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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
peggy o. from Scottsville, VA writes:
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You have personally deprived me of my very quality of life! You took my ability to care for me an mine away and flushed it down the toliet. In your ignorance an greed you grouped us with the poir addicts who DESPERATELY need good treatment facilities, aftercare, an insurance. Look to Portugal's excellent program for them. Stay out of our doctor's office, give us back our ability to live an enjoy our lives because daily suffering is no way to live.
Jan 14th, 2018
peggy o. from Scottsville, VA writes:
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You have personally deprived me of my very quality of life! You took my ability to care for me an mine away and flushed it down the toliet. In your ignorance an greed you grouped us with the poir addicts who DESPERATELY need good treatment facilities, aftercare, an insurance. Look to Portugal's excellent program for them. Stay out of our doctor's office, give us back our ability to live an enjoy our lives because daily suffering is no way to live.
Jan 14th, 2018
Someone from Mc Nabb, IL writes:
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No one asks to be diagnosed with disease/disorder that’s come with or causes chronic pain. Add a injury or two and that life is forever changed, not for the good. Please let our doctors be doctors, without the government in the examination rooms. I understand that my life is always going to be associated daily with pain, that’s bad enough. Allow me a post trauma life with some sort dignity.
Jan 14th, 2018
Melissa A. from Kingman, AZ writes:
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Some people are truly in chronic pain from no fault of their own. They are not addicts and should not be treated as such. Please do not punish honest doctors or honest patients. It is not fair. It is not right. Thank you-
Jan 14th, 2018
Sherry S. from Scranton, PA writes:
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I have been suffering for about 15 years with chronic pain. I have multiple autoimmune and chronic illnesses. I waited 10 years before going on pain meds and just as they started to work and I started to slowly get my life back this hysteria began and I have been suffering more than ever now that I was cut down on the medication i need! I never filled early or abused my medication! This is a sad witch hunt and making Americans suffer in the worst way is pure evil!
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
Someone from Homewood, IL signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
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Jan 14th, 2018
Diane F. from Rochester, NY signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
Diane F. from Rochester, NY signed.
Jan 14th, 2018
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.

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