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

Quality of Life. Victims of chronic pain are targeted unfairly, labeled as addicts and Doctors who are afraid to treat pain patients often do more harm than good.

There are many Doctors who label their patients unfairly, demean these patients and degrade them because they are victims of chronic life long pain.

This is archaic medicine and does more harm than one can imagine. Physicans are afraid to treat patients who are victims of pain. The DEA targets them and instills fear in how they choose to treat their patients and what they prescribe. More and more, Doctors are refusing to treat their patients who have chronic pain. Patients are far too often considered "Malingering" or "Doctor Shopping".



Doctors far too often refuse to even communicate with these sufferers and label them as a LTDU ( Long Term Drug User) This is unfair, harmful medicine, and and causes llife long damage, both physically and mentally. It has effects on family, friends, co-workers and often causes the sufferer to withdraw from society. Through no fault of the patient, they withdraw from daily activities with their spouses, family and friends.



Much like the Abortion issue, you force these victims of pain into back door alleyways, store front pain clinics and worse. They receive no counseling on how to take their medication and often don't know what they are taking. Like in the past, by treating victims of pain this way, you force them into seeking help and relief outside of the Law. It is one issue to target illegal clinics but another issue entirely to target Physicians who should be allowed and should be treating their patients who have pain. Instead, Physicians are forced, out of fear of prescribing pain medication, to send their patients off to some "Unknown" pain clinic where they suffer yet more humiliating labels and discrimination. Pharmacists often feel the need to "interfere" and embarass the patient when they pick up their medications. They are treated like second or third class human beings.



Why is it that Doctors are no longer treating the 'Whole Patient?" Not addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain? There are many instances when there is NO clear cause for pain but that is not to say it doesn't exist. Pain receptors malfunction. Injuries can cause pain years later.

Elderly patients who suffer every remaining day of their lives are told by their Doctors' that "They are concerned about a possible addiction". What happened to the quality of their life? Their right to live their life to live without debilitating pain? Their only option may be to consider suicide?

The damage caused is a horror. Elderly commit suicide rather than live with this pain.

Physicians are taught (since the very beginning of medical school) that any patient requesting pain medication is to be Scrutinized" and to be "Wary" of them especially if they tell you they can't take anti-inflammatory drugs, that is a sure "SIGN" of addiction.

I was told this by my own Doctor. "What to watch out for when a patient requests help with their pain." They actually have a class for new Doctors on how NOT to treat patients.

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Public Comments (15,383)
Sep 7th, 2018
Someone from Linton, IN writes:
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I have taken pain Medicine for ten yrs to function, have never had any problems except with pharmacies because of doctor in trying different doses and in trying to find right medication makes my history look like I'm on or have taken various medicines which was a trial and error thing, my doc has me on same med now for awhile finally and because so many different meds were and dosages were tried and makes me look like a drug seeker I can't be honest about pain level for fear of another drug being tried or added so I've accepted what I get, at least I can function better, though recently had to choose between pain med or anxiety med because pharmacy says they can't fill both, ridiculous that I had to choose pain relief over mental stability so I now don't go out of house if can avoid it because of panic attacks ..btw..I never had any issues in taking both, not suicidal though with my recent treatment by pharmacy makes me wonder what worth there is in living anymore. why would the government's war on drugs harm me this way, I never caused any problems, took meds as prescribed, always filled on exactly right day but now I'm stigmatized. I'm sick of it!!!
Aug 26th, 2018
anthony p. from Willow Grove, PA writes:
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multiple pain issues my doctors have been raided twiice once in 2015 and once in 2017 every folder has mris showing pain drug tests and pain contracts.....they are loosing the war to fentynal and attacking doctors who have to take more patients because the other doctors have become cowards.
Aug 26th, 2018
anthony p. from Willow Grove, PA writes:
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multiple pain issues my doctors have been raided twiice once in 2015 and once in 2017 every folder has mris showing pain drug tests and pain contracts.....they are loosing the war to fentynal and attacking doctors who have to take more patients because the other doctors have become cowards.
Aug 18th, 2018
Dianne L. from Earp, CA writes:
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The CDC plays a more limited role in pain management treatment -- usually not involved at all. Why is that agency involved in this matter at all? Oh, that's right! Addiction is now a communicable disease. Ha! It is actually a mental and emotional problem, but psych care takes longer and costs more. The DEA is the enforcement arm that is supposed to be finding and arresting those who are dealing in illicit drugs. The "War on Drugs" was lost when the courts allowed bail and gave short sentences -- even allowing the perpetrators to escape across the borders. Thanks for nothing, DEA. The FDA is supposed to be about the safety of things before they get to the populace. They deal with the testing and approval of medications and other medical items. There was a time when the FDA was highly respected, but that time is long past. How many harmful vaccines and drugs have been approved since the Salk vaccine that were later proven harmful or fatal? The Salk vaccine put everyone who received it at risk for cancer. This is also the agency with chemical and pharmaceutical company former executives on the approval committees. That plays to them; not to the public. Now the FDA is going after doctors who prescribe pain medication. This is tantamount to the government taking over healthcare. I do not want the government involved in my healthcare. Name anything that the government has been involved in that produced positive results. If you want to gather the stats on prescriptions for pain killers, put a DEA agent in every drug store where people get the medications. Use those stats to go after those who are "over prescribing". From a personal perspective, I am fortunate to not preferring opioids to treat my pain issues. I do not get pain relief from them; I get intoxication and little to no pain relief. My "drug of choice" is Trammadol/aka: Ultram because a low dose handles most of my pain and a double dose will also allow me to sleep. My prescription is written: "Up to 2 tablets every six hours, PRN, pain" and I do follow the instructions. I am currently 71 (almost 72) years of age and have been managing my life since I was 18. I am also currently disabled and have been since 1993. My one and only marriage is still alive and well with no thanks to the medical profession. I now have two doctors that I trust and respect; my cardiologist and my GP. My GP writes my scripts for the pain meds and has never said that he will not do so. Why? Two things I will not do: lie to a doctor; and, misuse prescribed medications. Why not? Because I want to be able to receive treatment for whatever is going on with me without the doctor wondering how much jail time he will get or if he will lose his license to practice. The nearest pain clinic to my home is over 50 miles away. Travel by car is difficult due to Lymphedema, which causes massive swelling in my legs and feet. If the swelling gets severe enough, the pain is hideous. As mentioned above, Tramadol handles the pain, which allows me to do what I need to do in my home and even go out and shop now and then. I didn't lose my life to the pain problems, but the pain can stop me cold when it is bad enough. Pull the pharmacies into this mix. Legal prescriptions that do not go over a number set by common sense should be easy to figure out and have the pharmacies produce actual statistics by drug and by prescriber along with the prescriber's specialty, and the patients diagnosis (no identifying data transfer). Do a legitimate study rather than rely on twisted stats. In short, do this the right way and end the shortcuts that are causing the problems. I have had at least seven medical professionals in my family. I never asked one of them to "do me a favor and prescribe (name the drug). Other than addicts, the only people who would want these kinds of drugs are those who are in more than considerable pain. Please wise up and wise up. How many addicts are given repeat doses of Narcain? What is that cost figure? What is the cost of sending them to rehab and having them revert back to drugs? When it can be proven that anyone died from the use of illegal/street drugs and the distribution point is known, the "dealer" should be given a death sentence. Or, better yet, just shoot them and save the taxpayers a fortune in legal and prison costs. They are breaking the law in a more lethal manner than any of their "clients". This whole matter is getting out o hand. It is time to stop the current efforts and move on to an approach that does not criminalize prescribing or taking prescribed pain medications. If one thinks about it, why not tell the drug companies to stop dragging their feet and come up with some better drugs and answers than they are giving now? Yes, that is a serious question. I will wait and watch to see what happens. Believe me, if I do not like the answers, we will have another round of patients at the FDA complaining about over-regulation of medical on the "sayso" of a government agency that uses skewed statistics to start their battle. Sincerely yours, Dianne Long P O Box 1080 Earp, CA 92242-1080
Aug 18th, 2018
Debra U. from Pensacola, FL signed.
Aug 12th, 2018
Kenneth A. from Burlington, VT writes:
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I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet and rheumatoid arthritis. The doctors just gave me gabapentin which does nothing for the chronic nerve pain. The government, CDC and the DEA should stay away from doctors who write prescriptions for people with chronic pain as they know better how to treat patients than the people at the DEA and the CDC who are not real doctors. You wonder why more people are committing suicide, it's due to the government restricting our own health care
Aug 4th, 2018
Toni S. from Garland, UT writes:
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I ama chronic pain sufferers and I need my pain meds to be able to function daily. If I didn’t have them I can’t get out of bed and go to school to better my life. This is t fair that we are being taken off of our meds due to the government I thought this was America land of the free? Why is the government so involved in our health care it’s not right or fair for them to tell my doctor what I can or can’t have. We all metabolize meds differently so what works for one night not work for the other. I’m not an addict I’m a person in pain who pays my taxes and functions just fine in society, so why am I not able to get the medication I need to function a comfortable life? Our doctors should decide what we take not the government , I’m starting to feel like I’m living in Afganastan where they tell you what you can and can’t do.
Aug 3rd, 2018
Someone from Fortuna, CA writes:
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I am a chronic pain sufferer and suicide is always on my mind as there is no doctor who wants to treat a chronic pain patient with the war being waged on doctors and patients alike. I have fybromyalgia, Trigeminal neuralgia (also known as the most painful condition known to mankind and called suicide disease for a VERY GOOD reason) sciatica, flat back syndrome, just to name a few of the conditions that includes pain,LOTS OF PAIN and now I'm stuck suffering from the hernia mesh I have causing Chronic pain and new hernias under the mesh. Yet I can only get a couple of days relief from the ER to bring me back from the brink of insanity and then I'm thrown back into the struggle between life and death because I have no quality of life most of the time but yet I DON'T WANT TO DIE!!! It's not okay or fair for the government to play with the lives of innocent people who want to be a productive part of society. YET now if you are an actual addict your treated with more dignity and respect & petted and coddled than people such as myself and that's really sickening. Stop targeting the wrong people and do things the right way in a humane way!!! Give us our lives back!!!!
Aug 1st, 2018
Lisa B. from Hubertus, WI writes:
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After 21 years of pain control and a rewarding career as a RN I am not applying for disability after a forced opioid taper. Suicide is always on my mind. I'm now and irrelevant person something I'd never thought I'd be. Thanks CDC and DEAL for ignoring millions of Americans in your misguidesign efforts in your war on drugs. You're losing by the way. Despite major decreases in prescriptions more are dying from illegal substances such a Fentanyl analogs and Heroin.
Aug 1st, 2018
A K. from Fredericksburg, VA writes:
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The CDC quietly admitting to conflating & inflating their data of overdoses & how heroin & illicit Fentanyl are truly the driving forces behind this “crisis”. Stop going after law-abiding patients & doctors! This is only causing significantly more harm, all while doing NOTHING to lower OD or addiction rates.

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