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CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS\' PETITION FOR REINSTATEMENT OF RIGHTS

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Currently over 140 million Americans have chronic pain. Since the implementation of the CDC Guidelines and the government's war on drugs, innocent people are being hurt. Over 120 million people used opioids for chronic pain in 2014 responsibly, without abusing or selling them, and keeping them out of the hands of children. Many people are contemplating suicide as a means to an end of their pain. Stop the injustice for these 120 million Americans today. Exempt chronic pain patients from the scrutiny and inhumanity associated with the laws created for those who may be abusing drugs. Let the doctors practice medicine as they see fit, not according to a non-specific percentage mandated by the FDA. Medical decisions must be left to the doctor and patient. The government cannot put false limits on the amount of medication it takes to prevent avoidable decline and death due to pain. The only way to make a dent on the Heroin Epidemic is to go after the source, not innocent victims.

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2 days ago
Someone from Chester, VA writes:
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I'm a chronic pain patient that do to a work injury damaged my low back and have had low back surgery along with shots therapy etc. I'm the guy that always said "you can get whatever you want out of life as long as your willing to work hard" Well that all changed 20yrs ago when I was injured. After doing everything possible to control the pain enough not to kill myself I was given pain medication that allowed me to at least take care of my children before the meds. I was trying to find the best way to put myself out of the misery without hurting my family. Even after the pain meds it caused my divorce and lose of being able to take care of my kids because they live to far away for me to drive now I'm unable to make the drive. Now my doctor who I've abided by all the rules, regulations, contracts, and humiliation of feeling like a criminal instead of a patient for 20yrs. Is saying that there going to end up taking them away. Does anyone ever think, if I was in that situation. When you take meds away from people who are in severe chronic pain they will either take there lives or do whatever it takes from doing that. So what you are saying to patients that need this medication is sorry about your luck and good luck with the heroin that is actually killing people. A patient knows the risk of the medication they take and it's usually a last resort as does someone that takes cemotherapy to keep your them alive. Pain medication keeps me from suicide. Please put yourself in the situation before you take away the one thing that keeps families together rather that tear them apart do to a child losing a father, a mother losing a son do to suicide. Chronic pain strips everything from your life, relationships, freedom, peace of mind and much more. So please know what your doing to people like me that have always been a productive member of society now because I'm injured and require medication I'm the enemy. I understand there's an issue with abuse but there is other ways they destroying families because y'all fail to see all sides.
Oct 20th, 2017
Christopher M. from San Diego, CA writes:
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Hi. I do not use theae meds for enjoyment or to releive stress or mental pain, these meds are used to simply function and not to face overwhelming chronic physical pain. Limiting one's med intake to fit a chart on body types, does Not work. Non chemical solutions to the pains are great to help, but they cannot fully replace the use of meds. Each theropy only lasts as long as the treatment is going, --- you end up spending all day going from one 20-minute treatment to another. This is not a medical sollution, this is a purely poltical solution to some people (NOT I) abusing drugs to ease non-physical pain. I shout Not have to pay for other peoples actions--- this is what the CDC Guidelines are doing !!!
Oct 19th, 2017
Nancy C. from Appleton, WI writes:
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The way the CDC, FDA and DEA are hurting suffering, innocent people while attempting to stop the drug epidemic is cruel and inhumane. Do they really think taking away pain medications THAT ARE HELPING THOSE IN PAIN DUE TO A CHRONIC DISEASE OR INJURY will clear the drug epidemic? How dare they keep people in pain away from their lifeline to a better life. My loved one has been in pain due to Ehlers-Danlos for about nine years. The meds are prescribed by a pain management clinic. She has taken her meds responsibly and under the strict watch of her doctor. She has tried accupuncture and many other alternatives that have not worked so well. She says she cannot go back to what it was like before she received pain meds. IF SHE COMMITS SUICIDE, YOU PEOPLE WHO DECIDED THIS WILL BE AT FAULT. Please, rethink your plan. According to some doctors, the research was shoddy. THIS IS JUST WRONG.
Oct 19th, 2017
Nancy C. from Appleton, WI writes:
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The way the CDC, FDA and DEA are hurting suffering, innocent people while attempting to stop the drug epidemic is cruel and inhumane. Do they really think taking away pain medications THAT ARE HELPING THOSE IN PAIN DUE TO A CHRONIC DISEASE OR INJURY will clear the drug epidemic? How dare they keep people in pain away from their lifeline to a better life. My loved one has been in pain due to Ehlers-Danlos for about nine years. The meds are prescribed by a pain management clinic. She has taken her meds responsibly and under the strict watch of her doctor. She has tried accupuncture and many other alternatives that have not worked so well. She says she cannot go back to what it was like before she received pain meds. IF SHE COMMITS SUICIDE, YOU PEOPLE WHO DECIDED THIS WILL BE AT FAULT. Please, rethink your plan. According to some doctors, the research was shoddy. THIS IS JUST WRONG.
Oct 18th, 2017
Someone from Appleton, WI writes:
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I have a loved one who has a genetic medical condition, and is in constant chronic pain. She is only 39 years old. Prior to developing this condition, she was a college basketball player, and a nurse. The condition has caused her to have multiple surgeries, she has very limited mobility, and pain all the time. However, she began working with a pain clinic that provided her with opiate medications, that really helped her. Her mobility improved drastically, and while her condition has prevented her from living the life she had pictured for herself, she was able to partake in some aspects of her life. In addition to the medication, she sees a therapist and does physical therapy regularly. Prior to receiving the opiate medications, she tried many non-opiate options, acupuncture, reiki therapy and other countless things to reduce the pain, and none of those worked. So, she is not someone who is, “med seeking” or unwilling to try other options. She simply wants relief from her pain. She has been a model patient at the pain clinic. She has passed every UA and pill count, and does not abuse her medications. Her pain clinic decided that, due to the CDC guidelines, they will no longer prescribe pain medication to anyone who has chronic pain; this is happening to everyone at her clinic in the same condition that she is, so she is not getting kicked out, the clinic is just refusing to help people in her state due to the guidelines. This appears to be happening all over the country since those guidelines have come out. I have a couple questions for the CDC regarding their reasoning The story is that the star teenage athlete gets a sports injury and is prescribed all these pain meds, gets hooked, and eventually turns to heroin, or kids get it out of their parents’ medical cabinets etc. etc. Why then would the guidelines not be to stop prescribing it post operatively if this is the critical moment when people get hooked? I know their research is stating that there is no efficacy in using pain medication longer than 6 months. There are over 25 million Americans living with chronic pain that would disagree with that. Why are the people who are unfortunate enough to have chronic pain conditions, who are following their doctor orders being punished due to people who choose not to follow their doctor’s orders and/or use illegal drugs? I would even be fine with disallowing folks who go to pain clinics, for legit conditions, who fail a UA or pill count to get medication, but why take it away from suffering people who have followed all of the rules? Also, if the CDC research shows that there is no efficacy after 6 months, why offer it to cancer patients? There must be some benefit if the recommendation is to still treat cancer patients with opiates long term… I do feel empathy for people who get addicted, and even more so for the families. However, taking medications away from people with legitimate pain conditions, who are taking it as prescribed, is NOT the way to accomplish this goal. I am very concerned that this will increase the problem the CDC is trying to fight. What is the plan for these folks in chronic pain? Does the CDC not think that these poor individuals are going to get so desperate that they will do anything to get the relief they need, including turning to illegal drugs like heroin? I hope consideration has been given that these guidelines could turn law-abiding citizens who were getting the treatment they needed into addicts. Or worse, causing these people to commit suicide. The CDC guidelines are taking decisions out of doctors’ hands, and scaring pain clinics into making these sweeping decisions that impact every patient with chronic pain, rather than treating people on a case by case basis. It is very scary!
Oct 18th, 2017
Someone from Appleton, WI writes:
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I have a loved one who has a genetic medical condition, and is in constant chronic pain. She is only 39 years old. Prior to developing this condition, she was a college basketball player, and a nurse. The condition has caused her to have multiple surgeries, she has very limited mobility, and pain all the time. However, she began working with a pain clinic that provided her with opiate medications, that really helped her. Her mobility improved drastically, and while her condition has prevented her from living the life she had pictured for herself, she was able to partake in some aspects of her life. In addition to the medication, she sees a therapist and does physical therapy regularly. Prior to receiving the opiate medications, she tried many non-opiate options, acupuncture, reiki therapy and other countless things to reduce the pain, and none of those worked. So, she is not someone who is, “med seeking” or unwilling to try other options. She simply wants relief from her pain. She has been a model patient at the pain clinic. She has passed every UA and pill count, and does not abuse her medications. Her pain clinic decided that, due to the CDC guidelines, they will no longer prescribe pain medication to anyone who has chronic pain; this is happening to everyone at her clinic in the same condition that she is, so she is not getting kicked out, the clinic is just refusing to help people in her state due to the guidelines. This appears to be happening all over the country since those guidelines have come out. I have a couple questions for the CDC regarding their reasoning The story is that the star teenage athlete gets a sports injury and is prescribed all these pain meds, gets hooked, and eventually turns to heroin, or kids get it out of their parents’ medical cabinets etc. etc. Why then would the guidelines not be to stop prescribing it post operatively if this is the critical moment when people get hooked? I know their research is stating that there is no efficacy in using pain medication longer than 6 months. There are over 25 million Americans living with chronic pain that would disagree with that. Why are the people who are unfortunate enough to have chronic pain conditions, who are following their doctor orders being punished due to people who choose not to follow their doctor’s orders and/or use illegal drugs? I would even be fine with disallowing folks who go to pain clinics, for legit conditions, who fail a UA or pill count to get medication, but why take it away from suffering people who have followed all of the rules? Also, if the CDC research shows that there is no efficacy after 6 months, why offer it to cancer patients? There must be some benefit if the recommendation is to still treat cancer patients with opiates long term… I do feel empathy for people who get addicted, and even more so for the families. However, taking medications away from people with legitimate pain conditions, who are taking it as prescribed, is NOT the way to accomplish this goal. I am very concerned that this will increase the problem the CDC is trying to fight. What is the plan for these folks in chronic pain? Does the CDC not think that these poor individuals are going to get so desperate that they will do anything to get the relief they need, including turning to illegal drugs like heroin? I hope consideration has been given that these guidelines could turn law-abiding citizens who were getting the treatment they needed into addicts. Or worse, causing these people to commit suicide. The CDC guidelines are taking decisions out of doctors’ hands, and scaring pain clinics into making these sweeping decisions that impact every patient with chronic pain, rather than treating people on a case by case basis. It is very scary!
Oct 3rd, 2017
k J. from Sunfield, MI signed.
Sep 24th, 2017
Melinda R. from Bellevue, KY writes:
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As a chronic pain patient who has already had 32 surgeries by the age of 38. I suffer everyday. I get kidney infections so bad it feels like I am being stabbed repeatedly. I end up in the hospital or doctors just for them to tell me they will not give me ANY pain relief because of the opioid epidemic. How is this fair to me. I have to suffer and be in severe pain because someone else decides to use this stuff to just get high. Please rethink this law because it's not fair to make people like me suffer. I personally see the suicide rate sky rocketing because of this because so many people will be at their wits end with pain. And this is very sad. I know there are days where my pain is so bad I can not think to do it anymore. And now you take away the meds that help us make it through our daily life with even the littlest bit of pain relief. People like me are NOT using these meds to get HIGH we are using it to make it through life without so much pain. Please don't forget us because of all the stupid people
Sep 24th, 2017
Amber V. from Amarillo, TX signed.
Sep 24th, 2017
Jessica S. from Rockaway, NJ signed.
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