly I would rather die than feel that much pain or subject my family to that kind of anguish.
i have MS w/out lesions. I suffer horrific muscle and skeletal pain. Today, I was told by my primary care doctor, he will no longer treat me for anything! He was treating my pain. I never took there recommended dosage bc I am afraid of the addiction. This was also my first visit on Medicare.
I have d.d.d along with severe scar tissue and I was seeing a Dr for 3 years and did everything he suggested after these 2 failed surgeries.I even got the implant of the tens unit and ended up falling down 4 steps because my legs gave out. I'm 37 no quality of life on SSI mind you and have a scar from the top of my head to my butt . There really needs to be some exception for people like myself where this issue isn't going to ever ever go away!!!
I have finally got insurance and getting the help I have needed for many years. I suffer from chronic pain and severe anxiety and depression. I am finally getting the medications I need and I would hate for my doctor to be afraid to actually treat my illness. What goes on between patient and doctor should be private. I am not a drug addict. I want to have quality of life, like any other person in this country deserves. Allow doctors to treat the whole patient, not just what you see fit.
I was injured as a VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD MEMBER BACK IN 1985. I have had 12 back surgeries from an accident while going on a call.
I have been going to a pain management physician for many years. I am very much afraid of what the drugs are doing to me as I was a nurse before becoming disabled to work. I know the risks of drugs and know that the side effects can be life threatening. There are many drugs that can affect the liver. I know even Tylenol is as dangerous as some of the narcotic prescriptions. I think that there should be education on the drugs from a pain management Dr., so they understand why the government steps in with pain meds. Laws.
I see both sides as I can no longer do and enjoy the things I once could. I take Tramadol now for sleep but NOT every night, as I know they are not good for the system. Again, education of drugs may help eliminate a lot of drug dependency. I know there are many people who are selling their drugs. I get screened and feel that even though I know once a year, I feel violated, I know that there are many others should be more tested more
often. I really believe the need of more drugs should be left up to the pain doctor and NOT legislatures. They know who needs it, and who don't and the drug abusers and sellers.
I would like Congress to allow the input of the physicians.
You can't have relief from pain because you might get addicted! What a load of sh_t. Nicotine is most certainly a drug and tobacco use will kill 80% or higher more than overdose cases but you can walk in any store and even in some drug stores and buy carton after carton because cigarettes are the number one addicted thing in the world. But hey, that's OK! Big tobacco pays out billions of dollars for underhanded lobbying and let's not forget the millions for campaign distribution.
This is just a made up war to thin out the hurting and the elderly because without the medications a lot of these folks need, they could very easily die or worse commit suicide. America is only free if you get everything you want and get to tell everybody else what to and how to live their lives in Communist America.
The DEA, or Drug Enforcement Administration, is a branch of federal law enforcement that deals with the identification and confiscation of illegal substances as well as the control and elimination of trafficking these substances between United States borders. Duties of a DEA agent include field and office work geared specifically toward minimizing a U.S. citizen's access to illegal substances.

They've certainly overstepped their boundaries, AGAIN, by getting involved with LEGAL prescription/medication.
A failed 'war on DRUGS" comes to mind.
MDMA a.k.a ecstasy,
DEA scheduling overturn

In 1985 MDMA and its analogues were under review by the American government as a drug for potential of abuse. During this time, several public hearings (NOT JUST ONE HEARING LIKE FOR HYRDOCODONE) on the new drug were held by the DEA. Based on all of the evidence and facts presented at the time, the DEA's administrative law judge did not see MDMA and its analogues as being of large concern and recommended that they be placed in Schedule III. The DEA administrator, expressing concern for abuse potential, overruled the recommendation and ruled that MDMA be put in Schedule I, the Controlled Substances Act's most restrictive category (THEY WILL DO WHATEVER THEY WANT, REGARDLESS OF ONE OR TEN HEARINGS, 537 or 10,237 LETTERS OR COMMENTS)

Legitimate chronic pain sufferers have been defeated!! Sad.
this new law is CRUEL AND UNUSUAL punishment for citizens who have committed NO CRIME!!!
As a chronic pain sufferer, I have been treated worse and with more scrutiny then someone on parole for murder. We could march against someone but most of us hurt too badly to move!
Why are we, responsible people who unfortunately
Suffer debilitating pain made to suffer because
Of those who abuse that which helps us
I am 47 years old and suffer from CRPS... a debilitating chronic pain disease. This new scheduling of hydrocodone is an injustice to all chronic pain patients. I have now been forced to go to another doctor because my PCP cannot prescribe Sch 2 medicine! The only opiate in Sch 3 is Tylenol #3 or #4 and that does not even come close to the hydrocodone pain relief. The new doctor I just went and seen told me upfront that he does not give narcotics on the first visit?! I have been on a combination of pain medicine for years now and this guy is not continuing my PCP request of pain management. The new doc is dead set on giving me a sympathetic block and NSAIDS! I have had 3 epidural injections from a different doctor and they did not work and even made me feel worse! And NO, I cannot take NSAIDS anymore and he prescribed them to me anyway! CRPS is not the only medical issue I have and believe me I cannot even half way function without my medicine! So what am I to do now? I requested a different doctor and now I'm waiting to see if this "jerk" doctor is going to say that I am a drug seeker to the other doctor! Why should I have to worry about this? I just want to live my life with out being in horrible pain! The DEA thinks this will stop all the drug pushers etc. but they will always find a way to be back in business!! And we suffer for something that has nothing to do with us as a pain patient! I thought this is why we have doctors and medicine... to treat people?!! Something has to be done to change this! I hope the DEA and Government realizes that all they have done is created a death warrant for chronic pain sufferers. They need to look up the statistics of suicide among people with chronic pain! That blood will be on their hands. Meanwhile the drug abusers are still walking around doing their thing! I did not choose to have the horrendous disease, I just want to be able to walk to the mail box or go shopping! I can not even leave the couch without my pain medicine and this is my life?! Feel our PAIN! We as Americans should have the right to be able to get our pain management needs met without scrutiny!
REPEAL the DEA ruling on HCPs! This is hurting more people than it's helping. Drug seekers/abusers will FIND a way to continue. Dealers will just raise the price a bit more. Patients WILL find ways too (heroin or blackmarket HCPs) and then these gov't agency will have more blood on their hands, but then all they do is deny, deny, deny.
NFL physicians have been sued because of illegal activity with HCPs, the players who sued knew it was illegal too, PUNISH THEM, not patients with legally confirmed, pathology that causes pain and is something they will have to live with the rest of their lives; which will be shortened because they wont have available, legal, relief). It will affect quality of life, morale, family, they will withdraw from friends and society altogether because of the pain. Many will commit suicide just to not have to deal with their debilitating pain.
The DEA, HHS, FDA should neither interfere nor dictate patient care. That's why we have Medical Boards who monitor doctor's actions. Take care of the know ILLEGAL activity instead of interjecting your "my way or the highway" attitudes into people's lives and medical treatment. REPEAL this ruling. Help chronic pain patients live a productive life because as of now doctors have QUIT prescribing any HCPs due to fear of prosecution from the DEA. Legitimate patients are being physically harmed as we speak because these gov't agencies are failing at there intended purpose and taking it out on innocent people by making asinine decisions they have NO business making. Yes, if illegal activity is occurring DO YOUR JOB, more power to you, but because patients want relief or people are killing themselves by MIXING other drugs with HCPs is not reason enough to interfere with patient nor their doctors. IF people want to harm themselves, WHO THE HELL are you to get in the way. The only reason I see for doing that is because the failures that have occurred with the "war on drugs", DEA can't win it so they target the hundreds of millions of legitimate pain patients and the doctors who CAN treat them but drs fear losing what they've worked so hard for. When was the last time, if ever, anyone at the DEA, HHS or FDA seen and treated a patient? Do you know what living with chronic pain feels like? Do your intended jobs, and realize when you've failed, but leave US alone. DEA has been at this since early 2000's; this "win" has them reveling and celebrating their cruel and unusual punishment they've inflicted on chronic pain sufferers.
REPEAL, REPEAL, REPEAL this absurd ruling handed down by these incompetent agencies.

I called about 10 local doctors' offices this morning and asked, whomever answered the phone, about prescribing hydrocodone if warranted and 6 said the doctor was no longer prescribing hydrocodone. The other 4 referred me to their office manager who said they did not comment on office procedures to the public.

My prayer is that someone capable of guiding us through a class acti
I believe that many years what a person does with their doctor is confidential and should be between them only. I do not think that the government should be involved in telling doctors what to prescribe to their patients. They are doctors and use to be respected, if anything, it will cause there to be less doctor's or incompetent doctors. The doctor's are the one's that can decide who is in pain. Why are they attacking everyone that needs pain medication? This is an insane act to try to treat all the same. Especially when they see the illnesses and also in senior citizens. I believe it is an infringement on human rights and privacy. I do not believe that it is because the government is so concerned with people overdosing because they don't really care about that. They say we are over populated anyway. I don't believe they would let any of their own family suffer for years with pain with no relief. It only makes the whole population of people in need of said medication angry and lose respect for any government. That is a shame. I and so many others think they should be worrying about the bad people, not regular doctor going people and treating them all the same. They are not doctor's and they do not see all patients, therefor I and so many others believe they should keep there nose out of peoples personal health problems, and do the job that was intended for them to do. Not take away human rights and freedom. This is a cruel act of indecency as well as endangerment in human lives. In one last word comes to mind lunacy.
Words can't begin to describe how incredibly heartbreaking and quite frankly, inhumane, it is knowing how people are treated with pain. Why does the FDA even bother approving any narcotic drugs for moderate to severe chronic pain since truly it is just not considered as a viable option.
Google this new petition by name and it takes you to this very site, Petition2Congress; the name is:

Repeal DEA-FDA rules on HCP's

Please go there and sign it too and let it be known there that you want this repealed. Sadly, there's only 20 so far on that one. Please.
This needs to be repealed. It will do nothing for the guy selling or getting high for fun. Folks who need this medicine are forced into withdrawals and worse.

The illegal drug seekers like the war on drugs will stop nothing
I have suffered from severe back pain for over 25 years. I am now 62. I recently fell on my back and re-injured it in addition to break both my radius and ulna bones in my left hand clean in half. I am also dealing with a failed full knee replacement with causes excruciating pain. I cry every day. Some ten years ago; my doctor followed me on Oxycontin for over seven years; but when it stopped working; I weened myself off of it and ended up having two back surgeries. Now that the back pain has returned; all I am able to receive if Vicodin; which is like taking baby asprin to me. I am a living vegetable laying on my sofa every day. I have no life whatsoever. I have never been addicted nor have I doctor shopped for pain meds. I can barely walk and now I am required to go into my doctor's office every 10 days just to pick up a prescription of 50 Vicodin with no refills. Pain is an illness and needs to be treated as such. I am severely depressed with anxiety and now have to take medicine for that. The DEA has ruined pain management for so many who truly need it. If my doctor successfully followed me on oxycontin for 7 years; and eventually 2 back surgeries. Why now can't he follow me on a different pain med other than Vicodin. And, I am only getting the minimum dose of 5/325. I have days where he pain is so severe; I can't even drive to my doctor's office to pick up my prescription; which I now have to take to my pharmacy to get it. To the DEA; As the article above states; suicide is an option and don't think I haven't thought about it. You need to loosen these strict regulations for the people who need it. No wonder Medical Marijuana is now becoming available; because doctor's refuse to treat pain. This is an epidemic crisis in the US and something needs to change. I have been seeing the same doctor for over 13 years now. He knows me well and knows I am not an abuser; yet he is afraid of the DEA; so I have to suffer. The DEA has ruined my life. I will probably die early as all I do is lay around, gain weight and get no type of physical exercise. Shame on you DEA.
My neck was broken and sawing through my spinal cord. For 36 years. I went to a pain clinic for 3 years. I complained and complained. They did nothing.
My low back needed an implant and fusion. I went for the presurgery MRI . It was then that my broken neck was found.
3/4 of my neck is donated deceased people's bones and titanium screws. My spinal cord is permanently damaged.
The screws that are lodged in my hip bones cause constant pain.
I have degenerative disc disease.
Last year I had congestive heart disease, liver failure, lung failure all from pneumonia.
I've had 4 molars pulled because I fractured them grinding my teeth in pain.
I had a stroke that went untreated for more than 4 hours.
The horrific thing is...I was in ICU when it hit.
Not to mention my nurse was standing literally 2 feet from me. I told her several times I was having a stroke. She ignored me and left my room.
The drug addicts will continue to get their drugs.
All this is doing is making the lives of LEGITIMATE chronic pain patients more impossible.
Reverse this "LAW" .
People will get the medicine illegally regardless of regulations that they put on the drugs. I am in cronic pain and require it to perform daily tasks. This is illegal and has not been passed by congress. DEA has too much control over regulations. It is not a democracy but a dictatorship.
After reading all the material below it saddens me as an American. The DEA new change with Hydrocodone has affected so many Patients, Distributors, Manufactures, Retailers & Doctors. The DEA is fully aware that a drug addict will do what ever it takes to get high no matter what the drug is, they think by limiting or rescheduling hydrocodone is going to reduce or eliminate someone from overdosing they should really think again, abusers will find anything to get high. I truly believe these people with chronic pain are just trying to live a quality life which you took away from them. This will make matter worst for the true chronic patients. I am not a chronic pain patient but I can truly feel all of your pain in these letters. I hope that the DEA will see how many Americans are be turned away in order for them to live the quality of life. I pray they change it back since there are so many software programs monitoring this stuff anyway. Each Pharmacy knows their customers especially after many years of doing business with them. May God Bless you All.
This is a new development! This is a big move on the part of Minor & James Clinic; they are kicking all pain patience out and suggesting we go to a Pain Clinic.

I was seeing my Rheumatologist from early 90's until he retired 3 years ago. Dr Scott Pollock was a great Dr., we tried everything before he put me on a narcotic drugs. He diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. During this time I was involved with the U of W pain study for over a year. The list of things to do to help with pain that are listed in any Pain Clinic was tried by me; they did not help.

When my doctor retired he gave me 3 choices for Dr's and I chose one (will not name names yet). The new Dr didn't bother to read my history and noted that I was on pain medication. If the new Dr. read my notes he would not have wondered if I was a drug chaser or whatever they call people with addictions. I had to prove myself all over again with him. in 2001 we moved away from Seattle to Northern Idaho, I found that no Dr. wanted to take a "Pain" patient in Northern Idaho! It was so hard for me to even get a GP to care for me; it was shocking. I stayed with Minor & James but started to get worried about why Dr's would not help people in chronic pain. I had no choice but to stay with my Clinic in Seattle. I had to go quarterly and that was 800 miles round trip and the cost of gas.
This second Dr. did follow Dr. Pollock’s plan I was on and it was working well. I stayed on the same dose of pain medication for all those years. Three months ago when I saw this Dr. he told me he was going to Overlake Hospital, I asked if I could see him there and he said that Overlake did not take Pain patient. I don't know if this is true but I do know that he left in order to get rid of pain patients that he inherited when Dr. Pollock retired.

So I had to see a 3rd Dr., he gave me the name of another Rheumatologist and I saw her last Friday Nov. 7th. This Dr. quickly told me she would not prescribe my medicine and I would have to leave Minor & James Clinic. I then understood that Minor & James were kicking all pain patience out of their clinic. Adding the Drs remark about Overlake Clinic not accepting pain patience it suddenly occurred to me that all the clinics around the US were probably going to do the same thing. Think about this, don’t you see a large number of “Pain Clinics” going up everywhere?

Our government is putting so much pressure on Dr's now whole clinics are throwing us out and we have nowhere to go except those pain clinics After studying what these clinics are all about I found that there philosophy is to get you off pain meds. If you haven’t already done so read the list of things they think we should do. I will be shocked if they continue my pain medications; no doctor has an alternative. They recommend things like exercise, good diet, cognitive thinking, biofeedback and a shrink! None of those things take away pain and it is a general statement used because aga
Hi I am writing on behalf of my mother who has a fracquet in her spine,spondylitis and disc herniation.
We have never had problems with being stigmatized pain seekers. Since the inception of this bill my mother's ablity to do modest routine chores has diminished two fold. Now everday dignifying abilities. Like dressing and moving around in
the supermarket has been detrimentaly reduced.
please repel this because it will create more health issues with the reduced activity. It pains me to see my mom in this state please correct or redefine this process in a way that doesn't har patients.
REPEAL the DEA ruling on HCPs! This is hurting more people than it's helping. Drug seekers/abusers will FIND a way to continue. Dealers will just raise the price a bit more. Patients WILL find ways too (heroin or blackmarket HCPs) and then these gov't agency will have more blood on their hands, but then all they do is deny, deny, deny.
NFL physicians have been sued because of illegal activity with HCPs, the players who sued knew it was illegal too, punish them. NOT patients with legally confirmed, pathology that causes pain and is something they will have to live with the rest of their lives; which will be shortened because they wont have available, legal, relief). It will affect quality of life, morale, family, they will withdraw from friends and society altogether because of the pain. Many will commit suicide just to not have to deal with their debilitating pain.
The DEA, HHS, FDA should neither interfere nor dictate patient care. That's why we have Medical Boards. Take care of the illegal activity instead of interjecting your "my way or the highway" attitudes into people's lives and medical treatment. REPEAL this ruling. Help chronic pain patients live a productive life because as of now doctors have QUIT prescribing any HCPs due to fear of prosecution from the DEA. Legitimate patients are being harmed as we speak because these gov't agencies are failing in there intended purpose and taking it out on innocent people by make asinine decisions they have no business in making. Yes, if illegal activity is occurring, more power to you, but because patients want relief or people are killing themselves by MIXING other drugs with HCPs is not reason enough to interfere with patient nor their doctors. IF people want to harm themselves, WHO THE HELL are you to get in the way. The only reason I see for doing that is because the failures that have occurred with the "war on drugs", DEA can't win it so they target the hundreds of millions of legitimate pain patients and the doctors who CAN treat them but drs fear losing what they've worked so hard for. When was the last time, if ever, anyone at the DEA, HHS or FDA seen and treated a patient? Do you know what living with chronic pain feels like? Do your intended jobs, and realize when you've failed, but leave US alone.
REPEAL, REPEAL, REPEAL this absurd ruling handed down by these incompetent agencies.

My prayer is that someone capable of guiding us through a class action lawsuit will read these petition comments and make a Public Service Announcement available for all to see ( not on some govt website that only receives 573 comments and/or letters.
How tragic it must be for doctors to watch their long standing patients suffer in pain and frustration while their hands are tied - incredibly inhumane. Get out of the WAY, DEA. Help the doctors uphold their oath of DO NO HARM!!!
Repeal FDA/DEA rules on HCP's

This is a petition asking specifically to REPEAL, please go sign that one too. It's on this website too. PLEASE!
Since the DEA has decided to ruin what functional capacity I had, maybe they'd like to wake up tomorrow in my shoes. But before that, let's drug test them, and no "fixes in," to have them show, "clean." On top of that, repeated lie detector tests-weekly, done by an independent,non-corruptable company. Impossible. From what I understand, the DEA is involved in what fuels the economy-heroin. Yes, I suggest watching>> Mike Ruppert on 911
I have been seeing a pain management physician for around 3 years now. In this time frame I have been receiving good care and the pain level has been mitigated well with hydrocodone as of this new DEA infringement on my right to live a full semi-pain free life! This statue will add new stress levels on top of my existing pain tolerance, that will be counter productetive to my life & The future well-being of my all around helth...
My husband is a pain management physician that practices in Southern Indiana and Louisville, KY. He is presently being targeted by the DEA. He is one of the few physicians that practice within practical and ethical guidelines while taking care of patients that have no other place to go. He is usually their last effort for seeking relief after they have been shuffled through all the physicians, procedures and operations. He cares for chronic pain patients and the DEA doesn't seem to understand what chronic means or have any idea what the life is for a pain patient on a daily basis. Their tactics are absurd. I have to say the the medical students are not taught to scrutinize pain medication. Fear of losing your license to practice medicine along with fear of going to jail with charges of (unwarranted) manslaughter along with conspiracy to deal drugs is the problem.
Its a sad day when people with chronic illnesses or pain can't receive the care anx medications to obtain relief. After 14 years of being on the same dosage one of mine was decreased. I suffer from RLS as well as many other issues and have bern suicidal mant times until I was treated correctly. Now my sx breakthrough constantly and I have to live like this looking like a freak jerking and twitching. DEAR GOD, DON'T YOU HAVE A CONSCIOUS. NO MERCY FOR US.I CRY DAILY FROM THIS AND I PRAY THAT NONE OF YOU ENDURE THIS PAIN, ALTHOUGH IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES SO BE IT. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS..
i think elderly patients that have taken been prescribed same drug for many years by same Doctor, should not be told to visit monthly in order to get a simple refilll, especially if drug is not pain opiate. The Doctor should know the patient well enough by now to refill without fear, but cut patient's off unless they show up for a medicare paid visit. Warning "do not stop taking without Doctor's advice" means nothing? Seniors with no record or history of substance abuse abuse should be spared the extra hassle for a damn Soma.
Ok. I don't understand. Why are they NOW doing what they should've been doing all along? This especially should've been done BEFORE the rescheduling the drug. Seems backwards to me, but then it is the DEA (DO EVERYTHING A##BACKWARDS). Go figure.
I AM GOING TO SAY THIS ONE MORE TIME YOU IF YOU WANT TO SMOKE POT? THINK THAT WILL BE THE UTOPIA OF YOUR PROBLEMS!
PACK UP AND MOVE TO CA. THE FEW OTHER STATES THAT LET IT TAKE PLACE.LOOK AT THEIR JAILS, IT NOT THE ANSWER .
SO SICK OF HEARING THE SO CALL GOOD that POT DOES FOR PEOPLE, OH THEY WONT HARM A FLY, YA LET THEM DRIVE AND KILL ONE OF US FIGHTING FOR OUR MEDS. HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE A ID AND NOT A DMV AND A PERSON TO DRIVE YOU TO YOUR DR. THEIR
LOT OF PEOPLE FROM FLORIDA SIGNING THIS PETITION .THE PROBLEM IS THEIR IS NO ANSWER TILL FDA CALLS A MEETING WITH ALL THESE STATES ONE BY ONE.
I PREDICT MORE SUCIDES, MORE EMS ROOM IN HOSPITALS BEING PACKED WITH PEOPLE ,WHO STILL DONT KNOW HOW TO WEEN OUR SELF OFF OF THIS BECAUSE THE DR. AND THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANYS AND FDA MADE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND NOW DONT WANT TO BE LIEABLE IF SOMEONE DIES.DO NO HARM IS PART OF THEIR CREED WHEN THEY BECOME A MD.
WE LIVE IN A THRID WORLD COUNTY WEATHER WE WANT TO BELEAVE IT OR NOT. I DONE. GENITIC TESTING IS THE ANSWER GOOGLE IT, FOX NEWS DID A REPORT ON THIS ISSUE THE SWAB OF THE MOUTH THEY CAN GET 99.99 EXACT DRUG,THAT IS EFFECTIVE FOR YOUR BODY.
MOST OF USE ARE TAKING THE WRONG MEDS BUT THEY ALL HAD TO POP OPEN A NEW DRUG STORE ON EVERY CORNER TO MALE THEIR MONEY IN THE PHARMACY AS FAST AS THEY COULD.
WHEN THE RATTLESNAKES WERE DOING WRONG.
SOONER OR LATER THEIR WILL BE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS FOR ALL THE WRONG THEY DID AND HARM TO PEOPLE.
DEA performs NFL painkiller sweep


This Story is on MSN.com right now!!! 11/16/2014 10:31 pm CST.
Start a class action suit now !
Do not lump me in with drug seeking junkies because of my absolute need for strong pain meds. For over 20 years I have suffered but only in the past few years I have been belittled, called a drug seeker & have with zero logical reason have had to suffer the agony of forced detox. I would love to give these med watchdogs the pain I live with for just 5 seconds & they would understand but that is fantasy. Instead they point fingers & beat their chests about the great job they are doing to lower opioid use in Florida or whatever self righteous state those suffering on a minute by minute basis live in, especially the ones that still condemn marijuana which helps some of us tremendously.
I am a chronic pain patient caught in this nightmare. I have severe (bone on bone) arthritis in both knees an the pain is exacerbated by long term Fibromyalgia. I used to be a full time carpenter and then had my own landscaping / gardening company. Now I hardly leave my home because I can barely walk because of the pain. And all because the law makers want to protect the drug addicts from overdosing themselves??? The addicts will continue to get their drugs from the streets....as they always have. These laws will only affect the people who already abide by them....meaning the people who are suffering with legitimate, documented pain!
Four decades a chronic pain patient - I've posted my story so many times - here's one back in 2013 directed to AG Bondi's lies back then - this week I will have to video my 30 year pharmacy Walgreen's to document telling me they CAN'T/WON'T fill my "MEDICALLY NECESSARY" prescriptions. I don't care who knows my name - I have nothing to hide. My medical history has been with the government through SSD since the late 70's and I haven't stopped seeing doctors since 1970.

Making a public statement - due to government's Federal and state's Drug Diversion actions, I am currently suffering severe withdrawals because my medications have been "diverted". I'm on Day 5 so like so many other who have legitimate health conditions & suffer daily severe chronic pain have been ignored in this criminal process and tortious interference by the DOJ, DEA, FDA, NIDA AHCA FDLE, the CSA, ARCOS, NABP, Florida's Governor Rick Scott; and to quote Florida’s own Attorney General who failed in accomplishing this statement:
“we must still ensure that people legitimately suffering from chronic pain, crippling anxiety or other debilitating illnesses, can get the relief they need. We are challenged, therefore, to facilitate greater access to pain-relieving medicines, while simultaneously expanding the capacity to monitor and dispense these potent pain-relievers under sound medical supervision.” By Florida’s State Attorney, Pam Bondi, April 2, 2012 re: PDMP.

There are NO medicines available to chronic pain sufferers and they allowed us to be harmed as well as all the law-abiding physicians who try to help them live life as best they can. The government/pharmacies have decided to make it so difficult; causing pharmacies to refuse "legitimate" prescribed C-II pain medications to even long-term members. This includes people just out of surgery, in need of surgery or injured, the elderly who have severe pain issues, and so many like me who are actually “statistics for the USA – chronic back pain, diabetes, auto accidents, diseases that cause pain like cancer. As medically documented, I now have INCREASED pain due to sudden withdrawal from my pain medication which I have been on over 40 years. I know I’m addicted but in my case, it is ‘MEDICALLY NECESSARY”. Patients like me don’t CHOOSE to take pain meds – in fact, we’d give anything to

Signing Change.org & researching/contacting lawyers to file a class action suit against all agencies and pharmacies for tortious interference with my health & well-being, my civil rights, undue pain & suffering, etc., discrimination, etc. WHO'S ON BOARD? See Change.org - very sad stories (mothers, brothers, sisters, friends are suffering terribly right now.

Facebook by me: 6/1/2013 9:10 PM
Read it and Weep.
Folks, We are fighting a losing battle. Read the following carefully and keep your eyes to the Federal Registry starting NOW. I had no idea this thing existed, probably because I was too busy living paycheck to paycheck.

The DEA received 573 comments on the proposed rule to reschedule HCPs. Fifty-two percent (52%) (298 comments) supported, or supported with qualification, controlling HCPs in schedule II of the CSA. Forty-one percent (41%) (235 comments) opposed rescheduling HCPs into schedule II. Seven percent (7%) (40 comments) did not take a definitive position regarding rescheduling.

The DEA received two comments requesting that the DEA reopen the period for public comment. One of the commenters specifically requested that the comment period be reopened for a minimum of 180 days. The stated justification of one of the commenters was that “[t]he current period is utterly inadequate to large segments of the population who have had no meaningful notice, have extremely limited internet access in small time periods through use of computers at public libraries and are particularly at risk from harm if this rule is adopted.”

DEA response: The Administrative Procedure Act does not set a minimum length of time for public comment
The DEA published in the Federal Register the NPRM proposing to reschedule HCPs into schedule II of the CSA on February 27, 2014.

DEA response: The Administrative Procedure Act does not set a minimum length of time for public comment. 21 U.S.C. 553; Phillips Petroleum Co. v. U.S. E.P.A., 803 F.2d 545, 558-59 (10th Cir. 1986) (upholding the EPA's refusal to extend the 45-day comment period on an NPRM, noting that courts have uniformly upheld comment periods of 45 days or less) (internal citations omitted). However, both Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 provide that agencies should afford the public a comment period of at least 60 days.

Based on the following considerations, the DEA declines to reopen the period for additional public comment.
I suffer from Lupus MS Sciatica chronic pain. As a human being I also relay on my pain medicine to function my daily life shower cook clean if I don't have my pain medicine I flare my chest angina pains attacks me just alone lupus attacks my own body . I depend on my medicine to help me instead of suffering from the madness of pain .
As a long term sufferer of chronic, dibilitating pain, i can attest to the wrongs that are done in the health care system... from nurses to doctors to pharmacists and beyond. we are treated as second class citizens, or worse, as drug addicts and criminals. this MUST stop! i suffer from major depressive disorder, in part due to the treatment, or lack there of that i receive as a chronic pain patient. I am not receiving adequate relief and when i request it, i am faced with the possibility of not receiving ANY medication at all because i dare to ask for more effective medicine. What do we have to do? I feel like if i lay down in the street that i would finally get the treatment i need, altho probably not in the way i wish it to be. Things need to change. this is why i am signing this petition
I think the way society, and physcians treat dibilitating and chronic diseases should start taking notice of how they alienate so many people with their uncaring attitudes is breaking the Hippocratic Oath they take to become doctors, Change is needed now!
i suffer from chronic pain due to ra, oa, and fibromylagia, it is unfair that ppl who are in pain cannot ger adequate pain relief, we are drugged out, we are not drug seekers we are seeking relief from physical pain,
I am in a pain relief nightmare...for the past 4 years...I need someone.to hear me...PLEASE
Those of us who are in chronic mind numbing pain (24/7) should not be treated as drug addicts. Until the past month, I was functioning as well as I could. After a diagnosis of COPD, last month, I am even less able to function without help. My husband had to take time from work to take care of me. So, in addition to being tied to my oxygen tank, I require pain medications just to make it through the day and night. I am fortunate enough to have my husband here to help. Without pain medications, I would be in terrible shape. I have my first appointment with my pain management doctor since the new laws went into effect and I have no idea what to expect. Will I have the medications needed to make it through to the next month? I have no problem following the laws as long as they are equitable and meet my needs for pain medication? Up until this point, everything has run smoothly but extremely painfully. Not only am I scared to find out what is next, I have to worry about medication discrimination. Hopefully, everything will run smoothly albeit painfully. I can deal with that as long as the DEA, pharmacists and pain management doctors all work in conjunction with each other. Please allow me to remain on my medications and give the doctor, the latitude he requires to meet my needs and those of all of the other people who are on narcotic pain medication. Speaking for myself and all of the other chronic pain sufferers, I ask that we all work together. We are not addicts but decent law abiding people who want an even playing field. Thank you for listening.
I am in a pain relief nightmare...for the past 4 years...I need someone.to hear me...PLEASE
Action is needed. Please WAKE UP. People are dying unnecessarily. The numbers will increase until this situation is taken seriously.
There is something wrong with a society that penalizes doctors for helping patients in pain. This is a national crisis and someone has to listen to those of us who have suffered long enough or there will be many more suicides because pain kills, too. The sick, the ill, the disabled are NOT being listened to. Instead they and their doctors and their pharmacists are being treated like criminals. Stop the DEA and this crazy, ill-informed war on pain medication NOW!
My father in law's dr. After 40 years of treatment of this 87 year old man, who has survived 4 hip replacements and multiple skin cancer operations, the last one completely removing the right ear is refusing to rx tramadol. He takes allopurinol for a remote history of gout and he tells him this is his pain medication. I am appalled by this, he even has stopped rx meclizine for vertigo and told him the ENT dr can rx these. He takes BP meds , so you might just as well see a cardiologist and for the blood thinners go see the hemotologist, the dr has no business being in practice if he won't treat the patient or are these results of obamacare knowing the decrease in payment to PCP from medicare or a combination of the increase to low cost insurance coverage and the increase of indignant care. I have my suspensions. No way is it ethically acceptable to treat the elderly is such a manor. Discussted.

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