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

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I'M A DISABLED ARMY VETERAN WITH A SEVERE BACK INJURY. OVER THE PAST 6MOS; I'VE HAVE DIFFICULTY IN GETTING MY PRESCRIPTION FILLED. I 'D HAVE TO GO TO 4-5 DIFFERENT PHARMACIES, BEFORE I FINALLY GOT ONE THAT HAD THE MEDICATION IN STOCK.
EACH PHARMACY WOULD SAY THE SAME THING; 'WE CAN ONLY ORDER AND KEEP ON HAND, A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF THESE MEDICATIONS".
Please let us pain patients have our rights back. It is not fair for us that are legitimately in pain. If laws against drug dealers would be tougher in each state rather than a slap on the wrist there would not be as much illegal drug use in this world. The laws are condemning us who do not abuse drugs and take them only as precribed.
Please let us pain patients have our rights back. It is not fair for us that are legitimately in pain. If laws against drug dealers would be tougher in each state rather than a slap on the wrist there would not be as much illegal drug use in this world. The laws are condemning us who do not abuse drugs and take them only as precribed.
The mission of DEA's Office of Diversion Control is to prevent, detect, and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources while ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical, commercial, and scientific needs. What a joke! This is right off their (DEA) website, too. That is their mission statement. It is the statement of "uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical use" that is such a contradiction. I have lost faith in the voting and legislative process. It benefits the few, only. I guess the government would rather you and I smoke Mary Jane and use heroin( making us criminals under the law), than get our pain meds from the legitimate dispensers of the drugs: the M.D./pharmacy(which will still put us under suspicion). I have dealt with chronic pain for so long that it is now a negative part of my life, like a cancer, and effects everything from sleep to functioning properly during the day, to trying to make a living. Again, the few who made an outcry to the govt. about the pill mills were heard and that was the excuse they(DEA/FDA) needed to enact this farce of a law regarding all pain meds. They left the millions of us behind who suffer chronic pain and get our treatment from legitimate sources. We need a government with "balls" and common sense to overturn this new prohibition on pain medicine. We need an new FDR and a new cabinet with common sense to go against these two entities, FDA/DEA, who have so much power to control these things in America. My government has let me down once again for the needs of big pharma, the drug dealers out there, and the few who have complained in a skewed manner that all opiates are dangerous and need to be banned. This will profit the few, not the many. We are now a country of suspicion and distrust. We are all under scrutiny as criminals or deviants if we complain of pain. Do I think that our government will take us seriously? do I think this prohibition will be overturned? Not likely. There are no FDR's out there and no common sense congress, to overturn this ridiculous prohibition. All we are left with are the pandering politicians, not the strong common sense legislators. I am once again signing on to this petition, but I don't think that Washington intends to hear or suspend the DEA position. The DEA is a big racket and they benefit from illegal drug use as much as the underground dealers. These kinds of rules give the DEA seeming legitimacy.....and jobs. What would we do without a DEA? We would do fine. We did fine for many years before Nixon created the DEA in 1970's. Our freedoms continue to be eroded and nobody seems to care anymore. Einstein said that it is a sign of insanity to do the same things over and over again in addressing a problem, even if they do not work. That was prohibition and that is this new HCP law, as well. The war on drugs needs to end, perhaps not in my lifetime, but i
I not only suffer from chronic pain without being able to find help for my suffering, but as a nurse I am forced to watch and take part in the suffering of others! I've even had to watch as people died in agony while I was unable to help them. Why? Because of bureaucratic red tape. What gives these people the right to write laws that cause suffering and loss of dignity for millions of Americans? They stand on a moral soap - box yapping about the fight against drug abuse and how THEY have the answers to fix the problem. Yet they shake their heads in confusion unable to figure out why heroin overdoses are skyrocketing. How sad that THESE are the geniuses we voted into office. I sincerely hope they never find themselves in the situation they have tragically put so many of law abiding, pain suffering Americans in. Or worse, find someone they love on their deathbed begging for relief and all the nurse has to offer is a Tylenol they can't even swallow.
i am in constant pain and cant walk.........now u are trying to make it harder on the elderly and the sick ....especially seniors...if u want to stop drugs..........get to Mexico and take their drugs.........and leave mine alone..
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I am a disabled US Air Force Veteran who suffers from extreme pain due to 4 bad discs in my back, stenosis pinching on my nerves, both my knees are torn from jumping in and out of planes, and I have an even bigger laundry list of injuries developed when I was serving my country and defending our freedom. Due to my profession, for which I obtained a Masters Degree, I have to sit in front of a computer all day, which aggravates my pain. I want to know who these entitled DEA jerks that encroach upon my liberties think they are. Where are my American liberties which I fought defending? How dare they decide that veterans can't get proper pain management anymore? We deserve it, we earned it, we fought for it! I am not an addict, if I were, I wouldn't be able to do my job properly, nor would I have been able to get my Masters Degree after leaving the military. I'm just trying to provide for my family and I want my pain to be managed while I do so. Go after the addicts, but leave us Veterans alone! We fought for your freedom, and now that we are facing the consequences of our service to our country the DEA decides to intervene and treat veterans like we are some out-of-control criminal addicts? I was prescribed gabapenting to substitute my Percocet, and the Dr. at the VA told me it was all natural and without side effects. I googled the thing and side effects include cancer and death. Is this how the US government treats its former troops, like we are just a burden and like we deserve to die? DEA, target the real criminals, leave the veterans who are only trying to seek some sort of pain relief to lead normal lives alone! This is just outrageous!
I am a disabled US Air Force Veteran who suffers from extreme pain due to 4 bad discs in my back, stenosis pinching on my nerves, both my knees are torn from jumping in and out of planes, and I have an even bigger laundry list of injuries developed when I was serving my country and defending our freedom. Due to my profession, for which I obtained a Master's Degree, I have to sit in front of a computer all day, which aggravates my pain. I want to know who these entitled DEA jerks that encroach upon my liberties think they are. Where are my American liberties which I fought defending? How dare they decide that veterans can't get proper pain management anymore? We deserve it, we earned it, we fought for it! I am not an addict, if I were, I wouldn't be able to do my job properly, nor would I have been able to get my Master's Degree after leaving the military. I'm just trying to provide for my family and I want my pain to be managed while I do so. Go after the addicts, but leave us Veterans alone! We fought for your freedom, and now that we are facing the consequences of our service to our country the DEA decides to intervene and treat veterans like we are some out-of-control criminal addicts? I was prescribed gabapenting to substitute my Percocet, and the Dr. at the VA told me it was all natural and without side effects. I googled the thing and side effects include cancer and death. Is this how the US government treats its former troops, like we are just a burden and like we deserve to die? DEA, target the real criminals, leave the veterans who are only trying to seek some sort of pain relief to lead normal lives alone! This is just outrageous!
I am a disabled US Air Force Veteran who suffers from extreme pain due to 4 bad discs in my back, stenosis pinching on my nerves, both my knees are torn from jumping in and out of planes, and I have an even bigger laundry list of injuries developed when I was serving my country and defending our freedom. Due to my profession, for which I obtained a Master's Degree, I have to sit in front of a computer all day, which aggravates my pain. I want to know who these entitled DEA jerks that encroach upon my liberties think they are. Where are my American liberties which I fought defending? How dare they decide that veterans can't get proper pain management anymore? We deserve it, we earned it, we fought for it! I am not an addict, if I were, I wouldn't be able to do my job properly, nor would I have been able to get my Master's Degree after leaving the military. I'm just trying to provide for my family and I want my pain to be managed while I do so. Go after the addicts, but leave us Veterans alone! We fought for your freedom, and now that we are facing the consequences of our service to our country the DEA decides to intervene and treat veterans like we are some out-of-control criminal addicts? I was prescribed gabapenting to substitute my Percocet, and the Dr. at the VA told me it was all natural and without side effects. I googled the thing and side effects include cancer and death. Is this how the US government treats its former troops, like we are just a burden and like we deserve to die? DEA, target the real criminals, leave the veterans who are only trying to seek some sort of pain relief to lead normal lives alone! This is just outrageous!
I am a disabled US Air Force Veteran who suffers from extreme pain due to 4 bad discs in my back, stenosis pinching on my nerves, both my knees are torn from jumping in and out of planes, and I have an even bigger laundry list of injuries developed when I was serving my country and defending our freedom. Due to my profession, for which I obtained a Master's Degree, I have to sit in front of a computer all day, which aggravates my pain. I want to know who these entitled DEA jerks that encroach upon my liberties think they are. Where are my American liberties which I fought defending? How dare they decide that veterans can't get proper pain management anymore? We deserve it, we earned it, we fought for it! I am not an addict, if I were, I wouldn't be able to do my job properly, nor would I have been able to get my Master's Degree after leaving the military. I'm just trying to provide for my family and I want my pain to be managed while I do so. Go after the addicts, but leave us Veterans alone! We fought for your freedom, and now that we are facing the consequences of our service to our country the DEA decides to intervene and treat veterans like we are some out-of-control criminal addicts? I was prescribed gabapenting to substitute my Percocet, and the Dr. at the VA told me it was all natural and without side effects. I googled the thing and side effects include cancer and death. Is this how the US government treats its former troops, like we are just a burden and like we deserve to die? DEA, target the real criminals, leave the veterans who are only trying to seek some sort of pain relief to lead normal lives alone! This is just outrageous!
I THINK THE DEA NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS! SOMETHING TERRIBLE IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU SHUT OFF ALL AVENUES OF HELP FROM DOCTORS TO PAIN MANAGEMENT TO PHARMACIES! I HAVE BEEN A CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERER FOR OVER 12 YEARS AND WOULD RATHER BE DEAD THEN LIVE IN THIS HORRIBLE UNSPEAKABLE NIGHTMARE OF PAIN EVERY DAY AND NIGHT! WE ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO GET OUR MEDICATIONS NOW FROM MAIL ORDER! I SEE NOTHING BUT CALAMITY WHEN ALL THE CHRONIC PAIN PEOPLE ARE DENIED SUDDENLY OF THEIR PERSCRIPTIONS OR MEDICATIONS. I REALLY HOPE THEY NEED TO ROT IN HELL FOR THE HARM THEY ARE DOING TO INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED THESE! THERE THE PAIN MY DEA FRIENDS ..NEVER GOES AWAY. THIS I WISH ON ALL MY ENEMIES THAT WANT TO HARM US FOR NO REASON. WHAT IS IT?, NOT ENOUGH MONEY GOING INTO YOUR POCKETS? SO GREEDY. COME ON AND OH PLEASE THIS IS NOT FOR OUT BEST INTEREST SO DO NOT TRY AND CRAM THAT DOWN OUR THROATS!
So now legitimate pain.sufferers will have to buy from dealers because they seem to be.the only.ones who can hang out.at pharmacies waiting for shipments to pharmacies to come in and the people who try to work while in pain can't find a pharmacy with any left by the time they get off work. Sad when you feel like you have to sink to illegal methods because you hurt so badly. This only helps the dealers and now they make even more money for the pills. Absolutely retarded that the DEA has the power to tell us what we need or don't need all without the medical license that the doctor worked and studied for along with seeing me each month but oh wait the idea did not do any of that but knows I don't need meds.
This new law is just another example of our government penalizing the innocent person that truly needs their pain medication just to function a somewhat normal life, although the pain never subsides it allows chronic pain sufferers to live a productive and thriving life. This new law is majorly discriminating against the seniors and the disabled Not every one in the United States are drug addict nor do they abuse the system. .
D.E.A. interference with Doctors rights to treat their own Patients accordingly is truly inhumane. When are the Citizens going to band together & File a Class A lawsuit against this organization ? It's unjust to force or coerce physicians to deny proper medical attention to their patients. ALL Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath prior to service. This is a portion of it: " With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgement and means; and I will take care that they SUFFER NO HURT or damage. " .....Now, Even though disregarding their Oath is Not Legal standing for a lawsuit, It's still Inhumane to leave people in extreme pain !!!
As someone who lives in a rural area it is inconvenient and expensive to constantly go to a doctor. Most MDS will not post date scrips .The scare tactics of the DEA works by making it impossible for law abiding citizens to live with their illness pain is real and it can take over your life .I cannot take nsaids due to a nephrological reason I have an MRI that backs up all my claims. without meds I think I would even consider a poc.ket knife and a mirror to cut out my disc I'm in pain all the time this is how desperate you get I think we should vote as a nation and see what we the people think not a nanny government. We can make our own choices also I never share my med and I will not buy illegally I will just suffer and pray that GOD helps us all.
The DEA or law makers who have enforced these pain medication restrictions apparently do not understand what it is to have someone in your life with chronic pain!!!!!! This new decision to turn over people with chronic pain to pain clinics is a huge mistake. Your personal doctor who is familiar with your medical history is more informed with you and your medical condition rather than sending you to a cattle call pain clinic where they do not know your medical history and your illness over time. Do you know what it is like to see someone you love suffer so badly every day with pain??? It is bad enough they have to get up and go to the doctor every month to go get the medicine when they are in pain. They have to do whatever the pain clinic says in order to get their pain medicine and they will do it because they are in pain. The pain clinic prescribed Lyrica and with the patient objection to this, but she had to take it because the pain clinic says so and she is in pain. In the case of someone in my family who already suffers from many painful diseases was prescribed Lyrica and she had a bad reaction to the medication, mind you she didn't want it because her system is very sensitive and already the drug has 28 reported cases of this drug giving you Nephrotic Syndrome and sure enough that is exactly what she got after taking Lyrica because the pain clinic said she had to take it in order to get her pain medication. Now she is swollen up with fluid all over and it has put a strain on her heart and prognosis is not good. When she went to a nephrologist, this doctor said the pain clinic had no business giving a heart and kidney patient Lyrica. I am outraged by this!!! I have to hear someone dear to me suffer every day because the pain clinic put her in a life threatening situation which she may never recover from. If her regular doctor would have treated her for the pain, she would have known better than to prescribe such a drug. I don't understand the reasoning for taking pain care out of the hands of qualified trained doctors and putting it in the hands of cattle call pain clinics that apparently have the right to dismiss you at any time if you don't accept their treatment even if it is something that is harmful to your health. Maybe you think patients can stand up for themselves more? If you know someone who deals with extreme pain every day, then you know they don't have much fight left in them because they don't feel well to begin with. This decision to take the pain care out of hands of qualified personal doctors and put it under the watch of the DEA and cattle call pain clinics is a colossal humanitarian error!!!!!!!! These patients have jumped through hoops and have been wheeled in or crawled to the pain clinics for help and the situation is made worse by what has been done here. This decision to send the chronic pain patients to clinics is wrong. Wrong because they have yet another doctor they have to go to. It is hard enough to have to see
The war on drugs has gone off the rails and the innocent are suffering. What happened to common sense? How is this giant group think the DEA & GOV. came up with make sense .. in the end people will have to find drugs in ways they never would have resorted to in their lives! Pain is a silent killer. Wake up.!!!! Not all Drs. Were dispensing meds like candy, not all patients took them irresponsibly. In fact very few of either fit this.
Utterly disgusted! Why punish the people that TRULY need pain help! It isnt gonna stop the drugs on the street! Just gonna make it worse! Stupid idiots.
Please help the disabled with painful diseases. No excuse for unnecessary suffering.
I have spent most of my life avoiding Dr's all together. As a child taken in for just minor thing's Dr's found that for some reason pain meds have very lil effect on me, for example the dentist, where one might need a, as in one little shot in the gums to numb them, it takes 3-5 or more for it to wk on me. As a child several time's I was told it was just fear of the pain and that I was faking or it was all in my head. As a result my trust for healthcare has always been little to no. As an adult it has only gotten worse, I have 3 children but was unable to have them naturally, now imagine trying to explain my crazy drug issue's , any numbing or pain meds it takes crazy amounts to wk but any stimulants like in cold meds I can barely take a baby's dose because I wont be able to sleep for a week. And anti inflammatory's like ibuprofen I can't keep down from horrible stomach aches. Yep you know it every Dr I've tried to explain this to has immediately put me in the junkie category! My first C-section they actually started cutting me while I could still feel it, before the monitors went crazy proving I wasn't just after a high! And the second and third didn't go a whole lot better even with proof from records from the first and second. So other than my mandatory 6 wk check ups releasing me back to wk I avoid Dr's unless I'm half dead. A car wreck, 2 bad fall's and 20 yrs of over working added to 3 bad c-sections I was to the point it hurts to bad to carry a full laundry basket from the bathroom to the laundry room with out stopping once or sometimes twice, let alone a full or even part time job at this point. The first 3-4 year's I just hide away in my house because I know how they think of me when I explain, but at 4 yrs it was so bad that I just started making appointments after finger pointing appointments. It took me a yr to finally find a Dr who was willing to do the digging in my medical chart and to stick his neck out to give me the meds I need to at the very least be a functioning member of my family, a mother, and a wife. Yet the DEA is always harassing the clinic and threatening my Dr's license just for giving me and those like me the help we need just to get threw the day. I live in Arkansas and have to go to Oklahoma because Dr.s here are not allowed to give me what I need, and now they are trying to do the same in Oklahoma. So please everyone who has ever been in pain or had to watch a loved one suffer because Dr's are taught not to care, or are just plain old to scared to help, SPEAK UP and tell our government, of the people, for the people that chronic pain dose not equal junkie!
People with chronic pain have a very poor quality of life and oftentimes cannot adequately care for themselves alone unless their pain is minimized. Help the people that need it the most with the drugs that were meant to help them
Drs and patients need to take a stand and fight for the rights of chronically ill patients. I have severe pain and being with out my medications would mean no quality of life, I am already limited to what I can do. I wish that the people who make these laws could feel our pain for a month or so and maybe you would be more compassionate to those who suffer.Sick and tired of being sick and tired and not getting the care that I so deserve.
I hope the geniuses in Congress and at the FDA / DEA who came up with those new hydrocodone restrictions are ready for a huge increased in heroin use and suicide. Thanks federal government for making those in sever and chronic pain suffer even more.
Are there any lawyers or congressmen reading these posts? Are there any congressmen posting, or doctors, or lawyers? Where are all the people in power? I think that we should vote all our legislators out of power. Every last one. I vote for a complete turn over of the FDA and DEA. Both of those entities are corrupt and hold way too much power over the lives of ordinary Americans. DEA was put into place by Nixon, if I remember rightly. And hence the so-called war on drugs began. Only, it was more like the beginnings of prohibition, which, if history serves, was repealed and never reconsidered. This is what needs to be done with the DEA.
The government has the power to change things, but refuses and that is why it needs complete and utter turnover. The FDA needs complete turnover, as well. It has done more harm than good over the last twenty years regarding safe pain management. And, as usual, the government goes after the individuals. Instead of going after the M.D. pill mills and the pharmacies that fill the ridiculous scripts, the government goes after you and me, the ones that need the relief that these meds bring. Again, logic turned upside down. the polls won't change anything in this America of ours. Only a complete and total turnover will begin to solve the issues within our way of governing. This means giving control back to the responsible MD and pharmacist, targeting the crooks, going after the dangerous illegal drugs, and blanketing patients with appropriate education regarding their meds. This is sane management. We have reached a tipping point where our government no longer makes any sense, let alone good, informed, decisions. It is time for another revolution to begin. A revolution to take back this country from the large lobbies, the FDA, DEA, large corporations that now reside comfortably within the halls of government. There are not checks and balances, only overwhelming power by agencies run amok!
The government is interfering between the patient, Dr relationship. For those that like Obama, he is the root cause trying to curb overdose. In all reality, chronic pain suffers are not looking for a high, just looking for function to daily life. Herion is easier to get than opioids for pain mgmt from a Dr. Since the DEA decided to play doctor. Everyone has the risk of chronic pain at some point in their lives, related to their jobs or even injury playing football In
the front yard with your kids. Drug addicts need help, chronic pain suffers need relief, otherwise we have no need for Drs if they are unable to provide pain relief, which is one of the main reasons people visit their drs. When physicians see the bottom line being effected, they will stand up against the Government. Drs. Took an oath under the law to help people, the integrity has been compromised. I talked to Pam Bondi's office yesterday and was given an excuse. Remember these people during election times. I have failed back surgery syndrome and refuse more surgery because more failure is imminent . My problem started during exercise while riding a bike. The new friendship path off Gandy Blvd , someone threw something on the path a I ran over it, falling on my left shoulder and hip, resulting in necrosis or dead bone from trauma, needing a total left hip rep, replacement which failed from improper size placed by the surgeon, resulting in much destruction to the low back from being one half in difference in leg length, requiring a second replacement necessitating a 3 level lumbar fusion, which failed. GOD BLESS US ALL, our government and healthcare has failed and will crumble. I always told my husband, the next thing the government will control is the toilet paper you use.
Simply disgusting as the DEA is playing god with all of us. This needs to end and we as chronic pain sufferers need protections and new laws passed that prohibits the DEA from interfering with our lives. If I could not receive my monthly supply then I cannot have any type of life which with the medicine now barely affords me. They are breaking laws left and right without any thought to the thousands that signed their names here. Someone in Washington PLEASE HELP.
Gee thanks!!!! I have had two major back surgeries, the second of which resulted in a spinal fusion. Also, of no less pain is all the other geriatric meltdowns that are increasing exponentially with age! Not only will I most likely have to miss work to get my Hard Copy script's', it will cost me $32 in gas and 3-4 hrs of my time. What's worse, I will have to lift 100lbs, in order to transfer my special needs daughter, a total of 4 X's into and out of the car... EVERY MONTH- (to pick her up and put her into the car, to go into the DR.'s office, then back into the car and once more when we get home). Not everyone has the support of a significant other or people available at the beck and call.
As was, before your meddling, i only lifted her to go to the ER. So, go figure, thats 48 more risks of increasing the odds that i may end up in a wheel chair like her. Then we'll both be in assissted living at the expense of "everybody else". As for suffering... your turn will come.
Please re-evaluate the way patients with chronic pain are diagnosed and treated. There are those that are truly in lifelong pain and require medications in order to have any quality of life, some require medications to simply get out of bed and dressed.
I am ashamed to be American right now. How dare our government step in and play the role of our"Doctor" I have dealt with chronic pain for over 25 years. I have severe degenerated disc disorder with an annular tears. Only within the last 5 years I have been treated with opiate medication and it has been a godsend. The medication has enabled me to be able to play with my children and work the 60 hour weeks required to take care of my family. Thanks for labeling me as a "Drug Addict" for having a better quality of life with my medication. I am horrified of my next PM doctors appointment. Will I end up like all of the other tragic stories listed on this petition? Will I be stripped of my livelihood by the DEA playing doctor because of drug seekers that have OD'd trying to get a fix? Look at the statistics, over 50% of all drug related deaths involves alcohol or another drug mixed with the opiates. Don't play God! Let our Doctors do their jobs. Drops the mic......
It doesn't seem to matter if I am a functioning contributor to society or laid up in bed in a fetal position. NO ONE CARES. I shouldn't have to explain my medical history and why I am prescribed a controlled substance. I have a right to privacy. I understand if a pharmacist wants to verify the prescription is a legitimate. My problem is when I have for years,been receiving the same medication from the same doctor for the same amount and filling it at the same pharmacy. I have been told on many occasions prior the the 14th of this month, they were out of the medication and it would be a day or 2 before there order would arrive. Now, because my Doctor is not in the county I live in they will no longer be able to fill it. There is a reason I see the same Dr. I have been seeing. Continuity of care and trust are integral components that allow me to seek treatment, where otherwise I would go untreated. Walmart’s Regional pharmacy manager has enacted a new policy and pharmacist has to obey his boss. He said the DEA is holding back their deliveries and everyone in under scrutiny. The DEA is having way too much input in a matter that is between me and my Licensed Medical Doctor, that is in good standing, with no sanctions, who was recommended to me by my insurance company. In my opinion, this is not a good sign for where our county is heading, I don't know what is going on but I can guarantee the reason involves: 1) GREED or 2) POWER or 1 and 2. How do wealthy and powerful people, agencies and governments get wealthier and more powerful? The answer is, they take it from the most vulnerable, the poorest, sickest, the least likely to have the capacity or resources to fight back. I might have to suffer in pain and despair, but at some point someone will be accountable.
It doesn't seem to matter if I am a functioning contributor to society or laid up in bed in a fetal position. NO ONE CARES. I shouldn't have to explain my medical history and why I am prescribed a controlled substance. I have a right to privacy. I understand if a pharmacist wants to verify the prescription is a legitimate. My problem is when I have for years,been receiving the same medication from the same doctor for the same amount and filling it a the same pharmacy. I have been told on many occasions prior the the 14th of this month, they were out of the medication and it would be a day or 2 before there order would arrive. Now because my Doctor is not in the county I live in they will no longer be able to fill it. Walmart's Regional pharmacy manager has enacted that new policy and pharmacist has to obey his boss. He said the DEA is holding back their deliveries and everyone in under scrutiny. The DEA is having way too much input in a matter that is between me and my Licensed Medical Doctor that is in good standing with no sanctions who was recommended to me by my insurance company. In my opinion, this is not a good sign for where our county is heading, I don't know what is going on but I can guarantee the reason involves 1) GREED or 2) POWER or 1 and 2. How do wealthy and powerful people, agencies , governments get wealthier and more powerful? The answer is, they take it from the most vulnerable, the poorest, sickest, the least likely to have the capacity or resources to fight back. I might have to suffer in pain and despair , but at some point someone will be accountable.
These constant attacks and discrimination against people who have hour by hour daily struggle of dealing with chronic pain are shameful and show the ingorance of many in the medical community; whom stand upon their morally self-rightous soap boxes shaming many of us who have no alternative for pain control. I have painful chronic arthritis that mostly was brought on by the chemo therapy "cure" for my breast cancer which also brought on early menopause at the grand old age of 37. That was the beginning of my nightmare. Thank you medical community for throwing me to the wolves! And just a ps to the medical scoffers, I have a severe allergy to NSAIDs that has been documented twice in the emergency room and have no other options for pain relief than tylonal and codene which I now have to walk the mile of shame before medical & pharmacy staff to ask for refills. Until the medical "providerss recieve any $$$$ kick-back from the insurance company's for -"insert your ailment here"- patients, I don't think they will ever give a golly gosh darn about any of us. It is all about prestige and the paycheck.
I am a chronic pain sufferer due to Cervical Degenerative Disks. I need medication to be able to work long hours just to survive and pay my bills. It is a fight just to get my medicine refilled every two weeks. My Pain Management Doctor is already talking about not refilling my prescription when I have tried other methods such as Physical Therapy and soon will be trying injections. I feel like I am treating as a "junkie" because I suffer from chronic pain.
I now see where this could be going. There is a call by some to have all opiates removed from the DEA list of legal drugs. If this happens there will be an outcry like this government has never seen and there will be a surge in underground and illegal use like this government has never seen. This would all come about because of a lack of commons sense on the part of our government, including the knee jerk response of moving certain drugs to a higher classification and making it mush more difficult to obtain them legally by a responsible physician. I feel for the people who have lost loved ones to overdose, accidental or not. But, that is not a good reason to make it harder for the people who use the drug(s) for legitimate pain control. I am sorry, but the needs of millions of sufferers out ways the needs of the few who have lost there lives to OD. This is not insensitive. Nobody is crying for the removal of guns, booze, or cigarettes! These things kill people at a rate that far outstrips prescription drug ODs. Nobody wants to talk about the removal of these things because the special lobby behind each one is so powerful and so, holds legitimacy because of that! Who speaks for the individuals who are in chronic pain? Apparently, nobody! Nobody in power, that is.
This injury that happened at work while I was trying to be a hard working citizen, has ruined my life! I had a horrible horrible childhood to start out though so luckily I'm used to being a struggling survivor! I've been on my own since age 15, hurt my back at work when I was 21 years old & training to be in fitness competitions! I went through 4 years of horrendous physical therapy 4 days a week as they did their best to injure me more while treating me like a crack head never giving me anything that remotely eased the pain and refused to do an MRI. So I got 2 MRI's out of pocket, a lawyer & almost immediately after a pretty large settlement. I picked my own Doctor whom I had for 9 years after & only took 1 thing the minimal dose of vicodin or percocet. THAT'S IT! 120 a month if I needed that many. After the 1st 3 years I tapered myself off to the point of 800mg IB Prophin which I thought was safer cuz pain pills are the devil right? WRONG! After a meek 2 years I had taken so much IB Prophin I developed a stomach a whole stomach that's outlined with an ulcer. Threw up black coffee grounds & blood for months until I quit taking them, changed my entire diet etc. I thought that was the turning point for the better...what's a little stomach problem next to real pain? During that 9 years I continued working, got married, had 2 children & when I was Pregnant it came back & got me twice as hard, to catch up? I'm now 38, divorced I've lost everything, YES EVERYTHING from this injury! My life, my kids, my license, my apartment, my truck, my heart, my pride EVERYTHING! And all cuz I still to this day look like a pill popper! My ex husband used my injury to get an emergency protection order against me with lies of my sleeping all day making my daughter cook the meals etc. BULL! I STILL never sleep! I have documented proof of EVERY allegation being a lie yet I can't seem to get help when he makes 80 grand + & I've not a dollar to my name! I've called over 300 lawyers, state professionals, THE PRESIDENT & I'm in the same place I started. I just don't know anyone! So I'd be more than HAPPY to sign any petition or do ANYTHING to help it to where not 1 more person has to go through this just so some DUMB A@$ doesn't over dose! I was THE NICEST well mannered human being you'd have ever had the pleasure of meeting since I did have a ruff start in life I taught myself to appreciate life and people instead of shoving a needle in my arm like my mother, I decided that at age 13! I lived with a smile on my face whether I was happy or not and LIVED by the rule of do unto others as you'd have do unto you. But now? In 1 year I'm nothing but an empty corpse so sorry if my manners slipped my mind when writing this. You all have no idea what you've taken from so many people. Probably never will...sad.
P.S. I'm a GREAT MOTHER to bad I never had a chance at proving it to the only people that matter, my kids. Thanks world, thanks.

STACY MARIE SCH
Please re-evaluate the way patients with chronic pain are diagnosed and treated. There are those that are truly in lifelong pain and require medications in order to have any quality of life, some require medications to simply get out of bed and dressed.
This has got to stop..where does it end? With every chronic pain patient laying in their beds wanting to die from the pain they're in? We are not all druggies...we are not all dealers...we are not all doctor shopping...there are those of us that are genuinely in need of these medications to have even the most basic capabilities in life...my pain is unbearable WITH my meds...I can't begin to imagine a life without them...this has got to stop..stop treating us all like we are at fault...there has GOT to be a better way...for years we have been told how dangerous it is to just cold turkey stop these meds, and now you're making it so difficult for the drs to prescribe to us that we are just being cut off and forced to be sick? Why? Just because we need a pill to walk? I'd LOVE to walk, and cook, and get dressed, and LIVE MY LIFE without pain meds! I'd LOVE to be like you..but I'm not...don't punish me for it...where do you draw the line? As one of the other commenters said..you think we have a drug problem now? Just you wait and see how bad it gets when so many are suffering needlessly...then you'll see how bad it can really get!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
I don't want to stay wasted to just treat my pain, I want my life back!!!
Well stated, but the greedy pill mill Dr.'s and dealers has messed it up for people truly in pain. Pharmacies are at their Quota, meaning even if you get a script, chances are if you are a new patient, you will not be able to get it filled. It really happens!
If this was done by a parent, the child would be removed from the home. The parents would then have to meet unconsionable requirements, just to prove we have the right to said children. Ahhh...I remember getting whipped, heck I remember picking the switch...... Simple rules, don't lie, steal, ask before borrowing, tell the truth, cause it is easier to remember. You know...being AMERICAN!
i had chronic pain for sometime every pain management dr. i go turn me away i have xrays to show my codition.
I am a sufferer of chronic pain. Without my pain medications (and ANY other treatments my doctors suggest) I would be in very REAL trouble. I have been in such pain that I have considered ending it all. You CANNOT do this to the people who are suffering like we are!!!!
I am a 35 year old mother. I suffer from Fibro and arthritis. Just had a laminectomy with a spinal fusion. Called in for my meds yesterday to be only turned away. I laid in med till 4am not being able to sleep. My legs burning and tingling. Shame on the Govt. I must say something has to change. People will start self medicating. You think a drug problem is bad now. Just wait.
This is just awful, how can anyone do this to the chronically ill, it's Unconscionable! Put your self in their shoes, one day it could be you.
My pain confines me to bed most of the day, I am unable to play with my grandchildren. I can no longer cook, clean, and even dressing is painful. Drs should be allowed to test patients without fear of reprisals from the dea. So some pill heads od it was their choice...punishing the sick for them is wrong. Don't get me wrong it's a horrible thing when people od, but punishing those who suffer is wrong.
I lived on Excedrin & Tylenol since I was an infant due to high fevers cause by "Reflux" from my bladder to kidneys. I had surgery at 9 to correct this problem.
I was hard on my body growing up after that, from climbing trees, to horse back riding, surfing, dirt bikes, dune buggies and later a Stripper. Yes, I said Stripper, back in the 1990's it was not a bad word, we were not allowed to be touched and preformed skits and did acrobatics. The "Pole Dance Classes" use moves taken from us. One of mine still cannot be done, I was that good.
I have always had back pain and I'm sure it was do to the active life I lead. I didn't think twice until my late 30's when I had my first back spasm. After 25 appointments and 3 X-Rays with Kaiser I was finally referred to a specialist and had an MRI done.
I have Spinal Stenosis, my back is riddles with fractures that are now arthritic, 2 perforated discs, fractured ribs (all) and I was born with a deformity of my Lumbar 1.
I have been refused chiropractic service for fear of rupturing my discs. I was also refused an epidural, my doctors feared that if I felt no pain I would not "stay down and lead a more slower life".
I work in DME and run the office as well as manufacturing, sometimes I have to lug cases of plaster.. I ware a brace and am careful.
The only medication that works and keeps me from over using thinks like Dones, Excedrin & Tylenol was Norco. I have been on it now for 4 months and my quality of life is much better... Until 10/10/14 when my "Refill" came up. I was denied.
I am not low income, but I am far from middle class and now I need to see my doctor every 20 days. This is expensive and takes away from other patients that are also in need of medical check ups and have health concerns.
Mentally I now feel like I am doing something wrong and I'm not. This is an over reach of Government and should have been addressed to the people of the United States. This is also a violation of the Constitution, and you can even say indirectly against Roe V Wade.
I am not just worried about me, I fear for my Family, Friends and Fellow Citizens. If the DEA can do this, what else can they take away with impunity?
It is a disgrace how doctors are no longer in charge of there patients. It seems insurance corporations and pharmaceutical companies make decisions. Not everyone is the same and we all require different approaches to treating our chronic pain. I want my doctors to be allowed to treat me as an individual. Just because it takes one person to heal per say in 3 months does not mean all will heal in that time. The same goes for pain management.
I am a disabled adult with severe RA with joint deformity and muscle pain. I take small doses of Vicodin so that I can do basic functions in the home. Without pain meds I cannot get out of bed or perform basic tasks by myself. Slowly over the years I've watched as Drs have gotten increasingly scared to prescribe pain meds and I've watched with a heavy heart as the minority of abusers and junkies have made it hard for the people truly in pain to get help. I don't think we can afford to visit the Dr 12 times a year and I've been told my Dr might actually stop pain meds entirely for his whole practice because of the scrutiny by the government. I don't know what to do and I'm scared. I don't want to spend the rest of my life confined to a bed in pain. It is unfair to punish us for the actions of a small irresponsible minority. Thank you for listening. God bless.
I live with extreme chronic pain. Thanks to new FDA rules looks like I will get not enough help . I thought that treating ones pain is part of the doctors job. What are people going to so. Suffer to death. I for one will struggle to even afford that many doctors visits. I just feel like someone jerked the rug from under me and shot me the middle finger. If I don't have the medicine to take the edge off then how can I even be able to do my Adls......
I'm disgusted by the fact that our government has this much power and control over issues that they have no business being involved in. Doctors should never be put in a position like this and patients should not suffer because of it. When does it end?
Why do the ones who really need relief have to suffer because of the junkies? I am at a point today where I dont have any fight left to "fight through the pain." All because the drs are afraid to help? Really? Something needs to change again and fast.
Please help all pain patients to have access to a quality life. We suffer enough, please don't punish us further for the mistakes of others. ~Blessings
As a Pharmacy School Graduate, this most current DEA incursion into the health care professional/ patient relationship is disturbing. I recently witnesses a 60 year old man who was diagnosed after MRI with TWO cervical disc herniations(one so severe it required almost immediate surgery- scheduled within 5 days which is unusual- to prevent further spinal cord damage or possible paralysis). This man was in so much pain he could barely move his upper torso, walk or even get out of bed. He had burning, tingling radiation down both arms into his hands and fingers. Even after the MRI confirmed the severe herniations, doctors were still completely reluctant to give this man anything but NSAIDs and Tramadol(both had already failed miserably to control his pain in the slightest).
Doctors and other health care professionals MUST be on the front lines pushing back against this incursion into patient treatment by the DEA. Have DEA agents gone to school for 6-12 years(as most health professionals have) to earn the privilege or have the education/proper training to deserve or be competent to make such decisions - OF COURSE NOT!! Doctors especially MUST remember their oaths not to do harm in situations such as these.
There has been and ALWAYS will be a large role and proper place for opiate analgesics in pain management. Clinicians must use due diligence in determining when use of these agents is required and not be bullied by the next Justice Department/DEA Drug War propaganda pitch. Remember it is , ultimately, just as easy to have action taken against you and your license by a patient or the family of a patient that you mis/undertreated and made to suffer horribly; than it is the DEA.
How dare the govt take away life bearable meds due to addicts. Well. We need to outlaw a hell of a lot
more drugs. This is inhumane and somebody is profitING from this.whet? The new drug they gonna push. WRONG WRONG WRONG. I HAVE TERMINAL CANCER AND AM VERY AFRAID. I'M SURE OTHER PEOPLE ARE JUST PLAIN SCARED AS WELL.
Seems kind of odd to me that the pot smokers in this country are afforded the ability to vote in laws that allow then to recreationally use marijuana, but if you need an opioid for pain you are an addict. The ones that keep passing these rules need to know what it like to walk a mile in the shoes of someone with chronic pain, just so they can see the challenges and suffering that goes along with it. I believe that they would find it in the hearts to quite the persecution of the doctors and people suffering in pain. I am so tired of having to worry about someone believing me that I am in pain and need to be treated. Now out government is making it impossible to be treated. Something needs to give. I am in severe pain everyday, and feel that my situation is hopeless and that I am being unduly punished for my condition and need for treatment. I got a challenge for the DEA FDA and Doctors , come up with a cure that actually works and reduces pain to a manageable level, or let the doctors do their jobs and treat the patient.
My husband and I have chronic diabetic neuropathy to the point we cannot rest because of the pain. Not to mention his HNP and my OA of the hip. Our 5/325 hydrocodone prescriptions make these health issues tolerable; we both work full time at drug-testing facilities and we both resent the fact that WE do not abuse ANY drugs but we are being PUNISHED because of the idiots that do. Thanks US government. How many of YOU will this law affect? Me thinks not a one as everything YOU get is FREE!
I'm from Massachusetts I'm 38 have chronic and shoulder pain I have had to go to er tons and pray just to get a days relief I fell like I'm a a second rate been called junkie pill popper I just want relief and respect been threw pain management was treated like a baby telling 65 percocet 5 are strong I do have tolerance I'm so afraid of being mistreated change my medicare drug coverage after tufts want the pharmacy to question my doctors I didn't chose to be in pain some days I can't even get up no energy can't get comfortable to sleep this is no life for the land of free aka America hopefully someday I'll have even if it's for 8 hours it still better then non
Chronic pain sufferer living in fear of losing access to what little relief I get.
I am 46 years old and suffer from an rheumatoid auto immune disease,two ruptured discs in my upper back that push on my spinal cord,I also suffer from bad asthma that requires steroid and regular inhalers.You would not believe how many doctors I had to go to before I found one who would even give me an x-ray or blood test.They all said " Oh, she is just a drug addict. She is too young to have anything really wrong with her." Then my current Dr. finally listened as I begged for some relief or death.Then when all the results came back he said," wow! You are really sick!" BUT,he constantly catches hell from his supervisor Dr. (because he is in a network) for giving me my pain meds.They make him fill out Five pages in triplicate explaining why I need it.And they still harass and ridicule him.It seems the government is hoping we will all kill ourselves, rather than get some peace until we die.My next visit will be the first since the new law took effect.I'm very afraid he will get tired of all their B.S. and quit, or retire because he is old.I know the other Dr.s there would prefer that I suffer rather than put up with all the B.S.After suffering those 3-4 years that I did without the meds I can't stand the thought of going back to suffering.I can't consider suicide because I'm a christian and I'll go to hell.I guess we all screwed thanks to the government.I wish you all well.Thanks for listening.
I have had chronic pain for 14 years and have had multiple back surgeries and shoulder surgeries. I have had to use some of these pain meds from time to time almost constantly just to function. I have been in the healthcare as a profession as a nurse for going on 19 years now and I have seen changes in the laws regarding opiate prescriptions over the years. It is a new low and will only have the effect to drive up use of heroin and illegally acquired opiates. This is a fact that is ultimately ignored by the government who wants to be seen as doing something with regards to overdoses(which if you look closely you will see that most of these OD's include multiple other substances.....but ignore that fact, the DEA and FDA sure do!). Next, the state and Fed's will go after MD's and their records to see if there is a legitimate reason for prescribing them at all----the DEA and FDA will be looking over the shoulder of the MD soon enough!
It is big brother control and government intrusion gone very wrong. The war on drugs is clearly a failure and everybody with a brain can see this. Changes won't come until this generation of fool legislators and government officials is dead and gone and a new generation of young people will rise up and do something sane and change the laws and rules regarding prohibition and government intrusion. Until then we must live with this travesty of justice and prudent judgment.

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