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

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We pay $1400.00 a month for heath care and we are not being treated for chronic pain because the DEA thinks we are not worthy. One would think they would be hunting down outlaws, instead they put guns to doctors heads, hence more and more people are going on disability because they can not work. Do we still reside in the USA?
I have facet syndrome. I was a victim of domestic violence and had my back broken. I was hurt on an amusement ride. I had knee surgery. Both hips are shot. I have bilateral carpal tunnel. I have 2 neuromas in each foot. I have scoliosis. I have degenerative disc disease. Just to name a few. I can now only get medication with acetometophen which will certainly destroy my liver too. I only wish to continue to work and support my family.The pain is so unbearable I am contiplating suicide and making it look like an accident so my family can collect the insurance. I don't know what else to do. I am in so much pain that I can't go on this way anymore. Drs. are no longer able to help and if they are the pharmacies won't. I pray the end comes soon. I promise Many, many, feel this way and are in the same boat as I.
Rapid city south dakota... no pain management.. have lupus fibromyalgia and herniated discs yet no doctor will touch me even with a 10 foot pole since I moved here 5 yrs ago because I am a "chronic pain patient" 5 yrs with NO meds including blood pressure meds... at the end of the rope... something must change!!!!
People don't care about those of us who live in constant pain , day in and day out. maybe one day you will know how we fell because God sees all ! You who sit in the White House all the way to the pharmacist who think they know- it- all need to re-think how we live and how we feel and WHY! In my situation I need pain medication to function on a daily basis like normal people due to my Multiple Sclerosis , Sjogrens Syndrome, Pinched Nerve in my neck and Carpel Tunnel in both my right and left wrist . Yet the DEA wants to instill fear into our pain doctors so they don't treat us properly , instill fear into those of us so called "Americans", who are suppose to be living in a free country but we clearly are NOT, who need to take pain medications daily and not only fear but shame. You, the DEA and the pharmacist make our lives so much more difficult to live as well as putting more stress on those of us who really just don't need the extra stress and honestly, the headache of dealing with trying to get our prescriptions as well as getting them filled ! Those two things , getting our prescriptions and filling them ..... if we can even get them filled :-/ is a jobs all of it's own and takes a few hours at the LEAST ! The fact that the elderly , who have worked literally until their fingers bled for years prior to us to give us this free country that is vastly being made into a Communist Country . The fact that the DEA is allowed to do this, and I mean by saying that making the elderly ,those of us who have incurable diseases and those who just had surgery live in moderate to severe pain . What the DEA is doing , as well as you who just sit in your big offices decorated to the nines and allowing this to happen , it's inhumane , and your just creating am even worse situation for those who need pain medication by training doctors to withhold pain treatment to those who honestly need it ,so we will have to treat ourselves by whatever means we can . Just because some people abuse pain medication DOES NOT mean everyone does!! Anyone can abuse ANYTHING, such as people abuse McDonalds for the love of God so I guess we should shut them all down and start slapping cuffs on all those who eat there too much ! Honestly now you all need to be more worried about the child molesters , murderers , those hooked on Heroin , repetitive offenders. That's what you should really be worried about and laying awake thinking about " how do we fix this?!?" Not "Hmmm , how can we train doctors to NOT TREAT patients and let them live in pain?" Your day will come, whether you have surgery and need pain medication or you find out your terminally ill and need pain medication to get out of bed to just walk to the bathroom . It will be you or someone you love but when you are turned down and told "Nope , just take Tylenol I cannot give you anything for pain sorry." you might kick yourself in the a*# and actually feel what we do. I ask that everyone , whether you believe or not, pray
I have been a Chronic Pain suffer/patiente for over 26 yrs please help. Many doctors will not take any Chronic Pain Patents what will we do? We need you're
help.
10 years I have suffered. I do have a fantastic medical team but my normal pharmacy can no longer fill my scripts because they now require a minimum of 8 rx on file! So I either need to start taking ŕ
4 more meds I DON'T need or fill somewhere else! Insanity!

To make matters worse no other pharmacy will fill for me now & treated me as if I was a criminal! I have no other options for my medical condition & I am a single mother of 2. How am I supposed to care for my small children if I'm bed ridden???

Worry about the illegal users & stop blocking valid patients from necessary care!
The DEA provides no objective standards for acceptable medical intervention, then prosecutes good doctors, seizing all their property without due process. This leaves legitimate pain patients in the lurch to pursue the medicine they need through illegal means. The DEA is exacerbating the illegal drug problem through its actions.
My disease is very, very real as is my pain and with the DEA interfering with my docs my quality of life has declined rapidly. Please look at the real patients and help them before going to an extremely aggressive and blanket massive cut to our meds.
My disease is very, very real as is my pain and with the DEA interfering with my docs my quality of life has declined rapidly. Please look at the real patients and help them before going to an extremely aggressive and blanket massive cut to our meds.
i had been taking methodone 40mg per day for thirteen years.i moved to rockhill sc to get away from all the cold and snow mostly shelving snow for days.i had to sell my construction company in nj because i could not do the work anymore.a family owned business from 1947 to 2005 had been in a accident a unmarked police car had hit me and my brother on a off ramp in nj i was hitching a ride because my truck broke down.it killed my brother and left me in a coma for about 15 months the doctors told my mom they did not see much hope.but with the grace of god i some how made it.while here in rockhill i had all my medical records transfered and my pain center in nj as well were sent to southeast pain.(the pill mill)i kept asking for them to run tests every other year to see how we are doing instead they just give another pill was taking nine pills like a experiment. then last year i had got bronchitts and phnomia went to peadmount hosp.who gave me some scrips and waited for my temp to go down from 105 to 99.5 then discharged and told me to see my reg doctor.made an appt the next day she perscribed two more pills and tussi with hydrocordone.they were going to tell the pain center i was persribed this and the next day after i got the meds and started to take it i called down there and left a message.as with anytime you call you never speek to anyone and they never call back.four days later i had an appt to see them to get my refills of pain meds and as always my urine test well they found hydro in my test.never saying any thing about it untill my next appt next mo.and once again they found hydro trace in my test and terminated my contract with them.told me to go some where elese no reason why then i got in the mail two days later why that on too tests they found something they were not perscribing to me well i told them my doctor called them the doc that perscribed it she even said she her self left a message.it did no good i had to look for another pain center before i ran out.well thats where the problems started every place i went to said no way i was being black balled by southeast pain in rockhill sc.had to goto north carolina and that place is the worst place i have ever seen.but the doctor is the worst i have ever seen he would not give me anything i was taking he gave me butrans 5mcg patch bad news got so sick after one week lost 20 pounds in to weeks i stopped it.it took away all the pain but the side efects were the worst i got all but five.of thirty went to er 3am bad news if they had a bed available they would have admitted me because i was realy bad off could not breath my ox level was 56 bp 200/110 bad news i was goin through so many with draws this last two weeks bad this place is like being in the twlight zone.the doctors here need to go back to school.now i am going to goto a detox center to try to get off all this crap.and get all revailuated some where some how in some state other then south carolina.we are infact looking to move out of
I go to Hendrickson and hunt pain clinic in folsom ca 1916-984-3899 I have a brachial plexus injury were your nerves are pulled from your spinal cord ive had a 17 hour operation got gang-green had my right arm amputated at the elbow dr Hendrickson said and I quote you have pain just below a person with terimal cancer and a judge and three doctors said I had a non-repairable injury under oth WHY ARE THE DEA PUTTING THERE NOSE IN WERE IT DOESNT BELONG GO AFTER THE PEOPLE THAT ARE BRAKING THE LAW!!!! NOT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN CRONIC AND TAKING THERE LIVES BECAUSE OF YOU THE DEA DEA!!!! ALL TRADE YOU MY PAIN AND YOU WILL WANT TO DIE PLEASE HELP US GIVE US OUR MEDICINE BACK PLEASE IM BEGGING YOU HELP!!! HELP. BRIAN HOLDEN 1-530-919-8470.
I have been suffering chronic pain, from a terrible back, for almost 50 years. My pain doctor cut my medicine, due to the DEA, and then discharged me when I used some pot for my pain. Now I am with out medicine and in constant pain. I would be willing to bet that the people at the DEA have never experienced chronic, severe pain and have no idea what people go through. Yes, "pill clinics" should be shut down, and those drs punished, but what about those of us who really need the medicine?
This is BULL SHIT, This is the good ole USA and nobody should suffer in this day and time!!!
I have suffered my entire life due to a back injury as a child. It has only gotten worst. I was prescribed morphine long ago. Now the Physicians are telling the will no longer prescribe me another month's worth. I have chronic pain. I would love to see a physician stand or try to in my shoes without the medication. I am 66 years old and I should be able to choose what I need for my pain. I have had enough of these Physicians milking Medicare on top of it. They make you come in every month just to pick up 1 prescription then charge Medicare for a check up when IN FACT they have done nothing but hand over your script.The Govt. Needs to set up a watchdog where people can report these Physicians. This is the problem and has been with Medicare.
gov't would rather support drug companies than allow you to use something that works and ISN'T addictive
I've been a chronic pain patient since an MVA left me with paralysis, neuropathy and titanium screws and plates in my neck 20 years ago. I've been on the same drug and dosage for more than 10 years. Now I can no longer get my meds thanks to the over reaching actions of the DEA. Terrible consequences, tho unintentional, are still terrible.The new national database is a great tool to control rx abuse. Please allow legitimate pain patients to get their meds!
You dropped the ball DEA on the Dr. GOLDBERG CASE IN AZ.......HE WAS ABLE TO PRESCRIBE A PT 1700 NARCOTIC DRUGS AND SHE SHOT HERSELF AFTER HAVING TO HAVE SEX IN ORDER TO GET HER PAIN PILLS AND HE GOT HER ADDICTED. I WAS THE FIRST VICTIM TO COME FORWARD TO THE AZ ATTNY GENERALS OFFICE ABOUT HIS SEXUAL ADVANCES. I TOLD THEM HE WAS GOING TO KILL PEOPLE AND AS YOU ALL KNOW HE HAS 5 PT. DEATHS 3 PT. SUICIDES. ARIZONA STILL LETS HIM PRACTICE EVEN AFTER MY CIVIL CASE AND. MY LAWYERS ASKED FOR REVOCATION THEY REFUSED. THE DEA SAID DRS ARE LEGAL DRUG DEALERS ...............WHAT THE HELL COULD THEY BE THINKING
I have been in chronic pain for 5 years caused by an injury to my "ankle" I have been actively prescribed to ULTRAM a non controlled substance because I refused to be put on anything stronger. 2013 December I had a surgery horribly gone WRONG. For an entire year I couldn't walk, work, do anything without some medicine to ease the pain. I have switched pharmacies 3 times because of the dirty looks of "she's a drug addict" I had two different doctors writing me scripts because of how many times I've been told "your prescription isn't ready" WHEN IT WAS. The DEA and the pharmaceutical company are forcing people like myself to do such things because they either won't give you your meds or lie and say its too early. I now after surgery tried to have my script filled frm my psych. doc (written an entire month before my surgery) and a pharmacists DEACTIVATED my prescription WITHOUT calling or verifying through my doctors office. I have done my research and that is illegal. Moral of my story is I am trying to have a low grade pain med prescribed to me and am being treated as if I am having oxy or percs. Please help the people in pain and separate the ones drug seeking.
I would be unable to remain active w/o pain medication. Seem our government want the elderly to be bedfast/couchfast rather than out in public voicing our opinions.
5 years with manageable pain is better then 20 years of hell
I am very sick with ischemia,what is the effects of ischemia,Try putting your hands and feet in a freezer 24/7 and you will know what my pain is.
Well, my partner transitioned from this life, and is now free of ALL his pain, on January 31, 2014. Died in my arms sitting in the hallway. Shame on these physicians and medical societies and their ever pointing finger of shame.
Soboxone ''pill mills'' are the new thing here in FL. Far more addicting with way longer withdrawals. This medication has ruined my life just because the DEA isn't allowing rightful prescriptions.
I think about dieing EVERY day. I know it would be better than this pain. If only!
After having back and neck surgery and still suffering from degenerative disc disease I am now considered a drug seeker and can get no help or relief. My doctors are afraid of contributing to the world wide issues of drug users, so, I suffer, and no one cares. This must stop! Help those who suffer.
I've experienced everyone of these examples. Pain should be treatable in any way!
I like most have to go on a road trip to find my medication. I take as prescribed, never fill early or take more than prescribed. Every month has become an all out nightmare and the stress and fear is making life unbearable. I can't help that I need this medication to function a normal life. I live in fear of the day I will not be able to find the medication at all. I agree that the abuse needs to end for those who take for reasons other than true pain, but it isn't fair to punish those who are legitimately on this medication. The point is futile because those who obtain for illegal reasons are going to get it or go to a more harmful drug like heroin. The actions by the DEA is only hurting the people who are on this medication for legitimate reasons.
I am so angry. I don't abuse my meds and certainly don't divert or sell them. I need them. I won't go through surgeries and examples as most of you have gone what I have experienced.

I have been treated longer than 10 years and "walked the mile" and complied. It is like I am a prisoner, under control of something I have no control over.

This week, I was told that my doctor could issue no more SCH 2 drugs because the DEA said they'd have to register as a Pain Management Clinic. This is in Alabama. I have been trying to get in touch with the DEA because my 30 day supply will end and have to go through cold-turkey.

I've had back surgery and there's more ... I could write a book. I will soon be 68 years old, am a computer specialist, but the Feds are threatening my job with sequestration.

I was never supposed to lift over 20 pounds the rest of my life. And, back in May 2013, my wife had a horrible accident, breaking both wrists, fractured jaw, fracture in back, pins and rods and I had to take care of feeding, bathing lifting her and am in more pain and her ordeal is still not over.

I have needed to see doctors myself and other problems. Now I will have to search for doctors at PM Clinics to try to see if my meds can be continued. Between work, helping my wife and more. 30 days does not give me enough time.

Quality of life will be a life that I would make anyone not want to live. What is going on with these folks? Who will fight for us? Are doctors so fearful that they do not confront the DEA in large numbers? Numbers that count?

I will end here because it is too exhausting to think about, but does anyone know if the DEA is making Doctors register as PM Clinics? I have searched the Web, but cannot find anythings specific.

I wish I could say " I'm mad as hell and won't take it any longer (from a movie). Lord, I'd give anything not to have to take meds. It is not going to happen and I am so emotionally concerned that I cannot stand it. I live in a basically rural area and PM Clinics are a round trip of 100 - 150 miles, the next in Georgia that is more miles. This type of action by the DEA, in my opinion turns legitimate people into Doctor Shoppers for the sake of maintaining quality of life and pain relief. Is this what they want? Then you really become on a hit list.

They say that when you take S2 meds for even a short period of time, 10days and especially a month ... you become "habituated" to the drug, not addicted. Why don't they just say this med will cause you to be addicted? Habituated is a nice way of saying Addicted since you are legitimately taking meds.

Anyway, i said I'd end it. I am so sorry for those of use affected.... you and me. My mind is just reeling. Thanks for reading. I'll opt out of sending my book for now ... ha!
So awful how this administration and physicians are targeting people for chronic pain instead of helping.
As a chronic pain patient, I am so tired of being treated like a "drug seeker" with no respect from the pharmacist
whatsoever!
It is so sad that people with real pain and real illnesses have to pay for the sins of others!
I am legally disabled from severe chronic pain and my family pharmacist will no longer fill my scripts because he is afraid of the DEA and Attorney Pam Bondi in Florida! Cardiac Adrenal Pain Syndrome can only be treated with opiate medication.
This is a real issue for thousands and thousands of individuals. A "One size fits all" policy seems to be what the powers at be seem to want to implement. Everyone is an individual. There are times when I even can find my medication after driving from pharmacy to pharmacy, to find out that the pharmacies too are in on the game. Medication that used to cost $.30 a pill, now routinely goes for $2, or more. Thank you for your support.
Drug dependency means you need your medicone every day or you will go into withdrawal. You only take your medicine as prescribed.
Addiction is craving more frequent or higher doses, tryimg to get them dishonestly. Most pain patients that neep daily opiods become dependent not addicted.
Florida pharmacies are denying patients their medications, claiming short stock supplied by wholesalers and of course by discrimination caused by the stigma and negative media.
Pain doctors are undertreating patients who need these medications because of fear brought on by the DEA and the same issues as pharmacies.
Legitimate pain patients are MANY and the US government in Washington DC need to STOP the DEA from bringing fear to medical professionals who are supposed to be involved with patient care.
**Florida is the prime example of bad decision making by going "Overboard" and allowing the DEA to interfere in medical care.
Over 100 million people suffer with chronic pain daily in the US caused by MANY pain conditions. Opioids give many patients some functioning back in their lives. The economy is still very bad and these patients need to be able to work to remain alive and support their families.
STOP discriminating and start worrying about human life.
I have fibromyalgia, had multiple surgeries, IBS, and mold exposure. Drug addicts preventing me from getting the medications I need to function, provide and take care of my son and my wife. I should not be punished for the wrongs of others. Stop treating pain patients as drug addicts and criminals now. The DEA needs to have a great deal of their power stripped. They have no business in the legitimate pain management business. Am I addicted? Yes, I am, and I don't care. I will have pain for the rest of my life and what does it matter if I'm addicted to pain medication if that is the medicine I require to live a full and healthy life? I can barely get the medications I need to function and my doctor is now referring me to a pain clinic since apparently the DEA made their rounds early this year (2014), terrorizing the physicians into not treating their patient's medical issues. The DEA has overstepped their authority by getting into legally prescribed medications. Go after the dealers, not the doctors. If the doctor is a real drug dealer, go after him, but not for treating his patients properly and legally. The first attorney that files a class action against the DEA and pharmacies who are profiling that attorney can count me in. If I didn't get my pain medication, I'd be on disability. That's not a good thing for an engineer with advanced degrees. How can that be helpful for America to cause me to have to resign my job and stop contributing to society? I wish a life of pain and suffering on anyone opposing the sales of any pain medications and anyone punishing physicians for the proper treatment of deserving patients by their doctors. America is not the first grade class where the whole class is punished for the deeds of one student by a witchy, mean teacher. The DEA is creating the illegal and black drug markets.
I have fibromyalgia, had multiple surgeries, IBS, and mold exposure. Drug addicts preventing me from getting the medications I need to function, provide and take care of my son and my wife. I should not be punished for the wrongs of others. Stop treating pain patients as drug addicts and criminals now. The DEA needs to have a great deal of their power stripped. They have no business in the legitimate pain management business. Am I addicted? Yes, I am, and I don't care. I will have pain for the rest of my life and what does it matter if I'm addicted to pain medication if that is the medicine I require to live a full and healthy life? I can barely get the medications I need to function and my doctor is now referring me to a pain clinic since apparently the DEA made their rounds early this year (2014), terrorizing the physicians into not treating their patient's medical issues. The DEA has overstepped their authority by getting into legally prescribed medications. Go after the dealers, not the doctors. If the doctor is a real drug dealer, go after him, but not for treating his patients properly and legally. The first attorney that files a class action against the DEA and pharmacies who are profiling that attorney can count me in. If I didn't get my pain medication, I'd be on disability. That's not a good thing for an engineer with advanced degrees. How can that be helpful for America to cause me to have to resign my job and stop contributing to society? I wish a life of pain and suffering on anyone opposing the sales of any pain medications and anyone punishing physicians for the proper treatment of deserving patients by their doctors. America is not the first grade class where the whole class is punished for the deeds of one student by a witchy, mean teacher. The DEA is creating the illegal and black drug markets.
Let those of us with the healthcare licenses take care of our patients as we see fit.
Living in chronic pain without pain medication, is not a life worth living! What is it for if it's not to treat pain?
This war on chronic pain patients has to stop. I've endured 10+ surgeries since 1997 in an effort to cure my pain, all to no avail. Pain medicine is my only option, and it is legal, so why am I treated like a criminal?
Suicide is the only remaining option. But in my case, the problem is not the doctor but rather the pharmacy. This is not a life worth living.
I suffer from Adhesive Arachnoidistis a condition CAUSED by a doctor who injected steroids into my spinal cord during an epidural steroid injection!! My Life is a living HELL! Everyday spent in horrible pain! Having to deal with dr's who one day might say too bad I don't want to treat you!! I'm NOT addicted to my pain medicine! Like a diabetic who is DEPENDENT on Insulin, so is the person with CHRONIC PAIN DEPENDENT on pain medication! I worked in Cardiac Cath for many years assisting doctors save the lives of people having heart attacks! Now I'm treated like a criminal all because a DOCTOR SCREWED UP!!
You are not doctors.. quit practicing medicine
I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disk disease along with osteoarthritis and can no longer receive pain meds because of the new laws in NY state. My doctor refuses to write scripts for pain meds. I suffer every day now. Pain has become my way of life and I can no longer enjoy my life, can't keep up with my grandchildren or do simple tasks.
As you can see, many people who have signed this have considered suicide rather than live the way we are living. I can't say that I have reached that point-not because my pain is not excruciating but because of my family. I have been suffering since 1989 with the worst of it during the past 4 plus years. I was forced to retire from a job I loved and that paid extremely leaving the burden of our support on my husband's shoulders. Fortunately, I have a wonderful pain management doctor who treats me like a human being and is concerned with not only my pain but my overall health. However, I have noticed even he is becoming more conservative in prescribing my medications.He knows I am not a drug seeker but he has to deal with the DEA (we are in FL which is one of the worst states) Please have the DEA back off and have them go after the true drug problems-the kids on the streets selling to other kids, the cartels being illegal drugs in over our borders, etc. .
I recently had back surgery and had to go to 3 different drug stores to get a pain med prescription filled-no one should have to drive all over town to get a legal script filled!
I've been on daily pain meds for almost 30 yrs and will be for life (I'm 57 now). Without them, I wouldn't be able to function. I would never choose this for myself nor would I wish it on my worst enemy.
if the doctors could/would fix me, I would not need medication to survive. I do not ever dive on medication. I am very responsible with it and I hate it. if I didn't hurt, I wouldn't touch it. do you think I would not do almost anything to have my quality of life pre spine falling apart returned. yeah, I chose this! not. and there but for the grace of god go I, because it could be worse! I will never wish this on anyone!
We are being treated unfairly and unjust. This has gone way to far. We are suffering here in Florida from the DEA scare tactics

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