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

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As someone who had a near fatal accident in 2002, ending up in a coma with broken neck and back, and a traumatic brain injury and then I had a stroke.. All when I was ONLY 30 years old. I then had a car accident a few years ago and regravated my injuries... I've lived with chronic pain for 13 years and will the rest of my life my orthopedic surgeon told me. My quality of life is gone with out my pain meds. I just want to feel good enough to get out of bed and be able to walk my dogs, and ideally work again.
Doctors need to not assume that people are drug seekers! There are alot out their who are truly in terrible pain and may not look like it.
Doctors need to not assume that people are drug seekers! There are alot out their who are truly in terrible pain and may not look like it.
Why as patients we are bending to the
FDA. Physician will soon be taking classes in how to comply to the government demands on health care.
(Communism) (facist) controling
Health care cost for only the rich!
Chronic pain isn't all their trying
To control. Cancer, strokes, diabetes
Asthma, hypertension and more is
Beginning consider chronic. Beware
Of evidence base medicine. SS
Is now trying to entice physician,
Clinics, hospitals to report on
EHR..getting to pay the the Dr's
For their compliance to them.
Senior and the nexts generation
Will be effected as well as the
Poor. Time now to stand up because
Complaining won't do the job.
Taking necessary medication away from sick people is barbaric. What happened to "first do no harm? On top of causing suffering by removing the right to pain medication, you are taking away our rights to use botanicals and supplements as well. You may as well just provide the bullets to chronic pain patients and myself as one of them.
If I didn't have pain relief, I would end my life. After 33 years of pain every day, every hour, I have no reserves left.
I hv worked in the medical field all my life and when I blew the tendons in my arms that required 6 surgeries, plus blown disks in my back, the company, I was dedicated through me under the bus. I have had 2 failed laminectomy's on my back and a heart attack. I didn't ask for any of this. I was injured, I went to my Dr and did what i was asked to do....at no point did I ask for the pain or to be told I would either take these or be in a wheelchair. Now I have to beg to get the medicine my Dr put me on. What's sad is I see the abuse of those using the system and why can't the DEA and police and drs see it. Quit going after my Dr for doing what they, like myself, sore an oath to protect. Now my Dr is afraid to continue to give me meds for fear she will loose her license. Get your act together and help the victims here. Thank u
Modern medicine is supposed to heal, and when it can't heal, it is supposed to treat. In my experience, there is better focus on patient comfort in hospice, than in most MD practices. I have several conditions that are VERY painful. A few years back, I stopped taking pharmaceuticals, because of the longterm effects, tolerance issues. Even when taking the pills, there were only a handful of days each year that I would wake up feeling "normal", ready to face the day.
The prohibitive costs of medical treatment keeps me from the rheumatologist, the neurologist, to say nothing of the cost of the medicine itself.
Patient care should be focused on the patient.
Why can you get pain killers if you need them? I have had two back surgery. And now I can work. I think. I should be able to get if I really. Do need them. I take Norco 10 for pain. Have been for 20 years now. They help some if I not doing anything! But doctors can't are won't give me anthing that will! I'm not looking for drugs. Because I don't need them!
I am a 63 year old woman, healthy until I sustained an injury 3.5 years ago. I am still hurting.

I am tired of being treated like a criminal because I CHRONIC PAIN. Ibuprofen and Tylenol or any other adjunct medications don't always do it.

Do you think I want to take the stuff (opiates)? I get no "high" from it. The big side effect, with any opiate, is "the big C." So, if I could, I would rather not take opiates. And going through all the misery of cost, scheduling, spilling out your most personal history, and then being treated with such disrespect...horrible.

I had a 5th injection May 6th. I ran out of Tramadol, and I really wanted to believe that this time, I was going to get better. I would be able to drive more than 1.5 hours, socialize, go to exercise, work...After about a week the pain, neuropathy now, was so intense I just could not take it. I called my Pain Mgt MD. and told his staff I needed something for pain. I did not hear back, as I usually do. I did not hear back from my pharmacy. Thus, thinking that no Rx had been sent in, I went to Redi-Med to get some pain medicine. I was having an MRI done the next day. My driving is very limited, due to pain. The NP would not even see me. The MA came out and said, "The NP will not prescribe any pain medication because it is after hours." I drove to the ER.

The ER was not busy. They placed me into a room immediately, but I sat, and sat, and sat. I do not think there were any patients other than myself, or at the most, one patient. All the staff was sitting around the ER doc, just gabbing away, having a gay ol' time.

I guess my pain was not that important, and I agree, the ER is the place to obtain REGULAR pain meds. This was the first time I had done this. My pain was very bad, 8/10. It was so bad that I would have had to pay a $300 co-pay, but that is how much I was hurting.

After 40 minutes I walked out. I drove to get the MRI the next day (50 minutes one way), with some tears shed. I called my Pain Mgt. MD, and an Rx HAD been sent in. I just did not know it.

Even if this ER or Redi-Med had prescribed something, there are so much controls in place, that the script would not have been filled. There are double-catch guards in placed for abuse and over prescribing.

Most MD prescribe according to their personal bias. Most are not educated on chronic pain. Opiates are not the end all-be all, but chronic pain can be controlled.

These/this law needs to be amended. Good people do not deserve to be treated like this. WE ARE NOT CRIMINALS. WE ARE GOOD PEOPLE WHO HAVE REAL, HONEST-TO-GOODNESS PAIN.

Does anyone care?
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
I have already lost my pain meds and every day and night are agonizing. No otc don't work because have tried them all. They are also very damaging to your liver and kidneys. I had back surgery in the 1970's then last August I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. I have 12 protruding discs and DDD and stenosis and nerve damage. I really need something for pain before I get pushed over the edge. Yes I do see a psychiatrist already.
The DEA is a runaway D.O.J. .The main function of the DEA was to go after unsafe street drugs and unlicensed dealers of these drugs . The DEA is neither rehab specialist nor doctor . They need to be either put in check by Congress or disbanded. I have no doctor , I have no medicine , I have chronic pain and mandatory health insurance that is theft of serve due to the fact doctors are not allowed to treat chronic pain. The real crime is that the DEA has not stopped street drugs and unlicensed dealers so have turned against the Freedoms of American citizens in pain .
the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.

The people responsible for the deliberate prevention of the treatment of chronic pain are addicts as well . They are addicted to abusing others in need of pain relief. They are addicted to abusing power . They are addicted to stealing others Freedom. They are the destructive addicts .
The DEA should stop targeting these doctors that have dedicated their lives to help others in pain. They have no business denying people proper medical treatment just because of the size of the doctors practice or they don't particularly like the doctor. Most of the people that go to Pain Management doctors are really in pain and need pain medication to function on a daily basis. I have been in pain for 25 years and it's not getting any better. Pain Medication is the only thing that helps me function. I hope that some day someone from the DEA is in so much pain that they can't function and there will be no one there to help out because they are too busy patting themselves on the back by saying we helped solve the drug problem, but the " REAL" DRUG DEALERS will be out there selling crack, heroine, etc. to our children on the streets and no one is doing anything about that.........
I will gladly throw my medication out once YOU find a cure for Cauda Equina Syndrome, Trigeminal Neuralgia and now Geniculate Neuralgia, as I'm sure YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE WITH THESE SYNDROMES!
Finally found some sort of pain relief, some sort of normal life.
I have had 8failed back surgeries and 1 neck. I don't go out and Dr. shopping I see only one Dr. Please let us live our lives they way we want we have true pain I Have True Really Bad Pain and So do other people.Thank You for listening
the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.


Life is an addiction Freedom is an addiction what good is either when they are force ably taken ? The Freedom to choose to live in pain or not has been taken away . Is life , such an addiction , to live in constant pain , I say no , what good is Freedom if you are in pain and no longer enjoy you addiction to Freedom ? Is Freedom worth your life and your life worth for Freedom ? It's not about addiction our very Freedom is at hand . To protect and to serve , not to , prevent and harm . I am an American citizen being forced to not have Freedom of choice . Forced to have mandatory health care , Forced to live in pain this is not Freedom .
Listen Folks. I know that many, many, Americans in these many, many forums you see popping up on the internet because of the recent CDC and DEA crack-down on pain prescription medications, are truly in need of chronic pain relief. I know,..as I have non-diabetic peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet. It is like living, but being eternally burned. Being burned by Fire (lilterally) is just a couple of pain ratings away. Perhaps I am in training for the torture in hell that is to come. (joke....I hope). But as I read these comments, and sometimes short stories, of what people are going through, I see problems. Too many of us are using and including in their testimonies the old over-used catch phrases as "QUALITY OF LIFE", "GETTING MY LIFE BACK", "MY OPTIONS ARE SUICIDE OR TURNING TO STREET HEROIN", "I NEVER ABUSED MY MEDS, TOOK THEM AS PRESCRIBED FOR YEARS, AND NEVER SOLD THEM" or "THEY CAN CHECK ME WITH URINE TESTS EVERYTIME I COME IN", "THE DEA IS THIS AND THAT".....and many constant other over-used whines from people who post. Do you not know, the true drug seeker uses these same phrases...and most are very articulate if not intellectual to some degree? These people are not street bums...they are normally well educated or well versed in the medical language and jargon they think will impress the doctor "du jour" that they are visiting on that particular day. Don't become a drone! Doctors don't want to hear it. They have heard it all before. Be honest....with yourself and with the doctor. If you have been on controlled meds for too long, be able to illustrate your medical history (aside from you are somehow allergic to every non-opioid medication OTC or otherwise) with accurate assessment and scientific analyses rather than conjuncture or illnesses that evade true confirmed diagnosis (the old 1990's "lower back pain doc....,must be fibro". No need for these meds to provide temporary euphoria or water-cooler sociable behavior. Be honest (about smoking, ALCOHOL USE esp., and other behaviors, that although may bring scrutiny by the physician but will help him in his diagnosis, that probably contributed to your condition in the first place. But again....don't be a repetitive drone of the "same ole, same ole" that doctors, and other patients have heard as well. I am just tired of reading the same whines and excuses. Be original and you may actuallly get a doctor that will listen to you. Just a word to the wise.
You are creating the Modern Day Leper Colony. History repeating itself all because of ignorance and fear on your part. We are being marginalized and pushed outside the city Gates. You want us to go away just like they did thousands of years ago to people who had a legitimate disease. This is the Dark Ages for those of us who live with chronic pain. We are pain patients not addicts. Shame on you! And may you who judge us experience the same thing one day. Chronic pain could happen to you and then what would you do? I never dreamed it would happen to me. But here I am.
Since moving to South Florida a few years ago, I began continuing my pain management for multiple severe spinal injuries. South Florida doctors placed me on a program that went against my work-schedule, though, I remained on that very expensive system for 18 months until my work schedule increased and I was unable to spend days during the week, each month, to attend appointments and waiting rooms. Now I am not being treated because if more than a month is lapsed in treatment, the process starts over and I place priority on work rather than my chronic condition. Quality of life certainly deteriorates living in this state.
I suffer from fibromalgia and lupus, i can't find a pain management doc that takes my insurance or either they won't accept me as a patient or they come up with some kind of excuse. When I was 1st dx I had a doctor that believed in me who actually cared enough to listen. For some reason they stopped taking my insurance and i was told i had to find a new pcp and the one I got was one that cannot prescribe narcotics. I've been searching for a pain management doc for months now still haven't got one. I lay on the couch every day because I hurt to bad to move around I jus want some of my life back. I still hurt when I was getting pain pills from the doctor that actually cared but at least i could get up and do a few things a day. Now all I do is suffer. I need some help and advice.as far as going to dealers instead of doctors ... i cannot afford that. The dealers are the ones somehow getting the scripts i need. Someone please tell me how this works.
Sincerely,
Hurting and confused
I recently experienced a mortifying ordeal when I went in to my doctor's after hour clinic as directed for excruciating pain from a nerve injury caused at the dentist. I had no history of asking for pain medication but the Dr made notes in my chart about drug seeking and he refused to help. He walked out of the exam room while I was still talking to him.
Look at a patients History first before you target & label them as "addicts" etc...many take only what is prescribed by their Trained Dr! There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel relief from any kind of pain & suffering...there is something wrong with our country caring so little about our own suffering; US Citizins! Yet in a crisis across the sea off we go flying out save the people flag high! How contradictory!

Let our Dr's Decide!! I'm sure if one of them is "overprescribing" the DEA will know right away because big brother is watching and is even now needing to tell us where to pee, yes I understand why, because some bigots can't stand change towards compassion and acceptance!! Get it!!

Help All of Us, not just the addicts!! Help keep us safe from harm!! Help keep chronic pain sufferers from finding dealers instead of Dr's!!

Thank you
I suffer with debilitating chronic back pain from several failed back surgeries and have to be on time release pain medicine. I have suffered even more because I have been unfairly labeled and don't receive adequate doses of pain medicine to enjoy a functional life. Sometimes I feel like just giving up because life is getting just too hard to deal with. I recently found a doctor in Texas that developed a procedure that could get rid of my terrible back pain that is non invasive. I just need to be on pain medicine for less then a year so I can figure out how I can finance the procedure because the insurance company wont cover it yet because all they care about is reducing costs at the patients expense. Its so a shame that we live in a society that just don't give a damn about people. I still have hope but I don't know for how much longer I can continue suffer like this. Please pray for me. I am a veteran but that don't matter much these days.
Politicians should not be dictating medical care based on fear, hysteria, uninformed public opinion, and poorly designed research studies. There are better ways to address drug over doses than depriving suffering patients from adequate pain relief! No one has investigated how many drug overdoses are intentional suicides. Recent cuts in mental health funding and the effects of the financial crisis as well as the horrors of living a life in chronic pain and disability could lead to suicide, not just unintentional drug over doses. Proper education about the appropriate use of pain med and having patients lock up their meds so no one will take them as well as access to mental health treatment and perhaps access to narcan for family members of at risk people would be perhaps more appropriate than yanking suffering patients off of their pain med and telling them to suck it up. Taking away our pain med will either force us into suicide or force us to turn to drug dealers ourselves. Living a life of gruesome pain is not a life it is legalized torture. Narcotic pain medicine is not perfect, but until there is something better it is all that patients in severe pain that is not relieved by other means has to work with. These policies are cruel, evil, and totally unnecessary. Please stop this madness for Gods sake!
Chronic pain patients are real people who face a daily hell on earth dealing with pain that most people will not ever know. Please don't mistake every pain patient as a drug seeker, nor doctors who choose to treat them as drug dealers. Chronic pain patients have suffered enough. Let's not add insult to injury. Please look into real pain patients before making decisions that adversely affect them.
Please don't label chronic pain patient drug abuser. Most of us can't even walk a half of block. I'm just trying to maintain some type of normal life for my child. Now I can't walk, cook, clean and my one child will be graduating from high school. What am I supposed to do when I can't walk. Thank you for taking that milestone away from him. His mother will never see him see him recive his diploma. I have a special needs child that . needs to be taken to therapy once a week. You are going to push many in severe pain to suicide.
I have Fibromyalgia and my pain is horrific.
They are violating the oath they took to do no harm because they are.

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