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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
I. H. from Longmont, CO writes:
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The DEA and DOJ are targeting legitimate physicians who are saving lives. Most recently they have targeted Dr. Forest Tennant MD DrPH, a world renowned pain researcher, intractable pain expert, widely published author, and recipient of a lifetime achievement award in which his fellow physicians honored him as "a Doctors Doctor, the highest honor any physician can receive. Doctors such as Dr.Tennant, and his patients, are not the cause of the opioid epidemic! The CDC recently has publicly stated that the real cause of most over-dose deaths is illegal heroin and illicit fentanyl. Here’s the real story of Dr. Tennant’s intractable pain practice: he is providing compassionate care to patients for whom all standard treatments have failed. Intractable pain is defined as: “A severe, constant pain that is not curable by any known means and causes adverse biologic effects on the body’s cardiovascular, hormone, and neurologic systems causing a bed or house-bound state and early death if not adequately treated” There are rare, extremely ill persons treated in the clinic and many near the end of life. His is in compliance with the California Guidelines, Federation of State Medical Board FSMB, CDC Guidelines as written, CA Intractable Pain Act, and CA Pain Patient's Bill of Rights. Dr. Tennant is hardly a “pill mill” and only around 160 patients are enrolled in the clinic. His nonprofit charitable organization, The Tennant Foundation, helps subsidize the clinic. Patients travel from all over the nation as he is their last resort for care. At least some patients will die within weeks if the clinic is not available. Where will these patients go if his clinic is closed down? What is your plan for caring for these intractable patients?
Jan 14th, 2018
I. H. from Longmont, CO writes:
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The DEA and DOJ are targeting legitimate physicians who are saving lives. Most recently they have targeted Dr. Forest Tennant MD DrPH, a world renowned pain researcher, intractable pain expert, widely published author, and recipient of a lifetime achievement award in which his fellow physicians honored him as "a Doctors Doctor, the highest honor any physician can receive. Doctors such as Dr.Tennant, and his patients, are not the cause of the opioid epidemic! The CDC recently has publicly stated that the real cause of most over-dose deaths is illegal heroin and illicit fentanyl. Here’s the real story of Dr. Tennant’s intractable pain practice: he is providing compassionate care to patients for whom all standard treatments have failed. Intractable pain is defined as: “A severe, constant pain that is not curable by any known means and causes adverse biologic effects on the body’s cardiovascular, hormone, and neurologic systems causing a bed or house-bound state and early death if not adequately treated” There are rare, extremely ill persons treated in the clinic and many near the end of life. His is in compliance with the California Guidelines, Federation of State Medical Board FSMB, CDC Guidelines as written, CA Intractable Pain Act, and CA Pain Patient's Bill of Rights. Dr. Tennant is hardly a “pill mill” and only around 160 patients are enrolled in the clinic. His nonprofit charitable organization, The Tennant Foundation, helps subsidize the clinic. Patients travel from all over the nation as he is their last resort for care. At least some patients will die within weeks if the clinic is not available. Where will these patients go if his clinic is closed down? What is your plan for caring for these intractable patients?
Jan 14th, 2018
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Jan 14th, 2018
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Jan 14th, 2018
Diane F. from Rochester, NY signed.
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Diane F. from Rochester, NY signed.
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Diane F. from Rochester, NY signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
Diane F. from Rochester, NY signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Monroeville, IN writes:
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Chronic pain patients are NOT the cause of the so-called opioid epidemic. Separate the numbers of legally prescribed opioid pain meds from the illegal fentynal & herion & start using the real numbers to determine course of legal action. Please stop punishing pain patients who rely on legally obtaining pain remedies for quality of life!
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Monroeville, IN writes:
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Chronic pain patients are NOT the cause of the so-called opioid epidemic. Separate the numbers of legally prescribed opioid pain meds from the illegal fentynal & herion & start using the real numbers to determine course of legal action. Please stop punishing pain patients who rely on legally obtaining pain remedies for quality of life!
Jan 14th, 2018
Kenneth a. from Hobart, IN writes:
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Millions are being harmed by opioid hysteria. We are organizing and we vote
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!

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