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

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My name is Cindy J Deim, I was a part time psychotherapist and worked in hospice until I got to sick to work any more. I have Fibromyalgia, degenerative disk disease and chronic fatigue. I have been in chronic pain for about 20 years now.
It has been very difficult to live this life I have been dealt. But I have not given up, I worked out each day, meditate and walked daily. I force myself to do these things, so that I could live the best life I could.
I had a regiment of pain medication I was on that relieved my symptoms enough that I could have some semblance of a life. I used that medication exactly as it was proscribed. It helped me be able to take walks, stretch and help me try to keep physically strong. I meditated every day.
Now with the new regulations, I am left with little. I’m on ineffective doses, I don’t exercise, my walking has gone down to a couple times a week. My life has become very bleak.
Honestly I feel confused. There are 100 million people in chronic pain. I’m not saying that there are not people who abuse pain medication, but that is not me.
Most people who are apart of a pain clinic are constantly monitored to make sure they are not abusing medication. I am apart of one of those clinics. You will never see in all the years I once abused my medication in any way. I had a great relationship with my doctor.
Now, it has all changed. My medications are being taken away for no reason other than the new CDC “guidelines”, new scheduling and the war on opiates, it has changed my life and not for the better. I struggled for years because I had to take medication, I never wanted to take any kind of medication, but if you need it you need it. It was between me and my doctor, how does the government get involved with my health care. I took pain medication because I had no other choice if I wanted to life any kind of quality of life.
I truly don’t understand what this is happening to people who are legitimately in pain. I did my homework, I knew what I was doing and why. I decided to take pain medication for quality of life.
My undergraduate degree is in Drugs and Alcohol and addictive behavior. For way too long we have misunderstood addictions and it has led us to this. We have tried over and over to learn the same lesson and we still haven't learned it. Prohibition doesn’t work and it won’t work here. People that are addicted will find a way to use drugs. But people in pain, will just suffer.
Those who use opiates illegally, to get high, will develop a tolerance. They need to incrementally increase the amounts of drugs they are using to get the same high. People in chronic pain, use medication because of an illness. They use medication to help them function and have quality of life. I would rotate the medications I use to help resist tolerance. It worked for a very long time. Most doctors use to know this.

I’m not going to go threw a diatribe on addictions. There are many different ways of dealing
Living as a senior with intolerable,unbearable pain from RA, OA and TA. From having had 107 bone breaks and degeneration of the hips and spine. I'm forced to need strong long-term pain management and running into ignorance and frightened doctors who aren't concerned about my health,pain or quality of life. There must be a way to get fair health care in what is becoming a broken system. Can anyone help me find a way to get the information on what to do? - thanks, one in pain
I am a 46-year-old male who has been suffering from HIV/AIDS since 1987. I was also diagnosed with Major Depression in 1992. I also have Degenerative Disc Disease (2010ish). I also have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy (2010ish). My pain has been beyond description, certainly not through key strokes on a computer. Everyone’s pain which is their very own is different from others in many ways. We are all suffering and claiming ownership of our pain. You required so many expensive urine samples, following your rules to a T. So much unnecessary pain and suffering that our own Government has inflicted on its most helpless citizens, AMERICANS! I think about death constantly and long for my turn. Yes, the DEA has given us to choose from our basic human instinct. Fight or Flight. So Congress, Yes I am fighting. Fighting you every day has become my reason to live. You will all know my name as this letter will be doctors to do what they are there for and STAY OUT OF MY MEDICINE CABINET! WE ARE IN "REAL" PAIN. People are committing suicide at record rates since this new law has taken into effect. We have no other options since the DEA's unimaginable tainted decisions. Pain comes for EVERYBODY at some point in your life. The supporters of that bill will feel the pain of karma. It's inevitable for us all.
Having survived a serious MVA in '90, I know what it is,after 4 serious surgeries, and years of therapy to have Dr. Demigods ignore your pain. Or tell you that you've had two prescriptions already. Yes, 180 pills in over 240 days. First do no harm shouldn't apply in anyway to not treating pain. Take their careers..
You can not stop an army from attacking you . You can not bargain with an army . An army has but one goal to kill plunder destroy all in it's path to win the war . The only way peace can be achieved is to end the war . The dea is an army . Sign this petition to stop this evil 100 year old war . The only way to get an army to with draw is end the conflict . Share the petition below for the sake of humanity .

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PLEASE RESEND THESE NEW LAWS AND GUIDELINES!!! They are NOT solving this drug "Epidemic", it's ONLY TORTURING those that responsibility take it for their CHRONIC PAIN! Those that were abusing these meds have already moved on to bigger, better, and cheaper drugs, like Heroin! Soon you will be forcing legitimate Chronic Pain Patients to follow suite, or worse, commit SUICIDE!
I have been a Critical Care RN for 25+ yrs, after three (3) back injuries and two (2) Total Knee Replacements, I am in Chronic Pain! I have been prescribed Pain Meds for years and have led a "normal" working, functioning, productive life until all of this Craziness started and the DEA and other Government Agencies became my Physician! My meds are continually being reduced, month after month, to where I am on about 1/10th of what was allowing me to Live! Now, I am on Permanent DISABILITY and fighting EVERY DAY to function at 54 yrs old!!! Not only has my Quality of Life been stolen from me, my much Loved Career has been too! I have NEVER Suffered a Day of Depression in my Life, but as of late, that's becoming a new Reality for me! This HAS GOT to END! You are punishing and Torturing the Wrong People and NOT fixing the "Crisis" you set out to fix, you're ONLY Creating a New One! STOP PLAYING DR with OUR LIVES, YOU ARE HORRIBLE AT IT and it's causing MUCH UNNECESSARY PAIN AND SUFFERING!!
There are Better Ways to handle this Situation and This One is NOT IT!!! PLEASE DO THE HUMANE THING AND GIVE US BACK OUR LIVES!!!
I'm in pain now. Waiting to start something called pain management. I've been self medicating but stopped as of yesterday. Nobody seems to care that I am hurting. It has been over 2 months & they haven't done anything to ease my pain,now I know why. Do away with the dea!
This is the petition to stop the madness , It is simple yet to the point , share it or the horror will play on .

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When looking at the hundreds of thousands of Chronic Pain sufferers whose pain is so extraordinary that an opioid pain medication provides the only method to rise from bed, and the CDC et al want to remove access to it. There needs to be more open discussion and review so that that community of sufferers does not become a statistic of suicide or self harm. Pain, severe chronic pain is real folks!
Opiates are the medications that give me any relief from my severe intractable pain. Having them allows me to have some semblance of a life; go to the grocery story, go to my daughter's soccer game.Withholding medication which helps patients is tantamount to torture. Less than 5% of prescribed patients end up abusing their prescriptions. Continue to monitor patients closely for signs of addiction but don't take away our medication because of the potential for a very small percentage of people might abuse it.
I have two diseases which result in chronic pain. I wish I didn't, but I do. My physician and I have managed to treat the pain so that I am able to live a fairly normal life about TWO OF SEVEN days a week. Imagine that--two whole days a week I'm able to run errands, go to the grocery store, etc. Things YOU do daily without any thought. Without this pain medication, I will be an invalid. Just imagine.
The fact is that this whole government sponsored war against people in pain is NOT about the well being of pain sufferers, or even people who suffer from addiction. It is totally about MONEY, money sized from suspected dealers, money taken from honest and caring doctors only suspected of operating outside of the law and finally the money that the DEA has been conning out of the federal government since their creation decades ago. Why do you think that this corrupt and power abusive agency refuses to reschedule Marijuana? I'll tell you why, it's because of the amount of seizures and federal funding they get by keeping it as a schedule 1 narcotic. As far as I'm concerned and as a registered voters, the DEA should be totally dismantled down to the bare bones and then rebuilt from the ground up. We need an agency that will go after cartels instead of licensed medical professionals which only creates a huge profits margin for Cartel leaders. So we have to ask ourselves this question. Has the DEA created a false prescription opiate epidemic to further drive and increase the profits of these illegal drug czars because they are being paid off, or could it be because they are just a lazy bunch of power hungry bureaucrats who can only find drugs if they are advertised in the Yellow Pages? My money is on the pay offs.
Please help us. I live with severe back& neck pain. I was forced into a back fusion without ever given the opertunity to try medication first. My fusion failed and severe pain was worse. I was left surferring for 2 years after surgery for 2 years by multiple utah physicians although i had completed 3 years of unsuccessful physical therapy and had done everything asked of me. I asked multiple times to try pain medication i went through nuro phicalogical testing to determin my pain was physical not emotional and had results, i had imaging comfirming my spinal injuries and nerve conduction studies showing severe nerve damage along with my bone pain. I also have a severe autoimmune disorder causing chronic pain requiring chemo therapy. I was mistreated, neglected and couldnt do anything about it. I was given medications we knew didnt work instead of narcotics. I was put through 1-3 appointments per week for years with no narcotic treatment option although i asked. After 2 years following a failed fusion i was told by my dr about pain management. Even pain management neglected me and treated me awful. They would give me the allusion of helping me but refused to treat me, i was finally given 10% reduction of pain when given a low dose of narcotics and it was like pulling teeth for 8months trying expensive medications that were not narcotics that never worked and charged for multiple pill counts although i never had a pill count not perfect. I was paying hundreds of dollars and told eventually i would get the medication i needed after i went through the process. It never happened. I was a model patient and it didnt matter i was told if i was given medicine i would stop breathing and die. After graduating pain management when i was told i had finished all testing, and all other medication options, and coping skills i was released. I had an unrelated surgery and was perscibed a much higher dose by a foot surgeon and my pain was relieved 80%. I found a new dr & had a consult before making my desesion to see if they were willing to consider proper pain relief using narcotics. A month later i switched care and my pain was then manageable and i wemt from 0 activity to a livable level.
I strongly feel i was abused and mistreated verbally and physically by many physicians. I was refused treatment to be tricked into surgery being my only option although my conditions didnt always warrent surgery at that time. I was treated as if i had an addiction although i dont drink or smoke, use drugs, or abuse medications. I followed all that was asked and had ligitament mri, x ray, emg and blood tests comfirming all pain medications. In utah and many other states we are treated like criminals when the laws should allow for patients with valid claims to recieve valid treatment. I was taken advantage of because if u choose a different physician your concidered a dr shopper, or in fear you wont have pain relief your dr's know u will stay. Its not fair and has brought many t
Having HIV has also presented secondary illness such as neuropathy in my feet. HIV medications cause health problems also like bone lose. Having this, along with sciatica and degenerating disc i refuse to let someone else how to live my life with the pain I experience daily. DAILY. I choose pain medication being that there is currently no other choice of medications. Being humiliated and policed by someone who is suppose to be my caretaker is an insult and an assault on my rights as a patient. Please stop having chronic pain patients tested for marijuana. Now.
I have heard arguments that even monitor pain management with cancer patients at the end of life because they might become addicts. Hello, if they are dying does it matter?
I recently had to go to a pain clinic .i had to take an injection or no meds ,I was given mannitol after they were informed that I have heart and kidney disease .i have been bedridden ever since .
They did my kidneys harm,is this the outcome dea is looking for?
Great, now chronic pain sufferers will have poorer life quality then they do now. Somehow I think this is not going to help anyone.
V.A. is cutting pain meds back. Think the suicide rate will drop?
The United States started this insane WORLD WIDE WAR on DRUGS that has taken many lives freedoms human rites , Now it is up To The United States To End This WAR ON DRUGS . This is no better than one BIG HATE CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY .
I am a 46-year-old male who has been suffering from HIV/AIDS since 1987. I was also diagnosed with Major Depression in 1992. I also have Degenerative Disc Disease (2010ish). I also have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy (2010ish). My pain has been beyond description, certainly not through key strokes on a computer. Everyone’s pain which is their very own is different from others in many ways. We are all suffering and claiming ownership of our pain. You required so many expensive urine samples, following your rules to a T. So much unnecessary pain and suffering that our own Government has inflicted on its most helpless citizens, AMERICANS! I think about death constantly and long for my turn. Yes, the DEA has given us to choose from our basic human instinct. Fight or Flight. So Congress, Yes I am fighting. Fighting you every day has become my reason to live. You will all know my name as this letter will be doctors to do what they are there for and STAY OUT OF MY MEDICINE CABINET! WE ARE IN "REAL" PAIN. People are committing suicide at record rates since this new law has taken into effect. We have no other options since the DEA's unimaginable tainted decisions. Pain comes for EVERYBODY at some point in your life. The supporters of that bill will feel the pain of karma. It's inevitable for us all.
I am in bad pain . No where to go for help with my mandatory health care ? Theft of service , inhumane treatment of nerve damage . GENOCIIDE ! End this war on drugs ! Why not just do like the Philippines , just kill us ?
Stop targeting patients, what if you had to watch a family member in constant horrific pain. It would break your heart we have family that are made to watch in helpless state. We are people with faced.
It's unjustified to conflate the millions who use pain medicine appropriately with addiction, and calling it "dependence". Diabetics are dependent upon insulin, and we are all dependent upon air to breathe! A person needs a predisposition to addiction or an addictive personality to become an addict!

Millions have taken opiates for decades without an escalation of dosage or craving heroin. Suddenly they are scrutinized, treated like criminals and drug-seekers, and are abruptly denied the medicine that's doing what it's designed to do; relieve pain, allowing them to work, function, care for themselves and their families, and participate in society.

Shame on this government sponsored propaganda allowing discrimination against people in pain. It has resulted in the abuse, mistreatment, neglect, abandonment, and death of the ill, the elderly, the disabled, and veterans.

People in pain did not create the heroin epidemic and the rise in street drug deaths!

The United States, which considers itself a civil society, should not use the weakest, most vulnerable citizens and their doctors, as scapegoats in the War on Drugs.
I don't believe the DEA has any business in our health care. What happened to privacy and trust between Doctor's and patient's? A person experiencing chronic pain is already suffering, it is inhumane to cause more harm. One can't win for losing any more. Even plant based medicine's are under extreme scrutiny. We lose our med's and seek natural remedies which are very effective and oft time's safer and then the DEA comes in and takes those as well. Why the war on people in pain?
Our rights as citizen's are being taken from us by an entity (DEA) that is over reaching. Why is this even allowed? Stop the DEA Nazi regime.
This is so true.. I was a drug and alcohol counselor and the theory was 'harm reduction.' Many of these people will do just as stated, even suicide.
If you have never suffered this you cannot know what you are inflicting on patients.
Look on internet....Just two years ago DEA spokesperson said they would never take right to pain meds from doctors, only go by laws, which at that time did not prevent doctors discrepancy.. Where are the doctors and legislators to pretect those WHO ARE CHRNOIC PAIN SUFFERERS AND NOT ADDICTS?? There IS a difference.
Target the addicts not chronic pain patients
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After using a fentanyl patch in Nrw York without problems for nearly 11 years, I guess my pain from degenerative. arthritis, neuropathy up bpth legs, degenerative disc disease, and wasting syndrome nnot from HIV must be just fine according to the government. I say this because I have been informed, without warning, that I just don't need it anymore! Five orthopedic surgeries. Now I need another to fix a past surgery! I guess ibuprofen solves everything. I hope the sarcasm can be detected. I am not laughing. Medical marijuana is beyond my reach in New York because I rely on SSD and NY medicaid for expenses due to these conditions. These "insurances" wipe out nearly one-third of my SSD income. Medicare is going up I hear, whether rumor or not. There is NO cash for mmj anyway. I do not sleep at nightt. I cannot leave my home very long. I am inundated with pain that will never go away. I cannot walk straight or far.

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

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

Not all, but some people, are using heroin because they need pain relief!!! So is it logical, to very intelligent individuals like yourselves, to think it's more dangerous If a person gets pain medication from a Dr, who can monitor what and when and how and the amount of meds a patient gets, or, to have the same individual buy heroin, not knowing that the unregulated substance,which has been spiked with fentanyl or animal tranquilizers, and they OD so fast that they have no chance of staying alive unless someone is able to administer naltrexone to them within a few minutes? In the past month or so, the fentanyl and other mix-ins are making it more and more difficult for naltrexone to save people and help the revive them from an overdose. In some cases, what they have ingested is so strong that multiple doses of naltrexone isn't even saving them. It is MUST be recognized, by our country and government, that the answer to this opiate/opioid crisis is not to keep leaning on legitimate medical professionals who are treating their patients as they see fit (with their experience, and heck, even their medical degrees!). To see what does fix the problem, let's look at what some other countries have done - Panama had an absolutely horrifying drug epidemic about 14 years ago. What did they do that changed everything, to where now they have a very very low rate of drug abuse and overdoses? They legalized all drugs and then, instead of sending these people to jail, they offered rehab and treatment. Now they have an extremely low rate of OD. Canada just decided to let Dr's prescribe heroin to treat people who are severely addicted, because they can regulate what is in the heroin, so as they titrate the patient down and off of it, that person who is trying to get better doesn't buy a bag, mixed with an elephant pain medication, that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine, and die from using it.

Taking away pain medication from those that truly need it, causes suffering, hopelessness and depression. One who lives in terrible pain all the time and is given no help or relief, comes to face one of three choices: To commit a felony and buy illegal drugs or meds from someone, to just continue suffering every minute of their lives -or to commit
Dr's prescribed me multiple opiods for my chronic pain. 12 yrs. Then I go to detox off of all they had me on. Now I'm dependent on suboxone. At the time I first got the suboxone was in Morgantown Hospital where I stayed 4 days, I thought it was the answer. Being a chronic disabled 50 yr female with work related injuries need pain control. The sub helped tolirate that's about it. DEA investigates my dr Tuesday. Nobody called to tell me or the other patients anything. Note on doorm. Closed until further notice. Now wtf do I do? Never had to turn to street drugs until netting the damn sub control. I'll be sick or dead by midweek unless I buy street drugs. Nobody at the clinic was charged. A dr that used to be there was accused of over prescribing opioids. Extremely pist. I never asked for any of this. I'm sick of being n paying for drug test like I'm some kind of criminal. I need a pain medication back and want to just get on with what I have left of my life. Not all that healthy right now. I cannot do these withdrawals.
I am a 46-year-old male who has been suffering from HIV/AIDS since 1987. I was also diagnosed with Major Depression in 1992. I also have Degenerative Disc Disease (2010ish). I also have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy(2010ish). My pain has been beyond description, certainly not through key strokes on a computer. My pain, which is my very own and different from everyone else. We are all suffering and claiming ownership of our pain. So much pain and suffering. I think about death constantly and long for my turn. Yes, the DEA has given us to choose from our basic human instinct. Fight or Flight. So YES Congress. I am fighting. Fighting you every day has become my reason to live. You will all know my name as this letter will be a daily reminder that we are hurting and dying and our Government DOES NOT CARE! These new rules are beyond inhumane. The DEA needs to allow doctors to do what they are there for and STAY OUT OF MY MEDICINE CABINET!
Mam and Sirs, yes their are people abusing doctors and meds. You surely cannot punish all for what some are doing. I have had chronic pain for years, When a ladder kicks out and drops you twelve feet onto six and ten inch staggered water lines, felt and sounded like my back cracked from tail bone to neck. I felt pretty good after a few days. I was young. Injury number two and probably the most painful, I was using a power saw to try and remove a stump. Saw kicked back, into my right led and foot. Life flight to me to Vanderbuilt, three surgeries, saved foot and it has never stopped hurting until I met my Doctor whom really helped. Then I fell and broke right hip. Pins and screws lower back L4-5/ L5-S1. Bone graph failed to grow no help here. Taking my foot off verses meds. I want my doctor and leave me on meds, I am fifty nine years old. Here is the kick in the gut. I was Maintenance Supervisor with the company I worked with. I was allowed to take my meds as needed, I was on the payroll, with great benefits. Now the company decides to pull the NAFTA move. Shut us down and lay us off. I have not found a job since. No one would hire me, I was a liability. My body is really messed up now. It's been ten years now that I have not worked. Disc levels are eat up with Stenosis foot, well I have ulcer's on the bottom of it for years now. This one is been on my foot three years next month October. How would you people handle it if you had a sore on the foot bottom you can lay a quarter in. Kind of sickening to even think about. I have the metal rod and ball where I broke my hip but I have said enough. I don't really think anyone will read this or any of our e-mails. Were the old, the useless, wasting SS. The only one who cares for us is our doctors and our families. We are labeled buy the meds we take. Please do this, Let our doctors make the call about meds not a group of people that do not even know what chronic pain is much less ever had to live with it. Thanks for the time.
I am appalled and sickened by the interference of the CDC and the DEA taking away pain medication from true chronic pain patients. I can guarantee you that this is going to cause a major increase in illegal drug use such as heroin or the illegal sales of pain medications on the streets. Who are you to say who is in chronic pain? Have you ever had to live with it? I have severe fibromyalgia, severe osteoarthritis in my neck, shoulders and lower back and without the use of pain medication I would not be able to live a decent quality of life. As long as your physician is managing the medication and the patient is in true chronic pain, there should be no reason not to treat the patient with pain medication. what you are doing is cruel and will cause a major uproar in our country and a rise in the use of illegal drugs.
My Dr. Wanted to burn all the nerves in my neck! Pain relief could last 6 to 9 months then do it again. Gabapentin,baclophen, tramadol Pain management! I have chronic pain, fibromialgia,,and cever cevercial spondalosis
I and many of my friends have been in the building trades for 30 years or very close to it, we all suffer
From chronic pain from working very hard to support our families. I myself take opioid for the absolute horrible pain, I know for a fact that I would not be able to make it in to work if I didn't have my Dr prescribed medication. Now they will not prescribe anything period for any of the people that I know that really need it, because of the people that abuse and mix medications that aren't even prescribed to them... this seems like a blanket policy to deny good people that are just trying to survive and have a decent life pain medication. It should be case by case, not make good people suffer, I think this is just terrible and something needs to be done!
Is this population control???
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The Government said that there was too many people in US on disability and Social Security??? Hmmmmm. Is this the way they free it up?? Is this the population control they always comment on. People are killing there self at an increasing rate and it's due to some phoney war on drugs. Now the government is raking in the dough. Between the prisions filling up and people killing them selfs due to pain , I would say our government is doing whatever it takes to line there wallets. And why was it that they stayed in Afghanistan to guard those poppy fields??? They have set it up for them selfs to make money hand of fist. Pot sales are up people that turn to the heroine get busted and fill the prisons, and people are killing them selfs but its not from people overdosing on pain meds thats for sure cuz nobody can get them anymore hardly nomatter how much suffering, freeing up the retirement budget, and then the drugs that have been coming in just as study as it ever has. What is our government doing to the people that have paid there salary. Are we going to keep paying them for this crap?? I think they spent most of our budget building prisons all of the US to put all the people that there paving the way that will lead people into there traps. My Grandfather would turn over in the grave if he could see what there allowed to get away with. Are people going to really let this happen to our people. I belive that the goverment officials are the only ones that the Constitution works for, not us. We are prisoners in our own Country and it's going to keep getting worse unless we stand together against the phoney policy's, and Executive Orders being snuck in under the wire. And don't let me get started on how much revenue that they made off that..... We wouldn't notice though, because they can manage to smuggle gold out of 9/11 that somehow was anonymously missing and we have been paying for that too, and they were getting paid for what??, This is what they have lied about, EVERYTHING!!! WE ARE SLAVES, AND MOST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN SEE IT. The terrorists hmmmmm I'm not buying that one either. We need to get rid of there corrupt ways and quit letting them bully people. And why was it that they stayed in Afghanistan to guard those poppy fields??? They have set it up for them selfs to make money hand over fist. Pot sales are up people that turn to the heroine get busted and fill the prisons, and people are killing them selfs but its not from people overdosing on pain meds thats for sure cuz nobody can get them anymore hardly nomatter how much suffering, And why was it that they stayed in Afghanistan to guard those poppy fields??? They have set it up for them selfs to make money hand of fist. Pot sales are up people that turn to the heroine get busted and fill the prisons, and people are killing them selfs but its not from people overdosing on pain meds thats for sure cuz nobody can get th
Stage 3 lung cancer liver cancer suffering everyday. The guidelines say cancer patients are not affected but we are. God help us
As a patient with Crohn's disease and medicine induced Lupus from my treatments, I am appalled at how we are labeled and stigmatized. We are using opioids to treat our pain and try to live and enjoy our lives. To my fellow opiod users because verified medical diseases please let's stand together on this. Write to your Representative and state your concerns. #OpiodAwareness
Chronic pain patients have no where to turn for help. The DEA is taking away their quality of life and then labeling these patients as drug a addicts!
You should be ashamed, the true harm is toward the chronic pain sufferers! I know if your family member has a long term disease, can not sleep and actually is suffering, you would make sure they got relief!! Where are the patients rights?? Why do you not spend the money and time to stop illegal drug trafficking?? Do you have any idea how these patients can not even take care of themselves or even travel or get ready (even a shower) to make it to any medical appoinment??
Now you are closing (the only help they are allowed ) Pain Management Clinics that have met your regulations!! These Chronic Pain Patients should have legal help to stop what is being done to their quality of life. What about the ones that will die ?? Could you stand 24/7 chronic pain without some relief?? I am pleading with our Government Reps to stop this!!
We are forced to accept substandard care, abuse, and humiliation from unqualified fly by night clinics. I'm sure the state owns them. Why else would you want to treat humans this way....money...thats always the real answer.
This is very Sad that Dr.'s and patience have abused medication.For the People who have no other solution for their Pain to live day by day are now all laying in bed in severe Pain.I believe there should be a grandfather's clause for Patients in Need.Diane MacKay.Ma.
I'm going through this demeaning,humiliating process with my primary care doctor right now. I told him that I wanted to see if I could get by on less morphine and take the muscle relaxant that works for me. Many years ago, I was taking very high doses. Over time ,I have on my own reduced the morphine to 175 mg, per day. I have pain, but With these two meds at the NHS and dosages I can tolerate the pain and have some quality of life.
Now, my doctor be sure of his philosophy regarding chronic pain management with a dose of these meds that would leave me in severe pain and destroy the little quality of live that I have will be destroyed. He told me to find another doctor.
This is so dehumanizing and every other adjective that I can attach to this destructive situation, why should I want to live like this? I don't.
So we'll see what happens.
Thank-you.
my doctor is feeling the squeeze of prescribing pain med's, i am 55 and do things by the book. after 3 back surgery's and the loss of my right toes my life is really tough, you know who suffers my 13 and 14 year old daughters. Dad cant participate in activities. i bet congress can get all the pain medicine they want, but there the root cause of our pain look at our economy.
My father is a 72 year old decorated Vietnam war vet, a welder and a minister.
His back has deteriorated leaving him in excruciating pain.
His Dr was giving him low doses of oxycodone and he was seeing his chiropractor regularly. He was yanked off his meds and went through horrible withdrawals.
I've watched him suffer these past 2 years in ways I can't describe. He suffered a brain stem stroke. He is treated like an animal at the VA! 3 month long waits... Sent to pain management an hour away from his house. Again, he is 72!
They put him on LYRICA! I'm livid. He will die in pain and there's nothing anyone will do about it.
This man has fought your wars and is neglected and insulted!
Stop this madness NOW
The government has no business treating patients. That is what doctors and nurse specialists were trained to do. Pushing off label drugs at people, instead of opioid based pain killers which are specific for pain, is not an answer to a national heroin addiction problem, it is not an answer to the black market of street drugs, it is not the answer to end meth labs. Harming medical patients to try and fix an entirely different issue is beyond wrong. The media sensationalizes everything about this issue and they need tobe corrected with proper information. The hysteria has got to stop so that people in pain can find relief in proper treatment. There is no excuse for pain relieving drugs being with held from those who are in need and who benefit greatly from them. Stop the excessive regulations. Stop the hysteria. Stop what is becoming patient abuse by some medical professionals who don't really care about anything but "looking good" to the government. That isn't what medicine is supposed to be about. That is a travesty.
PAIN WARRIORS, I URGE YOU ALL TO ATTEND THE RALLY AGAINST THIS INHUMANE, BARBARIC AND TORTUROUS TREATMENT BY OUR GOVERNMENT! PLEASE GO TO RALLYAGAINSTPAIN.COM FOR INFO, THE RALLY IS ON 10/22/16 @ 10.am. IN DC. IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, SEND FAMILY/FRIENDS IN YOUR PLACE AND SEND YOUR STORY TO THE WEBSITE TO BE READ AT THE RALLY. THIS IS OUR ONE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE COUNTRY JUST HOW CORRUPT THE GOVERNMENT/DEA, CDC, FDA AND PROP ARE. THEY ARE FEEDING THE PUBLIC WITH PROPAGANDA ******** AND WE MUST FIGHT BACK AND LET THE PEOPLE KNOW THESE MEDICATIONS ARE A LIFELINE TO MANY OF US AND ARE BEING DENIED TO US, SENDING MANY TO THE STREETS FOR RELIEF OR WORSE SUICIDE!!!

PRESIDENT OBAMA, SENATORS BOOKER, MENENDEZ AND SMITH, YOU MUST STOP THIS INHUMANE TORTUROUS TREATMENT ONTO AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE CHRONICALLY ILL. IT'S NOT EVEN JUST THE CHRONICALLY ILL THIS ATTACK IS AFFECTING, BUT ANYONE IN NEED OF PAIN MEDICATION WHETHER FOR ACUTE OR CHRONIC PAIN ARE DENIED SAID MEDICATION. HAVING SURGERY? DON'T DO IT! YOU WILL BE DENIED PAIN MEDICATION FOR POST OP CARE. IN NEED OF GOING TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM? DON'T DO IT! YOU WILL BE TREATED LIKE A DRUG ADDICT, DENIED TREATMENT AND SENT AWAY. SHAME ON OUR GOVERNMENT FOR INTENTIONALLY INFLICTING PAIN AND SUFFERING ONTO AMERICAN CITIZENS , SHAME ON OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FOR TURNING THIER BACKS ON THE CHRONICALLY ILL, FOR FAILING TO DO NO HARM. DENYING LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION IS SENDING PEOPLE TO COMMIT SUICIDE!
The govt needs to grandfather in chronic pain migraine uses. This is just ridiculous making us pay for another's abuse.
I am a disabled single Mother and still have 3 children at home. I suffer with excruciating pain die to Transvaginal mesh erosion, permanent nerve damage and Fibromyalgia... I have gone from being able to care for my children, animals and home, to barely being able to do the minimum. I have no quality of life...I'd rather be dead than live this way. This is absurd.....I find it hard to believe that we all have to suffer this way...this is our LIVES!
I used to truly enjoy life,despite all the obstacles WE ALL GO THROUGH.Because I cannot find a physician to write my ptescriptions,I have gone from a 53 year old male ready to go back to college,to a person that gets up everyday(and I did not say wakesup!) To struggling with my religion (Catholic) about whether I want to live another day. I firmly believe that would I be an animal the vet would recommend euthanasia, which at this point I would gladly welcome.I no longer have a quality of life.And quite honestly I no longer wish to live suffering the way I am. There is so much more I wish to say, but depression is sinking in.To all of you that go through the same thing know this, You are the people that motivate me to move everyday,and thank you, and God Bless You! Kevin Farmington N.M.
I have read several articles like this lately and I can say for fact that the DEA is flat out lying when they claim it's not their fault! It IS their fault! They make the regulations that doctors and pharmacists have to follow. Currently, that regulation says that patients cannot be on those particular schedule of drugs for more than 3 months! After that, alternative pain control must be sought. I've been told that by 2 different doctors and 3 different pharmacists. This is what happens when we allow our government to dictate something that is completely out of their realm of expertise.
WHY should responsible chronic pain patients be stigmatized and denied medication just because of a handful of addicts who abuse it?!? This is SO WRONG. By that logic, I guess all liquor should also be banned because SOME people are alcoholics! Ridiculous!

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