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)
Nov 11th, 2018
Charles P. from San Antonio, TX writes:
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Hi Senator, You’ve probably not listened to my voicemails that I’ve left for you at your D.C. office, or the people who listen don’t care ENOUGH to give me a call back, so I’m going to try this avenue to get your ATTENTION ON WHAT I NOW CONSIDER SOMETHING THAT HAS ENGULFED MY LIFE, WHERE I THINK ABOUT IT EVERYDAY. THAT IS LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN. WITH THE AMOUNT OF PAIN MEDICATION THAT I WAS TAKING FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS SINCE I HAD AN HORRIFIC CAR WRECK BACK IN 2003, I’VE BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE MY LIFE AS GOOD AS POSSIBLE. BUT “NO MORE”!!!! Pres. Trump and the unJustice Dept. have grouped myself and the approx. 25 million chronic pain citizens of this great country into ADDICTS! LIKE THOSE WHO’VE BEEN LIVING UNDER BRIDGES AND BOXES IN THIS COUNTRY! AGAIN, LIKE MOST THINGS, THE GOOD GET HURT FROM THE BAD! SENATOR, I TRIED TO CALL YOU, BECAUSE OF ANYONE IN D.C. I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOUR “ROGUE” ATTITUDE REGARDING HOW WE SHOULD PUT CITIZENS AHEAD OF POLITICS. EVEN THOUGH I VOTED FOR PRES. TRUMP IN 2016 I will not Vote FOR HIM AGAIN!, AND I WILL MAKE THIS GUARANTEE! A LITTLE MATH LESSON. LET’S SAY OF THE APPROX. 25 MILLION CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS IN THE U.S. PROBABLY AROUND 90% ARE REG. VOTERS. OF THEM SAY 22 MILLION THAT ARE REG. VOTERS ARE 50% REP. AND 50% DEM. I CAN MAKE THIS STATEMENT, AND I KNOW I’M REAL CLOSE ON THIS ONE, OF THOSE APRROX. 11 MILLION REG. REPUBLICAN VOTERS I WILL SAY AT THIS POINT IN TIME APPROX. 90 TO 95% OF “US” WILL NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP IN 2020, TRUMP WILL LOSE THE 2020 ELECTION BY AT LEAST 9 MILLION VOTES AND WITH THAT AMOUNT OF NON-VOTES, HE HAS NO SHOT TO WIN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND THUS GET RE-ELECTED! FOR HOW HE HAS FORGOT US. HOW IRONIC THAT HIS RALLYING CRY FOR 2016 WAS “ THE FORGOTTEN MEN AND WOMEN” OF THIS COUNTRY” AND THAT HOW HE’LL TAKE CARE OF US. WELL, WE HAVE BEEN THROWN ASIDE! I HAVE SEEN ELDER PATIENTS COMING OUT OF MY PAIN MANAGEMENT DR.’S OFFICE, CRYING WHILE THE NURSE TELLS THEM, DONT’ WORRY, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT! REALLY? ONLY BECAUSE FOR THAT PERSON SAYING THAT, THEY ARE NOT IN THE SAME SKIN AS THAT PERSON WHO’s LIFE NOW IS CONSUMED WITH WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. MY STORY, OF 3 MAJOR SURGERY’S, 2 BOTCHED, WHERE “MERSA” ATTACKED MY SPINAL CORD, WHERE I SPENT 4 MONTHS IN ICU IN A COMA FILLED WITH NIGHTMARES THAT SEEMED LIKE I WAS LIVING IN REALITY. WHEN I WOKE UP, I NOW HAVE SEVERE NEUROPATHY IN BOTH LEGS AND FEET, A BACK THAT LOOKS LIKE SWISS CHEESE AS THEY ENDED UP CUTTING MY URINARY NERVES SO I NOW WEAR A FOLEY BAG.! I’M NOT SURE WHICH NIGHTMARE IS THE BETTER ONE. ESPECIALLY WITH TRUMP AND SESSIONS CRACKDOWN. ONE THAT HAD NO THINKING OF THE BACKLASH THAT IT WOULD CREATE. I’VE ALREADY HEARD STORY’S OF PEOPLE KILLING THEMSELVES. IF IT WEREN’T FOR MY TWINS AND WIFE, I’M NOT SURE IF I’D WANT TO STAY ON THIS EARTH EITHER, AS AT LEAST IN A COMA OR DEATH, THERE IS NO PAIN! HOW SAD THAT IS! PLEASE HELP US! PLEASE GET CONGRESS TO PUT THE BRAKES ON THIS TERRIBLE WAY OF DOING THIS. THE BEST LINE COMES FROM THIS PATHETIC WUSSY ATTNY. GENERAL WE HAVE. (LORETTA LYNCH WOULD HAVE TOLD CONGRESS THAT SHE’LL OVERSEE A RUSSIA PROBE, IF THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE ON OBAMA). OUR WASTE OF AN ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS SAID: "PEOPLE NEED TO TOUGHEN IT UP SOMETIMES, AND TAKE AN ASPIRIN” !!!! IS HE “EF-in” SERIOUS? THAT PROVES THAT THIS PATHETIC PERSON HAS NO CLUE! IF HE ONLY KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LIVE WITH CHRONIC PAIN! LIFE ISN’T WORTH LIVING IF YOU LIVE: EVERY SECOND, EVERY MINUTE, EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY, EVERY WEEK, EVERY MONTH, EVERY YEAR, TILL YOU COME TO THE GATES OF HEAVEN? PROUD TO BE A PART OF CIAAG~ PLEASE HELP~ CHARLES PATRICK
Nov 7th, 2018
Someone from Seattle, WA writes:
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Why are your parents, siblings and friends being forced to live in pain? Chronic pain was something that happened to me, just like a cancer, a car wreck, a fall from a mountain top, it was unexpected and unwelcomed but zi have it. I have done and tried every treatment and therapy and non opioid medication to no avail. I sm not a drug seeking addict, all I seek is a life, a day to day real life, not one where I lay on my bed and cry because I tried to go to a fair or watch my grandsons basketball game or sit tbrough a movie with friends, friends who disappear after multiple no shows because I am in too much pain to keep my dates with them. I can no longer work unless I am able to get up or lie down or do whatever is needed, whenever its needed, to alleviate my non stop pain. Doctors are supposed to Do No Harm, yet they are tbrowi g people under the bus by taking them off pain medications cold turkey. I thought this was America! America, where people are treated with respect and compassion. If I can take less, I will try, but throwing me into withdrawals with no alternative is criminal, cold hearted and unbelievable. Every person who thinks we are not in need of the medication that allows us to live full, happy, productive lives, would not last a day suffering the pain zi have 24 hours a day without the only medication that allows me to get up in the morning and want to live. I am not on large doses, I am not getting high, zi am 68 years old and before this pain came into my life, I rarely took an aspirin for a headache. I dont drink alcohol or do drugs. I only want to live my life as best zi can, and the small amount of opioid I take allows me to do this. In 5 days I will be for ed, by medical professionals, to suffer withdrawals, taking my dignity away as well. This has to stop. We are not taking opioids for fun. I don't remember what fun or normal is anymore. Now I look forward to being humiliated by doctors when zi end up in sn ER begging for medication to keep me from having a complete physical breakdown as well as a major panick attack, knowing that its going to happen and nobody will care.
Oct 25th, 2018
William S. from Wetumpka, AL writes:
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Unfortunately, our country is capitalist which means freedom is the last thing most politicians have on their minds. All US legislation can be linked to money changing hands in some way. That means people getting pain relief medication through legal routes which make "big pharma" less profit are at a dissadvantage. Notice the links found to black market selling by publicly traded corporations only aired a week or so but the "opiod crisis" is still being pushed for several years now. The ignorant public masses have to be guided properly or profits will fall. Luckily there are herbal remedies still legal for the time being but those are always at risk too if they get too popular. Just ask your doctor about it and get the speach about how much money is made every year selling supplements. I believe supplements which includes vitamins, the lion's share of over the counter meds, account for 1/10 the profits of pharmaceuticals. Also concider the break up of those profits among the companies involved. There are only about 1 dozen pharmaceutical companies vs multiple thousands of supplement companies that enter and leave the market at will. Which do you think will have an easier time buying your congressman's vote? For that matter look at who pays for the training of doctors in this country. A very large portion of most medical schools' funding comes from 1 group. Not to mention bonuses and other insentives paid to doctors by that same group through hospital donations. I know this sounds like a communist's love letter but that government was no better. Mankind is ruled by greed before anything else in our current age. Wether it be a greed for power or for monitary wealth, both are basically the same. Until we learn a better way, we're at its mercy.
Sep 26th, 2018
Someone from North Tazewell, VA writes:
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As a person who has seen the way chronic pain patients are being treated as criminal s for having pain, is criminal to me . IMO ! Because people are not getting pain relief from their doctors, they have to turn to the street. And we are seeing how that’s going. As an amputee and having dozens of surgeries myself I deal with this myself. I wish the DEA could see me when I don’t have my medicine. I become bedridden, literally screaming in pain , sleeping only for less than a hour , after being up for days. Then you wonder if the only relief you can get is death. If I have to go back to that I would rather die. I have a great life when I m able to live it. Because of the opioid crisis is shown on the news on repeat the pendulum has swung to the point of over reaction. I wish they would do a story about how people who cannot get out of bed are able to live productive life’s . I understand that some people use and abuse the medicine they are prescribed. But the people who need it aren’t the one s doing that. So making us have to travel hours to see dr s isn’t the right answer imo .
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

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