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

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You want my vote help people in Las vegas I am disabled and still cant get my prescriptions when I need them. Some one help the people who can't help themselves.
This is clear-cut discrimination, when my pharmacy TELLS me that they will not fill my opioid medication because they are "tightening the reins" on regulated meds when I have been a loyal and good customer for years, arriving oat the same timeframe each month for my regular prescription signed by my physician, but I can fill any other type of meds just fine - as if I need one med less than the other somehow. As it is my pain is undertreated because the DEA has limited my physician in what and how many meds he is allowed to write a prescription for - RIDICULOUS in a FREE country - so I am forced to decide which hours of each day I'd like to be out of pain, now I am not allowed to fill even one simple day early because - WHY? Because I'm going to do what exactly with one measly day's worth of meds? This is just laughable! It is a violation against those of us with disabilities to deny us access to our meds just because pharmacists think they know better than our doctors and our government sees fit to "regulate" them due to the minority who abuse them. Those abusing prescription meds are typically NOT getting them from a doctor (the "pill mill" days are long gone and despite people loving to claim doctors "hand them out like candy" this could not be further from the truth even for those of us with legit conditions!) They have inflated the "prescription" drug stats by adding in heroin OD statistics (they even admitted the stats are fuzzy) and blame the heroin epidemic on prescription meds, but the only 'gateway drug' is whatever drug the addict tried first, whether that was sniffing glue in grade school or what. Addicts are going to become addicts regardless of what they tried first or how they obtained it, although the majority (if any) left that are abusing pain meds are getting them on the streets and these meds are coming from outside of locales - most of us know where they are coming from, most likely originating beyond our borders. Yet the DEA continues to cry "opiate" epidemic (which we all know is really heroin, you have to live under a rock not to know that right now) and blame it on physicians or patients "diverting" prescriptions. The vast majority of pain patients are just NOT going to divert their prescription when they need it to live and function, no amount of money would change that need for the med so those meds are like gold to those in pain. Besides, they DO have the ability to make these meds abuse deterrent so why not do that with ALL opioid meds and let pain patients receive what they need?!? But I digress. So now they are now targeting chronic pain patients right as they are catering to the addicts. We did not CHOOSE to be in our predicaments, saddled with medical conditions that require us to take pain medication. We do not take these medications for fun and games - they are our lifelines so that we can be normal productive people. They do not make us "high" because we have actual pain which the meds work toward. Meanwhile, O
this has been a nightmare. 25 year chronic pain patient. Then this talk to you have for 16 years the DEA messes with their patients. What do you do how do you find another doctor that understands you like this one I need help badly. God bless all Victoria. Howard
Here I am again signing this petition! I know my Senators Booker & Menendez are grtting them because I get your pathetic system generated email thanking me for my concerns, These stories on here are WAY beyond concerns and I am f**** FURIOUS! My meds were lowered to every eight hours, are you people f***** for real!? I took my pain medication at 7am this morning. It is now five and a half hours later & im ready to f***** end this hell Im being FORCED at the hands of the DEA & you a*****holes in congress! I can't move. My lower spine is so locked up as if someone just dropped a concrete slab on it crushing every inch of my god dam spine. My knees are killing me, I feel like someone is hitting them with a f***** hammer! I wish to god you f***s can feel what this torture is like. You all wouldn't last a day in my shoes!! You bet your a*** I took my meds 2 1/2 hours than im supposed to. I am in f**** agony. & if I waited to take it until 3pm Id be ready to jump out a mother f**** window! THIS IS YOUR FAULT MR PRESIDENT & EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU IN CONGRESS WHO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ALLOW OUR DOCTORS TO TREAT OUR PAIN WITH PAIN MEDICATION BUT INSTEAD YOU HAVE YOUR CORRUPT, DYSFUNCTIONAL DEA POLICE THREATENING ALL OUR DOCTORS! HOW IS ALCOHOL LEGAL WHEN THE DEATHRATES FAR EXCEED THE FALSIFIED OVERDOSE DEATHRATE!?!? ALCOHOL ADDICTION IS A CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY BUT YOU ALL TURN YOUR HEADS, MOST OF YOU ARE ALCOHOLICS YOURSELVES SO NOTHING TO SEE RIGHT!? THE MAJOR CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY IS UNTREATED CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN, PAIN THAT NEVER F***** GOES AWAY, THAT THERE IS NO CURE FOR. ITS LIKE PENNHURST ALL OVER AGAIN AT THE HANDS OF THE TERRORISTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY. I AM ANGRY! YOU HAVE STOLEN MY QUALITY OF LIFE. MY KIDS DON'T HAVE A MOTHER ANYMORE BECAUSE OF YOUR ACTIONS! BUT WAIT, IF I WERE AN ADDICT ID HAVE ALL THE CARE & COMPASSIONATE TREATMENT THE GOOD OLE USA CAN OFFER, INCLUDING GIVING OUT CLEAN NEEDLES TO HEROIN ADDICTS! I WANT GOD DAM ANSWERS. I AM NOT GOING TO SIT BACK & TAKE THIS F*****TORTURE ANYMORE! THE CHRONIC PAIN COMMUNITY IS BANNING TOGETHER,&TRUST ME THERE ARE A HELL OF ALOT MORE THAN THIS PETITION SHOWS. YOU ARE MURDERERS! INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO ARE SUFFERING IN SEVERE PAIN ARE KILLING THEMSELVES DUE TO INADEQUATE PAIN RELIEF.!!! KARMAS A B**** AND WHEN SHE KNOCKS ON YOUR DOORS OR YOUR LOVED ONES YOU WILL ALL REAP WHAT YOU SOW! PROHIBITION DID NOT WORK FOR YOU IN THE 30's & IT SURE AS F*** IS NOT GOING TO NOW. PREYING ON THE ELDERLY, OUR VETS, THE DISABLED. WHO THE F**** DO YOU PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE MESSING WITH PEOPLES LIVES LIKE THIS. THIS IS CRUEL, BARBARIC, INHUMANE AND F****** TORTURE! YOU A***HOLES ARE NOT GONNA GET AWAY WITH THIS MUCH LONGER!!! THE CHRONIC PAIN COMMUNITY IS NOT BACKING DOWN! WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO MEDICINE IN THIS COUNTRY & I AM DONE WITH BEING TREATED LIKE SOME JUNKIE, DONE WITH PAYING THE HIGH PRICE WITH MY HEALTH BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ABUSE. OBAMA, YOU ARE A DISGRACE, YOU APPROVE $1.1 BI
I admit, there are alot of addicts, people take them to get high. Kids buying them in the streets. This is an epidemic, and it sux. Buy I know I suffer, everyday of my life at 45 years old, I am told I am to young. I have injections done, majors problems, and get turned away. Dr.s are to quick to dismiss people like me, who have absolutely no quality of life!!! I do not see my family, I am in bed, on a heating pad, spending money and begging people to help me just so I can take care of my elderly mother, and get up ti feed her and make sure she takes her meds . Get her in the shower. And just be able to go out.and get fresh air once a month. Why anyone should have to live like this is beyond me. I have a friend who suffers from degenetive disc disease, and us on his way to a wheel chair. His pharmacy got knocked back by the DEA by 70% and cut people off!!! If they get 3 medications they can get 1 there, go to another pharmacy, and they get cut from the first one. We are no longer free citizens of this country everyone's loves so dam much. Government is killing this country. I never in my life thought Pot would be legal, they legalize it. Alcohol is the leading killer of Americans, my husband. Has serousis of the liver, and yet he can go buy bottles of blackberry legally.I am no longer proud to be an American. I honestly would live to live in Canada, their values are make it illegal everyone wants it, so you can go to the grocery store get pain killers like aspirin, ur anxiety pills , like Tylonal. United States, home of the free my as!!! Let these Dr.s di their jobs, if the DEA wanted to be f&@n Dr.s, go to medical school, like they did. These pills were to help people who need it. Sell cigarettes, kill people, sell marijuana to stoners, and by god we please keep selling alcohol to people like my husband. But someone who suffers in god awful pain, arrest the Dr.a on this country for trying to help people. United States we are suckers, suckers who think we live I a free country, and yet the biggest junkies are the judges, police, and everyone else who says they are looking out for us.!!!! Screw Congress, the dea, and whoever else scared these Dr.s to help us sick folks. I have had over 80 operations, scare. Tissue, and Fibramiligia keeps me from my life. Pain hurts, I wish this only on the people who are hell bent on taking it away!!! Lets get these Dr.s back to found what they went to school. For 12 years for,... And send a message they are killing more people, stop the insanity
All true and its not going to get any better only one thing that is goinng to happen to more drug issues and robberies yo support the fact that pills to ease the pain are 100% price raise bc of the demand for them so people in pain will do anything to get relief from it. We need to be more aware of this before we start throwing around label's
The pendulum has swung to far to the left. It is becoming increasingly more difficult for chronic pain patients to get treatment or adequate treatment for very painful and disabling conditions. Why do we have to suffer?
I've been blessed with a caring physician for the 20 years since being diagnosed with Polymyositis, Scleroderma, and Lupus-Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. The more Prednisone I took, the less the pain-BUT, Prednisone as caused Hypertension, Diabetes, severe Osteoporosis (I have had a fractured hip, pelvis, foot, leg, and numerous spinal fractures, all between age 55 and 65. So about 8 yrs ago my Rheumatologist weaned my Prednisone down to 4mg. That got me off insulin and blood pressure medication. To give pain relief I was given low dose ocycontin. As a RESPONSIBLE, CONTROLLING, woman, as well as a RN, I have NEVER allowed myself to be controlled by ANY substance. I knew to take a "vacation" from the meds- and be in bed the entire time. Now the CDC and the Federal government wants to take away my quality of life!
Torture is a crime , by not allowing doctors to treat pain is torture at your hands . This is the biggest hate crime directed at disabled people in chronic pain . I no longer trust or respect doctors because of your actions. A person can only take so much torture before their brain breaks . Cannibis needs to be legalized because it is my doctor now . I will not take any more fda poisons this is my pain not yours .
Throat cancer patient and I also have venous ulcers on lower legs from blood insufficiency. The pharmacist called my doctor because I wanted to get my pain med filled 6 days early. I can't even eat because of the inoperable tumor in my throat. Now my doctor won't write me anything for pain. But they did give me a name of a pain Dr. I can't go to one Dr for this and another Dr for that. I just don't have the strength. Maybe the pharmacist should become a cop since he tried to be one. What can I do?
What can I do to join this fight for our right to medications that give us some kind of hope for a life without being stuck at home, in bed, in depression! I have been on pain meds for now 7 years! I am blessed to have my pain Doctor for now but when she is gone what will happen to me who can I see that will continue my scripts? Who will? Please let me know! We need to all stand up and get together and fight this so that patients do not have fear in losing their meds, fear of losing their doctors that help, fear of not having anyone help you when you lose your doctor and have no way to pick up your scripts and have to suffer tremendous withdrawals that can ultimately make you wanna kill yourself! How many patients have given up? All these people who suffer from pain and have fear in just getting their scripts to be able to live the remainder of their life pain free and not stuck at home in bed in depression and torture! They are making so many people live in so much pain in torturing pain! Why????? What can I do
To help pass a new law that protects all patients that legitimately take pain meds to be finally free and not fear for their life or have to suffer!
Anyone know what we can do? Are these petitions gonna help? Should we march in Washington like Martin Luther King did? Maybe it's time we all stand up and get this together and March for our right to be pain free and to have a new law that protects all doctors from freely helping legitimate patients their pain meds! My email is here if not here it is: Jenniferpyon@comcast.net. Anyone here know or have any ideas please email me and let me know how I can help in getting all of us! I am
Sick of reading so many peoples struggles to get pain free! All these other mothers with children that can't even spend time with them and just can't give their kids 100% cuz of pain and having their family see them suffer and wither away its just too much! All these men who fought for this country and risked their lives come back with pain and also can't find any doctor that can give them this pain relief! What about their sacrifice and life? Now they come back home to another war and another battle! Is this fair! No it's not it's gotta stop before we run out of all our doctors! Soon none will be around to help anyone! More and more will no longer see a pain patient! As soon as you call a pain hospital yeah they seem so sincere about accepting new patients but right when you tell them you need someone who can continue your pain management it's game over! Their voice immediately changes and guess what they say sorry they don't prescribe any pain meds! So
Why be called a pain Doctor or pain management so and so? If you can't even help a pain patient? What the heck is that? They are there to help us
To manage and live pain free but they can't or won't give you pain meds! What the heck is wrong with this picture! It's gotta stop and we need to
All get together and finally Push for a change so that we don't continue to hear about all these pain patients tell their stories of suffering and we can all write about how much better our life is pain free!
What can I do to join this fight for our right to medications that give us some kind of hope for a life without being stuck at home, in bed, in depression! I have been on pain meds for now 7 years! I am blessed to have my pain Doctor for now but when she is gone what will happen to me who can I see that will continue my scripts? Who will? Please let me know! We need to all stand up and get together and fight this so that patients do not have fear in losing their meds, fear of losing their doctors that help, fear of not having anyone help you when you lose your doctor and have no way to pick up your scripts and have to suffer tremendous withdrawals that can ultimately make you wanna kill yourself! How many patients have given up? All these people who suffer from pain and have fear in just getting their scripts to be able to live the remainder of their life pain free and not stuck at home in bed in depression and torture! They are making so many people live in so much pain in torturing pain! Why????? What can I do
To help pass a new law that protects all patients that legitimately take pain meds to be finally free and not fear for their life or have to suffer!
First of all I am tired of these beaurocrats & dr's labeling people because of what a few do. I have never Ben addicted to anything in my life & am tired of them labeling me as such. They should base my medical care on my history not the history of a few others out there. My history has nothing to do with theirs.
That being said I am sitting here and in the last 3 wks have been to 2 dr's. I am coughing (asthma variant cough) & have been for 3 going on 4 weeks. Anyone know the frustration of having a asthma cough day & night not being able to sleep for nights in end & breathe with every breath! I called & talked to the dr & was refused prescription cough syrup! I was given Tussen pearls which have absolutely no impact. I am taking them pretty much like candy & none work!
Anyone who knows about asthma knows it is a dangerous sickness that not given the right help or meds can lead to death & yet no one cares to give the correct meds to stop the cough because of being fearful. It comes pretty much down to this dr's made an oath to care for their patients to the best they can. I say "it is where the loyalty lies" & it is not with their patients. Give them one day in my shoes!
I have suffered chronic daily pain, in many areas, for most of my life. I am 29 years old, and just made myself "push through" the pain every day to work and graduate college, usually I would collapse from pain and exhaustion by the time I got home, and had to isolate myself most of the time. It got so bad that I could no longer do this, I left my job, moved in with my mom, and went on disability. I have absolutely no life at all, never leave my house except for doctors appts, can't even drive anymore. I can't get anyone to treat my pain at all tho. I have tried every alternative there is, suffered through awful side effects, researched as much as possible even though my pain is worsened by looking at my computer, and I'm still told I can't even have meds to treat my pain once a week. I was just hospitalized for another 4 day treatment for my pain which did nothing. I have tried every single thing available to me (literally dozens of meds and alternative treatments without the slightest relief), and the only thing that helps some is pain meds in the ER.

I honestly don't know what I'm going to do if something isn't changed soon. We as chronic pain patients need to be looked at as people, as individuals, who are suffering and just want some quality of life back. I have never abused drugs, always did everything just as the doctors told me to, always followed up with my doctor when I was told to, yet I can't get any help. I break down crying now when I talk to doctors because this is too much to keep suffering through. The pain prevents me from sleeping, but instead of treating this pain, I am put on high doses of various meds that just knock me out, but don't provide rest. I had a brief period of relief while on methadone, but I am now denied that medication even though it greatly improved 2 of my issues causing pain. I cry all the time out of pain and frustration, but am just stuck. There needs to be a better understanding of the severity of chronic pain, and the ways these patients can get real pain relief. It isn't fair to label everyone a drug addict. After various treatments and after surgery, when I was on pain meds, I never showed a single sign of addiction to the meds. Once I no longer needed them for that condition, I was off them and just fine. I just want my history to be looked at and acknowledged when discussing pain relief and when considering pain meds for that relief. I am just tired of being blamed for those few unethical doctors who prescribed pain meds to those who didn't need them, causing addiction problems. That is a real issue, but it shouldn't be blamed on my need for relief....
There is a huge difference between Dependency and Addiction !
As being on the bad end of the stick with getting real treatable help and knowing if they do not treat my pain now it will become a bigger problem in the hear future. It has been documented if you choose to ignore pain or not treat the pain it will be worse for us in the long run. I myself am looking forward to a life of pain that is not on the pain scale, to which i just can do nothing but cry and just all of a sudden wake up a couple hours later wondering how i fell asleep or was it falling asleep. I need ot control the pain and it will always be a part of me. I have been hit by a doc for a time when I was not able to answer what he wanted and he said I was faking it. I had a severe issue with back pain dec 31 and within a month and a half i was told i was crazy for being semi comatose. I did look it up. I still to this day feel horrible for I was treated with abusive treatment over me having pain issues and what comes with the rest of my disease. Why can't we at least get the one thing we can get help with our pain given to us. I am not asking for me not to go through hoops, for we do all the time, I am asking for dignity from those who label people and pain is the worst thing to have for you will always be an addict. If I had cancer would it make it better for you. I have seen pain that reaches to the very inner being of my soul and it just crushes my muscles and other things which is the after affects of what pain does. I will say this bluntly, wanna get hit by a truck and survive with the pain you would get if you lived? how about this try taking a hammer and hitting your back a few times hard...my days are filled with when will this feeling come back. How will I explain it to them without crying or getting angry because pain is so bad it does that. Please for us and all of us who are sitting here telling you it is no fun. remember it could hit you and you are paving the way to a future where you will one day maybe be like us and of you are I give you less than a week before you say what can i have for the pain. Actually when you feel that type of pain you may not be able to think straight or get through your day. The bed will be your friend, along with warm baths to the point you cant stand it. I also have to sit up some time, I have to get groceries for the family, and yet you all speak about us being addicts. i use a rollater now. i cannot go without one. between the muscle spasms just started in my legs and lower half, and the nerve pain, and hte herniation sitting on my nerves be me and let me be you. Then i would not be here wondering how I can make it past the nest day or the next day. I think of suicide and it is because the pain is horrible and I feel like literal crap, when I have to decide what is better staying in bed or not doing the things I should or want to do because I cannot get the lifesaving meds for me. These are lifesaving for many. I am one of them. i have a better QOL (QUALITY OF LIFE IS WHAT IT MEANS) do you know wh
I think the law should be changed all the DEA has done is keep people that really needs medication from getting it They shouldvdo a little research I read a article on that said over dosages from pain medication has went down but never mentioned how many other over dosages from heroin , meth and how many other dangerous drugs have been invented since the change I don't CV think the DEA realizes that these true drug addicts are going to get their high regardless what they have to do I know I live in a rural area that you never heard of drugs like heroine ,meth, and flakka niw we here of over dosages everyday even several shooting over drugs usually heroine if they are not something done its not going to be safe for anyone now you hear on the news people waiting outside the drug store to rob people are of their medication or people breaking in on people to rob them they think have medicine These new laws have more than doubled the crime not to mention how many diseases they created I know hepatitis has had to tripled because of the needle use don't they know that a drug addict will get there fix no matter what they have to do why cant they make it legal like they due sinus medication that people could buy so many lortab 500 a month I'm sure that the crime rate and diseases would go down it would be hard for people to over dose on that lower dose of pain medicine but I think they know the crime would go down and they wouldn't have all that money coming in if something isn't done I don't see where they are going to put all the criminals you know if they would legalize lortab 500 it would solve so many problems the DEA has created everything the druggies arebusing are alot worse them a pain pill just because they made them harder to get the druggies CV are just going to get something else alot worse than what they were getting all the DEA done was make it harder for people that needs them unable to get them its awful that one have to punish because the DEA says they can't have the medicine they need
I think the law should be changed all the DEA has done is keep people that really needs medication from getting it They shouldvdo a little research I read a article on that said over dosages from pain medication has went down but never mentioned how many other over dosages from heroin , meth and how many other dangerous drugs have been invented since the change I don't CV think the DEA realizes that these true drug addicts are going to get their high regardless what they have to do I know I live in a rural area that you never heard of drugs like heroine ,meth, and flakka niw we here of over dosages everyday even several shooting over drugs usually heroine if they are not something done its not going to be safe for anyone now you hear on the news people waiting outside the drug store to rob people are of their medication or people breaking in on people to rob them they think have medicine These new laws have more than doubled the crime not to mention how many diseases they created I know hepatitis has had to tripled because of the needle use don't they know that a drug addict will get there fix no matter what they have to do why cant they make it legal like they due sinus medication that people could buy so many lortab 500 a month I'm sure that the crime rate and diseases would go down it would be hard for people to over dose on that lower dose of pain medicine but I think they know the crime would go down and they wouldn't have all that money coming in if something isn't done I don't see where they are going to put all the criminals you know if they would legalize lortab 500 it would solve so many problems the DEA has created everything the druggies arebusing are alot worse them a pain pill just because they made them harder to get the druggies CV are just going to get something else alot worse than what they were getting all the DEA done was make it harder for people that needs them unable to get them its awful that one have to punish because the DEA says they can't have the medicine they need
Chronic pain patient for more than half my life and I worry about the day that my current (awesome, recognized as one of the tops in his field) pain management doctor retires or gets targeted by DEA because he actually treats his patients.
I'm tired of being labeled by doctors, nurses and pharmacists. I have dealt with horrible knee pain for the past several years. Just had surgery and now I'm supposed to be magically cured. I can't get through the day without sone relief. Instead I'm treated like a back alley drug dealer looking to score my next high. It has caused me do much anxiety feeling this way I can't stand it. Were forced to switch doctors to find one that will help and then it does look like we are doctor shopping. It's a no win and there has to be a different solution.
Once again the US bureaucrats think believe they know best and choose to dictate to the people. DEA denies their own actions and push the blame onto doctors, pharmacists, or anybody but themselves. The harm to to responsible patients who could not lead productive lives without pain medication appropriate to their condition far outweighs the handful of drug abusers that will be stopped by DEA's misguided behavior. Abusers who are stymied by the DEA restrictions will just get what they want on the street. Congress will only reign DEA in when constituents get their full attention. This signatory is asking for just that. Make DEA back off legitimate health providers and pharmacist and let them to their job to help patients.
I have been going through the same horrible excuse for medical treatment as the others who have posted here. I've had two mentally ill excuses for m.d.s falsify my medical record saying that I am a drug addict with a history of mental illness and that I told them of these things myself. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS !!!!!!!
I'm 14 and have chronic pain, ehlers danlos a connective tissue disorder that cause a lot of severe joint pain, degenerate disc disease, and two broken discs in my spine. No over the counter meds work and make my pain manageable I see a children's pain management doctor that only wants me to do physical therapy which I have already tried all types and has only made my pain worse. I have gotten a steriod ingection I'm my lumbar. Nothing helps I was given tramadol once and it seemed to make me be able to stay in school for the most part I still had some pain but not nearly as bad. I have now had to quit public school during my freshman year and go to online due to my pain. I personally hate taking meds I have never liked to I was healthy my whole life until the last two years. I just wish I wouldn't be looked at as some drug hunter 😞
I'm at the end of my rope! I can't take being treated like I'm a junky ! I'm 47 yrs old , never been in trouble w/ law or mistook my meds ! I'm not perfect but I don't abuse my pain meds ! They stopped giving me what works and put me on a lot of meds that don't work but have major side effects. Now because a nurse had a bad day , she provoked an argument , twisted and took what I was saying out of text and said she was going to see to it none of my meds would be refilled. Now I'm going to have to go Cold turkey off of Fetzima, Celebrex , also recently had my pain meds taken from me ! It seems the more I need and ask for help the worse I get treated and my pain meds and it would be nice if one doctor would take the time to refer me to a psychiatrist so that Another Dr. might actually diagnose and find the right medicine for me as of now I don't know what I'm going to do . I've just read a lot of statements so I know I am not alone and we have the right to be treated with respect and dignity ! Politics and new laws are truly only hurting the people that really need the medicines. And pain meds have a lot less side effects or do less harm then any of these other drugs that don't work that are getting pushed onto us we should have the right to choose what are treatment is. We are not children . You also need to take a look at a lot of these nurses in these doctors offices because they wreak havoc on your life because they strip you of all of dignity a solely on the fact that you need pain medication and They know they have the power.
I have been in chronic pain for six years now. Born with scoliosis , degenerative disc disease, I need a new knee, and two pain management Doctors, whom did different injections on my spine have made me handicap now. They give you drugs, which really do not help, test you-I have never failed. They are lazy, do not care, medicare pain Doctors can treat you two years before you start asking why I am not getting better. Doctor or office staff will find any reason to bump you if you make noise, I requested a new MRI, and I am worse. Now I know why, it has turned into a two year flip, and sometimes, good luck getting meds. before you can get into somewhere else. Who do you call, ghostbusters, and call your insurance and they say the Doctor has the right not to treat you, how about he is not treating me, however, I need a few weeks to get in. HELP SINGLE MOM NEED TO FUNCTION. sO IF THEY MAKE YOU WORSE, YOUR VOICE IS NOT TO SEE THEM, HOWEVER, WHERE DO WE GO UNTIL WE GET THERE. IT IS A JOKE, THAT HURTS.
Think about this: WHile yall are trying to NOW control the "accidental overdose epidemic" (MOST often done by those who ARE abusing legal narcotics, getting them illegally much of the time....you are now creating a bigger issue that will also end up in the statistics...there WILL be a rise of Suicides next. Legitimate chronic pain patients are running out of options. What once worked for them and gave them quality of life is being ripped away, REGARDLESS of their record being clean 100% medically and otherwise. WHat do you THINK is gonna happen? I see it, clear as day. If your promise is to "First Do NO Harm"...then PLEASE, THINK OF THAT when you judge, deny, berate, embarass, and cut off a legitimate pain patient. Stand by your oath...and first....do NO harm.
I worked all my life never taking a day off for being sick or hurt in any way. I did this for close to 50 years of my life no need for a Doctor or pain meds I just went to work no matter how I felt. This was thru all my jobs starting with construction and labor jobs to my final career as a police officer for close to 30 years. Still never taking time off work for pain or sickness. I had pain and sickness but went to work anyway. I arrested numerous drug addicts from heroin to cocaine to meth and marijuana. Numerous other drugs also. Now I'm almost crippled with pain from both a horrific car accident and very bad Neuropathy which my Father also has and cannot get the medication he needs from s a Doctor but we are told to use Marijuana. That makes no sense ? I want s Doctor to treat me. I went to several doctors to try to find out if further surgery might be the answer and they didn't even care about anything other than telling me that I'm an addict and I should know better. I do know that the pain is unbearable and even with the medication I can just get thru the day. I have tried everything non drug related and every non narcotic related drug and took natural supplements and tried marijuana and no help what so ever. The only help I received was when my pain Doctor increased my pain meds to include a combination of a few different narcotics which are so controlled that if they are taken away from me I will not make it thru the day. I will be a crying mess in horrific pain and nothing to look forward to. Please do not take my help away let me have a life to as according to the constitution I deserve the pursuit of happiness the same as every American. Without the medical help I would be useless to my family unable to help my wife and children. With medical help from reputable Doctors I am able to help my family. Thank you and hopefully someone is listening.
All of this is inhumane!! Those of us that suffer with pain for whatever reason is treated worse than criminals and animals. Why?? Why doesn't our lives matter? Instead we hear on the news about states that give out clean needles to heroine addicts so they can continue to use those kind of drugs. Politicians are controlling every aspect of our lives. Why are the American people allowing this? People are gonna get sick and have pain. We are gonna need help. I pray all.this will change.
This is what I find disgusting. You go to your doctor, your suffering from pain, (neck, back, arm, whatever) they do a quick examination, they tell you to try some ibuprofen, ice and heat and send you off. Pain still persists, so you go back to your doctor. There can be something seriously wrong but they look at you as if your stupid and that your not in pain, they will tell you its all in your head or your depressed. So they put you on anti-depressants, which make you depressed or more depressed if you had slight depression in the first place. Then the side affects of weight gain, loss of libido, etc...Boy, that sure helps. You go back to your doctor, your crying for answers, please help me with this pain I'm suffering with! So they chalk it up to it being fibromyalgia or arthritis, or lumbar neuritis so they prescribe you medications that come with such severe side effects that it should be illegal for them to even give them to you, such as lyrica or cymbalta with side affects such as:

infection, peripheral edema, fatigue, constipation, weight gain, blurred vision, ataxia, dizziness, headache, diplopia, drowsiness, tremor, visual field loss, xerostomia, and accidental injury. Other side effects include confusion, cognitive dysfunction, speech disturbance, abnormal gait, edema, neuropathy, abnormality in thinking, arthralgia, vertigo, visual disturbance, weakness, sinusitis, amnesia, myasthenia, twitching, amblyopia, and increased appetite.
nausea, insomnia, hypersomnia, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, sedation, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, headache, and xerostomia. Other side effects include vomiting, tension, nervousness, erectile dysfunction, psychomotor agitation, agitation, abdominal pain, loss of libido, anorexia, decreased libido, restlessness, decreased appetite, and hyperhidrosis.
And not to mention thoughts of suicide!!
So you go back to your doctor, you do have legitimate reasons your in pain but now they just pass you off to a pain management clinic in which will drain your pocketbook, exhaust what your insurance covers and having to make several trips to this clinic for weird treatments that do absolutely nothing for you.
You are so worried about giving out a simple hydrocodone because (OMG, you will turn into a drug addict) when the only side effects this medication has is maybe some constipation and it relieves pain! Imagine that!
Its very disgusting that our government puts such outrageous regulations on us people, where we should have a right to choose what types of medical treatment we want for OURSELVES! Instead you exhaust all our hard earned dollars in medical bills, prescriptions that make us so sick with even more problems after taking such prescriptions (but that's legal?) We are humans who have a right to choose what we want for our medical treatments! We are not your little puppets you can play around with or turn us into robots!

You can bet your bottom dollar that you (the Government) hav
This is what I find disgusting. You go to your doctor, your suffering from pain, (neck, back, arm, whatever) they do a quick examination, they tell you to try some ibuprofen, ice and heat and send you off. Pain still persists, so you go back to your doctor. There can be something seriously wrong but they look at you as if your stupid and that your not in pain, they will tell you its all in your head or your depressed. So they put you on anti-depressants, which make you depressed or more depressed if you had slight depression in the first place. Then the side affects of weight gain, loss of libido, etc...Boy, that sure helps. You go back to your doctor, your crying for answers, please help me with this pain I'm suffering with! So they chalk it up to it being fibromyalgia or arthritis, or lumbar neuritis so they prescribe you medications that come with such severe side effects that it should be illegal for them to even give them to you, such as lyrica or cymbalta with side affects such as:

infection, peripheral edema, fatigue, constipation, weight gain, blurred vision, ataxia, dizziness, headache, diplopia, drowsiness, tremor, visual field loss, xerostomia, and accidental injury. Other side effects include confusion, cognitive dysfunction, speech disturbance, abnormal gait, edema, neuropathy, abnormality in thinking, arthralgia, vertigo, visual disturbance, weakness, sinusitis, amnesia, myasthenia, twitching, amblyopia, and increased appetite.
nausea, insomnia, hypersomnia, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, sedation, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, headache, and xerostomia. Other side effects include vomiting, tension, nervousness, erectile dysfunction, psychomotor agitation, agitation, abdominal pain, loss of libido, anorexia, decreased libido, restlessness, decreased appetite, and hyperhidrosis.

And not to mention thoughts of suicide!!

So you go back to your doctor, you do have legitimate reasons your in pain but now they just pass you off to a pain management clinic in which will drain your pocketbook, exhaust what your insurance covers and having to make several trips to this clinic for weird treatments that do absolutely nothing for you.

You are so worried about giving out a simple hydrocodone because (OMG, you will turn into a drug addict) when the only side effects this medication has is maybe some constipation and it relieves pain! Imagine that!
Its very disgusting that our government puts such outrageous regulations on us people, where we should have a right to choose what types of medical treatment we want for OURSELVES! Instead you exhaust all our hard earned dollars in medical bills, prescriptions that make us so sick with even more problems after taking such prescriptions (but that's legal?) We are humans who have a right to choose what we want for our medical treatments! We are not your little puppets you can play around with or turn us into robots!

You can bet your bottom dollar that you (the Governmen
I live with degenerative disc disease, chronic pancreatitis, and heart issues. I live with pain every day. My doctor cut down my meds and his comment was "I dont want to be the next doctor with his face on the front page of the paper." Shame on the government for making it impossible for honest physician to treat their patients in pain for fear of prosecution. I have to suffer everyday because you need something to complain about so it looks like you are working. You need a platform to stand on to get votes. You forget that WE VOTE TOO!
ATTN MY CHRONIC PAIN FAMILY. I SUGGEST YOU ALL JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP CALLED CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT & INFO. VERY INFORMATIVE AND FIGHTI G FOR OUR RIGHTS TO MEDICINE. THERE IS ALSO A VIDEO BE DR. MARK IBSEN,A PAIN DOCTOR WHO WAS WRONGLY ACCUSED OF OVERPRESCRIBING. HE IS ONE OF THE BRAVEST DOCTORS OUT THERE WHO IS FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS. THE VIDEO BROKE MY HEART AS ONE OF HIS PATIENTS WENT I TO SEE HIM A FEW WEEKS AGO, WAS IN DISTRESS AND NO OTHER DR WOUKD GUVE HIM PAIN MEDICATION. HE WAS NOT AN ADDICT BUT A LEGITIMATE PATIENT. DR. IBSEN COUKD NOT HELP HIM AS THE DEA TOOK HIS LICENSE. THAT PATIENT WENT HOME AND KILLED HIMSELF! I cant get the link to post here but if you join the group above it is there.

YOU *******S RUNNING THIS COUNTRY, THE ****ING DEA SHOUKD BE DISMANTLED. HOW MANY MORE LIVES ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE!?!? GET THE F**** OUT OF OUR HEALTHCARE AND LET OUR DOCTORS DO WHAT THEY TOOK AN OATH TO DO. F**** YOU OBAMA, F**** YOU CDC, F**** YOU DEA, F**** YOU CONGRESS. YOU ALL SUCK AND HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS, YOU ALL SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT MANS LIFE AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF OTHERS WHO TOOK THEIR LIVES DUE TO INADEQUATE PAIN RELIEF AND THE STIGMA YOU ALL PUT ON OUR BACKS!

THE PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS CLEARLY STATES WE HAVE A RIGHT TO TREAT OUR PAIN WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT AND ALL OF YOU ARE VIOLATING OUR RIGHTS!!
Pain Doctor seen once and didn't fill out "Authorization" for 24 er hydrocodone pain medication. My family had to chip in to get medication. Because he let me go into withdrawals. My shoulders were already injured. Trying to get dressed I started to fall and caught myself..I was going to ER. Some of the staff came from another pain facility were I was called a ****** after she couldn't get a rise out of me by threats of calling the police. The first doctor mentioned just needs to check a box. I read and I believe changing legislation, get these self righteous individuals out of office. It should be easy to turn these Pain Doctors in. When an individual is in pain they need some legal assistance. In my opinion some of the medications are too strong....they cost $$$$$$. In the state I am in you have to work hard to make a decent living and don't be of color.
want to feel like a criminal even though you pay more in taxes and are more productive than most of the general population? Well get an auto immune illness which will cause you to be in pain 24/7. when after all the gabas, and steroids and other stuff in the rx cabinet does nothing but drain your bank account, and hydrocodone is the only thing that helps, go through the huimiliation of peeing in cups, signing contracts, running short because you can't get in to see a dr., having your id checked, having your dr. refuse to write your meds anymore because they are afraid of DEA, and basically being questioned like a junkie everytime you go in for your "in person" 30 dollar co-pay office visit. DEA, stop your witch hunt, and for every physician or law maker who paints all pain med users with a single brush, I hope you or someone close to you never suffers the way a chronic pain person has to, probably only then will you truly understand. Then see how it feels to get no relief
I have been through all alternative treatments and attended the first pain management clinic in the US and many more over the years. I am 63 years old now and my diseases have progressed significantly. I cannot afford all the meds I need, I can't afford physical therapy anymore nor any alternate treatment. I have to take opioids or not live. I do not get high. I am not an addict. I don't want to take opioids, and I need for this government to finally listen to the patients and get doctors to talk. We are suffering and we need help. I cannot even get the wheelchair I need so I have to stay home! I owned a successful business and paid my dues. I paid you, Mr. Government, and you can't even take care of me. LISTEN TO PATIENTS AND DOCTORS NOW!
I went through every treatment there is twenty years ago before it was determined that only opiate medication was appropriate. The procedures that were torturous and did not work. The last one increased my pain & disability a thousand times - in fact my original injury was a series of injections for back pain. After the second injection my foot snapped like a branch. Steroids suck the calcium from your bones but they don;t mention the possible known adverse reactions for all these procedures. So with two incidents of medically induced disability I have endured every off label use drug that did not touch the pain but made me want to harm myself & others- after only one dose of each one tried! One gave me violent nightmare every night for a year. I have learned various modalities over the years that have helped manage my pain and I significantly reduced my medications yet I still require what would now be deemed a large amount of medicine just to function, care for myself and live the best I can. I have several hours most days where I can do many things, some days I can not walk across the room. The constant threat of losing, being cut back or changing to a different medicine causes all of us extreme stress that increases pain. I am fortunate to have had truly caring and expert doctors who have tried to help and understand that the palliative care I am receiving is appropriate because everything else has been tried/failed.
The demonization of the person in pain, the chronic pain patient and even the injured & dying is criminal. There has always been a population that will seek drugs or alcohol, this is nothing new. In the decades past drugs were freely available yet most every one did not want drugs. The threats and mistreatment must end. The cruelty is irrational, sensationalized. The statistics do not tell the full story. All opiate deaths involve other drugs and or alcohol. They are not pain patients. These will just change their drug of choice where we don't have a choice. Drug have existed forever, nothing new. Media sensationalism and social media are driving this irrational over reaction and only harming legitimate patients and their doctors. These drugs became more available because pain was finally being taken seriously. "the Fifth Vital Sign". That still hold true. The problems of over prescribing are long gone. Stop the witch hunt.
MDs are so afraid of prescribing pain medication for legitimate pain, however heroin is EVERYWHERE in Tucson. Its the people who have chronic pain that are suffering. The drug abusers have no problem getting any drug they want.
Pain is life altering, get the government out of the MDs business. If the patient needs pain meds, gabapentin, meloxicam, naproxen- they will prescribe all of these to be taken on the same day, and ruin the kidneys. But just a couple Vicodin would fix the pain, and not 'fry' your kidneys.
The ridiculous laws limiting pain meds for chronic pain sufferers don't do one thing to help with drug abuse.
Drug abuse is HUGE- but taking away pain medication for chronic pain is tragic.
Give the patients information on risks/benefits and let the PATIENTS decide.
MDs are so afraid of prescribing pain medication for legitimate pain, however heroin is EVERYWHERE in Tucson. Its the people who have chronic pain that are suffering. The drug abusers have no problem getting any drug they want.
Pain is life altering, get the government out of the MDs business. If the patient needs pain meds, gabapentin, meloxicam, naproxen- they will prescribe all of these to be taken on the same day, and ruin the kidneys. But just a couple Vicodin would fix the pain, and not 'fry' your kidneys.
The ridiculous laws limiting pain meds for chronic pain sufferers don't do one thing to help with drug abuse.
Drug abuse is HUGE- but taking away pain medication for chronic pain is tragic.
Give the patients information on risks/benefits and let the PATIENTS decide.
More needs to be done to help sufferers of chronic pain. Congress and the president need to address this problem in a timely manner so that the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA and DEA can provide legitimate and constitutional guidelines without affecting patients' lives and emptying their pocketbooks just to live normal pai free lives.
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Just read in todays paper, the President grants $2 billion , yes BILLION dollars for his addiction campaign, offering addicts a world of options, WTF!? WHERE THE F*** IS THE HELP FOR INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO ARE CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN SUFFERERS!?!? THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW THE RULES, WHO ARE CHRONICALLY ILL AND NEED PAIN MEDICATION TO EASE THEIR PAIN!? I DEMAND ANSWERS!! PROHIBITION DIDN'T WORK FOR YOU YEARS AGO, AND ITS NOT GOING TO WORK NOW! IN THE PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS IT STATES WE HAVE A RIGHT TO TREAT OUR PAIN WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT. YOU ALL ARE VIOLATING THOSE RIGHTS AND IT NEEDS TO STOP! YOUR WAR ON DRUGS IS ONE YOU WILL NEVER WIN AS THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ADDICTS AND PEOPLE WHO BREAK THE F***** LAW TO GET THEIR FIX.!! WE HAVE A RIGHT TO MEDICINE IN THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER IT BE INSULIN, HEART MEDS, INHALERS OR PAIN MEDICATION. WE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO HAVE ACCESS TO PAIN MEDICATION TO EASE OUR PAIN. WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND TO SEE ALL OF YOUR MEDICAL AND OHARMACY RECORDS FOR ALL OF YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. SINCE YOU ALL CAN VIOLATE MY RIGHTS TO PRIVACY AND MY RIGHTS TO HEALTHCARE, WE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE IN YOUR HEALTHCARE. HOW MANY OF YOU ARE ON PAIN MEDICATION!?!? THIS IS INHUMANE WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO LAW ABIDING, TAX PAYING CITIZENS!! YOU ALL ARE A DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY AND IT WON'T BE LONG NOW BEFORE THE UN, THE WASHINGTON LEGAL FUND, THE ACLU AND MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS JOIN FORCES AND FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS TO PAIN MEDICATION. ALL YOUR ASSES WILL BE SUED. KARMA WILL BITE ALL YOU IN THE A**! GOD WILL NOT BE WELCOMING ANY OF YOU WHEN YOUR TIME IS UP. YOU ALL HAVE ONE PLACE TO GO...H***! YOU ALL HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS FOR THE MANY LIVES LOST DUE TO INADEQUATE PAIN RELIEF SHAME ON ALL OF YOU! GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR HEALTHCARE! GO AFTER THE DRUG CARTEL, OH WAIT, THATS RIGHT YOU GUYS STAND ALONGSIDE THE CARTEL RIGHT!? NOONE IS TO BLAME FOR THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC BUT THE DEA AND ALL OF YOU IN GOVERNMENT! $2 BILLION DOLLARS TO GO TOWARDS HELPING ADDICTS. WHAT THE F*** KIND OF DRUGS ARE YOU PEOPLE ON!?!? #Patientsnotaddicts. #Painedlivesmatter
I have been in 6 car accidents starting when I was 5 til I was 19. I have a protruding, 1 missing, 1 with bone spurs & another pinching some nerves in my back. I went to several back doctors & they told me I'm going to need a cage around my spine but no doctor that I have found will not do it so I started to see a pain management DR. & they gradually put me on 240 oxycodone a month for the last 4 years, just to be able to get out of bed & be able to walk. I start sing a new dr & he took a 100 away & told me he had to because the DEA told him to, so I asked them if the are going to put me through detox & they told me no
The DEA can't keep drugs out of our country! ( That war will never be won) So now they are harassing doctors and patients.
I am happy to sign this petition, because the DEA needs to stay out of it altogether. Bottom line, the DEA is unconstitutionally manipulating us,
I spent 3 years in severe nerve pain due to multiple surgeries removing masses and tumors that spanned and increased over many years. I also developed severe sepsis, which caused further nerve damage. This was all caused from (work related) prolonged exposure to hazardous chemicals. In pain, I was a hostile, non functioning, suicidal person. I wanted life to either pick up where it had left off or end, but it didn't. I didn't seek or choose to go on pain medication, but when all medical hope was exhausted, I did. A respected pain management doctor began treating me and started me on a small dose, incidentally it hasn't ONCE increased, by his suggestion or mine, in over 5 years. With that, I was able to live again. I still am not able to return to work, but I am a functioning parent and wife and a productive citizen. Now, people like me are one again being punished because of a incompetent system, this time the police and justice system in America, who cannot or won't peruse the real problem, the junkies. Instead, the government intends to blatantly ignore the second notation in the Patients Bill of Rights, where I have the right to have my pain managed with dignity and respect.

What is wrong with our country? Everything is backwards. Junkies are given rights and free "pain control" at methadone clinics, but patients with needs are punished. Pot, which was previously labeled a "class A" narcotic, is being legalized across the country for "medical purposes", even given for sleep and anxiety aids, but the medicine that was created for pain control for patients who have the right to have their pain managed, is now becoming illegal. It resembles the unwed, lazy, babymakers who are given free housing, food, clothing, childcare, etc- while the middle-class, hard working citizens, who follow the rules, are penalized. Inmates in prison are given free healthcare with the works, while again, middle America is penalized and get nothing. I want answers. One day there will be a revolution. The citizens are sick of double standards.
I am a documented 62 yo lady, now disabled and cannot get pain treated so that i may enjoy my older years.I was fired snd labeled a drug seeker after almost 15 years of treatment with no problems, passed pee test , psychiatric exams , one pharmacy,m etc. My last appt, after being lower doses for 4 months, had my one and only panic attack, then promptly fired and labeled drug seeker in my files which black listed me for every future dr. Now no dr will treat my chronic pain from, lupus, trigeminal neuragia , fibromyalgia , neuropathy, osteoarthritiis , rheum a toid arthritis, cancer, pad, copd, rls!! But there are treatments for the addicts who seem to be more important than a lowly pain patirnt. More money in alternative treatments that either dont work, insurance wont pay for, or given meds which dont work for us, but told to take, regardless of side effects. The dea fda cdc should let drs be drs, not go by the few that are addicts, and put them in same category as documeted , by the rules patients. Because of those that CHOOSE to abuse opiates , we are punished for their actions. Does the governments war on drugs stopping the abuse and keeping pills aways from addicts? No! They just get theirs blackmmarket or use whats cheap and available, like heroin! Along with pain patients who can no longer acces meds for their pain, either choose avaikable heroin or choose suicide from m untreated pain.,. Thats tye unfortunate side effect of your war, which, by the way, you are losing! Just like prohibition! Let the drs be drs, and let patients decide how they will be treated!
I live with systemic lupus, systemic sclerosis, chronic pain syndrome, arthritis of the spine. The first 4 months of this year I was vomiting regularly. I spent several windows in time where I was bladder and bowel incontinent. Then, I went through a phase of falls. I fell and hurt my tailbone in Jully and the worst fall I fell on my head while walking to a meeting at work. I went to urgent care both times and they did nothing. WTH- when non medical bureaucrats regulate healthcare it should be considered a crime. Best response is for us sick people to go move to right to die States. This is social engineering-making the US strong by selecting out its sick citizens. A new witch hunt-hurting sick and penalizing doctors for medical care. Easy targets compared to doing real forensic work. The law never went after the drug dealers where I used to live, where fights, gunfire and prostitution were happening next door- Sick me had to move and cant get healthcare. Is the DEA in the locket of the antidepressant pharmaceutical producers- that is such an awesome solution for people who have serotonin syndrome- and to have your provided tell you to take the medicine no matter how sick it makes you feel. What idiocy. This is no better than obamacare where now we have a limited number of insurance carriers monopolizing care and price fixing. Just try shopping and see what choices there are for insurance. Amazingly the monthly premium plus deductible and out of pocket maximum totalvabput the same for the more afordable plans. Plus, if you happen to exercise right to choose your doctor, and go out of network, expect that your insurance carrier to balance bill you-the percentage splits in your plan document for coinsurance are a fraud. Because the patient's coinsurance will be based on full charge by the doctor, and, the underpayment by the insurance company that will pay at reduced rate will make the doctor whole. That is federal policy for self funded plans and some carriers just use that as its standard. Lastly, insurance companies are even restricting doctors from doing full procedures and ensuring patient safety by using radiology for positioning needles in delicate spinal procedures. What qualifications do insurance claims prudence,ocessors have to make these decisions? Must have only high school or maybe a bachelors degree. I have no confidence in my healthcare any more. I feel robbed beaten and raped when all.I want is health and the ability tovworkvand contribute to society. Whatever belief system the people who set this up, I hope they all suffer intolerable pain and shunning, in just proportion to what they have done to their brothers and sisters. Completely anti-American. Shameful. Violation of the Hippocratic Oath at its worst-first do no harm is dead thanks to unqualified bureaucrats.
Recently,(Today) I found out from my Dr., (who was furious) that Subutex can now only be prescribed for "Pregnancies and Allergic Reaction to Naloxone". I take Subutex for Chronic Pain and have been since the VERY FIRST R&B studies and trials of which I was on. I had adverse reactions to the Naloxone from taking Suboxone on and off.
I have just learned that the "DEA" has stopped Subutex for pain and is enforcing Suboxone upon patients and for me, with no Insurance (and no, "Obamacare" does not cover Buprenorphine) Suboxone is $394 whereas Subutex was $145. This is a malicious move perpetrated by the DEA. I work in IT Security, so via the DarkNet/DarkWeb (whatever U want 2 call it), anything can be bought online and for infinitely so much less expensive. So why does the DEA persist to police our Doctors and the target Buprenorphine? This is a massive redundancy. They likely have an ulterior motive. Probably now that Marijuana decriminalization is widespread, they are trying to drum up work to keep their jobs & continue to fight the "War on Drugs" = War on US Citizens. Either way, I am happy to sign this petition, because the DEA needs to stay out of it altogether. Bottom line, the DEA is unconstitutionally manipulating us, and I do not want another dangerous chemical messing receptors in my brain. It's time to fight the DEA. They are waging a war on me, so I must fight back. It has now become the DEA vs. The US Citizen.
Recently,(Today) I found out from my Dr., (who was furious) that Subutex can now only be prescribed for "Pregnancies and Allergic Reaction to Naloxone". I take Subutex for Chronic Pain and have been since the VERY FIRST R&B studies and trials of which I was on. I had adverse reactions to the Naloxone from taking Suboxone on and off.
I have just learned that the "DEA" has stopped Subutex for pain and is enforcing Suboxone upon patients and for me, with no Insurance (and no, "Obamacare" does not cover Buprenorphine) Suboxone is $394 whereas Subutex was $145. This is a malicious move perpetrated by the DEA. I work in IT Security, so via the DarkNet/DarkWeb (whatever U want 2 call it), anything can be bought online and for infinitely so much less expensive. So why does the DEA persist to police our Doctors and the target Buprenorphine? This is a massive redundancy. They likely have an ulterior motive. Probably now that Marijuana decriminalization is widespread, they are trying to drum up work to keep their jobs & continue to fight the "War on Drugs" = War on US Citizens. Either way, I am happy to sign this petition, because the DEA needs to stay out of it altogether. Bottom line, the DEA is unconstitutionally manipulating us, and I do not want another dangerous chemical messing receptors in my brain. It's time to fight the DEA. They are waging war on us, so we must fight back.
I have had 6 surgeries in the past 18 months trying to repair bulging and herniated discs in my neck and lumbar spine. None have bee successful and I am now losing the use of my left arm as a result of the last surgery. I stay in constant pain. I am 63 year old and I am no longer able to work because of the failed surgeries, DJD, Severe arthritis of the spine, spinal stenosis, and radiculopathy. Where I live only the small local owner pharmacies are carrying any form of pain medication. The second notation in the Patients Bill of Rights states that you have the right to have your pain managed. It further states that you have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and not be harassed. All of these rights are being trampled on by our Government because THEY cannot control illegal drug use/abuse. As with most other things in the government today the minority or Americans make decisions for the majority of Americans.
I have had 6 surgeries in the past 18 months trying to repair bulging and herniated discs in my neck and lumbar spine. None have bee successful and I am now losing the use of my left arm as a result of the last surgery. I stay in constant pain. I am 63 year old and I am no longer able to work because of the failed surgeries, DJD, Severe arthritis of the spine, spinal stenosis, and radiculopathy. Where I live only the small local owner pharmacies are carrying any form of pain medication. The second notation in the Patients Bill of Rights states that you have the right to have your pain managed. It further states that you have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and not be harassed. All of these rights are being trampled on by our Government because THEY cannot control illegal drug use/abuse. As with most other things in the government today the minority or Americans make decisions for the majority of Americans.
Recently (Today) found out from my Dr., (who was furious) that Subutex can now only be prescribed for "Pregnancies and Allergic Reaction to Naloxone". I take( nay "took") Subutex for Chronic Pain and have been since the VERY FIRST R&B studies and trials of which I was on. I had adverse reactions to the Naloxone. I just learned that the "DEA" has stopped Subutex for pain and is enforcing Suboxone. For me, with no Insurance (& no, "Obamacare" does not cover Buprenorphine). So Suboxone is $394 whereas Subutex was $145. This is a scam perpetrated by the DEA. I work in IT Security, so via the DarkNet/DarkWeb (whatever U want 2 call it), anything can be bought and for infinitely so much less expensive. So why does the DEA persist to police our Doctors and the target Buprenorphine? They have an interest. Probably now that Marijuana legalization is widespread, they are trying to drum up work to keep their jobs & continue to fight the "War on Drugs" = War on US Citizens. Either way, I am happy to sign this petition, because the DEA needs to stay out of it altogether. Bottom line, the DEA is unconstitutionally manipulating us, and I do not want another dangerous chemical messing receptors in my brain. It's time to DOA the DEA.
I was diagnosed five years ago with severe osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. I was 45. I am also worried about patient rightts to pain management. I have contemplated what I will do when I cannot live on only antiinflammatories and have any quality of life. I need medical help not a mental health therapist. The condition of my bones is equivalent to an 80 year old.
I pray something changes for chronic pain patient rights. I am not optimistic about the poor quality of my life. I never dreamed this would happen.
God bless you all.
Is it to much to ask that my doctor be allowed to treat me with proper medications?
This whole situation is why it is time that "we the people" take back the powers we granted the federal and state governments, kick off the 2nd Continetal Cogress and re-order our democracy. We are at a point where the current government structures have overstepped their responsibility to those they serve - the US citizen. The increase of autoimmune disease (which I suffer from) is so misunderstood that millions of us go undiagnosed for years. Then when we finally get the proper diagnosis we find out that 1. No one really knows that much about them even though several of the top selling drugs are for AD. We have to do are own research due o the current structure of our Heath care system that only focuses on the symptom and medication to suppress them. 2. Pain is frequently a by,product of AD. Nerve pain. So to have any quality of life we have to have pain medicine and for long term - usually the rest of our life. Then because suburban white people are OD on pain meds they illicenty purchased or have turned to herion, the several million of us who need the meds for quality of life cannot get them. Yes there are several chronic diseases that are not cancer and have no cure they are Autoimmune Diseases! 3. And if that ain't enough the link between Autoimmunity and genetics is the crappy proceeded food that is full of sugar , GMO, and other preservatives all approved by the same idiots who are trying to stop millions of people from having a quality of life that is just barely living. I have never seen more propaganda that comes out of the CDC, the DEA, and the FDA to try and cover their tracks of guilt. The war on drugs is a war on humanity pure and simple. You have to be a complete moron and ignorant of history to believe prohibition is the answer. Some people have overdosed on opiods. It's sad. How many have did in the War on drugs since Nixon signed it into law in 1971. How are we doing in this war? It's all about money not logic. Like I said our current government model can no longer handle the needs of the people now. It's time to make sweeping changes now.
PS If you did not know try this on for size. Any one in medicine or the government who says that no one knew of the consequences of potential addiction is a liar. The first drug laws put into place were for morphine. It was mixed with booze and sold as laudlum. A new company called Bayer synthesized a new version of drug from opium. It had no addiction problems and was ready to roll out to the American citizens. Ahh but what to call it? Something catchy like "Herion". That's right herion is a marketing name from Bayer. Unfortunately it turned out to be stronger than methadone and incredibly addicting. This was before the turn of the 20th century. Opium has been used for 15,000 years to relieve pain and even used to subdue an entire nation (Great Britain and China - the opium wars). The effect and addiction have been known.
This is very true and so unfair.Not every person in pain is a drug addict. I do go to a pain clinic and let me tell you; that Dr. Is so hateful. This is why so many people try to get medications other ways.Because if your in pain and there is proof you are in pain (ex-rays MRI etc); it should be easier to receive pain medication.
People including most doctors do not understand the difference between addiction and physical dependency. Often people on prescribed opioids develop a dependency due to many things. Often the dependency occurs due to our own genetic makeup, such as being an ultra rapid metabolized. In my case because of genetics I never should have been prescribed an opioid. The only thing that could happen did happen. I built up a tolerance and because I was left on them for over 8 yrs my body was dependent and my brain receptors will never be the same or recover. Now I will be on methadone for the rest of my life because this is the only way I can have any kind of normal life. Nothing about this is black and white.
There are few people in the medical field who understand the field of addiction, dependency, and pain management. And I most definitely blame the Drs who prescribed dilauded to can ultra rapid metabolized and then turned their back on me.
Shame on all of you in this field!
Because of the Drug wars it cost me my life. The doctors looked at me as drug seeking so I didnt get the proper care I should have. NOONE LISTENED TO ME. when I was telling them there was a problem with the surgery. I know my body. I dont abuse drugs!!!! Get it thought your goddamed head. I only use what I have to get though the day. Noone wants to be on these drugs if you do your nuts. if I could sue all the drug abusers I would do it. I dont care about their rehabilitation. Why you might ask its not because I dont care I do. But I am paying the price with the loss of my life my Job my hobbies traveling and everything else. All because the doctors didnt listen and now your threatening what gets me though the day. Why dont you tell the truth. But the doctors got away with it all of them and You helped them do it. Then can ruin a Taxpayers life his reputation and everything they worked for and they dont have to listen to the person pain. I didnt even get a I am sorry from the doctors that did this. and this is retirement well I want no part of it anymore. I am sick of being in pain everyday.
Ridiculous I am in constant cronic pain and its blatently seen on mri's why, yet I have to deal with drs not wanting to prescribe the only thing that gets me through a day. Every proceder I've had has cause more pain, and the non narctic pain meds are fricken worthless with worse side effects than the hydrocodone.
The restrictions on pain meds are actually hurting the people who need them. Also its clear to see that the restrictions have caused the heroin epidemic to soar. People are losing their lives to try to live with pain. Obviously this is not working!

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