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

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The DEA needs to understand there are people out here with true pain and suffering. Records that are proof of that. Leave the Dr's to be the Dr's and until they walk a mile in our shoes. Pun intended. Or live a day of our life with pain and suffering and nowhere to turn. They just need to leave it alone and monitor the patients for abuse or Dr. Shopping ect. They already have the equipment in place to do so. Use it. Leave the people with real pain alone & stopp harassing the Dr's. They are trying to do there job. Yes there are some that dont need to be practicing. But the majority took the oath to first do NO HARM! And I have a question for the good old DEA what are you going to do when all the hospitals are full of patience withdrawing from opiates and other medications that you have control of. And when they are refused and cannot live a quality life what are they suppose to do? I have seen several mentions of suicide on here alone. I am a Christian and would never do that. But I can pretty much predict that probably 75 percent of these people will end up on the street illegally buying heroin because it will be the only option that they have to get an opoid that will control their pain. and from experience I can tell you that I had a family member who was a heroin addict for years that is not a place I or anyone should want to go or have to go. not to mention these are people that are not drug addicts they are not going to know how much or even what they are getting off of the streets. Our great DEA thinks that they are saving lives they are going to wind up with more morgues full of people that are unnecessarily there. Just trying get relief to live their life and be able to maintain and control their pain. What then? Any answers people?Somebody needs to do something about this now. They claim they been controlling drugs on the streets for years. Not true! You can go to any town and get some type of drug without ever knowing anyone to get it from. Just go to a bad neighborhood. Boom!
Stop The DEA and it's insane scrutiny of Dr.
The people that are in pain are being treated unfairly to say it mildly.
Sad state of affairs. Per the DEA my pain Doctor reduced my meds 2 months ago. Since then back on disability, back in wheel chair and heart attack from constant stress caused by undertreated pain. Thanks DEA.
Penalizing the people who are truly in pain!
DR Howard Taylor is a doctor who thinks he's god with that prescription pad does narcotics! If you need a neurologist yet for neurology is not the place to go the doctors are hypocrites the treat you like your hair went addict Tori is some kind of junkie and you're just shopping for pills and all you want use the pills to get high no matter how long you were with the same opposite the same doctor had no problems I was with them for 28 years he took over my case because my doctor retired and he's hated on me every sense! He's a horrible doctor so was the rest of them I suggest that you support neurology not be your urologist office and stay away from him he's Adventist medical center
With multiple abnormalities in my spin and sacral / pelvic area, I have tried every remedy known to man. I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted and still require opiate medication to achieve any semblance to a "normal" life. The unprodutive "war on drugs" accomplishes little because abusers will circumvent the law, or move on to a different drug of choice, while placing undue burdens upon the medical community and those unfortunate souls that suffer needlessly. Why not just put a gun to their heads and pull the damned trigger?
I hope all these precious people remember their power to vote. If any senator or representative was in pain all they would do is snap their fingers and they would have pain meds. Lamar Alexander I will not vote for you! I pray for all these people. In CHRIST
Please do not do this because you know what I have 14 start off with a mesh rejecting inside of me an knees the need work on ,back neck ,shoulders,fibermielga.If I spell that right an so much more wrong with me already to much write here one step letting go I cant stand the pain an cant fine anywhere to fill it. Not fear to people like us who take like there told too.please dont, hurt the ones that need.Oh my please as writing I cry so hard because another night with pain.Got go hospital because cant handle the pain.I think you don"t care if people end the life because they hurt so bad please.
I have had a broke leg, foot ,shoulder knee collar bone which sticks up under the skin about 1 inch and I was told by a dr at Sutton wv that I just need extalac or Tylenol,.dr doug given then sent me to a pain clinic where I was completely humiliated again. How is it that these supposed doctors can want to even live when they let people live in pain throught there lives.. A dr takes a oath to keep people healthy and free from pain. Yet look at what they are doing and how they are treating people..i can not even live my life normally because of suffering with pain because of heartless people like doug given . I cant play with the kids much I cant do my house work and my life was greately effected by this.. I am ashamed of these so called doctors for not standing up for the good people that live in pain and suffer. THIS IS WRONG THEY ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEM SELVES. I feel let down by America its self. and to think how my family has fought so hard in combat and war. I am just at a loss for words . I can tell you this . no for giveness to any one that has taken gods plant that was put here for us so we do not have to suffer. and say we cant have nothing for pain. I would not want to be in there shoes when they die and face god. and I hope every one of these heartless beings one day wake up and realize how many people they are letting suffer through there lives THIS IS WRONG.. What is happening to America? I am so let down and sad. Ones that are involved in allowing suffering will never be for given. It is a fact that people that take a low dose oppiet pain medicine can live there lives happy healthy and pain free.. Allowing suffering and not treating patients right for pain is WRONG. WRONG...
I've read countless stories of people in excruciating pain being denied anything more than Advil (which, if it worked for them, no need for a doctor visit!) writing their suicide letter, explaining exactly why they did it, lest the cause of death be written up as "heart failure" or other reason. Here in America, we can't even tell our physician our symptoms due to "red flag words!" I was personally "suspected" for attempting to get a TICK removed! What did I say wrong by asking Doctor to take a look at this tick bite, I couldn't see if I got it all out? This is beyond hysteria. Oh, but run those TV ads for all manner of strange medicine to stop you from urinating & holding up your friends at the mall! All with side effects-sudden death. Superior American Medical Care? I don't think so. Was Thomas Duncan, ebola patient, tossed out of ER because he said his stomach hurt, thus the "drug addict red flag" and cutting ebola loose in the country? I'd bet money on.yes, that happened. Sickening, literally.
To live your life in constant agony is horrible. To be afraid to talk to the doctor because you are afraid of being "red flagged" is terrible. To need medication so that you can sit at your desk and do your job, to be able to support your 3 children. I don't want to go on disability. I don't want to depend on the government to take care of me. I only want enough relief to be able to function like a normal person. To be able to participate in my children's lives. I want my physician to treat me. All of me. That is why they go to school for so long. I don't want to be going to multiple doctors that may give me medication that interacts with something I'm already taking. I am aware that it is my responsibility to inform doctors of my meds that I am on but have you ever forgotten something ? When you deal with constant pain it interferes with memory not to mention the fog that accompanies fibromyalgia. Please reform these laws! Allow our doctors to fully perform their jobs!
Drug dealers and their kingpins target people and cause "chronic pain" so they either go to street drugs and or/ big pharma for pain meds.

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

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

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

My identity has been stolen at least 8 times pursuant to notifications from big corporations: banks and insurance companies. The records are fabricated; I was just pulled over and harassed in that this officer said my car records to don't match the plates? Is he that ignorant? Or does he have a Christmas bonus riding on the gang related activities?
I have chronic pain from a genetic "orphan disorder" and have been taking pain meds for years to get me through the day. I have never abused the drugs and I have never gotten "high" from them, they relieve pain, nothing else. This new rule means I am forced to pay at least one co-pay per month now. A hefty increase in my monthly budget with the $45 co-pay. That is in addition to the visits to the dermatologist ($45) & opthomologist ($45) which starts to add up. This is just another stupid reaction to drug abuse. Treat drug abuse as a disease instead of a criminal act and leave the rest of us alone. Stupid stupid DEA.
I have been called a criminal and Dr shopper. My former pain Dr was more worried about the DEA than his patients pain. It is bad enough having to live with chronic pain. It's worse when Dr's cand pharmacists are giving you the fish eye whenever you fill or pick up a prescription. Whatever happened to the Hippocratic law. "First do no harm"
veteran here who can't get proper pain control for his injuries
I suffer from Syringomyelia, it is bad enough that most doctors have no clue what this condition is - but now to finally have a doctor who was good enough to help me, look into my condition and work with me - she should never be scrutinized! And I should not have to wait 10-12 days to get a prescription to treat a condition that I have years of documented tests and filed on!
Making people live in pain just because of drug addict s
I have 0 quality of life without pain pills. I have Fibromyalgia and several autoimmune disorders. I can't take antii inflammatory meds because I have PBC. I have IBS. I have ulcers. Fibromyalgia takes your life away. Pain pills let me get through the day. Some days the pain is so bad that I wish I was DEAD...
I'm a chronic pain patient. I have severe fibromyalgia and exposed nerves at the base of my spine, pinched nerves and herniated disks. I have NEVER abused my medication and am even urine tested monthly. I have NEVER had a bad urine test. You can't lump everyone together, we suffer daily and our medications help us to function. Without it you're condemning us to life in our beds.
I'm a chronic pain patient. I have severe fibromyalgia and exposed nerves at the base of my spine, pinched nerves and herniated disks. I have NEVER abused my medication and am even urine tested monthly. I have NEVER had a bad urine test. You can't lump everyone together, we suffer daily and our medications help us to function. Without it you're condemning us to life in our beds.
Tired of being treated as a criminal when I'm dealing with a laundry list of medical conditions that are causing me constant pain. Live in my body for a day with fibromyalgia and Graves and osteoarthritis! I wish you could, but again I'd never wish this pain on anyone! I deserve to be able to live my life and not be forced to suffer constantly! So does EVERY other patient with documented medical issues that cause PAIN! Pain is real, give us some ethical and compassionate care back!
I'M A DISABLED ARMY VETERAN WITH A SEVERE BACK INJURY. OVER THE PAST 6MOS; I'VE HAVE DIFFICULTY IN GETTING MY PRESCRIPTION FILLED. I 'D HAVE TO GO TO 4-5 DIFFERENT PHARMACIES, BEFORE I FINALLY GOT ONE THAT HAD THE MEDICATION IN STOCK.
EACH PHARMACY WOULD SAY THE SAME THING; 'WE CAN ONLY ORDER AND KEEP ON HAND, A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF THESE MEDICATIONS".
Please let us pain patients have our rights back. It is not fair for us that are legitimately in pain. If laws against drug dealers would be tougher in each state rather than a slap on the wrist there would not be as much illegal drug use in this world. The laws are condemning us who do not abuse drugs and take them only as precribed.
Please let us pain patients have our rights back. It is not fair for us that are legitimately in pain. If laws against drug dealers would be tougher in each state rather than a slap on the wrist there would not be as much illegal drug use in this world. The laws are condemning us who do not abuse drugs and take them only as precribed.
The mission of DEA's Office of Diversion Control is to prevent, detect, and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources while ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical, commercial, and scientific needs. What a joke! This is right off their (DEA) website, too. That is their mission statement. It is the statement of "uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical use" that is such a contradiction. I have lost faith in the voting and legislative process. It benefits the few, only. I guess the government would rather you and I smoke Mary Jane and use heroin( making us criminals under the law), than get our pain meds from the legitimate dispensers of the drugs: the M.D./pharmacy(which will still put us under suspicion). I have dealt with chronic pain for so long that it is now a negative part of my life, like a cancer, and effects everything from sleep to functioning properly during the day, to trying to make a living. Again, the few who made an outcry to the govt. about the pill mills were heard and that was the excuse they(DEA/FDA) needed to enact this farce of a law regarding all pain meds. They left the millions of us behind who suffer chronic pain and get our treatment from legitimate sources. We need a government with "balls" and common sense to overturn this new prohibition on pain medicine. We need an new FDR and a new cabinet with common sense to go against these two entities, FDA/DEA, who have so much power to control these things in America. My government has let me down once again for the needs of big pharma, the drug dealers out there, and the few who have complained in a skewed manner that all opiates are dangerous and need to be banned. This will profit the few, not the many. We are now a country of suspicion and distrust. We are all under scrutiny as criminals or deviants if we complain of pain. Do I think that our government will take us seriously? do I think this prohibition will be overturned? Not likely. There are no FDR's out there and no common sense congress, to overturn this ridiculous prohibition. All we are left with are the pandering politicians, not the strong common sense legislators. I am once again signing on to this petition, but I don't think that Washington intends to hear or suspend the DEA position. The DEA is a big racket and they benefit from illegal drug use as much as the underground dealers. These kinds of rules give the DEA seeming legitimacy.....and jobs. What would we do without a DEA? We would do fine. We did fine for many years before Nixon created the DEA in 1970's. Our freedoms continue to be eroded and nobody seems to care anymore. Einstein said that it is a sign of insanity to do the same things over and over again in addressing a problem, even if they do not work. That was prohibition and that is this new HCP law, as well. The war on drugs needs to end, perhaps not in my lifetime, but i
I not only suffer from chronic pain without being able to find help for my suffering, but as a nurse I am forced to watch and take part in the suffering of others! I've even had to watch as people died in agony while I was unable to help them. Why? Because of bureaucratic red tape. What gives these people the right to write laws that cause suffering and loss of dignity for millions of Americans? They stand on a moral soap - box yapping about the fight against drug abuse and how THEY have the answers to fix the problem. Yet they shake their heads in confusion unable to figure out why heroin overdoses are skyrocketing. How sad that THESE are the geniuses we voted into office. I sincerely hope they never find themselves in the situation they have tragically put so many of law abiding, pain suffering Americans in. Or worse, find someone they love on their deathbed begging for relief and all the nurse has to offer is a Tylenol they can't even swallow.
i am in constant pain and cant walk.........now u are trying to make it harder on the elderly and the sick ....especially seniors...if u want to stop drugs..........get to Mexico and take their drugs.........and leave mine alone..
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I am a disabled US Air Force Veteran who suffers from extreme pain due to 4 bad discs in my back, stenosis pinching on my nerves, both my knees are torn from jumping in and out of planes, and I have an even bigger laundry list of injuries developed when I was serving my country and defending our freedom. Due to my profession, for which I obtained a Masters Degree, I have to sit in front of a computer all day, which aggravates my pain. I want to know who these entitled DEA jerks that encroach upon my liberties think they are. Where are my American liberties which I fought defending? How dare they decide that veterans can't get proper pain management anymore? We deserve it, we earned it, we fought for it! I am not an addict, if I were, I wouldn't be able to do my job properly, nor would I have been able to get my Masters Degree after leaving the military. I'm just trying to provide for my family and I want my pain to be managed while I do so. Go after the addicts, but leave us Veterans alone! We fought for your freedom, and now that we are facing the consequences of our service to our country the DEA decides to intervene and treat veterans like we are some out-of-control criminal addicts? I was prescribed gabapenting to substitute my Percocet, and the Dr. at the VA told me it was all natural and without side effects. I googled the thing and side effects include cancer and death. Is this how the US government treats its former troops, like we are just a burden and like we deserve to die? DEA, target the real criminals, leave the veterans who are only trying to seek some sort of pain relief to lead normal lives alone! This is just outrageous!
I am a disabled US Air Force Veteran who suffers from extreme pain due to 4 bad discs in my back, stenosis pinching on my nerves, both my knees are torn from jumping in and out of planes, and I have an even bigger laundry list of injuries developed when I was serving my country and defending our freedom. Due to my profession, for which I obtained a Master's Degree, I have to sit in front of a computer all day, which aggravates my pain. I want to know who these entitled DEA jerks that encroach upon my liberties think they are. Where are my American liberties which I fought defending? How dare they decide that veterans can't get proper pain management anymore? We deserve it, we earned it, we fought for it! I am not an addict, if I were, I wouldn't be able to do my job properly, nor would I have been able to get my Master's Degree after leaving the military. I'm just trying to provide for my family and I want my pain to be managed while I do so. Go after the addicts, but leave us Veterans alone! We fought for your freedom, and now that we are facing the consequences of our service to our country the DEA decides to intervene and treat veterans like we are some out-of-control criminal addicts? I was prescribed gabapenting to substitute my Percocet, and the Dr. at the VA told me it was all natural and without side effects. I googled the thing and side effects include cancer and death. Is this how the US government treats its former troops, like we are just a burden and like we deserve to die? DEA, target the real criminals, leave the veterans who are only trying to seek some sort of pain relief to lead normal lives alone! This is just outrageous!
I am a disabled US Air Force Veteran who suffers from extreme pain due to 4 bad discs in my back, stenosis pinching on my nerves, both my knees are torn from jumping in and out of planes, and I have an even bigger laundry list of injuries developed when I was serving my country and defending our freedom. Due to my profession, for which I obtained a Master's Degree, I have to sit in front of a computer all day, which aggravates my pain. I want to know who these entitled DEA jerks that encroach upon my liberties think they are. Where are my American liberties which I fought defending? How dare they decide that veterans can't get proper pain management anymore? We deserve it, we earned it, we fought for it! I am not an addict, if I were, I wouldn't be able to do my job properly, nor would I have been able to get my Master's Degree after leaving the military. I'm just trying to provide for my family and I want my pain to be managed while I do so. Go after the addicts, but leave us Veterans alone! We fought for your freedom, and now that we are facing the consequences of our service to our country the DEA decides to intervene and treat veterans like we are some out-of-control criminal addicts? I was prescribed gabapenting to substitute my Percocet, and the Dr. at the VA told me it was all natural and without side effects. I googled the thing and side effects include cancer and death. Is this how the US government treats its former troops, like we are just a burden and like we deserve to die? DEA, target the real criminals, leave the veterans who are only trying to seek some sort of pain relief to lead normal lives alone! This is just outrageous!
I am a disabled US Air Force Veteran who suffers from extreme pain due to 4 bad discs in my back, stenosis pinching on my nerves, both my knees are torn from jumping in and out of planes, and I have an even bigger laundry list of injuries developed when I was serving my country and defending our freedom. Due to my profession, for which I obtained a Master's Degree, I have to sit in front of a computer all day, which aggravates my pain. I want to know who these entitled DEA jerks that encroach upon my liberties think they are. Where are my American liberties which I fought defending? How dare they decide that veterans can't get proper pain management anymore? We deserve it, we earned it, we fought for it! I am not an addict, if I were, I wouldn't be able to do my job properly, nor would I have been able to get my Master's Degree after leaving the military. I'm just trying to provide for my family and I want my pain to be managed while I do so. Go after the addicts, but leave us Veterans alone! We fought for your freedom, and now that we are facing the consequences of our service to our country the DEA decides to intervene and treat veterans like we are some out-of-control criminal addicts? I was prescribed gabapenting to substitute my Percocet, and the Dr. at the VA told me it was all natural and without side effects. I googled the thing and side effects include cancer and death. Is this how the US government treats its former troops, like we are just a burden and like we deserve to die? DEA, target the real criminals, leave the veterans who are only trying to seek some sort of pain relief to lead normal lives alone! This is just outrageous!
I THINK THE DEA NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS! SOMETHING TERRIBLE IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU SHUT OFF ALL AVENUES OF HELP FROM DOCTORS TO PAIN MANAGEMENT TO PHARMACIES! I HAVE BEEN A CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERER FOR OVER 12 YEARS AND WOULD RATHER BE DEAD THEN LIVE IN THIS HORRIBLE UNSPEAKABLE NIGHTMARE OF PAIN EVERY DAY AND NIGHT! WE ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO GET OUR MEDICATIONS NOW FROM MAIL ORDER! I SEE NOTHING BUT CALAMITY WHEN ALL THE CHRONIC PAIN PEOPLE ARE DENIED SUDDENLY OF THEIR PERSCRIPTIONS OR MEDICATIONS. I REALLY HOPE THEY NEED TO ROT IN HELL FOR THE HARM THEY ARE DOING TO INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED THESE! THERE THE PAIN MY DEA FRIENDS ..NEVER GOES AWAY. THIS I WISH ON ALL MY ENEMIES THAT WANT TO HARM US FOR NO REASON. WHAT IS IT?, NOT ENOUGH MONEY GOING INTO YOUR POCKETS? SO GREEDY. COME ON AND OH PLEASE THIS IS NOT FOR OUT BEST INTEREST SO DO NOT TRY AND CRAM THAT DOWN OUR THROATS!
So now legitimate pain.sufferers will have to buy from dealers because they seem to be.the only.ones who can hang out.at pharmacies waiting for shipments to pharmacies to come in and the people who try to work while in pain can't find a pharmacy with any left by the time they get off work. Sad when you feel like you have to sink to illegal methods because you hurt so badly. This only helps the dealers and now they make even more money for the pills. Absolutely retarded that the DEA has the power to tell us what we need or don't need all without the medical license that the doctor worked and studied for along with seeing me each month but oh wait the idea did not do any of that but knows I don't need meds.
This new law is just another example of our government penalizing the innocent person that truly needs their pain medication just to function a somewhat normal life, although the pain never subsides it allows chronic pain sufferers to live a productive and thriving life. This new law is majorly discriminating against the seniors and the disabled Not every one in the United States are drug addict nor do they abuse the system. .
D.E.A. interference with Doctors rights to treat their own Patients accordingly is truly inhumane. When are the Citizens going to band together & File a Class A lawsuit against this organization ? It's unjust to force or coerce physicians to deny proper medical attention to their patients. ALL Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath prior to service. This is a portion of it: " With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgement and means; and I will take care that they SUFFER NO HURT or damage. " .....Now, Even though disregarding their Oath is Not Legal standing for a lawsuit, It's still Inhumane to leave people in extreme pain !!!
As someone who lives in a rural area it is inconvenient and expensive to constantly go to a doctor. Most MDS will not post date scrips .The scare tactics of the DEA works by making it impossible for law abiding citizens to live with their illness pain is real and it can take over your life .I cannot take nsaids due to a nephrological reason I have an MRI that backs up all my claims. without meds I think I would even consider a poc.ket knife and a mirror to cut out my disc I'm in pain all the time this is how desperate you get I think we should vote as a nation and see what we the people think not a nanny government. We can make our own choices also I never share my med and I will not buy illegally I will just suffer and pray that GOD helps us all.
The DEA or law makers who have enforced these pain medication restrictions apparently do not understand what it is to have someone in your life with chronic pain!!!!!! This new decision to turn over people with chronic pain to pain clinics is a huge mistake. Your personal doctor who is familiar with your medical history is more informed with you and your medical condition rather than sending you to a cattle call pain clinic where they do not know your medical history and your illness over time. Do you know what it is like to see someone you love suffer so badly every day with pain??? It is bad enough they have to get up and go to the doctor every month to go get the medicine when they are in pain. They have to do whatever the pain clinic says in order to get their pain medicine and they will do it because they are in pain. The pain clinic prescribed Lyrica and with the patient objection to this, but she had to take it because the pain clinic says so and she is in pain. In the case of someone in my family who already suffers from many painful diseases was prescribed Lyrica and she had a bad reaction to the medication, mind you she didn't want it because her system is very sensitive and already the drug has 28 reported cases of this drug giving you Nephrotic Syndrome and sure enough that is exactly what she got after taking Lyrica because the pain clinic said she had to take it in order to get her pain medication. Now she is swollen up with fluid all over and it has put a strain on her heart and prognosis is not good. When she went to a nephrologist, this doctor said the pain clinic had no business giving a heart and kidney patient Lyrica. I am outraged by this!!! I have to hear someone dear to me suffer every day because the pain clinic put her in a life threatening situation which she may never recover from. If her regular doctor would have treated her for the pain, she would have known better than to prescribe such a drug. I don't understand the reasoning for taking pain care out of the hands of qualified trained doctors and putting it in the hands of cattle call pain clinics that apparently have the right to dismiss you at any time if you don't accept their treatment even if it is something that is harmful to your health. Maybe you think patients can stand up for themselves more? If you know someone who deals with extreme pain every day, then you know they don't have much fight left in them because they don't feel well to begin with. This decision to take the pain care out of hands of qualified personal doctors and put it under the watch of the DEA and cattle call pain clinics is a colossal humanitarian error!!!!!!!! These patients have jumped through hoops and have been wheeled in or crawled to the pain clinics for help and the situation is made worse by what has been done here. This decision to send the chronic pain patients to clinics is wrong. Wrong because they have yet another doctor they have to go to. It is hard enough to have to see
The war on drugs has gone off the rails and the innocent are suffering. What happened to common sense? How is this giant group think the DEA & GOV. came up with make sense .. in the end people will have to find drugs in ways they never would have resorted to in their lives! Pain is a silent killer. Wake up.!!!! Not all Drs. Were dispensing meds like candy, not all patients took them irresponsibly. In fact very few of either fit this.
Utterly disgusted! Why punish the people that TRULY need pain help! It isnt gonna stop the drugs on the street! Just gonna make it worse! Stupid idiots.
Please help the disabled with painful diseases. No excuse for unnecessary suffering.
I have spent most of my life avoiding Dr's all together. As a child taken in for just minor thing's Dr's found that for some reason pain meds have very lil effect on me, for example the dentist, where one might need a, as in one little shot in the gums to numb them, it takes 3-5 or more for it to wk on me. As a child several time's I was told it was just fear of the pain and that I was faking or it was all in my head. As a result my trust for healthcare has always been little to no. As an adult it has only gotten worse, I have 3 children but was unable to have them naturally, now imagine trying to explain my crazy drug issue's , any numbing or pain meds it takes crazy amounts to wk but any stimulants like in cold meds I can barely take a baby's dose because I wont be able to sleep for a week. And anti inflammatory's like ibuprofen I can't keep down from horrible stomach aches. Yep you know it every Dr I've tried to explain this to has immediately put me in the junkie category! My first C-section they actually started cutting me while I could still feel it, before the monitors went crazy proving I wasn't just after a high! And the second and third didn't go a whole lot better even with proof from records from the first and second. So other than my mandatory 6 wk check ups releasing me back to wk I avoid Dr's unless I'm half dead. A car wreck, 2 bad fall's and 20 yrs of over working added to 3 bad c-sections I was to the point it hurts to bad to carry a full laundry basket from the bathroom to the laundry room with out stopping once or sometimes twice, let alone a full or even part time job at this point. The first 3-4 year's I just hide away in my house because I know how they think of me when I explain, but at 4 yrs it was so bad that I just started making appointments after finger pointing appointments. It took me a yr to finally find a Dr who was willing to do the digging in my medical chart and to stick his neck out to give me the meds I need to at the very least be a functioning member of my family, a mother, and a wife. Yet the DEA is always harassing the clinic and threatening my Dr's license just for giving me and those like me the help we need just to get threw the day. I live in Arkansas and have to go to Oklahoma because Dr.s here are not allowed to give me what I need, and now they are trying to do the same in Oklahoma. So please everyone who has ever been in pain or had to watch a loved one suffer because Dr's are taught not to care, or are just plain old to scared to help, SPEAK UP and tell our government, of the people, for the people that chronic pain dose not equal junkie!
People with chronic pain have a very poor quality of life and oftentimes cannot adequately care for themselves alone unless their pain is minimized. Help the people that need it the most with the drugs that were meant to help them
Drs and patients need to take a stand and fight for the rights of chronically ill patients. I have severe pain and being with out my medications would mean no quality of life, I am already limited to what I can do. I wish that the people who make these laws could feel our pain for a month or so and maybe you would be more compassionate to those who suffer.Sick and tired of being sick and tired and not getting the care that I so deserve.
I hope the geniuses in Congress and at the FDA / DEA who came up with those new hydrocodone restrictions are ready for a huge increased in heroin use and suicide. Thanks federal government for making those in sever and chronic pain suffer even more.
Are there any lawyers or congressmen reading these posts? Are there any congressmen posting, or doctors, or lawyers? Where are all the people in power? I think that we should vote all our legislators out of power. Every last one. I vote for a complete turn over of the FDA and DEA. Both of those entities are corrupt and hold way too much power over the lives of ordinary Americans. DEA was put into place by Nixon, if I remember rightly. And hence the so-called war on drugs began. Only, it was more like the beginnings of prohibition, which, if history serves, was repealed and never reconsidered. This is what needs to be done with the DEA.
The government has the power to change things, but refuses and that is why it needs complete and utter turnover. The FDA needs complete turnover, as well. It has done more harm than good over the last twenty years regarding safe pain management. And, as usual, the government goes after the individuals. Instead of going after the M.D. pill mills and the pharmacies that fill the ridiculous scripts, the government goes after you and me, the ones that need the relief that these meds bring. Again, logic turned upside down. the polls won't change anything in this America of ours. Only a complete and total turnover will begin to solve the issues within our way of governing. This means giving control back to the responsible MD and pharmacist, targeting the crooks, going after the dangerous illegal drugs, and blanketing patients with appropriate education regarding their meds. This is sane management. We have reached a tipping point where our government no longer makes any sense, let alone good, informed, decisions. It is time for another revolution to begin. A revolution to take back this country from the large lobbies, the FDA, DEA, large corporations that now reside comfortably within the halls of government. There are not checks and balances, only overwhelming power by agencies run amok!
The government is interfering between the patient, Dr relationship. For those that like Obama, he is the root cause trying to curb overdose. In all reality, chronic pain suffers are not looking for a high, just looking for function to daily life. Herion is easier to get than opioids for pain mgmt from a Dr. Since the DEA decided to play doctor. Everyone has the risk of chronic pain at some point in their lives, related to their jobs or even injury playing football In
the front yard with your kids. Drug addicts need help, chronic pain suffers need relief, otherwise we have no need for Drs if they are unable to provide pain relief, which is one of the main reasons people visit their drs. When physicians see the bottom line being effected, they will stand up against the Government. Drs. Took an oath under the law to help people, the integrity has been compromised. I talked to Pam Bondi's office yesterday and was given an excuse. Remember these people during election times. I have failed back surgery syndrome and refuse more surgery because more failure is imminent . My problem started during exercise while riding a bike. The new friendship path off Gandy Blvd , someone threw something on the path a I ran over it, falling on my left shoulder and hip, resulting in necrosis or dead bone from trauma, needing a total left hip rep, replacement which failed from improper size placed by the surgeon, resulting in much destruction to the low back from being one half in difference in leg length, requiring a second replacement necessitating a 3 level lumbar fusion, which failed. GOD BLESS US ALL, our government and healthcare has failed and will crumble. I always told my husband, the next thing the government will control is the toilet paper you use.
Simply disgusting as the DEA is playing god with all of us. This needs to end and we as chronic pain sufferers need protections and new laws passed that prohibits the DEA from interfering with our lives. If I could not receive my monthly supply then I cannot have any type of life which with the medicine now barely affords me. They are breaking laws left and right without any thought to the thousands that signed their names here. Someone in Washington PLEASE HELP.
Gee thanks!!!! I have had two major back surgeries, the second of which resulted in a spinal fusion. Also, of no less pain is all the other geriatric meltdowns that are increasing exponentially with age! Not only will I most likely have to miss work to get my Hard Copy script's', it will cost me $32 in gas and 3-4 hrs of my time. What's worse, I will have to lift 100lbs, in order to transfer my special needs daughter, a total of 4 X's into and out of the car... EVERY MONTH- (to pick her up and put her into the car, to go into the DR.'s office, then back into the car and once more when we get home). Not everyone has the support of a significant other or people available at the beck and call.
As was, before your meddling, i only lifted her to go to the ER. So, go figure, thats 48 more risks of increasing the odds that i may end up in a wheel chair like her. Then we'll both be in assissted living at the expense of "everybody else". As for suffering... your turn will come.
Please re-evaluate the way patients with chronic pain are diagnosed and treated. There are those that are truly in lifelong pain and require medications in order to have any quality of life, some require medications to simply get out of bed and dressed.
I am ashamed to be American right now. How dare our government step in and play the role of our"Doctor" I have dealt with chronic pain for over 25 years. I have severe degenerated disc disorder with an annular tears. Only within the last 5 years I have been treated with opiate medication and it has been a godsend. The medication has enabled me to be able to play with my children and work the 60 hour weeks required to take care of my family. Thanks for labeling me as a "Drug Addict" for having a better quality of life with my medication. I am horrified of my next PM doctors appointment. Will I end up like all of the other tragic stories listed on this petition? Will I be stripped of my livelihood by the DEA playing doctor because of drug seekers that have OD'd trying to get a fix? Look at the statistics, over 50% of all drug related deaths involves alcohol or another drug mixed with the opiates. Don't play God! Let our Doctors do their jobs. Drops the mic......
It doesn't seem to matter if I am a functioning contributor to society or laid up in bed in a fetal position. NO ONE CARES. I shouldn't have to explain my medical history and why I am prescribed a controlled substance. I have a right to privacy. I understand if a pharmacist wants to verify the prescription is a legitimate. My problem is when I have for years,been receiving the same medication from the same doctor for the same amount and filling it at the same pharmacy. I have been told on many occasions prior the the 14th of this month, they were out of the medication and it would be a day or 2 before there order would arrive. Now, because my Doctor is not in the county I live in they will no longer be able to fill it. There is a reason I see the same Dr. I have been seeing. Continuity of care and trust are integral components that allow me to seek treatment, where otherwise I would go untreated. Walmart’s Regional pharmacy manager has enacted a new policy and pharmacist has to obey his boss. He said the DEA is holding back their deliveries and everyone in under scrutiny. The DEA is having way too much input in a matter that is between me and my Licensed Medical Doctor, that is in good standing, with no sanctions, who was recommended to me by my insurance company. In my opinion, this is not a good sign for where our county is heading, I don't know what is going on but I can guarantee the reason involves: 1) GREED or 2) POWER or 1 and 2. How do wealthy and powerful people, agencies and governments get wealthier and more powerful? The answer is, they take it from the most vulnerable, the poorest, sickest, the least likely to have the capacity or resources to fight back. I might have to suffer in pain and despair, but at some point someone will be accountable.
It doesn't seem to matter if I am a functioning contributor to society or laid up in bed in a fetal position. NO ONE CARES. I shouldn't have to explain my medical history and why I am prescribed a controlled substance. I have a right to privacy. I understand if a pharmacist wants to verify the prescription is a legitimate. My problem is when I have for years,been receiving the same medication from the same doctor for the same amount and filling it a the same pharmacy. I have been told on many occasions prior the the 14th of this month, they were out of the medication and it would be a day or 2 before there order would arrive. Now because my Doctor is not in the county I live in they will no longer be able to fill it. Walmart's Regional pharmacy manager has enacted that new policy and pharmacist has to obey his boss. He said the DEA is holding back their deliveries and everyone in under scrutiny. The DEA is having way too much input in a matter that is between me and my Licensed Medical Doctor that is in good standing with no sanctions who was recommended to me by my insurance company. In my opinion, this is not a good sign for where our county is heading, I don't know what is going on but I can guarantee the reason involves 1) GREED or 2) POWER or 1 and 2. How do wealthy and powerful people, agencies , governments get wealthier and more powerful? The answer is, they take it from the most vulnerable, the poorest, sickest, the least likely to have the capacity or resources to fight back. I might have to suffer in pain and despair , but at some point someone will be accountable.
These constant attacks and discrimination against people who have hour by hour daily struggle of dealing with chronic pain are shameful and show the ingorance of many in the medical community; whom stand upon their morally self-rightous soap boxes shaming many of us who have no alternative for pain control. I have painful chronic arthritis that mostly was brought on by the chemo therapy "cure" for my breast cancer which also brought on early menopause at the grand old age of 37. That was the beginning of my nightmare. Thank you medical community for throwing me to the wolves! And just a ps to the medical scoffers, I have a severe allergy to NSAIDs that has been documented twice in the emergency room and have no other options for pain relief than tylonal and codene which I now have to walk the mile of shame before medical & pharmacy staff to ask for refills. Until the medical "providerss recieve any $$$$ kick-back from the insurance company's for -"insert your ailment here"- patients, I don't think they will ever give a golly gosh darn about any of us. It is all about prestige and the paycheck.
I am a chronic pain sufferer due to Cervical Degenerative Disks. I need medication to be able to work long hours just to survive and pay my bills. It is a fight just to get my medicine refilled every two weeks. My Pain Management Doctor is already talking about not refilling my prescription when I have tried other methods such as Physical Therapy and soon will be trying injections. I feel like I am treating as a "junkie" because I suffer from chronic pain.
I now see where this could be going. There is a call by some to have all opiates removed from the DEA list of legal drugs. If this happens there will be an outcry like this government has never seen and there will be a surge in underground and illegal use like this government has never seen. This would all come about because of a lack of commons sense on the part of our government, including the knee jerk response of moving certain drugs to a higher classification and making it mush more difficult to obtain them legally by a responsible physician. I feel for the people who have lost loved ones to overdose, accidental or not. But, that is not a good reason to make it harder for the people who use the drug(s) for legitimate pain control. I am sorry, but the needs of millions of sufferers out ways the needs of the few who have lost there lives to OD. This is not insensitive. Nobody is crying for the removal of guns, booze, or cigarettes! These things kill people at a rate that far outstrips prescription drug ODs. Nobody wants to talk about the removal of these things because the special lobby behind each one is so powerful and so, holds legitimacy because of that! Who speaks for the individuals who are in chronic pain? Apparently, nobody! Nobody in power, that is.

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