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

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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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Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Sedona, AZ writes:
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I am dying from lack of pain management. Just take a look at the things that I suffer from. Might not have some of them if I wasn't humiliated and emotionally, verbally and physically abused by Dr s who won't treat me like a human being and take care of my pain.
Jan 14th, 2018
Catherine C. from Houston, TX signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
Catherine C. from Houston, TX signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Austin, TX writes:
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Please let doctors treat patients chronic pain. It's their job! I live with genetic conditions that create horrendous pain throughout my body. Without the proper pain medication, I would not be able to see my other doctors, who help manage my chronic genetic conditions.
Jan 14th, 2018
Jesse W. from Kiln, MS signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
Eleanor K. from Greensburg, PA writes:
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CPP are the ppl that are being hurt by taking lifesaving meds away. Drs were treating my pain 4 7 yrs & l was functional until the govt stepped in & they are taking the analgesics away without anything to replace this. Cruel & inhumane to thin the Hurd of elderly & disabled ppl.
Jan 14th, 2018
Paulette b. from Cincinnati, OH signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Dracut, MA writes:
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Patients are not the cause of the opioid “crisis” in this country — people taking diverted medications are! Don’t punish chronic pain patients for this problem and don’t punish their doctors for treating them!
Jan 13th, 2018
KANE a. from ATLANTA, GA writes:
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Jan 13th, 2018
Denise G. from Woodland Hills, CA writes:
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Start helping chronic pain patients again! This is a crime against humanity!
Jan 13th, 2018
Stacey T. from Joliet, IL writes:
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The pendulum has swung too far the other way. Chronic pain patients like myself, who have been stable on oral opioids for years for excrutiating, constant pain, are being denied appropriate medical care, having the decisions of their physicians overridden by federal agencies enforcing voluntary guidelines as law. The CDC Guidelines for Chronic Pain are simply guidelines, suggestions meant to guide primary care physicians who treat chronic pain patients, as physicians who specialize in pain management are few and far between (only 4,000 in the country currently). The DEA has been enforcing these voluntary guidelines as law. This has caused many physicians to abandon chronic pain patients, stating they will not risk their licenses for our pain. Of the nine million chronic pain patients being treat successfully with opioids, only about 3-5% ever become addicted. We must always distinguish between dependence and addiction. Diabetes patients are dependent on insulin. Many chronic pain patients are dependent on opioids. Addiction is a disease of the brain causing a person to crave a substance regardless of negative consequences associated with acquiring that drug. This crisis is a patient crisis, as it has caused patients who have complied with the unprecedented monitoring of their diseases to suffer needlessly in agonizing pain. Some patients are forced to illicit drugs to quell pain so they can keep working to care for their families. Many patients have taken their own lives because they couldn't find a physician who isn't intimidated by the DEA and current hostile prescribing environment. Our community has suffered a doubling in suicide rates. We have stigmatized chronic pain and it's treatments, especially with opioids, a treatment that currently works best for the majority of patients, and it has to stop. The skyrocketing overdose deaths are caused by heroin and illicit fentanyl, not prescription medications. That is evident as prescriptions have substantially declined while overdose deaths remain unchanged. Please stop harming chronic pain patients by taking away our physicians and the pain relief that allows us some quality of life.
Jan 13th, 2018
Chris R. from Mansfield, TX signed.
Jan 13th, 2018
Someone from Mingo Junction, OH writes:
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I would love to be able to take anti-inflammatory drugs, would love to take an ibuprofen but I can't even take an aspirin, I break out in black and blue marks and was told by Cleveland Clinic to never take such medicine because it would slowly kill me. Heck even tried tylenol PM and aleve, my hands, face and feet swell terribly. Really wish these people who are teaching this to Doctors knew what they are preaching.
Jan 13th, 2018
Someone from Mooreland, IN writes:
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The way chronic pain patients are treated is unfair and not right. As a patient who developed a disabling condition after having spine surgery that I was never even made aware of this disease possibility before surgery from a money hungry surgeon who assured me in three months I would be like new. Well wrong and now doctors are scared to death to treat pain patients for a disease that affects the whole body with an opioid as they will loose there license what about my life. Do I not matter to anyone? Doctors need to be able to treat a patient as a whole patient not just bits and pieces.
Jan 13th, 2018
Billy S. from Traskwood, AR signed.
Jan 13th, 2018
Marlisa G. from Hot Springs Village, AR writes:
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The DEA is targeting legitimate physicians in their misguided efforts in the Opioid Epidemic. But the CDC statistics prove that the overdose deaths are caused by Heroin and Illicit Fentanyl, not prescription opioids! The DEA targeted Dr Forrest Tennant, a world renowned expert in pain management, a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from pain management experts, who manages patients with rare and difficult to treat conditions, and who has successfully studied and researched Adhesive Arachnoiditis and developed a treatment protocol, something no other physician in the world has ever done. Dr Tennant has devoted his life to helping people who suffer intractable pain. He came out of retirement because he saw these patients were being neglected, forgotten and demonized. He followed standard practice in prescribing safe and effective pain medications to his patients and has done nothing illegal. The medical expert being used by the DEA to target him is a family medicine physician! How is a pain management physician, who has practiced since 1975, with more credentials than most experts in the field, being evaluated by a family medicine doctor with no training or experience treating intractable pain patients? It’s outrageous! The DEA chose to target this very well known, decent, compasssioate, upstanding physician to send a message to physicians everywhere, “you are not safe from the DEA”. These scare tactics are causing pain patients to lose access to prescription opioids, often the only effective treatment for them. Patients are suffering complications from undertreated and untreated pain, such as adrenal failure, heart attacks, strokes and sadly, many are committing suicide. This has to stop! The DEA needs to stop playing doctor with this vulnerable population and Lee ave legitimate physicians alone!
Jan 13th, 2018
Sheri L. from Delhi, CA writes:
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If the American people, who do not suffer day in; day out 24/7 SEVERE intractable pain, could remotely understand what we CPP go through on a constant daily basis, we wouldn't be in this predicament. It IS so life alternating the public has a hard time fathoming such suffering. And ALL they're getting is a skewed version that the media puts out. If they were educated about the other side of this so-called "opioid epidemic" from CPP themselves, it would change the world's view. The problem lies with addicts & alcohol | drugs. Not CPP opioid therapy. And if things aren't changed the addicts WILL find some other substance, CPP WILL suffer OR commit suicide OR be forced to commit a criminal action to stay out of pain. Nothing will get fixed. And this country will have BIGGER problems as a result. I implore you to please take this issue serious & turn things around before it gets any worse. Thank you~
Jan 13th, 2018
Someone from Holland, OH writes:
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I was in a terrible car accident that killed my father and have cervical spinal stenosis along with a list of injuries and chronic illness. Without the regiment of medication that I am on I would not be able to leave my bed. I am now able to run my own business, raise my children and have my livelihood back. After years of trying alternative methods to offer relief and failing hard I was ready to give up all together. These medicines have saved my life and not having them would likely leave me dependent on disability and my children dependent upon others to care for them as it was before. Please consider that the statistics are skewed when you hear of the epidemic. Many cases involve people that are on multiple drugs, alcohol or other addiction issues. If you look at the bigger picture statistics show that nearly every American of age 50 has been prescribed opioids at some point in their life and the percentage of people that became addicted or harmed shrinks greatly. Please take a moment to learn more here: https://youtu.be/u4vHSLeTe-s TED Talk What We Lose When We Under Treat Pain - Kate Nicholson Boulder, Co
Jan 13th, 2018
Someone from Holland, OH writes:
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I was in a terrible car accident that killed my father and have cervical spinal stenosis along with a list of injuries and chronic illness. Without the regiment of medication that I am on I would not be able to leave my bed. I am now able to run my own business, raise my children and have my livelihood back. After years of trying alternative methods to offer relief and failing hard I was ready to give up all together. These medicines have saved my life and not having them would likely leave me dependent on disability and my children dependent upon others to care for them as it was before. Please consider that the statistics are skewed when you hear of the epidemic. Many cases involve people that are on multiple drugs, alcohol or other addiction issues. If you look at the bigger picture statistics show that nearly every American of age 50 has been prescribed opioids at some point in their life and the percentage of people that became addicted or harmed shrinks greatly. Please take a moment to learn more here: https://youtu.be/u4vHSLeTe-s TED Talk What We Lose When We Under Treat Pain - Kate Nicholson Boulder, Co
Jan 13th, 2018
Someone from Centralia, WA writes:
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Please, we have suffered now for years as our family also do with us. This would be an easier sacrifice if we knew that we were helping in some way,if there were finally an end to the torture. Did we save anyone's life? Unfortunately we have increased ODs & suicides bigly. While we who are still here become weaker & sicker simply from loss of mobility. Leaving us unable to shop for food, clean our home's or just wash our cut our hair. Lack of mobility leaves us with needing more medical assistance, from wheelchairs, rides to appointments & buying necessities, the list goes on.
Jan 13th, 2018
Someone from Centralia, WA writes:
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Please, we have suffered now for years as our family also do with us. This would be an easier sacrifice if we knew that we were helping in some way,if there were finally an end to the torture. Did we save anyone's life? Unfortunately we have increased ODs & suicides bigly. While we who are still here become weaker & sicker simply from loss of mobility. Leaving us unable to shop for food, clean our home's or just wash our cut our hair. Lack of mobility leaves us with needing more medical assistance, from wheelchairs, rides to appointments & buying necessities, the list goes on.
Jan 13th, 2018
D P. from Austin, TX writes:
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Due to healthcare policy changes, many patients have lost access to the only treatment that is effective to relieve their pain. Patients are reporting they are being forced to taper medications. They also report being unable to refill their opioid prescriptions at pharmacies. Physicians are implementing drastic measures based on “following” the Center for Disease Control Guideline restrictions on prescribing opioids. The CDC guidelines were never originally intended to impact patients with chronic pain. The new guidelines were voluntary and aimed at primary care physicians not pain management physicians. As it stands now, niether primary physicians or pain management physicians want to care for patients with intractable pain because we are a “liability.” The implementation of these new guidelines have created a snowball effect. This resulted in both primary care and pain management physicians rapidly “dumping patients” who are prescribed opioids out of sheer concern for their license and assets. Healthcare providers have been made “examples of” by the drug enforcement agency (DEA), by arresting and prosecuting physicians for failing to follow CDC’s new guidelines. The idea of voluntary compliance seems to have been lost in the hysteria. Our opinion is the CDC guidelines is based on flawed research, driven by special interests and by DEA over-reach. A narrow mainstream media narrative and public hysteria has also contributed to a negative outcome. This combination has resulted in a failed drug policy that has created “pain refugees” being “dumped” by their healthcare providers leaving them with few, if any treatment options for their pain. The guidelines were implemented without sufficient planning or viable options for the pain community to turn to for alternative treatments that are effective. Let’s clarify, equal to the effectiveness of opioid therapy for analgesia. There are a lot of faux designer patented drugs out there, but they are expensive, fraught with side effects, and often they don’t work. These issues are further magnified by extreme healthcare bias, discrimination, marginalization, and social stigma based on misinformation about the complexity of the pain phenomena. Pain is now the “new leprosy!” Actually, pain patients are now, the “new minority.” Chastised, abandoned, silenced and marginalized. Competent pain management physicians are leaving their practice in fear of losing their license and having their assets seized for prescribing opioids. This intended or unintended outcome is leaving a wake of “pain refugees” without sufficient access to medical care or pain relief. These events are unfolding as waves of unwarranted hardship impacting stable patients, and their healthcare providers. There is no justification for this kind of unethical and inhumane treatment. The only perceived “crime” that these patients have committed is the misfortune of having a diagnosis that requires opioids to manage their pain. The only crime most physicians have committed is wanting to treat their patients with autonomy to relieve their pain. The pain community is being gas-lighted and scape-goated. Our community is being blamed for the rise of unintentional overdoses that are fueled by illicit Fentanyl pouring in from other countries. We are suffering consequences for an “opioid crisis” or “drug war” that many legitimate patients and their healthcare providers have had absolutely no control over, and have never contributed to. As a result of opioid hysteria, a term coined largely by intractable pain patients in response to being scapegoated, patients are being blamed for the influx of illicit opiates like Fentanyl from other countries including Mexico, Afghanistan and China. This stance against patients is preferable to the Drug Enforcement Agency and other over-sight agencies than admitting that the “war on drugs” is an “epic fail!” So, the pain community continues to be thrown under the opioid bus rather than re-group or change policy. The facts supporting our position are beginning to pour in and mainstream media is slowly bringing transparency to the this issue. However, untold damage has already been incurred by the pain community that can’t be reversed. There a lot of special interests invested in perpetuating the “opioid hysteria” as it serves their bottom lines very nicely. here is one of many examples of patients and physicians who are working in good faith are being derailed from accessing medical care a a result of opioid hysteria! https://painadvocacycoalition.com/1746-2/ We can only go forward by rescinding the CDC guidelines as a failed policy, and in light of new information as it begins to unravel the untruths perpetrated by PROP and others, it will be the pain community’s responsibility to inform the public of the truth. We intend to do so. #ShareOurPain
Jan 13th, 2018
Someone from Shelbville, IN writes:
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This inhumane treatment WILL affect EVERYONE in this country one day and now this madness has spread to other countries The elite really did a number on the people with this fake narrative. There is a HEROIN crisis NOT a prescription pain medication crisis. There is also a pain crisis in now thanks to knee-jerk reactions by our government who is listening to Kolodny. He has NO clue how to treat my disease and has NO business telling our Drs how much they can prescribe!
Jan 13th, 2018
dan b. from Santa Cruz, CA writes:
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STOP THE PHONY WAR ON Legal RX pain meds. The CDC, PROP, and Andrew Kolodny manipulated the statistics about opioid deaths, failing to differentiate between Illegal opioid deaths and legal Rx opioid related deaths. The FDA TWICE told them that this methodology was wrong. Kolodny, who is not a pain doctor, wants opioid use for chronic pain banned despite its efficacy at helping people with chronic pain live functional productive lives. The DEA has been targeting legitimate pain doctors declaring a War on Rx Pain Meds and Pain Patients. THERE IS NO OPIOID CRISIS for Rx opioids Except AGAINST people in pain. Illegal fentanyl and heroin are causing the increasing death rates but DEA is useless combating this. Please let Doctors and patients make their own decisions and get the DEA and CDC out of the doctors offices
Jan 13th, 2018
dan b. from Santa Cruz, CA writes:
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STOP THE PHONY WAR ON Legal RX pain meds. The CDC, PROP, and Andrew Kolodny manipulated the statistics about opioid deaths, failing to differentiate between Illegal opioid deaths and legal Rx opioid related deaths. The FDA TWICE told them that this methodology was wrong. Kolodny, who is not a pain doctor, wants opioid use for chronic pain banned despite its efficacy at helping people with chronic pain live functional productive lives. The DEA has been targeting legitimate pain doctors declaring a War on Rx Pain Meds and Pain Patients. THERE IS NO OPIOID CRISIS for Rx opioids Except AGAINST people in pain. Illegal fentanyl and heroin are causing the increasing death rates but DEA is useless combating this. Please let Doctors and patients make their own decisions and get the DEA and CDC out of the doctors offices
Jan 13th, 2018
Julie N. from Sturtevant, WI signed.
Jan 13th, 2018
Chris C. from Colorado Springs, CO writes:
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This is a terrible era to be sick. The war on Chronic pain patients has to stop. The DEA has no right to interfere with patients and their physician. Please stop the attacks on the innocent chronic pain patients and their highly trained physicians.

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