Infographic: State-by-state breakdown of opioid regulations

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Thes new laws are not helping with lowering deaths of addicts and is causing great suffering to those who depend on these medication to have any quality to life. Patients need to be treated as individuals and instead we have allow insurance determine what medication are best for us instead of are doctor and politicians are practicing medicine without a license since they are limiting doctors treatment abilities to help their patient. Addicts will alway find a drug to abuse and those who need these medication to have some sort of life are getting screwed. There is a big problem when a addict can sign up to get Methodone for their addiction but someone who has severe chronic pain who have been on opiate medication for years are being dropped by flies by doctors and left to suffer with their severe physical pain.
Name: 
Jenife
Email: 
JMarkoe661@comcast.com
I have fibromyalgia degenerated disc disease three crushed discs rumitoid arthritis hypothyroid.I have a very bad reaction to drugs. Sleep medicine wakes me up. Tranquilizer only one a five sleep, i have reaction to them that is different I'm allergic to many various types of medicines which poses problems treating me.so they used me like some test animal and put me through bad medicine experiences afyer another until we came up with fentanyl patches every three days oxicodone 15 for break through pain. I was able to take care of myself and a small acreage with two greenhouses I built and 12 different fruit trees. I do my repairs and gardening I drive into town twice a week to help my mom do repairs on her house we had a family of cutest pugs you ever seen. They are kids they are a lot of work. My doctor calls me in one day. She tells me I'm not an addictive person I have real disabling pain when it gets full blown I can't handle it and pray that god would take me as a way to stop it. It is unrelenting. She said that if they take you off the pain pills what about why they were perscribed what will you stop the pain with. I never in fifteen years had. problem with them. Two days later she had another doctor tell everyone to go find a pain doctor. Well doctors are now closing up shop or refusing to perscribe pain for any condition at all. I never got what addicts likes about opioid the high feeling. I have never felt anything but my pain being lessened.. This happened during harvest I lost everything. The pain Dr put in gavistant,for the fibermyalgia which it was not recommend for . The drug company that made it when they started pushing the drug as a drug to treat diseases it wasn't intended for were charged under the Rico act fines $250 million dollars and now they got the doctors to all doing it again. I took the drug fell asleep for five days missed my harvest missed my appointment bills unpaid. Plus you gain large amount of weight on the drug and no orgasms. It did nothing for the pain it is worse I don't sleep I lay in a hot tub or walk the floors everynite.crying. I think that me and every other legitimate person with chronic pain should be given more rights to given pain relief because of are suffering. Why is everyone feeling sorry for these drug addicts. There are going to be addicts they have the gene they have a blood test for it. Give out the blood test make the people with the gene sign the contracts and take the urine test and threaten them . I went and talked to a veteran served his county has bullets lodged in his back against nerves in his spine. They can't remove the bullets . His pain is way past ten. I think every single person who elected should hang their heads in shame. He fought got wounded got him on painkillers lives a not totally pain free life but doeable. They said the veterans couldn't have anymore pain killers .I live now 8 pain level everyday. I can't come close to the suffering he's going through. He said a hundred of his Veteran friends have killed themself since this strated. What's wrong why is the government killing people whose only fault is a malady is so painful that they can't live.with out something to ease it. These gooddoers should be looking the other way at the addicts. They brought it on there selves for kicks..Saving them is killing people who fought for their country has good jobs.like me I'm helping my mom.this law is ruining my life and my mother's . If she wasn't around I would be gone now my life is a living hell. I've done meditation joined a gym chiropractor. Stood on my head and ate popcorn It just is not giving me my life back. I guess doctors didn't understood the oath that they do no harm. Before this ends there will millions of people not addicts , but people with chronic pain that will commit suicide and I think that their death should be on the politicians and the doctors conscience. They are killing just the same as if they put a gun to their head. Ask yourself this why aernt these news channels tellingour story , is this a way for the goverent get rid of old and disabled people. I guess it would be way to balance the budget. There is no compassion at all in washington.
Name: 
Linda mooney
Email: 
moongarden610@gmail.com
My husband and I both suffer spine issues. I have had 3 level cervical fusion already and have disc issues in thoracic and lumbar with the latter requiring surgery that I have put off out of fear. I nursed my husband through 4 lumbar spine surgeries and 2 spine stimulator implants, hence my fears!! We have both been treated in pain management for years with enough success to give us a fair quality of life. We still have pain but can do most normal things. This will change soon! I predict my husband will be bed ridden again from the pain of permanent nerve damage his stimulator doesn't cover and I will have to stop my 30 year career of cosmetology, which I have already had to cut in half! The management of chronic pain is for a quality of life, if only slightly better. Neither of us get a high, we simply get some relief and can function. We have never taken excessive amounts of medication, have never failed a drug test or pill count yet we are going to suffer at the hands of the abusing addicts! Its a travesty and there will be an enormous amount of new suicides in this country within a years time. I just hope the government realises the common denominator will be chronic pain sufferers and amends the new laws to better treat patients before an epidemic of suicide takes place!
Name: 
D Shorter
Email: 
debjam91@bellsouth.net
I am going to have to have back surgery and am terrified because I know the aftermath pain I’m going to be facing. I’m indecisive about having it because I’m afraid the pain is going to be more unbearable than it is now. I’m appalled at the laws. The doctors are scared to death to even write the 3 day script that the law is allowing which is a joke cause what do you have to look forward to after 3 days. My surgeon says he’s been fighting with pharmacies over prescription and pretty much just won’t write nothing at all. I only asked for even just tramadol and he said no he can’t do it. What are we suppose to do. I’m mean suicide of good people means less that the idiot drug addict that has no better sense than to OD. I say let them OD and give the ones that need it help. I think doctors are smart enough to know who needs the medication and who’s just pill shopping. Maybe if we all stick together and the doctors stick together they will come up with an alternative answer to us who live in pain.
Name: 
Karen
Email: 
Karenbryant06@gmail.com
Aren't you a nasty, hateful person. Maybe you should be seen for your mental problems above all else. Idiots? People who have overdosed are idiots? I'll tell you who's an idiot: a person who thinks they're above others and their selfish needs should override all others. Chronic pain my foot. Americans are prescribed 80% of all opioid in the world. Not because they're in worse pain, but because doctors have freely given them. Educate yourself. You look foolish.
Name: 
Brenda
Email: 
brendacartledge@gmail.com
You would change your tune about the legitimacy of chronic pain if you had to sit in one of lives for a day. This is not a "mind over matter" thing.
Name: 
Dawn rvine
Email: 
dawnmarieirvine@gmail.com
You are so wrong. I work 50 hours a week and take meds for pain that keep me working. My doctor doesn't want to prescribe to me anymore since I have been on them for 2 years. Never had a problem before drug addicts started this OD and abuse war. They are low life's and need help. They need to stop abusing and get a job. Quit making it hard on the real working person that needs help to keep going and not just lay in gutters like addicts do. You're the one stupid thinking how you do.
Name: 
J D
Email: 
judys@yahoo.com
I agree with you this is a bunch of bull
Name: 
Dewey Rosenbauer
Email: 
Dewey228@gmail.com
I’m sorry to say MA’s. But YOU are the one looking foolish ....YOU need to go and educate YOURSELF!! I’m a RN ....and research has PROVEN that Only a tiny percentage of people who take pain meds for actual pain actually become addicted and it ya because they have the gene for it ...Prople who live with Chronic debilitating pain who had previously been bed ridden but THEN started on the right amounts of pain medication and have been on that same amount year after year..not only got their lives back .. ..but they do not d orrience a high with pain meds..nor do they crave them...and they only get them from one dr. And the same dosage and amount year after year..It is NOT the patients with Cronic pain who take opioids that is the problem ...it’s the drs who were prescribing HUGE dosages of opioids to anyone who walked in the door ...NOW THAT is the problem ...But our government has thrown the baby out with the bath water and NOW 100’s of people each month are now committing suicide because there pain for their diseases is now uncontrolllable... So please try and have a little bit of compassion especially for something you know so little of...
Name: 
An
Email: 
coxw@sbcglobal.net
Right on The people who are dieing from overdose are committing suicide on purpose and it's making us with chronic pain have to go through a lot of crap from the government like knocking me down to only 3 pills a day 10 mg. I was getting 4 which is not enought for my pain.
Name: 
Bill Salyer
Email: 
Tracyusa@yahoo.com
Thank you for stating this I was about to write a very strong response to that B. You are a trained medical professional and if you have been hurt and need care. You know what happens and how things like pain are treated. I get this year after many disabling conditions I am facing not ever getting care. I need major facial, TMJ restoration after major accidents. I have cervical DDD now acute and disabling arms hands nerves, been prescribed opioid medications for years after all the Neuro Nerve Blocks, that left Cortisone, or whatever left in my back soft tissue neck area. I can not seem to get upper maxilla fracture and facial bone injury (teeth missing) of course) misdiagnosed denture done. Now I hear it is a full restoration, and costs $50 thousand dollars. My Pain mgmt doctor is asking me EACH 14 DAYS when do you want to change your MEDS? I am like WHAT the >???? I went through this when I wanted to see myself what was hurting. I flatlined, I had seizures, I broke the remains teeth open my upper mouth during seizures. And 3 yrs later nothing medically that I have tried to do with Medicare, full Medicaid had helped me all I hear is 1 to 2 years with no teeth. I could bleed to death from too many extractions. I can barely eat now. I am 55 yrs old I am ashamed of my appearance I was a superior athlete. I live with an abusive elder parent I don't have any support. Any advice I need an advocate to come to pain mgmt I am afraid. They want me to run out of pain meds and drive 4 hours and back to get refills every 14 days. Imagine what Medicare thinks.. I want so much to be out off pain I need to get my moo facial pain and dental work done one how. I have been working on this for 3 years and I can barely eat or talk now.
Name: 
Sj Merchant
Email: 
sj94510@icloud.com
An you hit it on the nose. I had a 2!level cervical fusion in 1995 and I went back to work and had a normal life until around 2012 my range of motion started becoming very limited and I started going to pain mgmt. and they were able to give me back a normal life again. Then in 2016 I was working at the county jail and got attacked at work and knocked down on my rearend on concrete and it gave me a central spinal cord injury that caused two more discs C1 & C2 Which were right above the other fusion to close my spinal cord 90%. And L1 & L2 to protrude They can do surgery again but having already fused C2 & C3 I don’t want anymore surgery. My doctor again got the pain under control with 2 10 mg methadone a day and 3 10mg lortabs. I was living a normal life other than I had to retire because I can’t do anything physical or sit in a chair for any period of time. Now with the new law on the daily amounts allowed by people who aren’t doctors and have no business meddling in the medical field set the limits that either they take away the 3 lortabs or give me time release morphine and the lortabs and now my life consists of constant pain to constant severe pain. Each month I’ve declined and it’s ridiculous. The insurance companies don’t pay for most of the surgery which I’m gonna be forced into having now. It’s gotten to where I elected officials just want to fight amongst each other and couldn’t care less about the American people. Who forces a totally fake insurance for all on us but exempted themselves. Any suggestions on what we can do about this?
Name: 
Darrell
Email: 
pegfl1@juno.com
I understand where your coming from.. I am taking the same thing 30 mgs of methadone for chronic pain,and hydrocodone 10 mgs for break thur,and most of the time I don't even have to use the hydrocodone. But I do have a wonderful pain management doctor.. He told me today that he was very proud of me, considering I just had a double fussion 2 months ago. But in 2 months, I will be slowly weened off the methadone at 5 mg a month Witch I can handle that. But just to be changed to morphine,or something else that makes me very sleepy and tired all of the time.. But it's really sad when I can pay 14.00 for my bottle of medication... I truly believe it's a government thing.. So the methadone clincs get away with charging the people with addiction issues,15/20 dollars a day.. Then they keep going up,up,up on the dose until they are slaves to the clinic..The government needs to really look at the whole situation.Instead of hurting chronic pain suffers and people that take there medicine right.So,I sempthize with your situation..
Name: 
Tuli
Email: 
jpwblizz@gmail.com
Got injured in 1993 may 28, 70 lbs of slot and poker machine glass made me herniated 4 disc's in my lower back. Then in 2006 Sept 26 had a drunk driver t-bone my vehicle and that did my neck in. Have had cronic pain since 1993. I was on 60mg of methadone a day for years. That took the edge off and I could cook dinner, grocery shop etc. Took 20 mg 3 times a day = 60 mg a day. 2017 came and I went from 60 mgs a day to 30 mgs of morphine a day. It has been hell for me. The pain in my lower back is terrible. Thank GOD I believe in GOD otherwise I would have committed suicide a long time ago. I found another pain Dr. And now I'm on 10mgs of oxycodone with 325mgs of acetaminophen. Still in a lot of pain. Don't understand why I'm being punished. I have never overdosed, don't drink, hate pot or any illegal drugs. I'm 67 years old and hate life now. I just pray things turn around. I could get along on 30 mgs of methadone (I ended up on methadone because it's a lot cheaper than most pain pills) a day . Said no to that. I just need 80 to 90 mmes a day. 40 is not enough.
Name: 
Hyllari D Hohensee
Email: 
hyllarizzz@gmail.com
Brenda, I am very frustrated at posts who are bad mouthing the addicts on here, Do they not realize they are addicts too? NO matter what the reason you need the opioids, rather it is pain or physical and mental needs. One person's reason is not better than the other. I can make this statement because of my empathy due to my addiction. I have both reasons; one is addiction to opiates which started in the 60's and 70's from experimentation. Second is Osteoarthritis with spondylolisthesis and two damaged discs. And the worst is the daily pain from Fibromyalgia, So I have both conditions. I started on methadone from relapsing from opiates continually And to the lady that said we all get methadone with no questions asked is WAY OFF BASE! They have so many strict and stringent rules to get on the program and make it so hard for people to stay on the programs. I have been on methadone for 23 years. The main hardship has been adhering to the strict rules of the clinics with travel and take homes and the attitudes that we need to be punished for being addicts. Not all clinics and counselors bad, I am not saying that at all. Just a few bad apples in the mix that make it hard. I started having pain with my back and then found out why, I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I knew I would never be able to take pain meds because of my abuse history. I decided to stay on the methadone which helped me tremendously coping with the pain. The methadone program has been a lifesaver and a way to not crave any illegal narcotics. I had lost my kids for 6 months while finishing some legal problems. I knew I had stayed off drugs while on methadone program in the past so I got back on the and stayed. I then got my kids back early and raised them. I was able to go to college for medical office management. Now I am turning 65 and still alive and thankful I was spared the heartaches of continuing in active addiction in days of fentanyl. So Brenda I agree that she should not say she thinks addicts are useless. She is very close to coming one of us "junkies" when she is denied her pain pills. Watch what you say, things can become full circle often!
Name: 
Brenda
Email: 
elkinsbc@hotmail.com
Wow. This really scares me. I take 25 Advil every 2 days. Without them I couldn't even walk. I don't know what's causing all my pain. Why go to a doctor if they can't help you. I was thinking about trying marijuana. Any one thinking about surgery would be crazy. I hope and pray the Advil keep working until my liver is destroyed.
Name: 
Sally
Email: 
Meetoo@yahoo.com
Advil caused me to develop kidney disease while opioids did not. Taken as prescribed or as needed there is nothing wrong with pain meds. The problems arise when doctors make patients cut their doses cold turkey since it is fact that physical and chemical changes occur in the brain after prolonged use. they need to taper down Just like they do with almost every other med.
Name: 
Diggity Dawg
Email: 
Almperico@yahoo.com
I absolutely love your story I own part of the story I have fibromyalgia and for herniated desk‘s and six bulging once what is Nana hundred milligrams a day of Oxsee and it wasn’t helping I went to methadone . Oxsee can come as pain to iamb a witness to that but I still have pain thank you for telling that story God bless
Name: 
Linda
Email: 
Rich9800@yahoo.com
So you gave up one addiction and started another? Being on Methadone for 23 years. Come on man. GIve me a break. If you didn't have the Methadone then you would be back on the same drugs that put on you meth. Don't throw rocks if you live in a methadone house..
Name: 
Dec
Email: 
btts2019@yahoo.com
I am sorry for your issues with addition and I get what you are saying but understand that not every person who is on medications long term are prone to addictive behaviors.
Name: 
sue
Email: 
sassy123@gmail.com
You are a fool. My fiancé is not an addict she is suffering because she can no longer get oxymoron . It’s easy for someone not in pain to judge others. Shame on you.
Name: 
Michael A Pointer
Email: 
eaglefan240@yahoo.com
I wld like to respond to brenda...,..its clear from her hatefull responce ..she lives a life of pain free...also..in the mindset of someone who is comparing ...apples to oranges...im sure karens angry....as am i....bc....we have become the casulities of war here....25 percent of opioid epedemic is prescription pills...the other 75 %....is fenytanol n herion.....clearly..they cant put a dent in that problem...so we will go after the 25%....there r many differences btw...,myself..57 yr. Old woman..with titatium spine...(amongst many other problems)....and a heroin addict...sadly my kids have lost many friends to this...young lives wasted..amazing kids gone...but....sad to say...they did originaly pick that drug up to get high...thiers a world apart from myself ...who was a runner for many yrs....who can barely function with her meds...the drunk driver who hit me....he doesnt have a problem.....me ???....my life has never been the same...so if people are bitter about this ???...they have every dam right to be !!!!!!...we all no...thanks now to all involved many people will suffer ...needlesssly...will do without the meds...that were made for ...exactly this...so someone...somewhere....can wave around a paper saying..."look....we made a difference"...we are the casulties...when people like myself...n...these others are takin thier meds responsibly...same dose for ten yrs like myself ???....sad truth...if u cant see the difference btw these people and a heroin addict ??....then ur part of the problem too
Name: 
Carolyn
Email: 
rombardocarolyn@gmail.com
Look foolish? You my friend are an expert at it so why not give her some advice? I have zero doubt if you traded places you'd be screaming about how unfair it is to ruin your life because of some idiots screw ups. I hope you never try cronic pain. Just like i hope politicans will stop prescribing and forcing doctors to sign their scrips. Tbe answer to medical problems lie within the medical community not the law schools. If it's their desire to prosecute physicans why not go after the perverts who's offenses are swept under the rug?
Name: 
Jim G
Email: 
gbait3@yahoo.com
Brenda--I agree that addicts aren't idiots; they have a disease & need treatment. However, there are dozens of types of chronic pain, caused by everything from genetic conditions (sickle cell anemia) to diseases (MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, degenerative disc disease) to injuries (veterans hurt in battle, car accidents). Some people are allergic to OTC pain meds or have dangerous reactions (liver or kidney). For many, opioids are the best and most effective treatment. I have degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis and cervical dystonia, and have had 5 surgeries on my neck and lower back. In addition to opioids, I have injections, radiofrequency ablations and physical therapy. I've also tried hypnosis, acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation, but none of those were effective for me. Another thing to consider is that 90% of people metabolize opioids differently from the'standard' because of their inherited liver enzymes. As addicts deserve acompassion and treatment, so do people with chronic pain. The CDC opioid guidelines for chronic pain are unscientific and wrong.
Name: 
Christine Krause
Email: 
jctkrause@comcast.net
you are the foolish and uninformed one and have no compassion.
Name: 
sue
Email: 
sassy123@gmail.com
Whoa! Have you lost someone to addiction? If so, I'm really sorry. I understand addiction is a disease and addicts need help. But those of us with chronic pain are afraid We need help also. It shouldn't be one or the other. So we're all in a confusing and scary time; let's be kind to each other and maybe we can find a solution that works for everyone.
Name: 
Becky Skadsen
Email: 
beckyskadsen@gmail.com
What gives you or the government or anyone else the right to say what my doctor should or should not prescribe for my chronic pain. I raised my son, who is in college now, thank you, have a full time job, work on my farm after i get home from that job, run a campaign for our local food bank every year, etc., etc., only because my doctor has been able to prescribe the pain killers i need in order to function and lead a productive life. Before the pain killers, i was nearly bedridden because of chronic pain due to a surgery gone bad, i developed septis, had a colostomy, and a catheter and multiple surgeries that left my body wrecked. i have had to fight my way back and never once ask any one to support me or my family during the years of recovery. The drugs were not something i wanted, but something i needed. it sure sounds as if you are the selfish one, to want to deprive another person of the dignity of being able to halfway function when they are in horrible pain, every day, every minute. I will pray that you never have pain that is so bad you think you will loose your mind, because with some of these new laws, you will have to suffer. One thing that us folks with chronic pain have is humility and compassion for others, because we have been there and we are not selfish. How dare you and shame on you!
Name: 
Vickie
Email: 
vwelch118@yahoo.com
Brenda; I sincerely hope you get hit by a truck and have your body shattered and live the rest of your self righteous,judgemental life in horrific pain. As a result of a ( self inflicted and did it for the dope ) motorcycle accident at age 13, I have a really messed up leg . After many surgeries I’m now left with inoperable broken hardware in my hip. I’ve worked my whole life and raised 5 good kids, all professionals, 12 years ago I was diagnosed with bilateral thoracic outlet syndrome brought on by an unknown neurological disease. My arms and hands burn and ache constantly, and my body is crooked because of my bad leg, resulting in low back problems. I have degenerated vertebrae in my neck, and oh, almost forgot, artificial hip AND knee on my good leg. I take just enough of my meds to function, and now by law that will be reduced by 80%. PEOPLE LIKE YOU are the problem- those of us who NEED these meds just to live a quasi normal life will suffer. Oh, and in case you wondered, I worked for a biotech making anti cancer drugs- by me leaving the workforce, people suffered and died. You and people like you are all self righteous a-holes, and I sincerely hope to see you in traction at a hospital begging for the very meds you deny others.
Name: 
Robert
Email: 
Roboteq-1@hotmail.com
Your the one who looks like a Idiot. You have no compassion for some one who lives in agony day and night without relief I would never wish my pain on anyone but maybe you should live in my shoes for a day because of these laws I have lost my businesses my home my vacation house that I had planned on retiring in the property my parents left to me my son has been held back a year in school because I can't take care of him I worked my ass off and some 85 year old man crossed the lane head on to me I went into the side window then slammed to the back of the car when my seat broke I have brain damage and trouble with words that I have been relearning for the last 2 years have had multiple surgeries the cut my neck in the front wide open I have scars all over my body I am 38 and have to have a walker a automatic bed and chairs I have had no other choice but to move in with my ex husband thank God he took me in but he hates me so it's not a good situation at all for sake of our son he did so. I can't drive barley walk and have had to battle every time for pain relief I haven't slept except with anistesia durning surgery for more then 20mins at a time they have taken them away from me every time until I agree to surgery I have died 2 times while in surgery because I am allergic to the anistesia have u ever woken up durning surgery and they can do nothing but have you scream throughout the pain while they finish up I am allergic to fentynol so the only thing that helps was 30mg every 4 hours so I could walk go to the bathroom without the help of my 11 year old son or ex husband they refuse to let me be on it unless I just had surgery for a few days a few days doesn't stop the pain im days away from ending my life but what will happen to my 11 year old because his dad doesn't do anything for him which is why he failed he hasn't seen any of his friends out of school since my accidents 30 of my employees lost there jobs to care for there family's the 10 organization that I volunteered for have gone down without my support I'm trapped in jailed in a iron maiden that my body has become of no fault of my own and all because some drug addict who was a waste of a person died due to OD so I have suffer and have no quality of life are you kidding me spend a day in my shoes before you side with the mother who couldn't be bothered to raise her child right that after they died she decided to be a mother a day to late my kids would never do drugs because I am apart of there lives as a single mother I built my life around my child I did my job I wish to finish doing my job but assholes like you who have never been in pain have no idea the struggle it even started in the beginning after surgery in the hospital after then the 7 doctors and Walgreens refused to fill the script which would have been covered on my insurance which I pay a redicoulse amount for in the beginning to have to go to a out of the normal pharmacy to pay $500 for not even half a month script which Walgreens was $60 cash price insurance only $10 I have given everything and to have people like you call someone in pain a idiot you are the idiot the friends I made in the pain counsel group 3 beautiful ladies that I met who were the nicest people you would ever meet after being cut off 3 days later killed them selves verse break the law and buy drugs off the street like the drug addicts who still get there's it hasn't stopped them by any means but it has ended the lives of people who should still be here and I'm on the edge if wasn't for my son I would be gone and I paid over $120,000 in taxes every year from my buisness I have no idea how much in employment taxes so your saying I wasn't a worthy person either it's heart breaking to know my tax dollars pay for the people who are doing this to me.
Name: 
Jennifer
Email: 
2cute@tampabay.rr.com
After years of anyone and everyone who wanted pain killers not for pain but just for a high is over. I knew people who could go to this certain country dr and he’d write em all they wanted. That’s where the problem lies not with the people such as myself need them to be able to do average daily things. It wasn’t my fault I was ran over while riding my motorcycle when an idiot with 5 prior dui’s decided a red light meant nothing to him. So now, after 5 back surgeries and the entire lower back has pins and screws while being enclosed in a cage...right knee replaced...broken hip that had a non union on first surgery and then had to be replaced because of no blood supply to the bone area and an extra 3in rod to make up for the bone loss...a severely torn rotator cuff to where I can’t raise my shoulder but halfway..left knee needs replaced..have nerve damage because of all the surgeries that causes stinging burning pain in my feet and numbness halfway up my leg. So, you tell me how you would function on a day to day basis without something to help with the pain? When you can only stand up for say 10-20 minutes at a time before you have to set down because of the lower back pain. This is no joke and for anyone who hasn’t or doesn’t have to deal with it it is easy to set yourself up on a high pedestal like you’re high an mighty looking down on other people who need them.
Name: 
Billy Tyner
Email: 
Billy.tyner@yahoo.com
WOW that was uncalled for, talk about being uneducated and narrow minded! You are part of the problem! May God have mercy on you that you should never know what unrelenting intractable pain is, many of us have not been so lucky! So we think that our selfish needs should override all others??? Really??? Try this on for size, everyone for once in this country is responsible for their OWN choices and behavior. Me not taking opioids for pain is NOT going to save a drug addict on the streets or the one sitting in their posh home in the gated community. Prescriptions for opioids are at an all time low now in this country and yet the overdose rate continues to climb! That should be telling you something, we were NOT the problem!!!! So how about YOU get educated and stop belittling chronic pain patients. How would you like it if I said: "addiction my foot"in response to you losing a loved one to an overdose? Not real sensitive huh. There is only one reason why too many opioid prescriptions were written and that was money! Good ole fashion greed! Now the doctors and Big Pharma are going to get filthy rich selling Suboxone, an opioid, to the very people the doctors made addicts out of in the first place. Last time I checked that fits the definition of insanity! Mean while both sides of this catastrophe, chronic pain patients and drug addicts as well as their grieving families have become collateral damage. You best hope that KARMA never visits you and shows you what real pain is, none of us want to be living in it.
Name: 
Sara
Email: 
sarabryce63@gmail.com
Well aren't you just a little ray of sunshine?
Name: 
feli
Email: 
felu@hotmaol.com
Ohh u must be a lawmaker lol and yes addicts that inject drugs are the reason we are in this mess to begin with. I hope you never have chronic pain
Name: 
Josie Gray
Email: 
Jgray766@gmail.com
In response to your comment let me just say I am caretaker for my mother who has fibromyalgia, neuropathy, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and a failed back surgery leaving a metal cage with 8 titanium rods around her spine and 26 spacers in her spine. She deals with crippling pain everyday as do many others and as I can not say that I personally know what it feels like I know the devastation i have seen from where she use to be working 3 jobs, raising 4 children by herself etc to not even being able to get out of bed because even laying in bed hurts at a 9. As a caretaker watching this is heartbreaking. I wish chronic pain sufferers could get what they needed so that they could once again be functional members of society. With that being said in my research of all these restrictions and why I have run across some information that shocked me. There are quite a few deaths that are labelled as addicts who have overdosed and when more research is done these people ( not every account is included in this statement) were not addicts at all. They were people. People who were prescribed pain meds for pain and another med for something else that when in combination caused an overdose scenario. Drugs interact differently when multiple drugs are in play. For instance, opioid and Xanax should NEVER be taken together, but how many people know that? I didn't and I have had numerous Drs and pharmacies release both of these with not even a word of caution spoken. It could have killed my mother, and then they would have labels her an addict when all she did was take what her Drs have prescribed the way they told her too. My concern is our judgemental attitudes and ignorance lead to hatred of good people who are doing what they are told to do and suffer unnecessary labels. Are there people out there who are in the game just for a high? Absolutely. Are there drs and pharmacies that should be held accountable? Again absolutely. But how many good people have to suffer the stigmatizm of being called addicts because they just want to function but their condition won't allow it without some pain relief. To those who haven't gone through this yet try to regulate others pain here's your warning. You are not G-d. What you put others through you will go through yourself and worse. To those of us going through it remember to get all the info before making a judgement call. If we dont we are no better than them. Causing pain to an undeserving person. Please be careful and my prayers are with all of you suffering in silence.
Name: 
Carla Rancatore
Email: 
carlarancatore75@gmail.com
Beautiful spoken like a true professional people that don’t live with pain are quick to talk till it happens to them hope your mom gets some comfort
Name: 
Frank
Email: 
rfrankie25@yahoo.com
Hi Carla, Your comments touched me deeply. I am a science writer and would like to learn more about your opinions on the legislation. Please email me at pporotsky@gmail.com if you would like to talk. Wishing you and your mother all the very best.
Name: 
Polina Porotsky
Email: 
pporotsky@gmail.com
Yes You are so right I’m going through the same thing
Name: 
Myron
Email: 
myron28@msn.com
You are 100% correct i too in same boat as well all we can do is pray
Name: 
James erwin
Email: 
Erwin717155@gmail.com
Karen, have you had your back surgery yet? I have no idea what issues youre having, but DO NOT have a back surgery until you have seen at least two seperate locaited doctors and at least truly tried other methods of repair (PT or menipulation) Ive had 4 back surgeries, was even lied to of my mri results, judge was even lied to and a lawyer who didnt care. Im now 81% disabled due to a fusion I should have never needed due to his lie in findings. KNOW EVERYTHING, INVESTIGATE YOUR ISSDUE, LOOK FOR FORUMS ABOUT YOUR ISSDUE AND OTHERS THAT HAVE HAD THE SURGERY THAT YOURE ABOUT TO HAVE.
Name: 
Kountry Edge
Email: 
kountryedge@gmail.com
I truly believe that the government is trying to get people who are suffering in pain to kill them selves, reminds me of Germany during the war. Easier to rid the country of sick people
Name: 
Shari cuviello
Email: 
Shari.cuviello@yahoo.com
I fully agree. It's disgusting that the government is dictating to doctors, how to treat their patients. Politicians are dregs on society. They do not have our best interest in mind. They have their own greed in mind. The suicides are already happening. This is absolutely unacceptable.
Name: 
Jen P
Email: 
Jlpete1@hotmail.com
I have compared the United States to Nazi Germany for years. People call me names. Maybe they need a history lesson. Before the Jews, Slavs, or anyone else, the chronically ill and mentally ill were eliminated. This did not sit well with Germans. Because of that, Hitler never once put in writing "the final solution" never visited an extermination camp. I fell extremely ill 6 & 1/2 years ago, just when this was beginning. I am in the 30% that do not respond to the one medication that actually treats the disease. There is no cure. 70% must make lifestyle changes, alot of dietary restrictions and more. They may have a flare up of pain and pressure occasionally. My pain level according to doctors and I sure know is that of stage 4 bladder cancer combined with end stage renal failure. I have been basically bedridden. There has never been a documented case of one like me ever improving. I cannot do the physical therapy to loosen tightened muscles. I have tried. I have extreme difficulty getting dressed and driving 10 minutes. I cannot as much as make a meal or sit at a table. In my state, overdoses increased by 400%. Explain that when no one is getting anything or a small amount. Every single pain medicine doctor or clinic was shut down. Thank you, Pence. Thank you for adding "No exceptions unless in a hospital, hospice or nursing home. I was denied by the anesthesiologist during my last outpatient procedure in the hospital, left crying as my specialist was telling him to give me more. I am not a whimp about pain or whining about a few aches and pains. I have had more surgeries for other reasons than I can count on two hands. I have degenerative disc disease with complications. I cannot even feel that anymore because the pain elsewhere is all I feel. I have become a disease with a ruined body and ruined life. I don't even like to talk about junkies. That is a different issue and they never had it so good, other than those who get Fentanyl in it. The Fentanyl is a strain from India and China. It has never been used or approved in the U.S., which is always omitted. This is legal genocide. Eugenics at it's best. The government doesn't need to gas is. We are commiting suicide. We are hospitalized at about 2,000 per year with liver disease from OTC meds. The government is mandating rehabs be no more than a one hour drive for anyone. Anyone can go as many times as they want. In States that have already done so, as Florida, they are turning into homeless shelters with drug dealers walking the halls. Private insurance is denying claims. My Blue Cross that previously covered everything, now rejects claims, even those that are state law such as one extensive drug test per year. A chronic disease like mine now costs an average of $11,200.00 out of pocket per year. No choice unless I can prove under $2,000.00 in assets. The government has no business in our doctor's offices or medicine cabinets, period. This entire thing has been political and big pharma. We cannot blame our current or previous President. We are divided enough as it is. The Feds acted on Federal laws because the United Nations and World Health Organization charged the U.S. with breaking International treaties we signed with torturing our citizens up to and including death. If Federal laws were not put in place, we would be medical refugees that other countries would take in. We had no Federal laws. The laws were in States. They still stand. Doctors cannot live up to the oath they took. Pill mills have long been shut down. We have electronic records that every doctor, hospital and pharmacy sees. End of problem as far as prescription drugs. This is now worse than many third world country that the U.S. tries along with other countries to make sure they have adequate supplies of Morphine. This is an abomination. How many suicides are enough? How many ruined lives, break up of families is too much? The mainstream media buries these stories. They do so even when a husband or wife assists their spouse in suicide. They turn themselves into the police, hoping to draw attention and might save another's life. Just follow the money. Our pain meds are generics. They were made mainly in China. That was stopped. No manufacturers in the U.S. wants to make them. No $. Then the government made 3 large cuts in manufacturing. There aren't enough to go around. Hospitals often rely on IV Tylenol now. Doctors must decide who is in the most pain. Hospitals and hospices are taking pills meant for pharmacies. Pharmacists can't order what they project they will need. They are also saddled with additional paperwork for every controlled substance prescription they fill. They don't have to fill anything. The public still believes doctors hand out pain pills like candy. Politicians want votes. And that is that.
Name: 
Mia
Email: 
Cellularchic@gmail.com
NEVER STOP what your saying for us , it's the simple truth that no one want to hear. I have beg for them to put video camera's in my home so they could watch my suffering first hand, but no takers society treats animals more humane then people suffering with debilitating pain!!! Have experienced a whole new meaning to the term day by day when the Days turn into years . I hope I can hang on long enough to see them all suffer as they make me and so many others do..I have lost everything because of lack or little of treatment for my pain, I use to be a man, husband, father, human being but i'm afraid that persons no longer exist. I hope your words and every body that have reached out with a comment Mia, Gods Speed and Ears to you and all of you that suffer
Name: 
Shawn Hiroshi Grant
Email: 
HIROSHIDAWN@MSN.COM
Agree 100% I had take care for my mother who had two strokes Ms and was wheelchair-bound the left side of her body was paralyzed as well as my older sister. Just had a triple neck fusion and her biological father with a triple neck fusion all suffering the same effects as well as myself for lumbar issues and multiple other issues dutiful contact fighting forgot to say that my sister also is waiting for her lumbar surgery she also needs to care for her special needs child after all of this an addict is an addict and will always be an addict and will always find a way to get high
Name: 
Mike
Email: 
koolass2002@yahoo.com
Mary if the people that are considering suicide would hold those accountable for the opiate restrictions would not be placed in effect without thinking of the patients welfare
Name: 
joe
Email: 
joeredhd1@gmail.com
I had a similar issue with my doctors few years ago- they just wouldn't give me prescriptions any more for my pain after car accident, even I didn't feel much better after a year. Tried other doctors and same, so friend recommended getting my meds from Lmeds (endoserv at yah00 dot com) and they sell everything for apx 70% less than online. I will be their lifetime customer- saved me so much money and time. Hope will help you, too ☺
Name: 
Ada
Email: 
stoneflower@yahoo.com
I agree so much with these people. Government is punishing those of us who have chronic pain issues, and it will not stop the idiots who are overdosing. They will still get their drugs. And these laws may push people into using street drugs which will probably kill them. Is this what our government wants?!
Name: 
Sally Broce
Email: 
Mustangsallyb@comcast.net
My wife has been on prescribed opiates for most of her life .She suffers from spina bifida , Now with the CDC and DEA in our medicine cabinets her meds are cut in half . I am worried she will take her own life one day because of the pain . Thank you Jeff sessions , you truly have made life great for millions of Americans who now suffer without proper treatment . And let’s not forget all the people turning to heroin because they can’t get relief . My opinion is the government wants this . They are bring the heroin into this country . By shutting down prescribing to patients forces them to the street to purchase heroin . Then our illustrious government uses that $ to fund our pursuit of global domination . Does anyone remember the CIA funneling cocaine into this country in the 80s ? To finance the CONTRA’S and that war that congress would not approve $ for ? It fueled the crack epidemic , causing many in the African American community to die , serve life in prison . CIA was making money to fund a private war , and trying to wipe out the black community at the same time . I watched a movie about a small town reporter that broke that story and was assasinated by the government a few years later when people started to listen to him .No doubt in my mind this is what is happening today . I’m a vet and have seen it all in the Middle East . Now we have issues in Europe as well that Congress is hesitant to get involved with , so billions of $ in heroin sales will help fund whatever war / military action we deem necessary to achieve our global domination . Wake up America ! we live in a very , very corrupt country , greed will always dominate here no matter how many poor , suffering Americans pay the price . I feel writing your congressman is a absolute waste of time . Only way to make them listen is through an uprising , unfortunately I think most of us lack the backbone to go that route . Corrupt government is only un - corrupted through extreme action . The more powerful they become , the more controlled we are . Now this government controlling our doctors / pharmacists / is not only unconstitutional, it is damn near genocide , I keep reading about people wanting to commit suicide , I fear that many will take their own lives , and many will turn to heroin and die , GOVT wins again , wiping out the sick , lower / middle class , and making a ton of $ in the process , any of this sinking in ? I’m not a radical just a realist .
Name: 
Gary Lang
Email: 
g627@live.com

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Infographic: State-by-state breakdown of opioid regulations