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 (15,393)
Feb 14th, 2019
S T. from Cartersville, GA writes:
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Legitimate pain documented from a gymnastics accident at age 16, and auto accident at age 17. I have an X-ray showing a broken L-4 vertebra and degenerative disc disease shows on an MRI. I got nothing but anti-inflammatories until I got heart damage from them. Also, now I'm on Coumadin so those drugs will cause bleeding of the GI tract. I worked in pain and my doctor told me to apply for disability. Opiate pain medication has worked for me since 2003 and now, because of DEA intimidation, my pain doctor made me use Belbuca, also known as buprenorphine oral film. Because of the DEA and the drug Belbuca, I now have been diagnosed with a NEW heart condition, A-Fib or atrial fibrillatipn. It is dangerous and sometimes fatal. I have higher blood pressure requiring more anti-hypertensive meds as well. I am still no over the side effects of Belbuca and it has been almost 2 weeks since my last dose. The ER doctor told me to never take it again! Now what, DEA???
Feb 8th, 2019
J. Renee B. from Lagrange, GA writes:
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I was in a MVA in 1975, there were 5 of us in a Ford Pinto, the driver got too close to the curb and back tire hit the curb as we are going down the road, we immediately got turned to the left, went airborne, jumped a fence, and hit a tree head on. My head went into the back of the drivers seat. My aunt and uncle went out to tell my parents that we had been in a wreck and got killed in their car. So the ER was flooded that night. My spine was not checked at that time. I knew that i had body pain from then on. I was told i had depression and never looked to see the problem until 1998 when i got clean and sober. I realized my pain was more than i really knew. I took every kind of aspirin product that i could through the years of working and drinking. My favorite was Goody powders. I messed my stomach up with this. When i had my first MRI in 1998, they found severe spinal cord compression at C-7, and 6 more herniated disc. I had a lamenectomy in 99, got hit between the shoulders 5 mths post op and had to go back for the discectomy and fusion from C3/4-C7/8. The lamenectomy was done at the same place. The hit caused nerve damage in my left arm. I wore a cervical hard collar for 2 years. During all the testing that was done, i was told i had stenosis, myelopathy, degenerative disc,radiculopathy, brachial neuritis, and arthritis. The last MRI that i had was in 2013, and i had 11 herniated disc on top of the metal plate in my neck, and i have also been diagnost with fibromyalgia. Ive had to have my stomach fixed from an umbilical/abdominal hernia in 2006. Before finding out about my spine with all the pain in my upper body, i had a breast reduction in 1986 thinking the weight was causing my pain. Recently my dr of 15 years that had me comfortable on meds had to send me to a pain clinic. Because of the DEA messing with him. I have been reduced by 150mg of morphine equivalent medication and i just so happen to be buying my first home, plus i have 2nd degree burns on my feet from dropping boiling hot coffee in my lap caused by being nervous from withdrawal symptoms and nerve damage in my arm. I am now prescribed less meds than i was given in the very beginning of this awful journey that started 20 years ago. It makes me so upset that i have to suffer worse than a dog that has been hit by a car. How is it possible that we have better laws that protect animals than chronic severe pain patients. I should not be forced to suffer every minute of every day because of a damn idiot that abuses drugs. I have not ever abused my meds, failed a drug test, or not had the amount of meds in my system. I dont buy, sell, trade, or share my meds This whole thing thats going on is not right. Dont we have enough technology to figure out who abuses their meds and who doesnt. The idiots that are overdosing on pain meds are not the honest people that need help with their medical condition. I feel so violated as a human being that i cant stand it. To think that anyone has the right to say how we feel or suffer is outlandish. It is going to come down to people committing suicide because they cant take the suffering. What good is life if all you can do is lay in the bed and pray to God for relief.? You cant even take a bath when u have severe pain. It just makes me sick that i can finally own my own home but cant enjoy it cuz im having a level 10 pain every day. This is completely inhumane. Are we not as important as an animal? Seems like they have more rights in this country than humans. What a crying shame that we have come to this point in this world. Its just ridiculous. I bet if the lawmakers walked in my shoes we would get relief. Oh, i can go get some liquor and get drunk. After being clean for 20 years. Great. Just GREAT!!!!
Feb 8th, 2019
J. Renee B. from Lagrange, GA writes:
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I was in a MVA in 1975, there were 5 of us in a Ford Pinto, the driver got too close to the curb and back tire hit the curb as we are going down the road, we immediately got turned to the left, went airborne, jumped a fence, and hit a tree head on. My head went into the back of the drivers seat. My aunt and uncle went out to tell my parents that we had been in a wreck and got killed in their car. So the ER was flooded that night. My spine was not checked at that time. I knew that i had body pain from then on. I was told i had depression and never looked to see the problem until 1998 when i got clean and sober. I realized my pain was more than i really knew. I took every kind of aspirin product that i could through the years of working and drinking. My favorite was Goody powders. I messed my stomach up with this. When i had my first MRI in 1998, they found severe spinal cord compression at C-7, and 6 more herniated disc. I had a lamenectomy in 99, got hit between the shoulders 5 mths post op and had to go back for the discectomy and fusion from C3/4-C7/8. The lamenectomy was done at the same place. The hit caused nerve damage in my left arm. I wore a cervical hard collar for 2 years. During all the testing that was done, i was told i had stenosis, myelopathy, degenerative disc,radiculopathy, brachial neuritis, and arthritis. The last MRI that i had was in 2013, and i had 11 herniated disc on top of the metal plate in my neck, and i have also been diagnost with fibromyalgia. Ive had to have my stomach fixed from an umbilical/abdominal hernia in 2006. Before finding out about my spine with all the pain in my upper body, i had a breast reduction in 1986 thinking the weight was causing my pain. Recently my dr of 15 years that had me comfortable on meds had to send me to a pain clinic. Because of the DEA messing with him. I have been reduced by 150mg of morphine equivalent medication and i just so happen to be buying my first home, plus i have 2nd degree burns on my feet from dropping boiling hot coffee in my lap caused by being nervous from withdrawal symptoms and nerve damage in my arm. I am now prescribed less meds than i was given in the very beginning of this awful journey that started 20 years ago. It makes me so upset that i have to suffer worse than a dog that has been hit by a car. How is it possible that we have better laws that protect animals than chronic severe pain patients. I should not be forced to suffer every minute of every day because of a damn idiot that abuses drugs. I have not ever abused my meds, failed a drug test, or not had the amount of meds in my system. I dont buy, sell, trade, or share my meds This whole thing thats going on is not right. Dont we have enough technology to figure out who abuses their meds and who doesnt. The idiots that are overdosing on pain meds are not the honest people that need help with their medical condition. I feel so violated as a human being that i cant stand it. To think that anyone has the right to say how we feel or suffer is outlandish. It is going to come down to people committing suicide because they cant take the suffering. What good is life if all you can do is lay in the bed and pray to God for relief.? You cant even take a bath when u have severe pain. It just makes me sick that i can finally own my own home but cant enjoy it cuz im having a level 10 pain every day. This is completely inhumane. Are we not as important as an animal? Seems like they have more rights in this country than humans. What a crying shame that we have come to this point in this world. Its just ridiculous. I bet if the lawmakers walked in my shoes we would get relief. Oh, i can go get some liquor and get drunk. After being clean for 20 years. Great. Just GREAT!!!!
Feb 3rd, 2019
marcy h. from Buckhannon, WV writes:
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Just how is taking medicine from the elderly and pain patients and human beings period stopping the fake so called drug war? All that is does is make human beings suffer until they die, kill them selves or go try to find relief from the street and make a more of a market for drugs. It is obvious denying pain relief is inhumane and wrong. Who even in there right mind could not know that. What the hel_ has this country came to.
Jan 23rd, 2019
shane c. from Camden On Gauley, WV writes:
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F Trump, the DEA, Natzie coward doctors and the government. They are lying, evil, greed stricken, cruel, evil, inhumane creatures that need all put in prison for the humiliation, suffering and death they have caused by denying human beings the right to pain relief. They are worse than addicts yet they are getting away with torture. May they all suffer 2 fold and burn in hel_. They are evil and hated denying the elderly, sick, hurt and veterans the by god right to pain relief. May they burn, burn, burn in hell_. F them all. Now our country is really a inhumane, cruel shi_ hole because of them. F them, f them, f them all. " THEY BY GOD ALL NEED PUT IN PRISON. IF THEY CAN PUT ADDICTS IN PRISON, WELL BY GOD THEY BELONG IN PRISON FOR THE SUFFERING, TORTURE AND DEATH THEY HAVE CAUSED PERIOD. MAY THEY ALL BY GOD BURN IN HELL. KARMA WILL COME TO GET THEM ALL." THEY ARE EVIL AND HATED.
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.

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