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

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This is so unfair to older people like myself. There are ways they can still give us our medicine every month. I'm willing to be drug tested and to do a pill count. I wasn't on any strong type of pill anyway. I have fibromyalgia chemo have eaten up my bones. I went to the pain clinic and that doctor had not looked at my file. He tried to put me on the same depression medicine I was on. This up set me badly. He didn't see I have a mvp heart problem . Then he wanted to give me shots in my back which would make my bones worst. I'm at the end of my rope. I don't even understand what is going on with this pain pill mess anyway. I can't walk over 45 minutes because of my bad hip. It hurts so bad till I want to throw up. They really need to be worrying about meth instead of pain pills. This is just crazy making me suffer like this along with everyone else who really and truly needs their medicine.
This is the only country in the world that has an organization who oversees how doctors choose to treat patients. This war on drugs has cost more lives and cause more misery than the drugs themselves. Politicians freely admit the war on drugs is unwinnable but yet they continue to force intrusive legislation into our lives. These laws have practically destroyed doctor-patient relationships to the point it can never be repaired not to mention the unnecessary suffering and many are forced to the street to seek medications. Many suicides have been directly linked to this legislation. But our elected officials continue to turn their backs on the people that are crying out desperately for help.
This is exactly my issue, I had a skydiving accident years ago, I was fine until 20 years later, I began seeing a pain management doctor who was honest, concerning to his patients, and really helped me. One day I go in for a monthly appointment and Voila I am sorry Mr. so and so but we have been raided by the DEA and they say we can not prescribe any oxycodone anymore so thus I was cut off completely and put under investigation by the DEA along with any other patient being prescribed Oxycodone. I do feel for my Doctor as well he was stuck holding the bag, I also blame the DEA no allowing him a patient exit program to prescribe addictionoligist medication to take you off the opiates. This is totally wrong and should not be tolerated. I agree there is a prescription drug problem. Work on that issue not on honest law biding citizens that truely need the medicaiton.
Withdrawing in long beach
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) 1-30-15 MSN story:

"The Kentucky senator has spoken extensively about the need to review the efficacy of the nation’s war on drugs..."

efficacy: the capacity to produce an effect

also:

“I think in politics the biggest thing, the thing that voters from any part of the spectrum hate worse than anything is hypocrisy. And hypocrisy is, ‘Hey I did it and it’s okay for me because I was rich and at an elite school but if you’re poor and black or brown and live in a poor section of one of our big cities, we’re going to put you in jail and throw away the key,’” Paul said.

The "war on drugs" IS a FAILURE!!!
This has swung way too far in the other direction. I had a spine problem about 2 years ago that I was able to live through with oxycodone. I'd hate to think about it if that happens again! The doc couldn't help me with the way things are now! It's gone way too far. I really know how people feel. Please straighten this out.
I cry every day watching my mother cry in pain from severe neuropathy. She has been told there is nothing that can be done for the damaged nerves. Just managed. Even with the pain meds she USED to be able take WITH her medication at least allowed her to live her senior years somewhat in a bearable way. NIT a drug addict way. Now her not being able to take it any more is crushing us all. These doctors hands are tied but they are still playing an appeasement run around game. This BRILLIANT new law will indeed drive sufferers to the street. Shame shame shame on this government decision. You have ruined many lives.
Cigna Home Delivery pharmacy just refused to fill my prescription after holding it for 26 days and filling it previously with no problems. My wife is now missing work while she begs a local pharmacy to fill the prescription and I site here bedridden going through withdrawals. I've failed an ADA complaint in hopes this will stop someday.
I have problems getting medications in NY from pain management because of DEA and joint investigations. I suffer from 6 physical, chronic pain, TBI (3) , Spinal Injuries, Bi-lateral shoulder injuries. I am legally disabled since 2010. But my Physician's that I have gone to have told me "with all the investigations going on against MD's we are not writing anything controlled anymore" another said "The DEA has called regarding your dosages; I'm afraid that Im going to lose my license"........ the list goes on WHAT ARE PEOPLE IN MASSIVE PAIN SUPPOSED TO DO? stay in bed 23-24 hours a day and SUFFER like i've been doing. What the government is doing to control the Controlled medications is NOT humane to the people who are suffering.
OHIO, please contact this guy and tell him our stories and struggles with chronic pain since the government rescheduled hydrocodone. Here he speaks of abortion BUT it can be replaced with ANY ailment or disease... PLEASE!
Here are excerpts of his article on MSN.com 1/28/15.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), wrote;
"These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good conscience on both sides of this argument, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families."

"I have come to believe that we must trust women and families—not politicians—to make the best decision for their lives.”


this from Planned Parenthood in Ohio about working with him;
"no matter where they live or how much money they have -- can access the care they need without political interference.”
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It should be this way with ALL ailments, diseases, diagnosis etc. The Government needs to BUTT OUT!!!!
Thanks to 4 unsuccessful spine surgeriet I am one of those who suffer from chronic pain and the inhumane treatment that accompanies it.
To many injections from "pain mgmt specialists" are now part of the pain problem. Entirely happy to perscribe meds as long as I kept returning for injections but when I questioned the lack of relief from the injections and suggested we needed to work on pinpointing the problem I was dismissed as a patient.
I was able to find a good gp who was willing to treat me but with the most recent changes to law even he became uncomfortable continuing treatment without a "specialist" on board.
Back to my neurologist who immediately referred me to a surgeon. That appointment is in a week.
I would never have submitted to the prior surgeries if I hadn't wanted a pain free life.
I was a professional. I am now a broken individual, unable to work, struggling with the thought of applying for disability. I would rather live a productive life than label myself but without good pain panagement the emotional struggle is as bad as the physical.
This does not even touch on the gratitude the drug dealers must feel for the lawmakers who have moved not only addicts but chronic pain patients to heroin because the doctors are so scared to perscribe. Thankfully this does not apply to me but I think it is shameful and begs the question....who exactly is lobbying for these laws and policies?
Thanks to 4 unsuccessful spine surgeriet I am one of those who suffer from chronic pain and the inhumane treatment that accompanies it.
To many injections from "pain mgmt specialists" are now part of the pain problem. Entirely happy to perscribe meds as long as I kept returning for injections but when I questioned the lack of relief from the injections and suggested we needed to work on pinpointing the problem I was dismissed as a patient.
I was able to find a good gp who was willing to treat me but with the most recent changes to law even he became uncomfortable continuing treatment without a "specialist" on board.
Back to my neurologist who immediately referred me to a surgeon. That appointment is in a week.
I would never have submitted to the prior surgeries if I hadn't wanted a pain free life.
I was a professional. I am now a broken individual, unable to work, struggling with the thought of applying for disability. I would rather live a productive life than label myself but without good pain panagement the emotional struggle is as bad as the physical.
This does not even touch on the gratitude the drug dealers must feel for the lawmakers who have moved not only addicts but chronic pain patients to heroin because the doctors are so scared to perscribe. Thankfully this does not apply to me but I think it is shameful and begs the question....who exactly is lobbying for these laws and policies?
Believe it or not; patients that suffer from this disability DO NOT GET HIGH FROM THEIR PAIN MEDICATIONS!!!!! All the medications do is to help the patient have some quality of life. I have been on many high doses of narcotics prescribed from my doctors and that is the most that I have ever achieved. That quality of life is in no way the life we had prior to being maimed . Getting addicted to drugs is the least of my worries, being able to pick up my grandchildren and wrestling with them on the floor has been robbed from me. Being able to function as a normal human being has been robbed from me. Being able to drive a car and take care of my own needs has been robbed from me. So remove the pain medications and you will see a HUGE INCREASE IN THE SUICIDE RATE because the pain is so intense it is beyond my abilities to describe. The patient is forgotten by husbands/wives; relatives and friends we basically become hermits and deal with our falls the best we can, breaking bones that just add insult to injury. Try walking in just one of our shoes just for a day and I bet you will remember the horror of it for the rest of your lives. " Man/Woman UP", help us, don't threaten us with removing our medications, I as well as many others that have been maimed by doctors are trying to survive on meager money; what little bit we have managed to save. Mostly, as a mother to not to be a burden on anyone we love and care about. I have to pay for repairs to my home to make it as safe as possible for me to stay at home for as long as possible, no re-imbursement for that. Even with medications, some days we just pray that God will take us and put us out of our misery. We get mixed signals to the brain due to my nerve damage by the doctor, my spinal nerves are clumped together from L3 down, so hopefully some of this makes sense. Send HELP our way, NOT THREATS! Thank you Ms. Terry Dees
Cut your losses with what little dignity you have left. We, the PEOPLE, have lost. The Govt has, yet again, taken a fundamental liberty away from the American people by allowing this decision to become rule.

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ... shall exist within the United States." -- The Thirteenth Amendment

The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution guarantees individuals the right to personal autonomy, which means that a person's decisions regarding his or her personal life are none of the government's business.

The Patient Bill of Rights means nothing NOW!!
I have suffer from dibilitating pain caused by Chronic Pancreatitis since May 2009. I was declared permanently disabled and have been on disability since 2011. I have been told by my specialist that my disease is one of the three most painful diseases in existence and all that can be done is control my pain. I never drank alcohol or did anything to cause my illness so I am considered "idiopathic". I have never misused my medications. If anything I took less then prescribed whenever I possibly could. In July 2013 I was forced into pain management after my doctor retired. They cut my dosages in half with zero regard for how much I suffered or how it took away the little bit of quality of life I had. They made me sign a contract so I couldn't even go to the ER when it got too bad for me to handle. Now all of the sudden my pain management doctor is resigning and I am being forced to try to find another doctor to help me. Since when is government part of the medical field? I wish that all of these SOB's would have to suffer the pain I have been through! I am 42 yrs old and I should be out living life with my children not laying in bed in agony unable to care for myself! It's not fair to punish those who follow the rules because others don't! What happened to "First Do No Harm" ?!?!?
Doctors should be treating patients for any illness or injury. I think if you go to the same doctor for all your needs he should be able to prescribe anything he knows you need!!!!
I have Chronic Pancreatitis, and suffered for years, before it got to the point I HAD to go on narcotics to control my pain. Never wanted to use "drugs", or be a "drug-user" The pain is so intense at times, I have passed out. I am able to function a little with my meds. I have lost 80 pounds, not being able to eat, because food has become my enemy. I have to take a pill before I can even eat a few bites, most days. Now way could I, or would I, live with this pain, 24/7. Don't keep punishing folks like me, because others abuse and sell their meds. I have followed the rules to a T, passed every drug test and pill count, yet make be left to suffer and die, yes die, because I can't eat, because of the actions of others?!?!?
It's heartbreaking to hear that one of my older friends living in S. Fla was AGAIN denied a perscription of pain medication to treat her advanced kyphosis / scoliosis because "although I (the doctor) can see your in a great deal of pain , I don't think pain medicine is good for you".
Can you think of a BETTER reason to give this 70 year old WORKING woman the MEDICINE that make her life livable?
Shame on you Doctor. Shame on you DEA. Shame on you Pharmacist. Shame on you Politician. And shame on all the others who lack the education, compassion and the guts to do the right thing and treat people in pain WITH PAIN MEDICINE!
Just went to my pain management doctor after my doctor merged with a mainstream clinic prohibiting him from writing my medication for my Percocet I have been receiving after MANY ailments ranging from ovarian cysts, to a botched knee replacement, to a ruptured gallbladder with chronic hernia requiring them to cut me from top to the bottom of my torso instead of laparoscopic surgery as planned, Scoliosis of the thoracic spine, and my feet are disfigured badly as a birth defect. I suffer from depression from loosing my job and having PTSD. I have been on Xanax and Soma since 1998 and Percocet since my knee injury in 2011. I have 3 small children and work as a screen print assistant, a hard manual labor job. JUST FOUND OUT I WILL NOT BE RECEIVING THESE MEDICATIONS BECAUSE OF SOME STUPID STATUE! HOW THE HECK AM GOING TO GET BY. I have never overused my meds and took them as needed and every month had a few pills leftover. WHO IS GOING TO HELP US PEOPLE!?!?! I HOPE SOMEBODY BECAUSE SOMEONE NEEDS A VOICE FOR US! I am really starting to think my only option is to leave my home state of Florida since I have lived here since 1979.
I am signing this both for myself, and for my loved ones who have suffered in pain because of doctors' fear of the DEA. Going after doctors and pain patients who have a legitimate need for pain medicine has done nothing to stop overdose deaths or to stop addicts from getting high on opiates (they're using heroin instead). The only difference now is that a lot more people with chronic pain are suffering needlessly.
I belong to several support groups that require pain medicine for Chronic Pancreatitis, it's not like a back ache, and these people are not about to sell their meds, bc they are in need of them. Until you suffer from these kind of illnesses, you have no idea how this effects ones life. It is in humane to take away their pain meds and have them suffer not only pain from the disease, but from withdrawal, bc some doctors have stopped prescribing then all together and in some places, it takes months to get into pain management. I also want to address that I know personally a child of 3yrs old that recently passed away from seizures, bc her parents could not get cannabis oil legally. This is not only heartbreaking, but ridiculous, when it is proven these children improve w this oil. The people are screaming for these changes, it's the right thing to do!
Hi, I have mental illness, an have had it almost all my life. I suffered without treatment for many years, not knowing what was wrong, now at the age of 52 years old, no one wants to even be seen with me, it is frustrating, I always have trouble trying to get my medications to keep me somewhat normal, however everywhere you go, people look at you differently, like ewwww, there's that crazy person again! Even professionals and family treat you different once your exposed! Gaaa, it's hard enough to live life without al this extra turmoil an grief society gives you. Trying to stay afloat, while suffering in silence.....
Hi, I have mental illness, an have had it almost all my life. I suffered without treatment for many years, not knowing what was wrong, now at the age of 52 years old, no one wants to even be seen with me, it is frustrating, I always have trouble trying to get my medications to keep me somewhat normal, however everywhere you go, people look at you differently, like ewwww, there's that crazy person again! Even professionals and family treat you different once your exposed! Gaaa, it's hard enough to live life without al this extra turmoil an grief society gives you. Trying to stay afloat, while suffering in silence.....
Hi, I have mental illness, an have had it almost all my life. I suffered without treatment for many years, not knowing what was wrong, now at the age of 52 years old, no one wants to even be seen with me, it is frustrating, I always have trouble trying to get my medications to keep me somewhat normal, however everywhere you go, people look at you differently, like ewwww, there's that crazy person again! Even professionals and family treat you different once your exposed! Gaaa, it's hard enough to live life without al this extra turmoil an grief society gives you. Trying to stay afloat, while suffering in silence.....
I am 54 years old and my dr got in trouble and now I suffer because I don't have my pain mess I hade to go through horrible withdraws and an in horrible pain it's not my fault I need help please can't find dr because of dr I was seing
All the new laws do is make sure that the only way to get pain medicine is on the street..there is still plenty there..but those of us the really need it, is declined by pharmacies and treated like we are doing something wrong.
My husband suffers from chronic pancreatitis and bad back fusion surgery every day. He needs pain medication to function every day. He is not a drug seeker.
For those of us who deal with daily pain from Chronic Pancreatitis who depend on pain medication just to make it through the day. Imagine if it were your mother, your wife, your daughter that is suffering with daily pain and there is nothing you can do about it because her doctor won't prescribe the pain medicine that would help her. Now imagine her going through years of this pain and having the medicine she needed only to be taken away. That's what we have been dealing with, not a pleasant way to live, with some of us actually committing suicide because we can't live without pain relief. Would you want your mother, wife, daughter to commit suicide because she can't deal with the pain. Think about it.
Under obamacare I lost my original health insurance. Now under "his" plan my new doctor (I couldn't keep my original) its become clear this doctors will not write any of my for prescriptions from a.doctor at a.top 10 nationally ranked hospital. These new meds are so ineffective that I can not work get I have been denied disability aid. I went from a.contributing citizen to an immobilized human who lost his home,can't support his family and is loving with a surviving parent in fear of what happens next.
Where does this madness end? I don't mean when I mean where? Must we have a major upswing in suicides before those in authority accept responsibility and actually do something that is helpful to the patients and NOT self serving or done at the end of a threat. Must we all become street junkies so we can get "treatment" instead of medical care. Idiocy, sheer idiocy
I was in a head on collision caused by a drunk driver. My injuries have lead to chronic Pancraleatitis due to blunt force trauma and my internal injuries have caused severe scarring and adhesion all through my abdomen. Because of circumstance I have lost my good insurance and have had to go on State medicaid. Being on this insutance, I am not even eligible for Obama Care because I fall below poverty level and if you qualify for state medicaid that negates being able to buy into an Obama Care Insurance. That being said, I cannot go to any Medical University that has a Specialized Pancreatic center for the care I desperately need. I can't have a life saving operation called a TP/AiT due to my State Medicaid won't cover out of State healthcare. So, I am stuck on this proverable hamster wheel of having to depend on Opiate Pain Medications to have what little quality of life it gives. I have been accused of being a drug seeker because the first year of having Chronic Pancreatitis My Family Doctor would not prescribe narcotics, my local GI prescribed very low dose for 3 months and I WS told that He WS limited to only 3 months of prescriptions unless I was a cancer patient. Research from Dr. Whitcomb at Pittsburgh University Medical Center has stated in a seminar that they are finding that Chronic pancreatitis Is more painful the almost all cancers.I lived in the ER and Hospital my first year diagnosed because I could not even get a Pain management Dr. due to Nome would accept State Medicaid. It was by the Grace of God and a hospitalization and the right Dr. that requested a Pain Management Consult in hospital that I finally received proper pain Management. If I had other options that would allow me better quality of Life then having to take Opiates just to function; I would choose the road to becoming non opiate dependent and the journey to a better life. We the people desever proper HOLISTIC Medical Care and Treatment. Road blocks to this care need to be reasseced and rewritten. Dr's should have the right to treat said patients holistically and with compassion. The DEA has made this almost impossible to achieve. I am aware there is a need for a system that monitors such patients, but Physicians should have the write to set these guidlines NOT the DEA or FDA. Give the trust back to the Physians that spent 12+/years training for this very need.
I was in a head on collision caused by a drunk driver. My injuries have lead to chronic Pancraleatitis due to blunt force trauma and my internal injuries have caused severe scarring and adhesion all through my abdomen. Because of circumstance I have lost my good insurance and have had to go on State medicaid. Being on this insutance, I am not even eligible for Obama Care because I fall below poverty level and if you qualify for state medicaid that negates being able to buy into an Obama Care Insurance. That being said, I cannot go to any Medical University that has a Specialized Pancreatic center for the care I desperately need. I can't have a life saving operation called a TP/AiT due to my State Medicaid won't cover out of State healthcare. So, I am stuck on this proverable hamster wheel of having to depend on Opiate Pain Medications to have what little quality of life it gives. I have been accused of being a drug seeker because the first year of having Chronic Pancreatitis My Family Doctor would not prescribe narcotics, my local GI prescribed very low dose for 3 months and I WS told that He WS limited to only 3 months of prescriptions unless I was a cancer patient. Research from Dr. Whitcomb at Pittsburgh University Medical Center has stated in a seminar that they are finding that Chronic pancreatitis Is more painful the almost all cancers.I lived in the ER and Hospital my first year diagnosed because I could not even get a Pain management Dr. due to Nome would accept State Medicaid. It was by the Grace of God and a hospitalization and the right Dr. that requested a Pain Management Consult in hospital that I finally received proper pain Management. If I had other options that would allow me better quality of Life then having to take Opiates just to function; I would choose the road to becoming non opiate dependent and the journey to a better life. We the people desever proper HOLISTIC Medical Care and Treatment. Road blocks to this care need to be reasseced and rewritten. Dr's should have the right to treat said patients holistically and with compassion. The DEA has made this almost impossible to achieve. I am aware there is a need for a system that monitors such patients, but Physicians should have the write to set these guidlines NOT the DEA or FDA. Give the trust back to the Physians that spent 12+/years training for this very need.
We deserve some sort of normalcy in our lives and we should not be left to suffer because of abusers. You have NO CLUE how much pain some of us are in. If I had to give a number on a scale mine is a 10 and above most days and so are the other 928 people in our support group. There are some diseases that are more painful than cancer and there is no end in sight , we suffer for years!
As a chronic pain patient and Ambassador to US Pain Foundation, I am aware of the significant harm the new opioid pain medicine restrictions being implemented nationwide and within each state, Kentucky in particular, are inflicting on both patients and doctors. Understandably, these medicines must not be dispensed or taken without proper knowledge and consent by both doctors and patients. However, the climate of pain care in the US today is one of fear, judgments, stigma, and misunderstanding. Patients are automatically being treated like addicts, and doctors like drug dealers. The DEA has gone too far, and legitimate pain patients are being denied the only mmedications that give them any quality of life, because doctors are afraid and daunted by the Big Brother tactics and overwhelming paperwork that now comes with prescribing scheduled medications. Please put the proper authority back in the hands of our trusted physicians, and take it out of the hands of law enforcement.
It's not right to take away pain Meds from patients who desperately need it. Myself being one. Why am I being punished for someone else's addiction? Now I can't sleep, my nausea is out of control, exercise is unbearable--but I'm being shamed by my doctor for weight gain and being in pain. They should be ashamed.
SOME JERK GETS ADDICTED TO A MEDCATION HE OR SHE TAKES FOR NO REASON SO THE PERSON WHO HAS A LEGITIMATE PAINFUL CONDITION WHO THESE DRUGS ARE LIFE SAVERS IS BEING TOLD NO YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BECAUSE THE WOMAN DOWN THE STREET GOT ADDICTED TO IT. IT'S NOT THE PAIN PATINET WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADDICT GETTING DRUGS FOR NO REASON IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. WHY NOT START TAKING BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART MEDS AWAY I'M SURE SOME IDIOT TOOK TOO MUCH HEART MEDS AND DIED SO NO ONE SHOULD HAVE THAT. CIGARETTES SHOULD BE BANNED, ALCOHOL BANNED, ANTI DEPRESSANTS BANNED. THIS IS CRUEL AND INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. EVEN DOCTORS WHO ARE GREEDY WANT PATIENTS THROWN OFF THEIR MEDS SO THEY CAN COME BY AND TELL THEM THE PAIN ISN'T REAL AND THEY ARE JUST NOTHING BUT ADDICTS AND THEN SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE GIVE US $50,000 AND WELL PUT YOU ON SUBOXONE FOR A MONTH THEN TAKE IT AWAY AND THE HELL WITH YOU. DON'T THINK FOR A MINUTE THAT THESE SO CALLED COMPASSIONATE DOCTORS "PROP" GIVE A S- ABOUT YOU EITHER THEY JUST WANT THE MONEY WHEN THEY STOP GIVING PAIN MEDS TO LEGITIMATE PATIENTS. THEN THEY STEP IN AND GIVE THEM USELESS REHAB THAT HAS LESS THAN 10% CHANCE OF WORKING. DR. DREW SAID THE GUY FROM TAXI PROBABLY WAS DRIVEN BACK TO OPIATES DUE TO HIS CHRONIC PAIN. WHAT A BRILLIANT REMARK THE PERSON IN PAIN FINALLY CAVED IN AND TOOK SOME PAIN PILLS SO THE PAIN WOULD STOP THERE FOR HE IS AN ADDICT??? WHAT KIND OF IDIOTS ARE THEY AND ISNT IT BETTER TO BE A FUNCTIONING PERSON WHO IS DRUG DEPENDENT OR IS IT BETTER TO BE USELESS AND IN BED.
We want harassment of Doctors to stop just for giving us help with pain.
All I want is to be able to live a somewhat pain free life. I know it is possible, before the DEA started messing with the doctors I was able to sleep and walk , exercise. Now I'm over weight and in chronic pain 24hrs. a day. I don't think life is worth it anymore. The DEA will be responsible for my demise.
I don't think the folks in the DEA, FDA, HHS or Government in general, really care how long the trail of abandoned pain patients is that they leave behind from their decision to reschedule hydrocodone containing drugs. Their only concern is that after 20 or so years and millions of taxpayer money they have succeeded in rescheduling the ONE drug they've been after all this time; and they based this decision on 573 comments on their gov website that was hardly advertised at the time of voting for this change. They based it on numbers of ER visits, deaths and MIXTURE of illicit drugs in the 100 thousands, maybe less. While pain patients number in the 100+ millions.

They took it upon themselves to "THINK" and "SPEAK ON MY BEHALF" believing I give a rat's*****about the kid who OD's on mixing other drugs with hydrocodone while his parents are more concerned about their BMW sitting in the garage or his dad who's more worried about being caught having and affair with the office secretary. OR the mother working 60 hours a week and doesn't find time to talk with her child.

Hydrocodone, alone, was never the sole contributor in these deaths it was always a mixing illicit drugs WITH hydrocodone.

That's right, DEA has been after this ONE medication! Failed attempt after failed attempt at rescheduling; this overdue and costly victory will define their legacy in these agencies. The lot of them are NOT going to back down now. The failed war on drugs is the least of their worries at this point. They are basking in their glory as we speak. To HELL with patients whose doctors QUIT prescribing them the pain meds that allowed them to function daily but never eliminating the pain completely. These folks in government care not what the ill effects are just that they FINALLY go their way with this ONE drug. It's not like they will ever succeed in the drug war so the chalk this up with a "thumbs up" and pats on each others backs. My pain management doctor told me that the new regulations on hydrocodone were TOO MUCH TROUBLE for him to continue prescribing them to me. His office staff informed me that he didn't order any triplicate prescription pads which are required now. NONE. He's just not gonna deal with the DEA and his patients are the ones who are suffering. He told me at the last apt that a whole lot of people were mad about the rescheduling. Go figure!

Government officials with the ability to REPEAL this atrocity of a decision should do so NOW!! Before they have more blood on their hands via suicides.
They should really consider who they are putting out of commission by not letting them function and do their activities of daily living. My pain meds put food on our table and tax money in their pockets. It was bad enough that I couldn't even get the proper medical care to remedy the problem and forget getting on disability. Now they don't even want me to cook dinner for my family? Where's Hitler when you need him! I mean really"!
Unconstitutional, inhumane, there is blood on the hands of those that have prevented treatment of debilitating conditions. They should be criminally charged with crimes against humanity! Disgraceful for any part of government to interfere and directly cause Americans to suffer and contemplate, or even worse commit suicide, because they are refused treatment!
I've been on pain management since 2000 (my body was crushed in an accident) and while originally told I'd be on oxycontin "for the rest of my life". I'm now on vicodin, which I break in half just to get out of bed each day. I take far less than what's prescribed, I'm able to function, but without these meds I would be bedridden. I don't get a buzz off my medicine. I get to live a semi-decent life. Never pain free, but bearable. The laws are becoming insane due to the ones taking these for fun! And yes- totally with pot for treating a rainbow spectrum of health problems- and hallelujah it's FINALLY being recognized for the miracle drug it's always been! In Georgia, however, that won't happen anytime soon. I follow the rules. The rules keep changing. So far I'm still one of the lucky ones, though I don't know how much longer that will last as long as the feds keep pulling my treatments away from me and those like me who just want to get through a day without agony.
I do hope all the sufferers can find an organized group to deliver the message of the results this Government decisions has had on their now low quality of life.
I had cancer that caused chronic pain.The government is stopping doctors from helping.
I, too, am a disabled RN from 25 yrs of service and it saddens me to see how the DEA & FDA have turned on accredited, board certified pain management physicians (not to mention the PCP's that will no longer treat their regular patients for chronic pain). As a "pain patient" myself, I've felt the humiliation and degradation simply because I have pain that has not been responsive to interventional procedures, and "Yes" I truly am allergic to NSAIDS (have had three systemic reactions!--plus NSAIDS cause more GI damage (increased hospital costs and long time consequences) than opiates so many times long-term, low dose opiates are the only answer. Yet, due to the DEA & FDA, rather than consider the best interests of the patient, physicians are forced to think of themselves and what will keep the DEA away! Patients suffer until they cannot take the pain anymore. If they were a cardiac or diabetic patient, they would have no problem getting treatment for the rest of their life but chronic pain? Well, the patient will be forced to deal with it in an illegal fashion or commit suicide. Neither are acceptable but the DEA & FDA haven't left pain patients another choice. Please back off and let doctors treat their patients like they were trained to do.
With the increasing numbers of patients who have been harmed and died because of surgeons implanting medical mesh, access to pain management is crucial to their quality of life. Not being able to get these medications is atrocious. These medications often need to be taken and cannot be discontinued abruptly. For example anti seizure medications and anti-depressant medications. Seriously adverse effects will happen with abruptly stopping these medications. When a definite cause of pain is established, the management of that pain needs to be left to the patient and treating doctor.
I am a nearly 50 year old electrician with three herniated disks in my low back. I have worked construction for the past 28 years and am unable to retire until the age of 55. I need to work everyday as i still have four kids at home(the youngest is 8). I have seen several physicians who have told me that back surgery would be not only very risky for me, it may have little or no affect on the pain. Without pain medication, I will be unable to continue to support my family and will ultimately lose my medical insurance,our home and the ability to pay for my kids school. Please consider all of the families in America whose rights you are violating through this ill conceived policy of suffering!
Excerpts from politicians, left and right:
1/22/2015 (story on MSN.com)

NOTE: although off HCPs, their comments unilaterally and unequivocally SHOULD pertain to ALL Americans with all types of ailments!

Chronic Pain Patient's lives MATTER TOO!!
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Obama, in the West to promote his State of the Union economic and education agenda, embraced the same 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion that the protesters were vilifying.

He said that decision "reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters."
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"I urge my colleagues to stand with the hundreds of thousands of people out on the Mall right now by voting for this bill," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. "Stand up and commit to creating an America that values every life."
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The debate took a turn for the personal, when Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., referred to "hypocrites on the other side of the aisle who have counseled their own girl friends to have abortions. It's legal."

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., a doctor who opposes abortion rights, once urged a patient he was dating to seek an abortion.
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No. 4 House GOP leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, told the crowd that having her 7-year-old son, who has Down syndrome, has intensified her commitment to the anti-abortion fight.

"Every child and every life is a gift," she said.
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It's both saddening and sickening how hypocritical they ARE. They serve only themselves and those with money.
People with legitimate pain are being treated as though they are running cartels. Many of us have been on pain killers for a while and now doctors tell us "no more pain meds''. I know a woman who had cancer and her doctor said no more pain meds and so she killed herself because of the pain. The DEA needs to stop the war on pain patients. Please help us. Thank you.
I am disabled and suffer with chronic pain. I can not tolerate hydocodone and do not want to go on the stronger opiates for as long as I can avoid it. I have tried physical therapy which caused my pain to increase and injections into my back only help for a couple weeks. Oral steroids help but long term use is counterproductive. I have been controlling my pain with gabapentin, tramadol, flexeril and limiting my activities. I moved to a county in TN recently that will not even give me refills on TRAMADAL! This is even though legally I should be able to get up to five according to the pharmacist. I can not afford to pay outrageous office visit fees ( I'm charged full price each time) every month for her to just give me a written RX. Not only is it costly but it causes me increased pain from the driving, sitting for the mandatory hour it's seems to take them to get to me, the walking I have to do. I have PAIN that increases when my activity level increases but forced to this because doctors here do not want to take any chances with the DEA and besides the doctor is making a killing with office visit fees. To get some relief I have turned to a more natural treatment that should be legalized at both state and federal. It helps keep the pain tolerable. It's less expensive and I can get it delivered.
My husband is going through all this right now. His Dr. left the practice and now none of the other doctors will write his monthly prescriptions that he has been taking for years. Said he must wait until they can see him...in three months! All the addicts in this country are ruining any quality of life the chronic pain sufferer could have.

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