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 (15,388)
Dec 8th, 2018
John K. from Escondido, CA writes:
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Dr.s are scared of the DEA. Why would a Dr. from Scripps healthcare in San Diego prescribe me over 12,000 Opioid pain pills? Now after 2 years without them suicide or using Heroin are my 2 choices. I wish I died before I got old. I have had my kids and grandkids so I lived a full life. A shame 55 yrs. old is now the NEW 85 yrs. old. Too bad for me I did not die on a battlefield, now I wish I had. Why are we Drug testing our Senate and Congress members??? F. America.
Dec 8th, 2018
John K. from Escondido, CA writes:
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Dr.s are scared of the DEA. Why would a Dr. from Scripps healthcare in San Diego prescribe me over 12,000 Opioid pain pills? Now after 2 years without them suicide or using Heroin are my 2 choices. I wish I died before I got old. I have had my kids and grandkids so I lived a full life. A shame 55 yrs. old is now the NEW 85 yrs. old. Too bad for me I did not die on a battlefield, now I wish I had. Why are we Drug testing our Senate and Congress members??? F. America.
Nov 20th, 2018
Someone from Fort Collins, CO writes:
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Standard of Care should be based on medical science not drug war laws, and doctors should not be made to fear reprimand by the DEA for practicing medicine as they have been trained to do. This is the only country that is persecuting chronic pain patients in this way, and this needs to end. Please allow doctors to practice medicine and stop wholesale labeling of chronic pain patients as addicts, when this is not the case. Get the DEA out of the patient doctor relationship.
Nov 20th, 2018
Someone from Fort Collins, CO writes:
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Standard of Care should be based on medical science not drug war laws, and doctors should not be made to fear reprimand by the DEA for practicing medicine as they have been trained to do. This is the only country that is persecuting chronic pain patients in this way, and this needs to end. Please allow doctors to practice medicine and stop wholesale labeling of chronic pain patients as addicts, when this is not the case. Get the DEA out of the patient doctor relationship.
Nov 20th, 2018
Someone from Fort Collins, CO writes:
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Standard of Care should be based on medical science not drug war laws, and doctors should not be made to fear reprimand by the DEA for practicing medicine as they have been trained to do. This is the only country that is persecuting chronic pain patients in this way, and this needs to end. Please allow doctors to practice medicine and stop wholesale labeling of chronic pain patients as addicts, when this is not the case. Get the DEA out of the patient doctor relationship.
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!!!

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