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The CDC has issued new guidelines (JAMA, March 15, 2016) that strongly urge doctors to stop prescribing narcotics to patients with chronic pain. This public health organization believes its mandate will reduce deaths from opioid overdose. What the feds have not considered is the impact on people with long-standing severe pain, especially if they are disabled.

The Drug Enforcement Administration Changed the Rules:

In the last couple of years there has been a huge effort to make it harder for doctors to prescribe opioid pain relievers. In the fall of 2014 the DEA made it much harder for patients to obtain hydrocodone combination pain relievers (HCPs such as Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, etc). Previously, prescribers could call in or send in an electronic prescription to a pharmacy and could give a pain patient several refills. Now, patients can only get a 30-day supply and must visit the doctor’s office each time they need a new prescription.

Stories from Readers in Severe Pain:

The new DEA scheduling change has made it much more challenging for a patient who is disabled or in severe pain to access an opioid medication. Here are just a few stories from hundreds of readers who responded to our post on the DEA decision.

Stefany in Maryland shares:

“I have had 10 orthopedic surgeries–two on my back, plus a spinal fusion. I have also had four hip surgeries. These are only a few of the many surgeries I have had.

“I used to hate pain medication. I did all that I could to avoid taking opioids, relying on 800 mg of ibuprofen instead. Sometimes I try to avoid pain medication, but it is physically impossible. I hurt all over and become so miserable when I am off my meds. Since there is such a strict limit on them I usually run out. Trust me; I do not wish to be on them, but the alternative after 10 surgeries is basically impossible if I am to maintain two jobs and college classes.

“While I completely understand the DEA’s reasoning behind their new laws, all they are accomplishing is making people like us live in hell and for the drug seekers to turn more to heroin. You cannot control the people who are drug addicts. To punish people who do not abuse pain medicine and need them to live a more functional life than one of severe depression due to pain is really unjust.”

John in College Station, TX writes:

“I have been taking hydrocodone for over 25 years because of a severe accident. I have had a total knee replacement and neck fusion surgery. I have three bulging discs in my lower spine with nerve damage in my back.

“Last year the doctor said no more hydrocodone, per the new law, and changed it to Tylenol #4. It’s 80 percent less effective.

“Why did this new law punish me? I was barely surviving with the hydrocodone, and now this. I call it abuse to the elderly. I have a track record of 25 years of taking my hydrocodone and NEVER called in for extra or EVER abused it. Now I suffer in severe pain because others abuse it. The DEA, who got this law passed, did not think how it would effect the people who really need it to survive.

“I’m only 55 yrs old, and I’m scared to death what the rest of my life may become. I do not wish harm to anyone but if the people passing these laws ever experience the pain I have they would never have never passed such a law which amounts to ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY.”

Jake the Vet:

“I am a 28-year-old army veteran. I have a spinal cord tumor located in my nerves and am consistently in extreme pain–8 out of a possible 10 points on a 1 to 10 point scale.

“All I can get from my pain management doctor is a back brace, anti-inflammatories and acupuncture in my ears or gabapentin, which makes me feel awful. I have seen three neurosurgeons, none of whom will touch me. What am I suppose to do? Things need to change in this country. It’s an outrage!”

Carolyn in Nevada:

“I too have been taking hydrocodone for many years for chronic pain. Today I went to the pharmacy and was told I can no longer have it. My doctor prescribes it but the pharmacy says no. I’ll be spending my days in bed, I guess. May as well be dead.”

Charles in Ft. Worth:

“I was in a bad elevator collapse and have numerous spinal fractures as well as bulging, degenerated disks and bone spurs. I have lost two inches in height because of my back problems.

“I am living in pain I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I need pain meds and I can no longer get any refills. My pain is making my life unlivable.

“The new laws have caused more damage than you can imagine. My mobility is very limited. I can no longer get out of bed or carry on my daily duties as I was able to before the laws changed last October. I feel my life is over. I can’t live with this pain. I don’t know what to do.”

The CDC’s New Guidelines:

In essence, the new federal opioid guidelines state that narcotics should not be prescribed for chronic pain patients. Instead, doctors should recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol) or NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen. Other suggestions include cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise therapy or antidepressants. We suspect that there are many patients, like those above, for whom such suggestions will not be met with great enthusiasm.

For acute pain, such as after surgery or an accident, the CDC recommends that doctors prescribe opioids for no more than three days. Really? Some “acute” pain lasts substantially longer than three days!

The CDC acknowledges that cancer treatment may require opioid medication during the active phase of therapy. What the CDC has not taken into account is that cancer survivors may have to deal with chronic pain. The president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network said it eloquently:

“Pain does not end when an individual completes treatment. Most often, cancer patients deal with lasting effects from their disease or treatment including pain for a significant period of time or indefinitely.”

The CDC guideline does not seem to take this into account.

Walking the Tightrope:

We recognize that there is tremendous abuse of narcotics in this country, but we are not sure the new guidelines will help reduce the problem. We have not seen convincing evidence that making it harder for chronic pain patients to access drugs like hydrocodone will make a huge difference in abuse or overdose deaths.

We also believe that it is virtually impossible to generalize about the most appropriate treatment for people with severe, chronic pain. Some people will do well with cognitive behavioral therapy; others can only function on opioid medications. These drugs allow them to work and function with dignity. They do not abuse the pain medicine, do not increase the dose and do not sell their medicine to drug abusers. They are about to become vulnerable to a huge federal mandate that will impact how physicians practice medicine.

It is our belief that the CDC should not tell physicians how to practice medicine, especially when it comes to something as complex as chronic pain. Each patient needs to be evaluated individually and treated with respect. The new guidelines will likely scare many doctors away from prescribing potent pain killers for longer than a few days or weeks. That could mean some patients will live in agony with no acceptable treatment through no fault of their own.

Share your own pain experience below and your thoughts about the DEA and CDC rules and guidelines. Please vote on this article at the top of the page. Here is a link to hundreds of reader comments about the DEA’s decision to make it harder for patients to get a prescription for hydrocodone-containing pain medicines.

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  1. Joseph

    Marijuana gateway drug for decades, Feds legalize it, tax it,put the word medical in front of it, now it’s ok. When they find a way to tax pain meds, they will relax the laws. Gaurenteed!

  2. Piper

    Has anyone thought about severe pain in diabetics?! I’ve been on opioids for over 25 years. I’ve never over dosed or sold pills to others! I’ve been with the same Dr. And PA’s for that long of time! I was diagnosed with Type 11 diabetes about 4 years ago. With hard work I was able to get my A1C to 6.4. But then came the new law criminalizing my need for opioids! Because of the decrease in my morphine dosage my pain has increased 10 fold! This increases sugar levels because of chemicals released that increase sugar levels in the blood.

    Now, my sugar level has started to top out in the 200’s and it is only getting worse! So? I ask– which evil is greater and what should I do?! The people who changed the law did not consider diabetics and pain and heart attacks and amputations!! Drug users will get there drugs any way they can. But for a law abiding citizen- we are screwed!!!!
    Paula K.

  3. Crystal

    I’ve been going to the same Rheumatologist for 17 years. Have been on Duragesic patches for the last ten years. Was told that to protect her practice, she can no longer prescribe pain medication to me for the condition I have. Said the government is encouraging losing weight, exercising, etc. I’ve taken drug tests every month and taken the medication as prescribed, but my Doctor said her hands are tied. Now going through hell going off this medication and in extreme pain. Not sure what the future holds, or if I can live in this state. Btw, I would have been fine if I had been offered a medication not as strong as what I was on. Feeling scared and hopeless.

  4. Kathy

    I am a 68 year old female with tendons around the rotator cuff torn so many places they can’t operate. Not that operating works. I have been cut off taking any opiods and am in such agony, that my quality of life is nothing. I am bed bound. I am suicidal, because it truly is impossible to live with this pain and my arm is becoming useless. I also have sever osteo arthritis and lower back nerve damage all of which can be taken care of by one 10mg of Percocet to take care of it. This is most definitely elder abuse and an attorney should get us all together and fight the CDC and FDA against such abuse.

  5. D Everett

    The CDC & politicians could care less, yet if THEY have any discomfort, we’ll they have the real pain unlike the serfs. I’m sick and in bed most of every day because I refuse to play games with the gov and pain man. I have been cut back to the point it don’t work anyway, so why keep the dr visits every month, I have two choices, the street drugs or death, I’ll not buy off the street because I’m not a drug abuser, I’m an old man in pain, and no one cares.

  6. Maria

    Yesterday I was sent to the ER because I have chronic migraines, TMJ, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. My doctor called ahead and ordered Demerol. After all the years suffering it’s the only thing that helps. After trying Dilaudid, which did not work, and after 6 hours, an ER doc gave it to me or I was going to be admitted. It’s been hell for 5 days. I feel better but 5 days in agony is living hell. I have been in chronic pain for 31 years. I’m going to try to get my doc to give me a script for the future. I feel that as a chronic pain sufferer I was being profiled as an addict. I would do anything to feel pain free. Sick of meds and docs.

  7. Frances
    Columbia, Maryland

    Absolutely ridiculous what the government and a couple of zealots are trying to do to people who are in chronic pain. I would like to see what happens when some of these lawmakers are in chronic pain.

    Trying to control people through legislation has worked so well for the government in the past. Look at alcohol and marijuana…

  8. Lori

    There is a huge amount of us in this same boat of needing opiods to in order to have quality of life. We do not misuse, sell or harm anyone else but we need to have this medication in order to function through our chronic illness and pain. There has to be a group or a way to form a group to take this to the surgeon general or CDC or whoever has decided that they need to punish us in order to stop abuse. I have zero quality of life without opiods and there is nothing to offer me as alternative that helps. It is time for us to take our stand on intrusion between my doctor and my health. Let me know of a place to go and do more than write my story or let’s get one started! Who knows anything we can do?

  9. Kristen

    I am 47 yrs old n have a kidney disease w chronic pain n a ton of stones at all times and it takes a month to pass 1 stone from scar tissue, chronic kidney n bladder infections, severe osteoporosis, hurniated n bulged discs, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, kyphosis, scoliosis which I have lost 3 inches in height from all of it.

    A ton of adhesions from a kidney surgery that almost killed me, arthritis in my wrist from breaking it n one of the bones didnt heal in place, TMJ, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, nerve damage from an old injury in my heal, 3 complete tears in my shoulder from repetitive stress injury which cant b fixed, tendenopathy and bone spurs in it, tear in my knee thats not healing, bakers cyct..just to name a few!!

    I have had over 30 surgeries in my life! I want to move to Florida because my body cant take the cold but I am scared i wont b able to get any pain meds because i was accused by the state where i live 5 yrs ago of dr shopping because i had emergency kidney surgery which i got 10 percocet, another kidney surgery 2 weeks later by a diff dr which he knew he ruptured everything inside me n sent me home w 7 very strong opiod suppositories for organ pain and spasms (which cost $100 each so my mom only got me 2 of them) then i called an ambulance later that night n ended up in ICU at a diff hospital by my house for 2 collapsed lungs, pleural effusion, sepsis, blood clots in lungs n legs, ruptured ureter, ruptured diaphragm, hemorrhaging internally and was told i prob wouldnt live n when i went home the dr there gave me 40 Percocet so i got 3 diff narcotics from 3 diff drs all in a months time!

    Now, I have severe adhesions, a paralyzed diaphragm all of which I’ve been in myofascial and visceral therapy for 5 years! I have many days i cant get out of bed even with pain meds but without them i would nvr get out of bed! N the state wants to worry about addicts? That is their choice, this is not my choice but i have to suffer! Well they can save the addict who has rehabs to go get help, where do i have to get help for all my pain? Nowhere!!!

    Save the addict and let ppl like me die because im so sick of suffering im about done n if i get cancer again i will NOT get any treatment for it..why would i when its just gonna b more pain n no relief at least hospice will make me comfortable! So all in all the state offers more help and more relief for addicts and dont care about ppl suffering or choosing to die instead of getting treatment for cancer because they will suffer because of the addicts! Our country is not a free country its so corrupt it makes me sick!

    Help the addict n screw the sick! I hope the addicts break into every house of the ppl making these laws because they are not stopping them they are just making them turn to heroin but we are suffering! Maybe i need to try heroin to get out of pain!

  10. Lanna
    Island, BC

    I, too, have many areas that require pain med but unfortunately(?) I am unable to tolerate most opiades the last being 1 fentanyl patch that made me hallucinate, act crazy, land up in hospital for 2 weeks. Other opiades have all caused me enormous strange things happening to me such as fearing doctors trying to kill me while in the hospital, strange characters coming out of light bulbs in the ceiling one bulb was exactly over my bed.

    I escaped from the hospital in the middle of the night a very cold night without adequate clothing on, no money, no phone; therefore I landed in the ER which was right close by. These are only a few examples of what I have gone through starting at the age of 64. I am now 77 and have be trying for all these years to get my back, shoulder, leg and foot (all on the right side) fixed. I take Tylenol 3 to help with the extreme pain which never stops. I often wonder, at my age, why bother seeking help any longer.

    Seniors, I believe, are of no value any longer in our society. I never thought Canada would turn on us like this. Our medical is terrible here in Canada. Believe me.

    • dee ann
      Corinth NEW YORK

      I know of doctors who prescribed Suboxone, charge up to $200.00 per monthly visit (they don’t take medicare of medicade). The saddest I’ve witnessed is people who are prescribed Suboxone can sell an 8 mg. film for $20.00. If you’re elderly it’s easy to assume we won’t get better and the quality of life is nil.

      I had a primary doctor about 20 yrs. ago who told me that, in England they believe in legalization, if a person wants off and can’t because they’re addicted, they treat them with Suboxone, which was developed there.

      He also told me, as we had very stimulating and honest conversations. He admitted to me that a certain number and class of people are not going to be treated as they should be as they are elderly and or severely disabled and will die soon enough, I believed him then and now.

  11. Elizabeth

    I have had Crohn’s disease since 2008, the first few years of having it my crohN’s specialist always urged me to take prescriptions for Percocet, but I never filled them because I was determined to handle the pain and not risk getting addicted to the pain medication. I’ve never been addicted to anything but the pain from Crohn’s is so severe that I just feared I’d be in pain meds more than not. However, I made it a long time without pain meds.

    After having a few babies, getting a bit older, I came to the point of deciding to stop letting myself suffer through the pain of Crohn’s. I began asking for pain medication prescriptions and one prescription lasted months as I used them sparingly only on super bad days. Earlier this year after a routine colonoscopy my specialist told me he wouldn’t prescribe me pain medications anymore, this immediately scared me to tears.

    Anxiety kicked in, and all I could do was imagine the pain of Crohn’s and not getting any relief! The thought of this actually happening to me has caused me severe anxiety quite awhile before it actually happened. And now it was my reality, I ended up writing my specialist a letter explaining my point of view to him. I don’t know if this helped but I think doctors are so scared anymore to do their jobs for fear of it coming back on them that they need to see their patients in an individual light sometimes.

    I’ve seen the same Crohn’s specialist since 2008 and in that time I’ve only asked for pain medications maybe 5 times, I’m not an addict, I don’t sell my prescriptions, I need this medication to be able to function at times and I pointed all this out to him. I need him to see me, not only the restrictions of the CDC and DEA. I’m all for restricting pain medications but for the people who have abused or sold them(at any point in time) not for those of us who suffer legitimate & documented pain! It’s just unfair and I say how dare they deny us our medications that we need for our treatment of pain?

    How can sending us to PT or prescribing off label medications, etc. help us?? I refuse to take off label medications for Crohn’s pain when the medication has not been approved by the CDC for that condition/disease/type of pain. This is a catch all, we can’t expect People in pain to take the “alternate” medications (that surely never worked for me!) and to roll over and just take it.

    I don’t even comprehend how a medical organization can across the board not allow their doctors to prescribe pain medications to begin with. This just seems completely absurd!
    I have a family member who has abused prescription medications for years, abused drugs for years, tested positive at the doctors offices for drugs and high limits of rx medications and even supposedly admitted to her doctors she abused them yet she is still able to get any medication she seeks out! I’m at a loss with this situation. It infuriates me so bad!

    The doctors, CDC & DEA need to address the addicts and sellers of prescriptions FIRST AND FOREMOST! And if after doing that they still see a huge problem in this country with pain medications then take it a step further, what they are doing now is completely unethical!! Stop damning the ones who aren’t doing wrong, it hurts us in more ways than one and can ultimately cause us to have more medical problems or conditions. It’s all really just common sense.

  12. See We Cee 2

    As a Texan, I would first suggest a few items that need to be more ‘specific’ when these Government Agencies start tossing out numbers concerning RX Pain Medications, Dr’s who write the RX’s and the patients (chronic pain or otherwise) that fill them at the Pharmacy. First, I consider myself a qualified commenter on this issue as a 30+ year chronic pain sufferer (2 diseases with no cure, no treatment and listed as Ultra-Rare) – I don’t have to mention very painful, as well. But, the topper is they are both Progressive. Surgery usually means the condition returns, more often worse than before. My only choice is to control the pain – period. I even tried experimental Radiation to simply lessen the pain, to no success. So, no question to having incurable and painful disease with the ADVICE to leave it alone! Do the math= I have but ONE choice and that is see a Pain Dr. and get RX written to reduce my 24/7 pain. Now, I’m also listed having Disability, but I worked over 42 years and paid the all SS tax. See Pain Dr every month and a Psych Dr. I’ll address WHY the need for a Psychiatrist. This ‘other side’ has consequences equally as bad.

    When I could not find one single Dr. who had even heard of my rare issue, he evaluated me and suspected something that I didn’t know of, involving the dangers of unabating, untreated chronic pain. The Public will NOT be aware or informed of this dangerous OTHER side of this effect because it reveals an unknown medical threat that SHOULD (in fairness to the victims) be shown as a real, possible threat to compliant users if deprived of RX medications to control pain. By agreeing to treat my pain, to save my brain, my CNS, and to keep the constant pain from the negative ‘rewiring’ of my pain alert system, I’m sure he slowed the damage. 99% of the Public will never hear about what happens to a person who has non-stop pain that goes untreated. The effect on the body and brain is sinister and can sometimes alter or re-wire normal response. If allowed to continue by NOT controlling the constant (“DO SOMETHING about this pain!) signal sent to and from the brain and other body systems necessary to function normally, damage can occur and be permanent. My Psychiatrist referred to this as Neuroplasticity in a negative, adverse re-wiring of normal brain function that communicates pain signals affecting the natural bodily response to address the source causing the pain.

    The numbers are clear showing the problem of RX drug abuse and the victims of those who had no medical need to have, or use, these meds that were intended for those with a real medical issue causing chronic pain and the prescribing of a pain control RX, verified by a Physician’s evaluation of a patient’s claim of pain. Of course, it is logical to assume a Physician, a Specialist in Pain Management, would be taught in Medical school the effects of pain relief on the systemic body as a whole AND, as well, the effects of pain NOT controlled and the resultant effects (possibly adverse) on these same body functions. Chronic pain is the focus here, not acute pain. A person using RX drugs for recreation purposes is more in line with acute pain and, being opiate naive, a medium strength pain medication could result in death to a person with an injury or a person using an opiate-opioid drug for recreational activity. Both have little to no tolerance and therein lies the danger. A chronic pain sufferer has been diagnosed and under the care of a medical professional, and has (or could, with lengthy treatment) become dependent and, eventually, will develop some tolerance to opiates or opioid synthetic equivalents. The evaluation demonstrating a need for pain relief being the key difference in those with chronic pain in comparison to ALL others with non-chronic pain. In addition, this comparison is similar using acute pain (pain from injury, surgery) vs. those who have neither acute or chronic pain, but use the medication illegally, for other purposes and therefore choose to ignore the warnings and instructions for use listed clearly by the Manufacterers on the packaging and on the detail insert inside (however, it is unlikely any original packaging was involved when obtained, due to the details on the RX label becoming incriminating evidence).

    In the scope of Healthcare, or in the constant demonizing of all RX pain meds, the one-sided attack that stigmatizes those who need pain control for their disease or long-term prognosis of continued pain, make CPP’s the target, and as well, the cause for the “drug abuse epidemic.” In reality, where is the demand for accountability for the deaths of those who do not need, or have any affliction, that would require the use of Scheduled medications? Not found, but mentioned in tragic news stories to further the true agenda to take away all RX pain medications. These are the only ‘victims’ portrayed to the Public. Another blanket policy used to explain the lack of responsibility that is rampant today, as it helps support Agendas and garners support for irrational ideas and provides excuses, using tragedy to generate an emotional, knee-jerk reaction. For each of these stories, a story showing a living victim who cannot get pain relief should be shown as the end-result of the story, essentially, about reckless behavior and how irresponsible actions are used against those who take responsibility, yet are punished because of the actions of a few who take risks and suffer from those decisions. Taking away pain control from those who truly live with chronic pain, and/or disabled (and now dependent-tolerant) will have them suffering two or three-fold:
    1. Withdraw from current pain control or a reduction that isn’t effective
    2. Neuroplasticity, adverse effects on neural networks from pain returning
    3. Diminished Quality of Life and with few (if any) legal alternatives for pain

    Not only mental and physical pain uncontrolled, but a reduction of normal life and the activities that they could once enjoy, or at least in less pain. Add to this the daily loss of Pain Specialists that are so restricted, a regular Family Dr. could RX weak RX drugs themselves, and re-inventing by restrictions injuries that will heal, a temporary pain control for surgery or an operation as all a Pain Dr. will feel comfortable treating.

    Now, I would be interested in the numbers of those with Chronic Pain, those left to fend for themselves. How many and what will they do now for their pain? It isn’t going away, is it? And, how about Pharmacy regulations? When these events occur in other Countries, what happens?

    This War on RX drug abuse – how will it be won? What will numbers show and how many of those with a life sentence of chronic pain decide to end it all? 20%? 30%? 50%? I question who, in the end, will be the victims of this ‘war’ with constantly changing guidelines – guidelines now so stringent, even those who have done everything 100% by the book – they are finding it impossible to meet all the repetitious testing, the guilty until they prove their innocence action they have to do, lest they be guilty of SOME wrong – (even after a decade of proper behavior), and this because pain control is their one and only bit of ‘peace of mind’, the one thing that allows them to not dread getting out of bed (or, for some), able to even GET out of bed. Shameful in a Country that has the resources and brain-power to make LOGICAL rules of Fairness.

    What happened to compassion? Apple, anyone?
    “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away”
    or, is it now:

    “One bad Apple keeps the Doctor away – and does spoil the entire bunch.”

  13. Darlene

    I’ve been on narcotics for at least 20 years and I have NEVER abused them. I have never asked for more than I was prescribed. I do my best not to take them, but after 4 hip surgeries, 4 abdominal surgeries, shoulder surgery, 3 car accidents, severe migraines, cluster migraines, fibromyalgia, mixed connective tissue disease, trigeminal neuralgia, occiptial neuralgia, 6 bulging discs in my back, spinal cord compression, etc…I’m not sure how I am expected to NOT use pain medicine.

    I was recently told by my physician that he would not prescribe pain medicine anymore due to the new regulations in Virginia. He has been my doctor since I was 8 years old and he made me feel like I was a drug addict! I’m already ashamed and embarrassed that I need the medicine. Signs up everywhere about abuse, its just so humiliating. It makes you feel bad about yourself.

    He said I was going to have to go to a pain clinic. I have already been multiple times! I was given injections that caused more pain than they helped. You can only have three injections a year! WHAT A JOKE! So, how are they planning on helping this widespread pain in my body? Antidepressants? So, now we are crazy? It’s so expensive to see specialists.

    You might feel better for 3 or 4 days, but that’s it. It’s not worth it. The way our health insurance is now, I can’t even afford to go. They finally gave up on helping me at the pain clinic, but refused to give narcotics. Sent me back to my primary doctor. Since then, I have gotten a prescription for 90 pills every three months. One pill a day.

    This is less than I used to take, because I am scared myself of being addicted. So I suffer most of the time. I understand that they need to be careful and mindful when prescribing pills, but isn’t this what doctor’s have gone to school so many years for? To treat patients? I hope EVERY SINGLE lawmaker who has voted to stop people from having a more functional life will too learn to experience chronic pain. They deserve it.

    Now, we will all have to live a less active life. What’s the point? I’d rather be addicted to pills actually and be able to live my life rather than sit on my couch, because I cannot hardly move. If they lived one day in this body and realized how much pain I am actually in every day and not treating, I doubt they could handle it. I don’t know what the answer is, but just cutting people off is going to create more addicts than if you prescribed it.

    People will go to the streets for their drugs instead and will end up on stronger things like heroin. I can explain how it made me feel. I already feel powerless about a lot of things in my health. This just added to the hopeless and overwhelming despair that I feel inside that I can’t live a normal life. It already sucks, thank you so much for making it harder for me to just do normal every day housework. I am already cleaning one room at a time, because my back will not allow me to do more.

    I’m on disability and it’s difficult for me to do ordinary things that people take for-granted. I never thought in America that we would have an issue with access to health care. This is taking our access away and our right to feel better. I’ve never used any drug that I did not have a prescription for either. SHAME ON YOU for making it harder on those of us who actually need medicine to make things just a little easier.

  14. Mia

    This is an older post, but guidlines were enforced as law. Every single pain clinic in my area is gone. DEA storm trooped and seized files repeatedly. If no inproprieties were found, the Governor would find something. I have an incureable though (unfortunately) not fatal condition that is well documented to be equal to pain of a stage 4 bladder Cancer patient. Nothing tried was sucessful. My specialist is forbidden by law to use the proper and accepted medical pritocol amount of pain medicine.

    The government ruined my life. We have the worst opiod epidemic this country has ever seen. Not one iota that figures into tjis are prescription pain meds. It is heroin and poison Fentanyl pills from China stamped to look like a prescription pill, though one pill kills you. A dealer of this poison was just sentenced to 90 days. Pill mills were closed. Doctors sanctioned. We all have electronic records that every doctor, pharmacy and hospital sees. Problem over. But that never was the problem. Follow the money. It is politics and money. The money is in rehab.

    Some sites are actually fronts for pricey rehab centers. Next, watch for “for profit prisons” Christie is the nail in our coffin. He wants all prescription pain meds gone because his friend died. Sure did. He took an entire bottle and washed it down with a bottle of vodka. So we get punished again. Suicides skyrocketing. This is nothing short of legal genocide.

  15. Darline

    I have been taking the same 2 pain medications (tylenol 3 and tramadol 100mg ER) for my fibromialgia which started after my second c-section for over 3 years now, and just recently I have been cut off because of the new laws. My body hurts, and not only that but my Cystic Fibrosis is coming back twice as hard. They also told me I could not have my Anti-Depressant (lorezapam 1mg) that I only take probably once every 3 days, and my mind is going nuts. I naturally have a lot of anger from my childhood, and I don,t know how to cope with the stress of my two toddlers. Especially because I’m in so much pain.

    I will see a Pain Specialist soon in order to get my prescriptions but I will most likely be turned down because I look so young (that is the reason why I was turned down two years ago and never went back). These doctors are so cruel. I honestly feel that I can’t get proper treatment because I’m a minority, not just because I look young. The drugs I take are not something you can sell because they are such low doses. There honestly isn’t a reason not to give me the prescriptions that I need.

    • D Everett

      Tramadol is no better than aspirin why they made it a a narco is beyond me,

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