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

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the DEA has no business dictating to my doctor what he can and cannot percribe me just to rule out the people that are taking advantage of the system especially when there are people outthere with legitimate issues that require. specific pain management.
I am a disable Vietnam vet. I take some psychotropic medication for my ptsd . The VA done I know at least 2 drug test on me without my permission, is this legal, I felt so violated, I can never trust a doctor again. I will never go see another doctor, I rather die first.
My doctor is moving, so I am having to find a new doctor. When I call the doctors in my area to see if they take my insurance, I given the answer along with 'but we will not prescribe narcotics or anxiety medication'. I don't NEED these, at the moment, but if something happened it would be nice to have one doctor who would be able to do everything. No doctor in my area will prescribe one of these. You have to go to the emergency room if needed. The emergency room will only help you once. After that, it is considered a chronic problem and you need to find a primary care doctor to help you. (even though no doctor will help with these) The side-effects and risks of ODing on over the counter pain meds are much more likely in these situations. Honestly, if I ever do get to the point of needing pain meds for a chronic problem, I am better off committing suicide. When a doctor recommends meditation for chronic pain (knee replacement surgery, chronic degenerative back pain) there is a problem. (this is my experience in my area from trying to find a new PCP, having to take my son to the ER for an allergic reaction and talking to the Doctor and nurses there, and experience with my step-dad's doctor, who quit prescribing pain meds for his above conditions and told him he recommended meditation)
My husband Clifford is the spitting image of #17 Pam my diagnois and medication and years the only difference is Clifford is 57.
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Doctors are suddenly afraid to prescribe the medication I have been taking for 10 years for anxiety attacks. I haven't requested an increase in the dosage or quantity. Now I am left with nothing and my already existing sleep disorders have become much worse without this medication as well. This is solely due to new regulations and after another local doctor being arrested by the DEA witch hunts. Please stop interfering with my medical care.
Pain Patients are NOT Criminals.
The state of Tennessee is deliberately blocking reasonable access to medical care for legitimate patients in a misguided effort to try to solve a DIFFERENT, NON-related problem. Dealing with people who use prescription opioids for *NON-medical* reasons is a Law Enforcement issue. People who use prescription opioids for *MEDICAL* reasons is HIPPA protected, private medical information and thus none of the state's business. As it stands, the Tennessee “Prescription for Success" initiative is turning Physicians into Narcotics Agents for the state, instead of focusing on providing healthcare to legitimate patients. I submit that this is state sanctioned discrimination against persons based on their medical condition(s), in direct conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Age Discrimination, since a large faction of older people are more likely to suffer from painful conditions. I am amazed that to date, there has not been a class action law suit against the state of Tennessee on behalf of the citizens who are, every day, working through unrelenting pain to support themselves and their families. It has yet to be determined what the loss of productivity will be, among the workers of Tennessee, who are being barred from reasonable access to treatment for painful conditions as a direct result of this “Prescription for Success". In order for Tennesseans to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives, they must first have access to healthcare, including pain management, without fear of state sanctioned repercussions.
I degenerative arthritis lower back and legs. For the last year I have been using the fentanyl patch and my quality of life has returned to almost normal. I live in Orlando and for the past month I have been in Fort Lauderdale taking care of my mom. So far thirty pharmacies:
do not carry my prescription, will not fill because my home zip code is from orlando, will not fill because doctor is out of the zone and the best reason not to fill was a Pharmacy manager at CVS I quote " That is a very high does, I would only fill that prescription for my cancer patients."
Please help us!
Let Doctors treat patients and practice Medicine not Law in the Doctors office.
Our pleas fall on deaf ears. The people in power don't want to listen, and they aren't. All we have to send notices is to are crook 1, crook 2, or ozone 3. Politics is in bed with industry and government powers(DEA/FDA). They could care less about the issues of real people. They consider those of us who complain to be little children. Little children require punishment and stricter rules. The Nanny state has been created and ongoing for some time. This won't stop. Anybody with ears and eyes can sense that. A second American Revolution is what it will take to make changes in this system(and I don't mean voting them out!) and right the abuses and kick every lifer out of office. We don't get to vote on things that really matter to us, anyway, taxes, healthcare, jobs, rights, freedoms, whether we start a pre-emptive war, where we get our fuel from, and what we can or cannot put into our bodies, repairing our infrastructure, etc.. These are issues that I would vote on were they to come up on a ballot, but they won't. All we get to vote on are crooks and crooked initiatives. This is why people will seek other measures to get what they need. Can you blame them? I used to, but now, no. If pain patients can't get the measures they need in the old fashioned "legitimate" way, then they will do what is necessary. Thanks, FDA(crooked means
), DEA(criminal behavior
), congressmen(crooked don't listen to constituents), senators(crooked same as congressmen), and president Obama(out in the ozone)!
I found this on the: hhs.gov/ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) webpage.

This presentation will explain the:
1.Role of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in enforcing the Federal Health Care Provider Conscience Protection Laws;
2.Protections for the conscience rights of health care providers; and
3.Protections for the rights of patients to access needed health care.

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I found #3 to be contradicting to what they just participated in; the rescheduling HCP to CII. It says NOTHING to the affect IF abuse, diversion, OD, hospital admissions, surveys, testimonies, etc occurs due to HCP!
Please stop punishing people in pain.
5 Years i have not abused this medicine, which I take because cervical surgery did not heal me, and no other surgery can be recommended at this time. I live in Jacksonville Fl. Every of the 20 pharmacies in my area are out, and i have a new written prescription, cold turkey from this medicine can lead to death. The DEA's re classification has violated my civil rights, and as a natural born citizen, i demand this be taken before the supreme court.
I dont have pain that I have to live with and hope I never do. I can only imagine what its like. What I do know is that whatever a person and their doctor decides is the best treatment for them IS NOT ANYONE ELSES BUSINESS!! Worry about yourself and try to make the best decisions for you!! We need to fix the root of the problem and the root is people who think they know what other people and their doctors should do...and if they dont do it, then they should be caged and their lives should be destroyed!! ITS TIME TO LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE!!
MARIJUANA IS A HERB THAT GOD CREATED. MANY YEARS AGO IF YOU HAD CHRONIC PAIN EARLY SETTLERS COULD USED NATURAL HERBS. THE GOVERNMENT AND DRUG COMPANYS ARE ALL IN BED TOGETHER LOOK AT THE INCREASE OF YOUR MEDICATION. ONE RX WAS 10.00$ NOW IT IS OVER A HUNDRED DOLLARS. SOME HAVE CHANGED TO OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS.
OBAMA LIED, AND LAID IN BED WITH THE DRUG COMPANY.S. THANKS TO ALL WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA.. ALL HE DID FOR THE PEOPLE IS MAKE THE DRUGS AND YOUR HEALTH CARE "NOT AFFORDABLE DON'T CARE ACT."
A Doctor used to be an honorable profession
NOT ANY MORE
This is going to STOP NOW!!! I am NPT. Drug addict or abuser, I DO NOT abuse or even use anything! When I give a urine analysis when I dont need to and I STILL cant get the painedication I need to live a normal life because the doctors minds have been warped by their hypocritical ****ed up text books there is something MAJOR wrong! Everyone WILL NOT be punished for the ignorance and mistakes of abuse by others in this Nation any longer! We have medical rights that still exist and havent been taken away by the horse's*****in the white house yet and I DEMAND this problem be fixed IMMEDIATELY or expect an uprising!!! I will get the medicines I need on a regular basis without stress or any hold ups or issues of any kind. I want this fixed NOW!! Im a man of my word and nothing about government makes me afraid to come against and I will mot be controlled by ANY entity! Power WILL return to the hand of the people of the God (God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) Blessed United States of America!!
This petition's first comment is dated 9/25/11....
They are NOT listening to us and never will! They are in their own little world. If you're lucky you will get a cookie cutter, computer-generated, response from your elected officials mentioning nothing about this petition however.
I pray all these people signing VOTE. Make yourself heard. Lawmakers don't care they can snap their millionaire fingers and have meds. If they cared our government wouldn't function as it does now.
Went to urgent care they found blood in urine I'm in so much pain :( the urgent care doc said go to er something's wrong !!! I get there sit for 2 hours then finally get to tbe back and sit another 3 before a doc came in one look in chart said what do u want me to do I am not helping :( where is my human rights !!!!! I'm in pain I'm not a abuser I feel helpless thinking on killing myself I have no life
I just had total knee replacement, has I know I wouldn't of been able to obtain the medication necessary to control the pain for physical therapy, I would have opted to wait or have the surgery in a state that is not totally gone the opposite way on pain medications. I was told at a Walgreens today that I should not be asking if they have the medication, it all depends on if they (the pharmacist) wants to fill my prescription or not. I think this is called profiling and had caused many a riot lately
Why do real chronic pain sufferers have to pay the price for the law-breakers? Please hear us.
Its Bs that i have to live in pain that's so bad it makes me puke and the crap they give me isn`t taking the pain away And have to keep going back to The ER over n over i have a mass on my left ovary and the pain is worst than labor .....
Who is listening?
Who cares about those citizens who are truly suffering with chronic pain?
Is anyone out there?
Laws are meant to protect the citizens of a country not to limit doing what is right for all citizens.
What about the cry of the stranger that says is anybody listening, "Please somebody has to do something." " PLEASE, I can't take this pain anymore." You sit by and watch the life in their eyes leaving and despair set in while all the time saying someone will help you tomorrow but it had went on too long. one day too long over the edge of hopelessness takes away a person who tried with all his heart to live.
Is anyone listening?
Suddenly and shockingly we are taken by horror
that Believing in miracles was not enough to keep Hope burning in his heart.
One day HOPE fails and a life ends in a delerium of physical and mentally agony. The call for help did not arrive and all is hopeless while darkness swallows the person who is fighting with all their strength to hang on for all those they love.
Is anyone LISTENING?...................................
Will you listen to the cries of the soul who whimpers in the night as the last ray of hope fades away to nothingness.
Who is listening
Are you?
That's ok. I'll make do with the weaker medications from my pain doctor that don't work or barely touch my pain. For now!

I hope that marijuana is legalized in every state that hasn't done so yet. Then these pharma companies that pushed FOR this new rule, the parents whose children OD because they weren't monitoring their child's lives testified FOR this new rule, all those folks up there in D.C. (FDA, DEA, HHS) who voted FOR the new rule can kiss my rear.
I know there's legislation coming up in a couple of months to legalize here. Recent polls show 57% of Americans support free-market marijuana. If politicians, at any level, don't or wont listen to us, we, the people, WILL vote you OUT and vote to place those who support us into office. 'Nuff said.
So you keep saving lives in lieu of punishing legitimate chronic pain patients, reclassify a few more weak narcotic medications into CII (what few are left in CIII), vote, vote and vote more for reclassification. OUR victory will be in legalized marijuana then we wont need FDA, DEA, HHS.
If the DEA would loosen up some of us who end up bed ridden could live a life. I have complex RSD, I have so much pain I cannot get out of bed without help, I cannot shower a lone. I have no life. I was fired from work for my condition. Which is illegal but I am too sick to fight the fight for a lawsuit right now. I am just trying to survive this disease. My husband and I drove and drove and drove for hours and hours every day for two weeks trying to fill our meds. We couldn't call because the rule is they can't answer you over the phone. We finally got the Dr involved and he told us where to go and said he got it fixed for us. It was insanity I was dying in pain throwing up and helping my husband find a pharmacy. I was not going through withdrawals I was so sick from the pain. We finally got it worked out. Between all the restrictions with the DEA and insurance and the Drs and pharmacies. Everyone is connected I signed the pain management project which I have no issues with. But to act like the ERs can't treat and to punish them for giving more than 8 or ten pills in ridiculous. They need to let the Drs know that people need treatment for pain and it is okay. I had to convince the ER the other night that I had narcotics and I wasn't looking for pain meds. I showed them my prescription I hadn't filled then all the sudden here came the treatment a shot of toradol and muscle relaxers. Thank god. We all aren't looking for opiates, but when we really need them let us fill them. All the Drs can pull up everything that we fill. They see it all. If a Dr is over prescribing then discuss it with them. And by the way to make some of us that are homebound have to go out and get a hand written prescription is riduclous. We obviously need medical help and can't get to the DR but don't want to go to the ER!!!! Please let the Drs do their job and stop intervening and scaring them to death. They know what we have and haven't taken it is all in their computers. I have seen it.
My 43 year old sister suffers from chronic pain. She has chronic fatigue syndrome/ME which is excruciating. She also has many other illnesses that prevent her from living any kind of normal life. She spends her whole life in bed and only gets out to go to the doctor, and then someone usually takes her. She had dreams just like anyone else. The drug situation has gotten so bad that she never knows from month to month if she will be told that she can no longer get pain medication. The laws have made so the innocent people who are truly sick have to suffer because of the abusers. They say it's to keep the abusers from overdosing, but they're finding other ways, such as heroin, meth, etc. This isn't stopping the drug problem in America. It's only making things worse. The doctors won't help the innocent people and the pharmacies won't fill prescriptions for people, but the abusers are still abusing and still dying from other drugs. My mother took care of my sister all these years, but my mother passed away in 2013. Now my Dad and I have to take care of her the best we can. My dad is nearly 80 years old and I work all the time. I have to watch my sister suffer every day of her life, knowing that she never gets enough medicine to help ease her pain. This is not fair to the innocent people who need help. They should not suffer because of all the abusers out there. There's no reason why people can't be tested and have their medical records checked to see if they have pain or not. The only way the doctors should be held responsible is if they write out to just anyone and have no proof that they need it. The laws have made it so doctors are scared to help anyone with pain meds. If someone intends on getting high on drugs they're going to find a way. They're going to beg, borrow, or steal to get what they want, and these laws have made it worse. People are told to live with their pain or given something that doesn't even help. Has anyone who made up these laws ever had to live with chronic pain for years and years? Has anyone who made these laws ever watched a loved one suffer with chronic pain for years and years? I would say the answer is no or they would understand. There's no reason that the innocent should suffer because of these laws while the abusers are still abusing and dying. What happened to America?
Suffering from chronic pain is an absolutely terrible burden cast upon those of us who struggle through everyday life. When you add the indignities cast upon the patients by the DEA and then their own physicians it makes life unbearable. Why has our Government and now medical community turned against the suffering put upon those of us with chronic pain? Because of a small percentage of abusers of the medication? How many people die from OTC medication deemed safe by government? If law makers and doctors keep going the direction they are, we the patients are not ever going to get adequate treatment for our conditions. I pray for those who are suffering, maybe God will help those suffering because I fear man will soon not.
No words can express my disgust for the arrogance and ignorance of all of the individuals involved in denying those of us who cannot perform everyday normal activities without pain relief medication. RA is a painful and debilitating disease which requires long term pain management. Perhaps if these self righteous ignorant individuals had a child with the disease they would change their tune.
I have been a chronic pain patient for 15 yrs with rsd, I can not understand why I can not get the proper medication to keep my pain under some control, because doctors continue to think that every pain patient is a drug seeking idiot. There are times when I am in so much pain I cant move,think or even talk to my children or my wife. I think that doctors should re-think they way they treat chronic pain patients, since all we are doing is trying to get some of our life back that the pain has stolen away .
You do realize they are doing this to 1. Force people on to heroin. 2. Increase prison population. 3. Cause depopulation via suicide and 4. cause people to suffer. These people do not care about you, or your doctor or your pain. They probably sit there and jack off thinking about you in pain. These are sick creeps in our government and thats all there is too it. We have to either 1.Vote them out and completely change the way we get pain medicine. or 2. Second american revolution if all other peaceful methods have failed. I for one would rather die than live like this
This is sickening when I first hurt my back I could get hydrocodone no problem and now they are trying to make it harder to get? Hydrocodone is like candy anymore ive been on pain meds so long and been suffering from worse and worse pain. Yes if your opiate nieve its not. They need to not only repeal this law but change the entire pain management system! We are denied our right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Life in utter despair and pain and misery of not being able to get out of bed is not life, they are denying us the right to life, they are denying us and our doctors liberty.

1. noun the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views.

How can one be happy when one is in absolute misery all day almost everyday and contemplates suicide. WE NEED A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. We also need to sue for all the people who have committed suicide because the pain and the hopelessness was just unbearable. THEY NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!

We are forced to either live in horrible pain or find our medications through illegal means (which I think is their plan). So they can have more prison labor. No more just sitting back and being quiet. When me and my fiance have documented proof of our pain and cannot find a pain doctor or PCP to take us or treat us it is utter ********. My fiances doctor told her to deal with the pain because 24 is too young to take pain medicines, she told them 24 is too young to have 4 disc protrusions in her back and 3 in her neck and to suffer from horrible back pain making her unable to walk and severe headaches everyday. They said oh thats too bad because we will not send you to a pain clinic without telling them we do not want you prescribed narcotics. We live in a nazi germany society when it comes to pain management and we are the jews!
I am a handicapped veteran, who suffers from Charcot's Neuroarthopathy. The bones in my feet are broken, and will never heal. My VA doc cut me off of my pain meds cold turkey and gave me foot cream! Over the counter foot cream to treat a broken foot. I used to be a functioning human being, and educator who graduated with honors. Now, I'm on welfare, and perpetually bed ridden, all because the DEA decided to change the rules so that legal drugs would be harder to get. Now, for the first time in 30 years, I'm drinking. I drink like a fish these days. It's the only way I can handle the pain. Many thanks to the brave lil' soldiers at the VA and the DEA for steering me clear of possible drug addiction. Being an alcoholic is way more fun!
My daughter has been in chronic pain for more than 20 years due to a car accident. The accident ocurred because of some careless driver. She now cannot get any of her pain medication. The pain management doctors won't see her and tell her there are alternatives. Funny thing is that they won't tell you what they are. Her primary physician says that she cannot write any prescription for any pain medication. The ER doctors will only give her less than half of her regular dosage and then will only give her enough for 8 days. During this time, she is violently sick because she is detoxing and in terrible chronic pain. She does not want to live anymore. She has two children and a grand child whom she rarely sees because she is in such horrible pain. She has no life and does not understand how a country like the US could let this happen to its' people. She has heard of 3 people who she once knew that committed suicide because they were also in chronic pain and could not take it anymore. How many more people are going to have to take their lives before something is done? Yet we the good ole USA are bleeding hearts when we see areas devastated by tornadoes, floods, etc. and yet our DEA Government sits back and does NOTHING WHEN THEIR OWN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. SHAME ON YOU. I WOULD HATE TO SEE ONE OF YOU OFFICIALS WHO SIGNED THIS HEINOUS DOCUMENT EVER END UP INJURED AND END UP WITH CHRONIC PAIN. OH YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT - YOU WOULD MAKE SURE YOU GOT THE MEDICATION THAT YOU NEEDED!
After 3 surgeries i was cut off my minimal daily use of percocet..... Used mostly for quality sleeping to make through the next day. Rotting my stomach out from advil for 10 years. RIGHT on government!! Idiots You fill my shoes and work every damn day after what my body has gone through. And see how you fare. Sick Bastards at the TOP in our Government. Vote the Bastards OUT. Once again they are in it for the money nothing else. I can go on and on not enough space.
I always got my pills filled and even brought in my bottle if i had left overs to show. Never had stolen or sold them. Then i was put on a pill list.
I will have to find them over seas and get a PO BOX like everyone else. Screw you dumbshits who passed this new drug law. Adults should have enough sense to lock up drugs from kids.
My wife has been a chronic pain patient for years, she suffers everday and now because of these outrageous,inhumane and poorly thought out laws. My legally disabled wife who is currently under the care of two licensed physicians one is a pain specialist, cannot get her prescription filled one pharmacy simply doesn't have and the other refuses to fill it because of the geographic location of the doctor. I have driven 230 miles trying to find somebody to fill these legal ontime prescription's with no luck. So now on the second day of no medications i watch my wife slowly slip into withdrawal's and wonder if i am going to have to use fmla at my job again. These ill thought laws cause my wife more trauma and pain that she just doesn't need. MY WIFE IS A PAIN PATIENT NOT A DRUG ADDICT . THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIKE HER ARE BEING DENIED PROPER MEDICAL CARE BECAUSE OF THESE RIDICULOUS LAWS. THIS IS AMERICA AND THIS MISTREATMENT OF PATIENTS MUST STOP.
The DEA's war on prescription pain medication is ill-conceived and inhumane. In order to prevent a minority from abusing prescription pain medications the DEA has placed a significant burden on literally millions of U.S citizens like me who rely on prescription pain medication to make our lives bearable. Doctors and clinics are now afraid to prescribe prescription pain medication even to patients they've been treating for years for fear of harassment by the DEA, leaving millions of long-suffering Americans like me in agony and no longer able to lead normal lives.
I must have forgotten why laws existed. Did I miss something in the last 10 years of my working 2 jobs to make ends meet? I thought laws were put in place to detain, indict, and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent allowable by LAW. To ward off illegal activity. Not to punish legally abiding citizens. Don't punish me on your way to fighting lawlessness.

Lawless acts pertaining to HCP, et al.
1. stealing of HCP
2. diverting of HCP
3. acceptance of HCP...either by theft or diversion.
4. falsifying legal medical documents by increasing number of HCP pills and/or refills.
5. possession of HCP without proper diagnosis by an MD.
6. MD run pill mills
7. frequently changing doctors, pharmacies to acquire HCP

Lawfulness pertaining to HCP, et al.
1. taking prescribed doses
2. having proper diagnosis from an MD for HCP
3. same doctor, same pharmacy for HCP use
4. no diversion of HCP

Any activity outside what is listed in a LAW is reason to prosecute. Don't punish me. Go after the ones you know are breaking the law. Don't issue a blanket rule and expect law abiding citizens to sit back and be punished to for following the law or rule. My pain management doctor quit prescribing HCP which helped ease my pain. He said NO MORE because of the new laws on HCP from the DEA, FDA and HHS.
I call BS on that and anyone who supported the idea of punishing law abiding citizens.
I'm sorry, BUT, it's not my fault your son OD'd on HCPs, maybe you should've cared less about your BMW, or 80 work week and more about what he was doing before it was too late.

If I sale my HCP, or give them away ARREST ME!!
If someone else sells their HCP or gives them away ARREST THEM!!
It's that simple.
BUT leave me the HELL alone if I'm following the LAW!
This is sickening!!!
We must all unite & fight to file a Class Action Lawsuit. What right does anyone have to say what one can & cannot put into their own body. We put our animals to sleep by a Vet. when they suffer, but people are thrown in jail or padded psych rooms to endure more pain when they can't manage the pain taking their quality of life the Government dictates what you & can't do with your own life. People are suffering by a law that is nothing less than criminal, abusive, dictatorial, inhuman, & it is those that wrote & passed this law that are the manipulative controllers willing abuse of power in threatening doctors & patient with an Iron Fist that only hides behind a hammer & sickle, for this is an act of communistic social control, FOR CONTROL THE HEALTH, CONTROLS THE PERSON. We allowed this as much as doctors for we continued to give our rights & freedoms up in silence while the healthcare system was taken over by the government & anyone who spoke for freedom was shamed into silence & now they have control because we allowed it in becoming to political correct & worried about offending when the offense was really being calculated against us the American People. The politicians have not forgotten who they work for, as it was stated by the architect of Obamacare that the American voters are stupid & they laughed & got richer while believing & now saying the American people are stupid. A crime is a criminal act when it is intentional & this bill was that & is that & it is time to roar & be heard, to light up the air waves, to blast the sound waves of all media, write every radio show, overload the call centers of leaders offices, contact the news & load the buses to march the capital & get the lawyers to file the largest class action suite in history...for the buck stops hear & we need to remember we are Americans & this is our country & those we vote for work for us, not us for them. Look at how many vacations, benefits, perks, & salary we...yes we pay those we elect. If we hire them, then where is our power to hold them accountable. Look back in history & see this is what Hitler did one chess move at a time, we are only stupid if we don't think that could happen here.
We must all unite & fight to file a Class Action Lawsuit. What right does anyone have to say what one can & cannot put into their own body. We put our animals to sleep by a Vet. when they suffer, but people are thrown in jail or padded psych rooms to endure more pain when they can't manage the pain taking their quality of life the Government dictates what you & can't do with your own life. People are suffering by a law that is nothing less than criminal, abusive, dictatorial, inhuman, & it is those that wrote & passed this law that are the manipulative controllers willing abuse of power in threatening doctors & patient with an Iron Fist that only hides behind a hammer & sickle, for this is an act of communistic social control, FOR CONTROL THE HEALTH, CONTROLS THE PERSON. We allowed this as much as doctors for we continued to give our rights & freedoms up in silence while the healthcare system was taken over by the government & anyone who spoke for freedom was shamed into silence & now they have control because we allowed it in becoming to political correct & worried about offending when the offense was really being calculated against us the American People. The politicians have not forgotten who they work for, as it was stated by the architect of Obamacare that the American voters are stupid & they laughed & got richer while believing & now saying the American people are stupid. A crime is a criminal act when it is intentional & this bill was that & is that & it is time to roar & be heard, to light up the air waves, to blast the sound waves of all media, write every radio show, overload the call centers of leaders offices, contact the news & load the buses to march the capital & get the lawyers to file the largest class action suite in history...for the buck stops hear & we need to remember we are Americans & this is our country & those we vote for work for us, not us for them. Look at how many vacations, benefits, perks, & salary we...yes we pay those we elect. If we hire them, then where is our power to hold them accountable. Look back in history & see this is what Hitler did one chess move at a time, we are only stupid if we don't think that could happen here.
I have a herniated disc and S.I. problems for over 9 years now. I have undergone over 70 physical therapy visits, numerous pool therapy visits, not to mention numerous chiropractic visits, back injection treatment, and being a guinea-pig to many different medications. I was told by my back Doctor's that surgery wasn’t a good option for me.; so after finally finding a medication that worked for me called Hydrocodone, This medication actually helped the pain and helped me to maintain my days, I have since been cut off the Hydrocodone medication by my current Doctor and I was not even tapered off of this narcotic medication. Keep in mind; I did not go to her because i was not happy with the meds or any other reason. She said that this had to be done because of the D.E.A. Scheduling changes. My Dr changed my medication to Oxycodone, and this med was not working for me until she upped the dosage, since then she lowered the dosage and I am very miserable. I raised waves with the Drs Staff because she did not prescribe what we discussed and a dosage that actually did help. And the staff would not let me discuss this matter with the Doctor. Please keep in mind that I have NEVER failed a drug test, NEVER lost nor had any medications stolen, never been to the E.R. for meds, and never gone Dr seeking for meds. I am miserable. I AM SIGNING THIS TO STOP BEING A VICTIM OF OUR OWN GOVERNMENT AND A department called the D.E.A. These Departments feel that they can have the power to control our Doctor's Decisions and the lack of the patient’s rights and quality of life decisions. Because our government and D.E.A. cannot figure out a logical solution to the abusers that seek some of the selected and abused medications the patient must suffer these consequences. D.E.A. PLEASE LIVE ONE DAY IN MY SHOES. you have no clue how miserable and what it feels like to constantly be in continuous PAIN, It is no wonder why we have so many people self medicating, Drug and alcohol abuse, and or deaths due to people not being able to seek help from the doctor to help them in chronic pain. I wish I wasn’t in pain; I was not given another treatment option except to deal with it, I WILL BE THE FIRST OF MILLIONS TO SIGN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TO GET OUR RIGHTS AND LIVES BACK. Please allow the patient a say in their health decisions and treatment. So much for the patient’s HIPPA LAWS. These laws are not as good as the paper that that they are written on.

David Byrnes (Spokane, WA)
It is time for a class action lawsuit by all the patients who have been on hydrocodone for longterm treatment for Govrrnment over riding the doctor & misleading the public while causing harm to patients.
Doctors are now scared to be medical leaders caving to the DEA where their afraid to return patient calls and weakened by Government Political Crooks to where we question are they Doctors any longer. Every politician who supported this law banning opiate pain medication will see the largest political ad campaign THAT THEY TURNED PATIENTS INTO SUFFERING VICTIMS, STRONG ARMED DOCTORS, TO KEEP RECEIVING PAYMENTS FROM PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES PUSHING MORE EXPENSIVE MEDICATIONS OUT OF GREED, LEAVING THE PATIENT BROKE, BRUISED, AND BEATEN. FOR THOSE WHO VOTED FOR THIS BILL, WE THE VOTERS WILL UNITE TO VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE TO VOTE IN A REAL LEADER WHO REPRESENTS WE THE PEOPLE.
Doctors are now scared to be medical leaders caving to the DEA where their afraid to return patient calls and weakened by Government Political Crooks to where we question are they Doctors any longer. Every politician who supported this law banning opiate pain medication will see the largest political ad campaign THAT THEY TURNED PATIENTS INTO SUFFERING VICTIMS, STRONG ARMED DOCTORS, TO KEEP RECEIVING PAYMENTS FROM PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES PUSHING MORE EXPENSIVE MEDICATIONS OUT OF GREED, LEAVING THE PATIENT BROKE, BRUISED, AND BEATEN. FOR THOSE WHO VOTED FOR THIS BILL, WE THE VOTERS WILL UNITE TO VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE TO VOTE IN A REAL LEADER WHO REPRESENTS WE THE PEOPLE.
so i have been taking vicodine for 6 years due to a horrible car accrident and nerve damage with tbi and ptsd never call my rx in early or late always passed drug screens and what not well i never had a problem till i missed my appointment the receptionist miss wrote my appointment date as the 7th my appointment was really the 4th i showed up the 7th to find the office was closed i called and they said i had missed my appointment and i asked them "well i have the appointment card with the 7th written on it and initalled by the receptionist what do i do now??" and i quote "well looks like you are******out of luck".... seriously and now i have to suffer because no other doctor will treat me even though they agree that i am one of the cases that this law hurts and not helps, all the doctors take one look at my records and instantly there attitudes change from "he just wants pills" to "oh my god i wish i could help you... but my hand are tied" they don't wanna be black listed and neither do i, and the dea doesn't relize that the drug dealers are still getting them and still selling them but now for even more money (inflation) so the drug dealers get richer and i suffer.... the dea need to target the drug dealers not the doctors
These polices are going to make the whole situation worse. Why don't' you instead try to make our medical system better?
I've been hurt by many doctors who are in rush to make their fees ( because of privatization) and don't treat me properly and cause me pain which I then have to get meds for.
I think you all like torturing people, esp the sick, old and poor.
Your "fix" isn't going to work for anybody
Tired of being denied proper treatment because our doctors are too afraid to prescribe medications for chronic pain?

If you are like me and the answer is YES!
Then we have to find a way to have our voices heard. Write your states elected officials and get anyone involved you can to have this cruel treatment of legitimate chronic pain patients addressed.
You can go to www.whitehouse.gov and find several links to voice your opinion.
I am a long term sufferer of pain. I have had 6 spinal surgeries, taken 4 pain management classes, have a 30+ year life with fibromyalgia, had 3 knee replacements, leaving my rt. knee with a chronic staph infection and other diseases destroying my joints and in my 30 years with Vicodin and after 25 years, the slightly stronger Norco. I have never 'abused, overdosed, sold or requested more and stonger pills and I have been treated as a junkie by doctors, nurses, pain managers, drug store pill counters, hospital workers and just plain ignorant, cruel and nasty people. I have also gone the herbal route.I am now facing 69 years of age. with the knowledge that I will never have to live through another day of misery because I am in the twilight of my life and not young, with a life of pain in front of me. Please,U.S. government, state and local governments GET OUT OF MY HEALTH CARE and let my doctor do his job!
i would love to know why a Dr. MD would send a person to someone that has less Education, most at the bottom of their class. to treat a person that has real pain, they take an oth to do no harm and then they do this. to me it is another way to rip the people off. if you have money you do not have to put up with this BLANK, if you do not have money you have to live in pain and no one gives a BLANK.
Everyone must bring this issue to the for front of the public media, social media, and to all political leaders to get your patient rights back that have been taken away!!!
Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REFAarpMWo8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isOlT5yujAs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsGIRDaoEis

We Oppose Any Ban of Vicodin (Hydrocodone HCl)






We, the People of the United States, feel we have the right to have access to medications that have, as their primary effect, relieving of acute or chronic pain. Vicodin (Hydrocodone Hydrochloride) has a proven track record of being a reliable medication for relieving pain enough that those afflicted with disabling pain, may function day to day. It appears that an administrative panel of the FDA have voted to ban Vicodin from use by patients, at the same time as they have moved to try to decrease dosage of certain over the counter pain products containing "Acetaminophen" (Tylenol). We see these actions as ultimately causing millions of people to suffer needlessly with intractable pain, simply because allegedly SOME people abuse these substances. Some people abuse and intake too much food, but it would be folly to ban all people from having access to food, in the same sense that it will cause needless suffering to millions, to remove one of the staples of pain management. Thus, we petition the government for redress of our grievances against this wrongheaded and ultimately, dangerous path which the Food and Drug Administration has embarked upon. We believe this vote was an over-reaction and a knee jerk response to a phantom problem. At the very least, before any hasty actions are undertaken, this should be put to a popular referendum to the people that will ultimately be harmed by this foolish proposed ban.
See this video, copy and paste it to find out the truth of the new law and actions already taken place and the facts that supports why prescription pain medications are safer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isOlT5yujAs
See this very good video from an actual doctor on this new law:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BR__-N54Ck

Second video on what the illegal drug war has resulted in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WMGsOVfQMQ

When the Government gets in the middle of the Doctor and Patient, the result is the patient becomes the victim. See how our brave troops and veterans are treated by Government Healthcare, what we are seeing is just the beginning of the Obamacare law that elected leaders read before signing it. Freedom is just an illusion.
This new law will cause an increase in suicide rates nationwide thanks to the government bureaucrats thinking they know better than doctors. People living in pain have now had any small chance of quality of life ripped from them. Those who are in chronic pain like cancer patients have to have this medication just to bare with pain day to day that is disabling. I guarantee not one of those who voted this law in has ever dealt with severe chronic pain themselves or with their loved ones. This is inhuman, uncompassionate, non-caring, heartless, neglect. Oh and thanks for creating a larger border drug problem now as the DEA and Government has created a entirely new market for illegal drug smugglers, they have given them everything but a store front to sell out of and this law will do nothing to stop the abusers, it only harms the honest patients that they have made victims. The government has only done one thing right consistently and that is screw things up for everyone. Did they do any real research and real studies of real patients, NO!!! They assumed based off the illegal abusers who will always get their hands on illegal drugs which the government wastes hundreds of billions of dollars on their losing drug war, they can't even secure the border allowing drugs and criminals to enter the U.S. everyday. PUT THIS TO A NATIONAL BALLOT VOTE AND LEAVE THE POLICITIANS OUT OF IT. YOU ARE JUST SEEING THE BEGINING OF THE NEW HEALTHCARE DISASTER, THEY CAN'T EVEN GET A SIMPLE WEBSITE MADE CORRECTLY ON ROLLING OUT OBAMACARE. ALSO THOSE LOOK AT THE FACTS AND THE FACTS WILL SHOW IT IS NOT THE PATIENTS ABUSING OR OVERDOSING ON THE DRUGS, IT IS THE ILLEGAL DRUG ABUSERS THAT WILL NOW HAVE GREATER ACCESS ON THE STREETS BECAUSE OTHER COUNTRIES WITH LARGE DRUG CARTELS NOW HAVE A NEW U.S. MARKET THAT IN REALITY MAKING IT EASIER TO GET DRUGS ON U.S. STREETS. IF THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS THIS BAN ON OPIATE PAIN MEDICATIONS, THEN THE U.S. STANDARD FOR TO OUT LAW THE HIGHEST THREE ABUSED DRUGS SHOULD BE FULLY OUTLAWED BEING 1) ALCOHOL THAT KILL MILLIONS PER YEAR INCLUDING CAUSING DOMESTIC VIOLANCE AND DWI DEATHS, 2) TOBACCO THAT KILLS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR AND THOSE EXPOSED TO SECOND HAND SMOKE FROM THE OVER 4000 THOUSAND CANCER CAUSING CHEMICALS ADDED TO THE TOBACCO THAT COST THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS 3) ALL OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS FROM COUGH SYRUP, COLD MEDICINE, TO HEADACHE PILLS (also mouth wash that alcoholics drink) THAT CAUSE MORE ORGAN DAMAGE, ABUSE, DEATHS, AND USED TO MAKE ILLEGAL METH. IF THE GOVERNMENT AND ALL THE POLITICIANS TRULY CARE THEN BAN ALL THESE 3 ACROSS THE NATION, OH, BUT THAT MEANS A LOSS IN LOBBY MONEY OR AS WE CALL BRIBES BUYING VOTES WHERE OPIATES ARE GENERIC WITH NO PATENT MEANING VERY LITTLE PROFIT, SO WHY NO SCHEDULE II RESTRICTIONS ON THE MUCH STRONGER FULLY SYNTHETIC PATENT PAIN MEDICATION LIKE TRAMADOL THAT PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES HAVE BILLION DOLLAR PATENTS MEANING HUGE PROFITS WHERE THEY PAY POLITICIANS THROUGH
I work in healthcare & see everyday the difference in a patient's participatoom for rehabilitation that are receiving pain meds. Everyone who is living with chronic pain knows there is a much more significant increase in quality of life with pain meds when NEEDED. Chronic pain wears you down not only physically but emotionally as well.
First I'd like 2 say it is WRONG WRONG WRONG . Not helping us that are severely living in chronic pain and living with a deadly disease as I am and other uncurable diseases.. I got sick at 32 years old while I was working as a temp at the state workers compensation office and going to school .. I was diagnosed with chromic myofasical pain syndrome that was so severe and no cure that the dr told me I'd be crippled in 2-3 years. I didn't no what to think and how hurtful it was. Then I got Chronic fatigue immune deficiency and myalgic encephalomyoltis which is worse than MS, AIDS, and CANCER COMBINED. It is deadly it affects every single thing in your entire body till it kills u . I've lived in bed for over 9 years and been on SSI . I have also RA, Degenerative disk disease, aneuopathy, Osteoarthritis, IBS, Cervical neuritis, land lumbar neuritis spondylitis, my heart is enlarged due to my disease, ligt stroke , vascular disease, u name it I got it . I've suffered severely in pain , I go months without bathing , my mommy took care of me and I found her dead in sept on the couch . I'm not no addict never was m dying and can't get the help I need for my pain. I have 2 pay cash for me meds because of the laws of pharmacys not getting enough meds to help ppl. THIS IS WRONG WRONG and in human ine the way ppl that r truly suffering that can't get help . Why can't u check ppl medical history since u can do everything else and see who really needs pain management and the ones who don't . JUST BECAUSE OTHERS R ADDICTS AND OVERDOSING DOESNT MEAN THAT WE SHOULD SUFFER BECAUSE OF THEM . Everyone is not a addict in this country . I'm suffering so bad I can't take it no more. I'm dying I'm dying from my disease . Ppl choose there path to becom addicted and live like that that's not our fault .. Please help the ones that r suffering and dying !!! Pkease.. I have medical records from east west both and south from drs that my parents went broke and used there life savings trying to get even more diagnoises on my diseases to see what else was wrong . I'm on medacaid and pharmacys not taking my insurance. Ppl r dying everyday over the disease I have and so many have tak n there own life because they couldn't get the pain mag agent they needed. What if your child or family member or even yourself was going through this and u couldn't get help for them and had to watch them suffer 24/7 .i was 32 when I got sick I'm 43 now . I had dreams , I wanted children a family , to finish school . To live . That's been taking from me I have noth ng but suffering and wonder when it's my last day on earth . In bed 9 years not even able now to go to a dr hardly or even walk outside or bath . Please please help me help us ppl that need help . Don't make us suffer over others that abuse pain meds . Thank u , God bless u all .
First I'd like 2 say it is WRONG WRONG WRONG . Not helping us that are severely living in chronic pain and living with a deadly disease as I am and other uncurable diseases.. I got sick at 32 years old while I was working as a temp at the state workers compensation office and going to school .. I was diagnosed with chromic myofasical pain syndrome that was so severe and no cure that the dr told me I'd be crippled in 2-3 years. I didn't no what to think and how hurtful it was. Then I got Chronic fatigue immune deficiency and myalgic encephalomyoltis which is worse than MS, AIDS, and CANCER COMBINED. It is deadly it affects every single thing in your entire body till it kills u . I've lived in bed for over 9 years and been on SSI . I have also RA, Degenerative disk disease, aneuopathy, Osteoarthritis, IBS, Cervical neuritis, land lumbar neuritis spondylitis, my heart is enlarged due to my disease, ligt stroke , vascular disease, u name it I got it . I've suffered severely in pain , I go months without bathing , my mommy took care of me and I found her dead in sept on the couch . I'm not no addict never was m dying and can't get the help I need for my pain. I have 2 pay cash for me meds because of the laws of pharmacys not getting enough meds to help ppl. THIS IS WRONG WRONG and in human ine the way ppl that r truly suffering that can't get help . Why can't u check ppl medical history since u can do everything else and see who really needs pain management and the ones who don't . JUST BECAUSE OTHERS R ADDICTS AND OVERDOSING DOESNT MEAN THAT WE SHOULD SUFFER BECAUSE OF THEM . Everyone is not a addict in this country . I'm suffering so bad I can't take it no more. I'm dying I'm dying from my disease . Ppl choose there path to becom addicted and live like that that's not our fault .. Please help the ones that r suffering and dying !!! Pkease.. I have medical records from east west both and south from drs that my parents went broke and used there life savings trying to get even more diagnoises on my diseases to see what else was wrong . I'm on medacaid and pharmacys not taking my insurance. Ppl r dying everyday over the disease I have and so many have tak n there own life because they couldn't get the pain mag agent they needed. What if your child or family member or even yourself was going through this and u couldn't get help for them and had to watch them suffer 24/7 .i was 32 when I got sick I'm 43 now . I had dreams , I wanted children a family , to finish school . To live . That's been taking from me I have noth ng but suffering and wonder when it's my last day on earth . In bed 9 years not even able now to go to a dr hardly or even walk outside or bath . Please please help me help us ppl that need help . Don't make us suffer over others that abuse pain meds . Thank u , God bless u all .
People that use these drugs responsibly for conditions that would otherwise keep them from getting out of bed because of extreme pain should not be mad to suffer because of those that use them irresponsibly.
I AM NOT A JUNKIE, I AM A HUMAN BEING
IN CRONIC PAIN. I'VE HAD 2 SURGERIES AND
HAVE METAL SCREWS AND BARS IN MY BACK.

MY DOCTOR TOLD ME TO GO ON DISABILITY AND SHE IS NOT GIVING ME ANYTHING. I AM
SO SCARED FOR MY FELLOW CRONIC PAIN
PATIENTS AS I FEAR MANY WILL CHOOSE DEATH THEN LIVING LIKE THIS. THE DEA IS NOT
A DOCTOR! I HAVE LOST MY FAITH IN THIS COUNTRY. I PRAY THAT THE DOCTORS OUT
THERE STAND UP AND MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD FOR THEIR PATIENTS. WHY THEY ARE
LETTING THE GOVERNMENT DO THIS TO US IS
VERY UNSETTLING.
Thank God I do not have to take any prescriptions, but having family members that are severely disabled that do and friends, I fear that this law is going to result in a large amount of suicides of people who are being forced to live in pain with no support. They have been disgraced thrown in a pool from good law honoring citizens to be treated like criminal drug addicts. The DEA says it is to stop overdoses of people getting into patients medicine cabinets, how does the DEA have any control over that by any law of someone stealing out of grandmas medicine cabinet. The pharmacies are saying it will add wait times and cost to the patients and the DEA says this will stop the illegal sales on the streets and black market when these sales are not even obtained through legitimate means, in reality odds are there will be an increase of illegal sales on the streets turning the patients to any means necessary to get the medication they need and created a huge surge in growth of illegal sales making an entire new drug trade market and where there is a demand, the dealers will provide a supply and make lots of money. The drug dealers and cartels from other countries and probably celebrating the DEA making this law, because the DEA just created a new market bigger than any illegal drug on the streets. Drug laws video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WMGsOVfQMQ
See this very good video from an actual doctor on this new law:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BR__-N54Ck

Patients need to start contacting every elected official, every news network, signing petitions, and if this is anything to with Obama Care, then this alone is cause to repeal the entire bill. Our leaders signed Obama Care without even reading it. If you did this in your job, then you would be fired, but it shows our leaders have forgotten who they work for and that they are not above the law, this is America not a Communist Country or is that where America is heading where the people have no voice, no power, no rights, and the Constitution has no meaning and the people are ordered to bow in silence in full control of the politicians that write most bills that are pushed by lobbyist and super pack special interest groups who give them millions of dollars to force legislations upon the people. The Obama Care Bill we were told spoke of death panels, is taking away the ability to needed medications and the power of trained Doctor away the beginning of this?
The Government did not fix a problem with this new law, they created a much larger problem. As the late great President Ronald Reagan said, "Government is not the solution, it is the problems" and what we have seen since the last Great President Ronald Reagan's departure from office is an out of control scary Government that just like the book 1984 of a Government that fully controls everyone is becoming a reality. I truly fear where our nation is heading for many of the same actions Hitler did when first gaining power are following out o
agree with 100% of this petition. I have yet to have my pain controlled after falling sustaining burst fracture L1. 3 back surgeries, torn shoulder repair, Sjogrens, ... No pain clinic would take me after my physician released me. He called 5 area pain clinics who ALL said do not take patients who need chronic pain medication! I was accepted after a lot of work but they have me down to 6 Norco a day which leaves me with no life.

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