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 (15,444)
May 21st, 2019
Someone from Clinton township, MI writes:
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I'm see my 84 yr old mother suffer severe DegenDiscDeas pain for years, she needs adequate pain meds. Also I'm witness to my brother with diabetic neuropathy bite his fingers to blood do to his uncontrolled extreme pain. And my son died from street fentanyl. I believe legit cases of chronic pain deserve relief. Responsible patients deserve better.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.
Apr 22nd, 2019
Someone from Meridian, MS writes:
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I’ve served 26 years in the military and I’m a Veteran that has deployed many times in service to this country leaving my wife at home alone to raise our kids. Huge sacrifice. I’ve been a firefighter/EMT on the civilian side for 24 years serving others in their time of need. My entire life has been spent serving and caring for others. In 2008 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me with an Acetabular fracture, femur fracture, lacerated liver, pneumothorax, 4 broke ribs, severe concussion and crushed pelvis. All injuries were on the right side of my body. Acetabular fractures results through 90% of studies lead to long term chronic pain and early death due to severity of injury. I have been treated with opiate pain medicine since the accident which enabled me to work, pay for private insurance, pay taxes and care for disabled wife. I’ve never abused my medicine that enables me to live a quality life and care for my wife. We live off my income and don’t depend on the government for disability. Unfortunately since 2016 my doctors have drastically reduced my medicine from an amount that once treated pain to an amount that has resulted in drastically under treated pain. My daily life now is horrible and I struggle to cope daily with pain. I’m now faced with having to file disability for me and my wife and depend on government medical care to pay for medical care unless these cuts to pain medicines are addressed immediately. Hope the government can find compassion for America’s most vulnerable Americans that are legitimately suffering daily. Some to the point of taking their own lives. We are not addicts. We are humans suffering with pain. Please have compassion for us and make necessary changes and punish for UNDER TREATING PAIN.

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