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Watch the news on television or read a newspaper and you will likely see a story about the dangers of opioids. Here is just the latest sampling:

  • “Lawmakers Seek Crackdown on Opioids” WRAL.com, Raleigh, NC
  • “7 in 10 US Workplaces Hit by Opioid Abuse” WebMD
  • “Opioid Rx Abuse Probe Sees A Record 31 Doctors Hit With Sanctions in New Jersey” FOX News, U.S.
  • “Dentists Work To Ease Patients’ Pain with Fewer Opioids” NPR – Weekend Edition Sunday
  • “Should You Fill That Opioid Prescription?” U.S. News & World Report

People In Pain Deserve Relief:

When something goes wrong in your body, the signal you get is pain. Whether it’s an emergency like a broken bone or appendicitis or something more chronic like degenerative back disease, pain is usually the common denominator.

A Short History of Opioids:

Before there were modern pain relievers, humans relied on the natural world to ease suffering. The Sumerians were using opium from the poppy plant by 3,400 BC. They shared the pain-relieving potential of this plant with the Assyrians, who passed it along to the Egyptians. Eventually Alexander the Great took it with him to India and from there opiates spread around the world.

Today, this category of drugs has captured national attention. The opioid epidemic has caused untold misery, and politicians have weighed in on measures to prevent abuse and the deaths that result from it.

The DEA’s War on Opioids:

The Drug Enforcement Administration has cracked down on the medical use of synthetic narcotics such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone, found in Lorcet, Lortab, Norco and Vicodin. Although such drugs have led to addiction and death, they also remain among our most powerful and effective pain relievers.

There was a time when physicians were trusted to use good judgment in the prescribing of hydrocodone and oxycodone. No doubt some were far too promiscuous in prescribing such powerful pain relievers. But others were very thoughtful and cautioned patients about abuse. These doctors prescribed opioids judiciously.

The DEA changed the rules in October, 2014. That was when the Drug Enforcement Administration moved hydrocodone combination pain relievers (HCPs) like Lortab, Norco and Vicodin from Schedule III to Schedule II. That meant no more electronic prescriptions to pharmacies. And doctors could not call in a prescription either. Each prescription was good for only one month. That meant it was much harder for patients suffering from severe chronic pain to access opioids.

Many Physicians Now Worried About Prescribing Opioids:

The media spotlight on the epidemic of opioid-related deaths has scared many physicians away from prescribing such medications. Pharmacists worry about dispensing them, and some patients are too anxious about possible addiction to take these drugs at all.

Most experts recognize that opioids play a key role in easing pain for people at the end of life, particularly those whose pain is related to cancer. Surgeons continue to prescribe such drugs following a major operation.

Chronic Pain Patients Are Suffering:

The controversy is focused on the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. Doctors have been told that such drugs are inappropriate for people with persistent pain, and CMS (Medicaid and Medicare) has drafted a policy that would make it difficult or impossible for many patients to get prescriptions for such medications.

What impact will that have on their medical care? We have heard from hundreds of patients who are now feeling desperate. Here are just a few examples:

D.M. in Baton Rouge, LA, shared a poignant story:

“It is really a shame how a physician who took an oath ‘To Do No Harm’ out of medical school can bow down to a government that has no business meddling in the practice of medicine.

“I was injured twice in Vietnam, and in 1988 a backhoe drove over me. I’ve had four back surgeries as a result, but am left with chronic pain. I haven’t told the VA that this 65-year-old soldier who proudly served my country in time of need often thinks about taking my own life. It is truly sad that the very country I went to war for is the one that is going to be the death of me.

“I will fight this pain with all I have because I care about my family. But since my dosage of Oxycontin was reduced, I have a hard time getting even two hours of sleep a night. I can not find a position in which I am not in pain.”

Many other chronic pain patients who never abused opioid pain relievers are now at the end of their rope. Many have suffered unbearable withdrawal because they can no longer access medications that allowed them to function. Others, like this Vietnam vet, are becoming suicidal because the pain is so excruciating.

Other Stories from People In Pain:

Jan in Plano, IL, is also at the end of her rope:

“I had a crush injury to my feet and legs 17 years ago. All my nerves died. I have been on everything, but mostly just Fentanyl patches every other day.

“A neurologist who knew nothing about pain stopped my Fentanyl when I tried to have a spinal stem implant. I felt like Joan of Arc burning at the stake. I couldn’t lift my head off the bed, and vomited till taken to the hospital.

“The pain was excruciatingly unbearable!! If I couldn’t get my Fentanyl I would have to find a way to end it. So the deaths from drug addicts that the DEA is trying to prevent will just be made up in suicides from people in severe, unending pain! The government needs to stay out of our lives.”

Rose in Cape Vincent, NY, is also desperate:

“I injured my back at work 8 years ago. I have herniated, bulging discs and scoliosis as a result of my accident. I have Protein C deficiency, a blood clotting disorder, and therefore am not a candidate for surgery.

“I’m 42 and live with horrific pain. I’m on disability and walk with a cane. My quality of life continues to deteriorate every day. I spend much of my time in bed and am no longer able to enjoy the things I used to do.

“Because of the Protein C deficiency, I am not supposed to take NSAIDs or steroids. These drugs can cause fatal bleeding problems. Last year my pain management physician was arrested. At that time, I was prescribed morphine. After his arrest, I ran out of medication and suffered terribly from withdrawal.

“I’ve suffered so much since then and I’m no longer able to live alone. I was taking copious amounts of ibuprofen, despite the risks of internal bleeding. I was recently hospitalized for chronic pain because I could not get out of bed and could not walk. I spent 8 days in the hospital where my pain was controlled for the first time since my former doctor’s arrest.

“While I was hospitalized, I was referred to pain management. I was given enough pain medication to get me through until my appointment. The medication barely makes any difference whatsoever in controlling my pain. I never abused, misused or sold my pain medication. I don’t understand why I’m being punished, along with so many others who suffer from chronic pain.

“I’m so miserable that I wish I’d get another DVT [deep vein thrombosis] or pulmonary embolism and just be put out of this misery. Animals are treated more humanely than those of us who suffer this way. I really believe the CDC and DEA are depending on all of us to kill ourselves. I believe that they want to eliminate all of us who are disabled and rely on SSD or other forms of government assistance because we’re “burdens” to society. I know this must sound crazy, but why are those of us who suffer so terribly being treated like drug addicts?”

“Perhaps if we all joined together, we could stop this horrendous patient abuse. I only want some quality of life back.”

The Terrible Dilemma:

There are few medications that work as well as opioids to control severe pain. That is why surgeons still prescribe drugs like Vicodin after a major operation and why hospice workers rely on narcotics to ease the pain of terminal cancer patients. Medications like NSAIDs or tramadol just do not work as well and they carry their own risks.

It is not clear that the war on opioid medications will reduce the death toll. Some drug abusers will turn to heroin or other illicit drugs instead of prescription narcotics. It does appear that these policies have left millions of chronic pain patients abandoned without much of a safety net.

If you would like to read more about how patients are coping with the new laws, here are some links:

Patients in Pain Are Outraged about New Hydrocodone Rules

Will People in Pain Suffer Because of FDA’s Scary Opioid Warnings?

What do you think? We would like to get your perspective in the comment section below.

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  1. Lois

    Whoever wrote “yes, some will suffer more, but fewer will die in the future” has never lived with progressive degenerative disc and joint disease for 40 years, and lacks compassion for people living with unbearable pain. Did you read the remarks of those considering suicide? Perhaps that would be a more acceptable solution to you.
    And to the person who claimed marijuana works better than pain medication, that may be true for you but pain medicine is not a “one solution fits all”.

    Suffering and being unable to take even 1/2 extra tablet because I will be left with only 1/2 tablet for another full day is no way to live. If the people making the regulations lived in my body for a week they might come up with a better solution that doesn’t punish those with debilitating chronic pain.

  2. Capri

    Kratom in a tea form is better/just as good as an Oxy in relieving pain. Would not have believed it until I tried it. Magical.

  3. Cathy

    Unfortunately, the evidence is weak, at best, regarding the effectiveness of opiods in the treatment of chronic pain. What is needed is the development of safer, more effective medications for this problem. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18443639

  4. Jackie

    I would love to know who I should contact to try to ban together as chronic pain sufferers and try to make govt understand what they’re doing to us. Are there any groups that are protesting about this or trying to make a difference? If so, I’d love all the information I can get, as I’m so tired of being treated like a drug addict.

  5. Kay H
    Seattle, WA

    Reading this article and the terrible stories that people are having to deal with makes my chest tighten up, my heart ache & brings tears to my eyes. I had a terrible slip & fall in the shower 6 years ago and for 4 years following that accident, I had relentless pain, my mobility decreased, I gained weight and slowly slipped into a “very scary, dark place” emotionally and mentally.

    Luckily and by the grace of God, I found a combination of a good pain doctor + 2 specialists in alternative therapies that have slowly but surely helped me to start to regain my life back. I am not 100% but I am a lot better. I makes me so sad because I know there are people out there who have not been able to find medical professionals that can help and/or will really listen.

    I shudder to think where I might be had I not found them. Pain meds work for people who need them & the people who need them should be able to get them without being put through the 3rd degree. They feel bad enough already without being denied and shamed by the government or medical professionals.

  6. Jeff

    My wife’s friend was prescribed OxyContin when she had breast cancer. Her son discovered and liked the euphoria effect that he got from grinding up a pill and snorting it. Eventually her medication ran out and over the counter meds took care of her pain. Her son found a dealer that supplied him with the oxy’s that eventually killed him.

    It was later learned that the dealer would forge prescriptions to get his inventor. If you understand the prescribing regulations this won’t come as a surprise. In Pennsylvania a doctors use the watermark feature in MS word to create their own prescription paper. For places that use the fancy prescription forms, they don’t even need to lock them up. It doesn’t matter because the printer tray locks that are out today are ineffective. As a result the pharmacist needs to act as a cop and detective on top of their normal work.

    Some people think that e-prescribing will fix this. Well NY opioid death rate went up 136% after going all electronic. The DEA has stated that e-prescribing has potential for widespread corruption and doesn’t protect the doctors.

    Solution: Mandate the use of only preprinted tamper-resistant prescription forms, require the use of intelligent paper tray locks to prevent the theft of these forms and prescription forgery will be next to impossible to commit. Think of it this way. What are the chances of someone forging one of your personal checks? Stop legal drugs from getting to the black market and you will dry up the problem.

  7. Jan

    I have worked in the Carpenters Unionn for over 20 years. I have also been in 3 rear end collisions. Between injuries & osteoathritis, if it weren’t for opioids I would never get any sleep…and if you cannot sleep you cannot function. I have NEVER over used, or abused my Rxs, and feel I am surrering because of the actions of others.

  8. Susan

    I used to take oxycodone 15 mg. four times daily for cervical radiculopathy and fibromyalgia. It worked well but I was in and out of pain all day as after three hours from taking a pill the pain would start to return. My psychiatrist is also a certified addiction specialist and he was able to put me on Suboxone, even though I am not a drug addict, as Suboxone is a potent pain-killer.

    Suboxone got me off the oxycodone and out of pain as the half-life of Suboxone is much longer and I don’t have pain breakthroughs anymore. Due to being out of pain, I slowly learned to do the things I’d stopped doing, like vacuuming, or swinging my arms when I walked. I have a full life now due to Suboxone and I have never needed more than the original dose of 16 mg. a day. I don’t experience any euphoria from it and I have no side-effects except constipation.

  9. Shirley

    Responsible doctors know their patients. If they suspect one of their patients is abusing medication they have all the right in the world to send that person on their way. In turn, any of their patients who are in cronic pain, cannot be relieved any other waym and have not abused thier scripts should be able to get the medicine they need in the strength they need to get them through the day.

    Quality of life must be afforded to all, if that means opioids in the proper strength then so be it. Another way to go???? Get the marijuana out to these people. We voted for it in November. Get going states! Allow doctors to perscribe and pharmacies to dispense. This is America for crying out loud.

  10. Kim

    I worry that a lot of people my age will die in their 60s. Pain destroys the body. It ages you. I want to live as long as possible for my grandkids. RA cripples me when they cut back my medicine I quit sleeping good. I hurt more than I did

  11. William
    Durham, NC

    It is a terrible reactionary action that is punishing people by this probation on opiods. If you look at the money the DEA is making on fining pharmacies and doctors it is easier to understand. If they can make a profit a new industry on fear is born. So goes our uncaring society steeped in ignorance, rationalizing and propagandizing their new draconian industry, punishing those in too much pain to fight back.

    They do not care if people are driven to unregulated and dangerous street drugs to get some sort of pain relief. What they care about is having more profits and good worker drones to keep there yachts afoat! As we punish innocent people worldwide who have not the means to find refuge after we have bombed their home into rubble. So it is the same mindset that has a person like me, with a fractured spine, to wait a month to take a psychological test to satisfy the Duke Pain Clinic so I might get some pain relief. Rubbish! North Carolina has to be the worst and Duke Medical Corporation and its practice of making patients wait causes more harm than good.

    I do believe the doctors are going against the hippocratic oath they must have taken, worried more about liability then their patients well being. Once again war on anything comes to no good…

  12. Beth

    Again, as always, the innocent get hurt by the few abusers. Believe me, the ones who abuse the opioids will continue to get them, but the honest ones in extreme pain will be the ones who continue to suffer. It breaks my heart to watch the pain that my daughter is in. She goes to a pain clinic for chonic pain, some days were worse than others but after years they finally got her pain under control.

    Some weeks, she didn’t even take opioids, but when she needed them she had them. Her pain conditions, stage 4 endometriosis and Interstitial Cystitis along with peripheral neuropathy have flairs where the pain is extremely severe. The pain of an Interstitial cystitis flair is likened to end stage cancer pain, yet she can no longer control her pain with the medication she needs.

    Her pain is no longer in control. I am really scared where this will end up with her. We don’t let our pets live with this kind of pain but they make our loved ones continue to suffer. Someone has to do something.

  13. Jody
    Portland, OR

    I had chronic pain for 19 years and used copious amounts of oxycodone. I also had a syncromed pump into my spinal cord. I thought about ending it all as with all this I was still in pain. After 19 years, I was fortunate and God took my pain away I prayed throughout this time and read Job a lot. I think it is unconscionable to do this.

    Withdrawal is horrible and you just want to die. Even though I worked with this condition but had to retire in the end, fortunately I had purchased disability insurance. The Dr were always telling my husband that I was addicted. I knew I wasn’t, I just had unbearable pain, but his family had a hx of alcoholism. When I didn’t need the opioids, I weaned off successfully.

  14. Mike

    I’m happy to hear that others share my concerns and fears, but saddened that they’re suffering so much. I have various sports injuries that never healed well (do any?) and now arthritis in the worst of them to boot. I am prescribed 3 low-dose (5 mg) Vicodins a day, have never used more than my ‘allotment’, don’t take them ‘for fun’ and would never think of selling one.

    It is a total drag to have to obtain a written script every month, but my pain is pretty well controlled. I hope that politicians don’t make it impossible for me to continue to be productive. Thanks, Joe; I’ve followed you two for many years and am heartened you have our backs on this issue.

  15. Tim
    Orange, CA

    It’s like throwing the baby out with the bath water. Rules affect everyone no matter the situation. Numerous shoulder surgeries, including a complete shoulder replacement, have left me in constant pain.

    I take Norco 10/325, the only effective relief for me, but my doctor cut my dosage to just two pills daily! Even then, I have to make monthly appointments to get an Rx.

  16. Jackie
    South Carolina

    I am going on 80 years of age and have been taking Oxycodone on and off for several years for chronic back pain. Before I reach for the Oxycodone I try everything else in my “arsenal” like heat patches, Tylenol, ice paks…you name it…and if they don’t relieve my pain I take the opioid. There are trade offs. Constipation, a slight hangover in the morning, etc.

    No one has to protect me from myself and I resent someone unrelated and uninformed about my medical condition having the power to dictate how much pain I must tolerate. What are we to do without the option of Oxycodone and the like? Lie awake through the night and suffer? People who find a way to abuse that particular substance will just turn to something else with possibly greater consequences. Who, then, is better off?

  17. Ron
    San Diego

    I appreciate people’s pharmacy publishing the article but a few comments and replys here is not enough. Everything I have read here I believe to be true and the stories of chronic pain are heartbreaking. The people, organizations and medical providers that understand chronic pain need to step up to the plate for us.

    All who have posted here I care very much about you and what you are having to live with. Don’t get caught up with the machine and abundance of snake oils and products that just doesn’t work. There is nothing like opioids for true chronic organic intractable pain.

  18. BRENDA S W.

    The sad thing here is that the really needy pain racked patients are being harmed here. These people will take the meds as directed and not abuse them. It’s the drug abusers that will get these meds anyway they can off the street or black market. The crackdown by the government will only hurt the patients that need them. There should be another way rather than making their doctors restrict the prescriptions handed out.

    In respect of time I think the U.. should follow Switzerland’s policies they have implemented that have reduced deaths from overdoses by 50% and still doesn’t interfere with the people who are in real pain for whatever reason.

  19. Pam
    Freehold, NJ

    I am a legitimate chronic intractable pain patient. Ten very long years I have done everything the medical community told me to do. I suffer from multiple debilitating incurable diseases that cause severe pain 24/7/365. I have been thru YEARS of physical therapy, massage, chiro, accupuncture, Tens, water therapy, heat, herbal, exercise, many epidurals that made me worse off and left me with adhesive arachnoiditis, I have had two failed spinal fusions that left me with severe nerve damage.

    I have tried all the OTC, the NSAIDS and every non opiod medication to ease the pain. Opiods were my LAST RESORT, just like it is for nearly all chronic pain pts, unlike what the corrupt government and thier sidekicks the DEA, CDC, PROP are screaming from the rooftops. I was on the same stable dose for eight years with success. Never painfree, the pain was tolerable. Then in steps the DEA, CDC, and corrupt lawmakers, and my LIFESAVING pain medication was lowered to ineffective doses that leave me in agony most of the time.

    The only muscle relaxer that worked very well for me was soma, one at night, Well that’s been taken from me as my dr told me it can’t be given with opiods. Over the last five years I have had hundreds of facet injections, SI Joint injections and trigger point injections that do not work and intensify the pain. My dr says I need to have them or I can’t get the meds. go figure. He has been pushing Lyrica on me and actually gets mad at me when I cannot afford to pick it up. I am on perm. disability, single mom and live off social security once a month, I am on a very tight budget and if the choice is feeding my kids or lyrica, i choose my kids.

    My dr used to be a compassionate man, he knows damn well how much I suffer. But for the last several months he has been throwing degrading comments at me, telling me to think about going to detox or seeing a psychiatrist to learn how to think the pain away. Such BS! I once had a QUALITY OF LIFE, NOT ANYMORE! I no longer shower daily, or walk my dog, or clean my home like I once was able to do, I miss out on many family gatherings, my son’s games, hell I can’t even be in a car more than ten minutes as my back locks up and the pain shooting down my right leg makes it extremely difficult to lift my foot from the gas to the pedal.

    I suffer from RSD/CRPS, sciatica, severe stenosis, DDD, fibro, neuropathy, radiculopathy, three herniated discs, migraines, two failed back surgeries, just to name a few. I will never allow any dr to cut me open ever again!

    The failed war in drugs has turned into an attack/war on legitimate pain pts and our drs!! The DEA continues to target any dr who compassionately treats their pain pts with opiods. Doctors are abandoning their patients, discharging them thru no fault of the patients, they are either being shut down by the DEA or leaving the pain management business. I have been trying to find another dr to take over but have not been successful.

    I have been treated like a damn drug addict, pill seeking junkie and told horrible things by drs offices that never met me or seen my ten years of medical records. The CDC guidelines has devastated the pain community as many drs, the VA, and insurance companies have taken those BARBARIC AND INHUMANE “guidelines” into law. A one size fits all approach which is unacceptable.

    I am sick and tired of paying the high price with my health and overall well being because of those who choose to abuse and the DEA, and government interfering between a doctor and patient. The CDC created those guidelines based off of false studies, cherry picked data and very bias anti-opioid addiction specialists.

    The falsified overdose death rate was created to fit the governments addiction agenda! I am in NJ and just saw the horrific article about 31 drs being sanctioned, THIS BS NEEDS TO END NOW! Legitimate pain pts are turning to the streets for relief or worse SUICIDE! Oh but those who took their lives to escape the overbearing pain are labeled as an overdose, when it was the overbearing chronic intractable pain that killed them.

    We treat animals better in this country. I would be arrested on animal cruelty charges if I let my dog suffer! And yet it’s acceptable to allow human beings to exist in a torturous hell!! The pain community needs help now! Addicts are treated betted than pain pts. Pain pts are being turned away at the ER, we are neglected, abused, degraded, stigmatized as addicts, and discriminated against!!!

  20. David

    Better to limit the supply of opioids to help people not get hooked on opioids. The widespread and reckless use of opioids got us into the mess, where more people die of drug overdose than die from automobile accidents and gun shot wounds combined (recent statistic in the news). Yes, some may suffer more but fewer people will die in the future. Will this helped those already addicted to drugs? Probably not, but it seems to the way out is to reduce even almost eliminate these addictive drugs.

  21. Judi

    For many years I was misdiagnosed as having chronic migraines and had daily headaches. They were afraid of analgesic rebound so I had no pain medication. When I went on Medicare I was able to change health care providers and for the first time was allowed to have pain medication. I was also referred to a pain specialist who did imaging and found out all this time I had significant bone spurs etc in my neck. Before trying surgery he did several other procedures that really helped the pain in my neck but not my head. During all of that I was allowed a reasonable amount of pain medication to be comfortable and allow me to sleep. I did have surgery eventually and that did remove the bone spurs that were causing the headaches.

    If anyone has a pain doc in their area I would go to them as quickly as you can.

  22. Anne

    I am a board certified pain management doctor who turned out to have a genetic defect that causes severe spinal arthritis. Thus, I have been on both sides of this problem, the doctor and the patient.

    I have been fortunate to have found a full service pain clinic and to have been deemed disabled so that Medicare/my supplement pays for my monthly doctor visits for opioids. However, I am petrified to ever move out of state (FL) lest I never find such a place again. I get numerous blocks and procedures done, but when I go into my pharmacy with a prescription for extra Norcos to cover the extra pain, I get told I can’t have any as I am not due yet for my monthly refill.

    I end up ordering Kratom online to cover the pain, or I ask my doc to write for oxycodone, which doesn’t work as well for me, just so I don’t run through my monthly supply early treating the procedural pain. It is absurd that a physician can’t write for extra pain medications for a chronic pain patient if in his/her opinion it is warranted. That is just too much governmental intrusion into the Doctor patient relationship.

    • Chancy

      I’ve been on opioids since 2005. Two back surgeries (last a fusion) and one more coming soon. I’ve learned that the pharmacist outranks the pain doctor as to what I need. Thank goodness I’ve switched to methadone…although now people think I’m a recovering heroin addict. Methadone is 12hr relief and much less expensive. I too love my pain mgmt doctor…I will think twice before moving.

      I had two teeth pulled recently and the oral surgeon prescribed Norco 10/325 (after being oked by pain doc). Pharmacy tech gave me the “and you really need this even tho you’re on methadone?” Comment. People don’t realize that pain meds keep you sane and able to do simple things like get out of bed or exercise…there is no “high” sensation. Subsequent injuries require special and/or additional pain treatment due to your body having been acclimated to chronic pain meds. I AM NOT SOME JUNKIE, and I’m tired of assumptions otherwise.

  23. Donna

    The government should stay out of the medical decision making.

  24. Sue J

    I look forward to receiving info on drugs and interactions with other drugs and foods. I recommend this site highly.

    • Ray C
      waycross ga

      I was in auto wreck 5 yrs ago and became disable.i could not return to work at a railroad as they are strict on medicine.i was on pain med before my wreck because of type work i did. i have enough common sense not take pain med while on duty cause its a dangerous job. now i am mostly home bound, and hydrocodone is only way i can do any light chores indoors.

      i don’t even attempt outdoor work. the DEA needs to let drs do there job.i understand people use street drugs and pain pills, but dont pentalize me and keep me in pain because of drug addicts. maybe the government wants you in such pain that a person will take their own life so the government can stop paying medical, and disability checks. DEA hasn’t done a thing when people who cant get pain med turn to street drugs. do the research, the USA gives less opiates than most other countries.

  25. Shirley
    High Point NC

    I have been in Pain Management hor 4 years and have never abused the drugs I am prescribed for chronic pain. I have tried to go off opioids and suffered debilitating withdrawal. I am often treated like a criminal when I pick up my scripts even though I have never once asked that my 20 mg dose of OxyContin be increased and I am very careful with the Oxycidone prescribed for breakthrough. It is not fair that people in chronic pain who need narcotics and use them responsibly be treated like criminals. I agree that physicians are too quick to prescribe opiods for ordinary injuries and keep,prescribing them long after they should have stopped. Don’t punish all of us because of those who break the law.

  26. Grandma P.

    I have arthritis in my neck and back. The pain feels like I am hit hard with an axe and left with this traumatic injury. I’m in fear of the slightest move or touch on my neck or back that shocks me with blinding pain The pain is constant, so I just had surgery to greatly reduce my breast size and lost weight to ease this trauma on my neck and back. Sleeping is only 1-2 hours as I’m awoken with pain if I move.
    Pain meds were Soma, which I never misused. I always used this medication sparely to keep from depending on this crutch. Soma enabled me to sleep most of the night. Thank heavens I have a few vials left, because the doctors office said this med is a narcotic and they won’t prescribe it anymore. So I now take Baclofen and that’s about as effective as a sheet in the North Pole. Why am I being punished, for I cannot function normally without the med I was using for years.

  27. Debbie
    Cedar Park, TX

    I think if marijuana was legalized, people wouldn’t be so dependent on opioids. I know for a fact it works better on chronic pain.
    I do wonder if accupuncture would help those in pain.

  28. Mary

    I have had horrible chronic pain for 30 years. Now in Utah they are saying a physician can only prescribe a certain(low) amount of oxycodone. I don’t know how l am going to have any kind of life with so little medication. I don’t abuse my medication, l take it only as prescribed and have had over 15 doctors in 30 years. I have had a great physician for about 4 years and now he us re quoted by law to reduce my medication or send me to a pain specialist. The government is targeting the wrong people. I never used drugs or acholol growing up but now l am treated like a “drug abuse”. Not fair.

    • Gloria

      I have read all these comments and am in total agreement. Why should those of us who have NEVER abused medications be punished for the habits of some who
      have. There must be some way to recognize the distinctions. Personally, I detest
      taking medications of any kind and have experimented doing without. The price was too high.

      Now that I have resigned myself to taking pain medications, am told that they are severely limited. My pain management doctor has a reputation for being one of the very top in his field,totally qualified to administer what he thinks is best for the patient. I think his frustration equals mine. Not fair !!!!!

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