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
I got the news from my PM doctors Friday. I have a semi rare condition, stage IV, done everything to no avail. I have TWO neuro Sacral stimulators and they serve as giant hockey puck sized paper weights instead of pain relieving miracles. I was diagnosed at 22, as I graduated from college. I was FORCED to marry &?go on disability bc of the PRE EXSISTING CONDITION LAWS! The marriage has never been good, instead a constant source of stress and financial, emotional, psychological and physical abuse and trauma. Two good things came of the marriage the government forced me into so that I could attaine healthcare for my severe health problems. My two children 7yr 9yr old and they’re my world m. I am their primary caregiver. I have been their entire lives. It’s been extremely difficult bc my son has ADHD. They became and stayed my reason for living even though I was STILL in physical and emotional pain, with medication, physical therapy and varying emotional and behavioral therapies. Now, I am practically bed ridden from pain as my PM doctor is being forced to cut my dosages of meds.I can’t do this w/o my meds. I’ve tried, I’ve tapered myself, I’ve taken myself off my high doses and found a regimen that skates me by but NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is taking away my right to raise my children, to be a human, all in a pathetic attempt to curb use by addicts. It worked so well in prohibition, right? Addicts are sick and should be treated my our MENTAL and health care facilities. I am in pain that destroys my ability to function as a human being, but can’t take medication that my doctor WANTS me to have ? The cutting in functional doses of medication isagainst my pain management doctors recommendations, wishes and moral fiber. There are no other treatments out there for me. I’m not even able to use the restroom w/o help now but there is no help! There is nothing, but two innocent American children who need their mom back to raise them. I’m ashamed to be an American and have always believed and taught my kids as well as the thousands I’ve worked with that our country is great but I no longer believe this to be true. Nor do I want to live in a world where I am punished, taken advantage of and abused financially, physically and emotionally by my government and my “family.” I suppose they’ll have one less SSDI check to write soon. I am not a vindictive person but I hope that they can relish in my demise. However, if by God’s will, my wishes of a pain free life are granted, I hope they can withstand the imminent pain I am ready to serve our Governing bodies, Executive, House and Judical at city, state and Federal level will know my face and name as I bring justice to their private homes, one by one.
Name: 
The Left for dead
Email: 
Lolohinojosa@gmail.com
I think it's time that those of us with chronic pain need to file a class action suit. You are right All they are doing is killing people. Some commit suicide due to being taken off pain medications. I sure don't see them tracking this. Others are turning to the streets for drugs to ease their pain. There are 2 states I read about that claim they are a drug free state when it comes to prescription pain killers. It states that in these states the death rate is climbing even more. Funny that when they say the deaths would go down but the opposite happens. But of course the gov takes a blind eye to these analysis. There are many doctors that believe the gov CDC are way off on this for sure. There are many sites out there that tell you how to make heroin which is way more potent than the prescriptions doctors were writing. So this is where the deaths are coming from along with drug dealers selling them. As for the gov trying to push through a death penalty on dealers. It will never happen. If prosecutors can't get it on a simple murder, how the bell are they ever going to get it on drug distribution not knowing if what they distributed accually killed someone. And it dont fit the crime as the law states it has to. Premedication is almost impossible to push through. And with the issues of the lethal injection drugs used to put someone to death now as being inhumane, it will be stopped eventually anyway.
Name: 
Ken
Email: 
kernst1964@gmail.com
I agree with you completely especially regarding the methadone. How has something that incomprehensible happen? ( rhetorical) So a drug addict is provided a drug with virtually no questions asked...zero responsibility warranted nor repercussions even if they admitted becoming addicted to (for instance) Norco after stealing them from family members & friends , doctor shopping, lying to their doctor to get them, etc and every one of us who pay taxes are paying for not only grrrtheir drug... the cost of treating them... housing them... feeding them... and the tax insanitymlhas and even higher level of absurdity, given that the majority of them are unemployed. Those of us who are 'victims' of debilitating chronic pain are also being victimized by people... ones who choose to abuse and even more so ones in our government intent on creating a veritable straightjacket for doctors and specialists who are trying to help us grasp at a dignified degree of life. I wish for you... and anyone reading this who is in this bitterly emotional, physical, politically irrational quagmire... peace, patience and perseverance. I
Name: 
VELDA
Email: 
veldalowery@yahoo.com
I am in TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH YOU RE THE GOVERNMENT TAKING AWAY OUR PAIN PILLS! I feel like it is going to put a big decrease in annual revenue in these major pharmacutical company's in whom are tied with the government and they will back off, because let's face it there is too much money in the pharmacutical world AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO MISS OUT!
Name: 
Vicki
Email: 
Bestof201763@yahoo.com
VICKI NOPE! The Dr who is working on a "miracle cure-all" for addiction, also updated the DSM-5 (BIBLE for Drs and INSURANCE Co) changed the definition of addiction. Anyone physically dependent on ANYTHING is an addict. She will make TONS, Insurance will pay. Currently there's Suboxone/Subutex at $8 a pill/dose & some are prescribed more than 1 a day. Same drug is $1 in Australia. Suboxone is used for pain everywhere else in the world, even used post op in opiate naive individuals, it's 20-40 times stronger than morphine in it's analgesic affect. Yet it was not advertised as that in the US. Now the DEA has put limits on the amounts of opioids causing shortages, sick people driving around looking for a pharmacy that has the med in stock (even paying cash). Suboxone & the "new miracle addiction drug" will take over. It's for ALL addictions and EVERYONE is an addict, the 80yr old with bone cancer and the recreational heroin addict are the SAME now in the eyes of the medical community. Some Drs won't accept this change, addiction and dependence are NOT the same thing, but opposites. The addict becomes more DESTRUCTIVE over time, the CPP becomes more CONSTRUCTIVE over time when taking opioids. But they have been bullied by the DEA, CDC, pharma co, media and probably will accept the change, whether they believe that definition or not. Right now, there is NO alternative being offered. NO media coverage of the Vet who blew his head off in the parking lot of the PM who took him off his meds. My friend who had MS killed herself last Christmas Day. "The slow death of compassion for the chronically ill" watch it on YT.
Name: 
Julie
Email: 
Jarileigh4@gmail.com
I was diagnosed with a degenerative disc disease when I was only 23. I had lifted something heavy and couldn't straighten up afterwards. Now 3 spinal surgeries and a hip replacementlater, I have been left with chronic sciatica down both legs and numbness and tingling in my feet. I have also been taking Methadone for pain for over 10 years and have not needed to go up on my prescription count during that time. I have tried getting on Disability, so I could quit working so much and get off the drugs, but the government decided I'd earned too much working as a CNA doing home care to qualify. So I continue working 6-7 days a week ( a CNA doesn't earn much when they do caregiving in a home.. go figure!) and the only way I can tolerate working so much is because the Methadone works. I can't straighten up after sitting for more than a few minutes and standing is equally agonizing. Now I learn that the government, in their great wisdom, is cutting my dosages in half--although I do not abuse my medication and do not drink. This is going to leave me stranded when the pain becomes acute--which it does from time to time. So what will I do? It's absolutely unfair to lump everyone who uses opioids for pain in a category as drug abusers. Yes, there is a terrible epidemic of those who do abuse their medications and get drugs from several doctors. It's terrible when they mix their drugs with alcohol and commit accidental suicide ( my mother was a alcoholic who did just that). But I'm not one of those people. I am a responsible working person who is in constant, agonizing pain who needs pain medication in order to work. These new restrictions are going to cause people like me to go to the streets to procure relief for their pain, or to start drinking. There will be more intentional suicides by people who simply can't live with the chronic pain. We shouldn't be punished because others have abused their medications. Each person needs to be treated with respect as an individual.
Name: 
Lilli Gross
Email: 
lillimili707@gmail.com
Methadone changed my life too. The thing I loved the most is you don’t grow a tolerance to it. My doc is also cutting mine in half. So all the schooling I did was for nothing. There has to be something we can do, we have a voice. It’s time we used it.
Name: 
Holly Bell
Email: 
Hollybell1969@hotmail.com
I’ll tell you what let me hold a lighter under your foot until it starts to burn, now imagine that 24/7. Throw in 100 degree weather And I can barely lift it off the ground. Not all people who take pain meds are addicts. Some of us have no quality of life. I agree it needs regulation in certain areas but for chronic pain patients who are monitored by pain doctors need to be taken out of the equation. If you think this is just about funding then you are not paying attention. But good look going through life with your eyes closed, I just pray you never end up on this side of it because the heroine and suicide rate is about to go through the roof and the government will be at fault.
Name: 
Holly
Email: 
Hollybell1969@hotmail.com
I agree with you completely . Thank you for saying it like it is.
Name: 
Judy
Email: 
jkaymoore52@gmail.com
I absolutely agree. I have been suffering terribly. Avoided any kind of pain med for years, anti iflamatory diets, pure essential oils, epsom salt soaks etc. ...injured again, so much pain & they treated me terrible in er as if I was psych patient. Shot me up with haldol & benadrly, totally wacked me out (mthfr), didn't touch pain & then asked me if i wanted some more... while im telling them im having bad reaction cried immediatle upon injection then was just wacked while suffering... that was month ago, suffering still. No quality of life & how do you get one in this condition? Can't take any kind of aspirin or nsaid cause was on celebrex for years, tire up stomach... I could go on, this is ridiculous...
Name: 
La
Email: 
777lavon@gmail.com
You're so right! Why are politicians so incredibly ignorant?
Name: 
Sarah
Email: 
S.justice@yahoo.com
I feel that if someone is stupid enough to OD let them. Don’t make the people who need pain medication suffer. This law is in freaking believable.
Name: 
Karen
Email: 
Karenbryant06@gmail.com
I depend on Methadone ....30 mg a day and 30mg a day Norco just to be able to move from arthritis, failed back surgery, and autoimmune diseases. Im in my early 60's and cant drive. Its expensive going to a doctor once a month but one a week i can afford. IMHO its going to push more people like me to heroin because its cheap and easy to get.
Name: 
greg
Email: 
gmh1013@gmail.net
I just can't live this way. I have so many responsibilities and people depending on me and I have degenerative discs AND bones, my neck and upper back were injured and then UNDER treated/malpractices (one doctor told me there was nothing wrong with me, now another sees there is nothing right with the bones in my spine!). My pelvis has broken off of my spine and I have trouble walking. I don't sleep due to a more than half taper that's being forced on me. And all these no-medical-degree having politicians have handed me a death sentence. There are NO pain clinics where I live; there is one but they do not prescribe for ANYONE. Oh, but they'll treat the addicts and make sure that they don't suffer... I wish everyone good luck with their journeys through this big mess. Some people seem to think that these laws won't last very long because they aren't effective. For everyone else's sake I hope not. I personally am planning to end my life fairly soon. What else do these idiots expect people to do when they can no longer function?
Name: 
Broken
Email: 
projectlegendalyx@gmail.com
It just doesn't make sense to lump the addicts and the patients in pain altogether in the same drug seeking category. What is wrong with these people in power? The power gone to their heads?? People need these medications to live their lives somewhat normally. Is the government hiding an agenda to eliminate the sick and on pain through Communist-Nazi like methods and tactics under the pretext of helping the with this "so called opiate crisis"??? More people die from cigarettes and alcohol each year and we don't see the government declaring it public crisis#1 all over the news. This is nuts, this opiate witch hunt hysteria. I agree that there has to be talks about it with the Dr and patient when being put on these meds but not to be dropped by your Dr after years of being a patient, and all these other crazy things/ stories that are happening all over the country and starting to come to light on how crazy this hysteria is hurting the good people who actually need these meds to be functioning members, citizens, veterans of society, work, pay taxes, take care of their families, etc. I call on the good citizens, the president, and good government people of this USofA to end this witchhunt and come together to figure out a good solution to this matter to help people with their medications and resolving this situation in a fair and balanced way that is well and fair to the good people that are in pain and have obeyed the rules. I declare this to be solved well and fair with a great positive resolve and outcome, with prosperity, success, health and healing as soon as possible upon us, the citizens of the United States of America, in the Holy Name of Yeshua the Christ, Amin!!!!!!!
Name: 
Ion Iacob
Email: 
e1athon2dabreakadawn@gmail.com
I have read and watched this issue for several, several months!!!! I,ve talked to my doctor about the stupid goverment answer to this issue. He assures me not to worry, that the guidelines will not affect me. But i,m still worried. I worked for 40 years to get enough money to live on ( something to leave my 2 kids. I,ve never been one To even consider taking my own life. But, hear LOUD AND CLEAR, if i,ve got to live without some kind of pain Relief, ( i,ve tried 3 or 4 times to stop, or cut back, but have only been able to last 4 or5 days) I may have to rethink That!!!!!!! I do not care a ratass about people killing themselves with pills. If they cannot gets pills, they,ll find something else, herion, paint thinner, gas, etc, I I VI
Name: 
Floyd delaughter
Email: 
B4ig87@yahoo.com
This is a very sad thread. I truly feel for people in pain. The reality is that 1 in 3 people who are prescribed opioids for pain become addicted. The vast majority of those addicted to heroin began with prescription pain medication. And opioid use disorder is a brain disease. Not a choice or a result of bad decisions and a character flaw. People need to be better educated all around. This is a crisis. Yes, those of you with pain need to have that pain managed. And I am so grateful you are one of the lucky people who did not become addicted. Have some compassion for those who have. They are your friends and neighbors. Prescribed opioids after surgery or a broken bone. And remember this is a DISEASE like any other. A chronic condition. Just like pain. Both worthy of empathy and treatment.
Name: 
Theresa Kavanaugh
Email: 
tblackwell1450@gmail.com
Thersea 1 in 3? No, Less than 2% of chronic pain patients will become addicted. The people who become addicted are already abusing other substances. If you take out the recreational drug abusers, very very few chronic pain patients become addicts. The media lies, the CDC is currently being sued for lying. All these suicidal CPP deaths will be counted as OD's. CDC " opioid-related deaths"....polydrug use. It is a brain disease, it's been proven on MRI's of the brain. But people in pain don't get high, they only feel SOME reduction in pain. That tiny bit of a quality of life disappears without meds, & leaves Vets & people suicidal. What's the point of living if you're confined to bed in constant pain? It wears down your body, mind, & soul. PM contracts are signed. Random urinalysis ( NO DIVERSION, NO ABUSE), random pill counts ( No ONE CAN STEAL IT) and drug monitering system ( NO DR SHOPPING). I gladly submit to my contract, what did I leave out? Oh, the part about population control & the cull. Naturally the sick & weak would go first. The US is leading in population control in the G8 countries that agreed to Agenda 21 at the 1993 summit in Rio. To help the environment, less people. Heroin or die, it's a win win for the government. Look it up.
Name: 
Julie
Email: 
Jarileigh4@gmail.com
YES I agree with all these comments, especially yours. I live in NC and they started teaching us that Agenda 21 BS this week. When I tried to discuss it, they all mocked me as “conspiracy theorist”. We pain sufferers will be first to go and that is what govt wants. Sad, and thank people like Obama and UN for it.
Name: 
Stephen Frazier
Email: 
sfrazier0718@yahoo.com
According to govt sourced websites such as the CDC and DEA less than 1 in 4 chronic pain pts will become addicted to their pain managment protocols. Less than 1% of prescribed pts this includes anyone prescribed opiates will become addicted. 44k ppl in 2016 died from an OD. The vast majority of those deaths had at minimum 6 substances in their system. Alcohol was heavly documented as one of those substances. Going strictly by the CDC 16k ppl had an rx opiate in their system at time of death. According to Doctors who have sifted through the data less than 2k ppl had a single RX opiate in their system at time of death. Almost every Overdose in 2016 was caused by illicit fentanyl sourced from China and Heroin from mexico. Rx have been cut to the point their are now drug shortages. Hospice pts, pallative care pts, surgery pts, and our furry friends cannot get pain relief. The opioid epidemic is not caused by rx opiates it is caused by illegal drug use with illicit drugs. 123 ppl a day commit suicide a day in America psychologist theorize at minimum 25% of those deaths are caused by undermanaged pain. In other words Suicide Due To Pain and that percent is still considered low at 40%. So please tell me again how restricting legal opiates in an at risk population is the best way to combat the "opioid epidemic". It is out right genocide on the chronically diseased and a sly way to cut medicare/medicade.
Name: 
Nikki
Email: 
thecompendium1@gmail.com
I'm in the same boat and once again had my pain medication refused and as I sit here my doctor is trying to get it turned over. Two months ago they took my anxiety medication because they said I can no longer have pain medications and the anxiety medication. Now I can't have my pain medication and fighting every month for it doesn't help the anxiety at all. I don't want to live if I have to go back to nothing. I'm between an 8 and a 10 with the pain medication and don't want to go back to crying in a ball on the floor everyday. At least I have a half normal life with it. My husband says I would be selfish if I give up but he doesn't feel it. He says he feels it to but he doesn't. My kids aren't going to want be around me then and I don't blame them. I already can't do a lot of the things that we used to do as a family and have to just watch but at least I can watch them. Why is it that the government thinks it knows more then the doctors. All I know is I can't keep going like this. Its bad enough he can't change my medications since its not helping as much after my hip replacement which is due to my back fusion and I have my other hip replacement to look forward to. I have disc degenteration so will probably have to have more done for it. I don't know what to do but I am NOT a drug addict and do not abuse them in anyway. This isn't fair to those of us who really are in constant pain and feels like no one cares. I have written several letters to our representatives and the president and only go one response that basically said sorry but the opiate addiction is more important. If anyone has any suggestions as to what to do to fight this please let me know.
Name: 
Lisa
Email: 
felisamc12@gmail.com
We need to start a class action lawsuit and sue the gov. For inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on sick people and make them pay families for suicides due to inadequate pain treatment!
Name: 
Amy
Email: 
Ahb420@aol.com
This "opioid crisis" is a political tool. Interesting that the first thing that occurred in 2006 was the government was incensed that pharmaceutical companies made billions on opioid sales. Then the push for legalizing marijuana increased and here we are. Pushing medical/legalized marijuana is win-win for insurance companies,they aren't paying for any part of prescribing it. The government wins because Medicare and Medicaid are not going to either. The marijuana lobby has some wealthy businesses and politicians who will get richer off of it. It's very difficult to obtain names of lobbists and backers of the industry as they are protected by laws and shell companies. I too am a chronic pain sufferer who has been thrown to the wolves. Write/call/scream/target your votes to the politicians who will fix this mess. I do feel bad for the parents who have lost a child to an overdose but to punish people in need should be criminal. Don't we have a constitutional right to pain relief. It sure takes away my right to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Name: 
Sue
Email: 
serucoba@aol.com
Countless of us with real life Chronic Pain (the kind that you've had to get barbaric tests that even made us worse,had surgerys after surgerys then told No More surgerys plus after all that they tell you to get phyiscial therapy thr kind that pulls your spine apart even though some of you had donor bones to stabilize your neck down,only to find they say your condition is very complicated and the only one answer left after they tell you their is no cure no other meds would work but the prescribed painkillers given to KILL the pain for that 24/7 period of time and it goes on and on .Most of these patients are veterans of the most severe pain and all chronic pain isn't good for anyone or anything except polititions to get votes when the head of our country starts this genocide without wanting to know theres TWO sides to the OPIOD CRISIS as the tv will never talk about the sufferers suffering in pain ,innocent of addiction as without the painkiller -/cutoff to get their gold votes and boasting on how many opiods are gone forever .people are not fleadh and blood as they think we are plastic people /.People without pain have no idea what people in chronic severe pain on going for 26,46 etc years .The long lifer veterans that suffer.Police,military will not be taking as good of care of us as before as they have pain too thats chronic,( the spine is the worst and all injurys ,surgerys as a Dr >Tennent from California was and still is a doctor , surgeon ,veteran and ,researcher one of a kind specializing in chronic pain for over 30 in the USA the only one ,years in the spine ids called as it has a name called Arachnoiditis
Name: 
HazelHunter
Email: 
arlinehunter386@gmail.com
I am a 57 year old male who was very athletic and healthy for most of my younger years. I won't go into all that's wrong with me now but I've been taking pain medication for over 20 years and cannot imagine my life without it. There are some days, depending on how much I do physically, (from a part time job to doing something simple I enjoy such as fishing for example) I suffer from the pain. Other days are more acceptable, hence, the quality of life is higher. I've been trying to research all of the information pertaining to the new laws regarding prescribing opiates, etc. and I am in total agreement with the comments listed on this, and many other similar sites. The way I see it is that these laws will essentially leave three directions for pain patients to go should these asinine restrictions move forward. None of which are positive or helpful. One, you live the rest of your life in pain and suffering and be of no use to yourself, your family or society, or two, you go to the streets and purchase illicit drugs like heroin, thus tremendously raising your chances of dying of an overdose due to illegally produced fentanyl and other similar drugs (here's the caveat as your death will only bolster the statistics of all the people, considered to be opiate addicts, dying, reinforcing the government's original stance that "too many people are dying of opiate overdoses" hence the "epedemic!" Lastly, the most gruesome of all, is that you cannot endure your life any longer with the constant pain and suffering, as nobody should have to, and decide to end it Again, this will somehow tie into an opiate related death which the government will add to its stats, thus strengthening their tremendously short sighted, one sided view. Please, there has to be at least one brain that works in the government or am I missing something deeper here which includes some entity making more money from it. Frankly, I'm not even sure what I'm going to do at this point. Wait and see I guess. God bless and hang in there.
Name: 
darren
Email: 
darrenvena@gmail.com
I am sitting on my bed crying my eyes out because I’m told my meds are still double what the panel believes they should be by my pain doctor. Then I read all of your responses and I am realizing I am not alone, this is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. I suffer from nerve damage in my foot that has now moved into my toes. For years they had me on OxyContin, but after research I learned about methadone so I had my doctors change me over a few years back and it changed my life. I went back to school got my degree and was able to go back to work, then I get slammed with this. Now I am back on disability for the rest of my life and all my doctor can say is I’m sorry. Look I agree certain regulations should exist, but those who are monitored by pain clinics and need this medication to have any quality of life should be left alone. I’m not sure if any of you realize this but if your a California resident the doctor patient privacy act does not exist for us. Pharmacies here are treating us like criminals, for some are flat out refusing to fill prescriptions because they don’t feel that their illness requires the amounts given. They are glorified bean counters and they have no authority. If our own doctors wont stand up for us then it’s time for us to take a stand. If anyone is interested in a class action lawsuit please contact me through my email of Facebook page.
Name: 
Holly Ulrey Bell
Email: 
Hollybell1969@hotmail.com
I took opioids for 17 1/2 years for chronic back pain. I’ve had 4 lumbar back surgeries. My lumbar spine has 2 artificial discs , 8 rods, and 16 screws from L1 to L5-S1. Also, diagnosed with DDD and live a life that’s filled with pain that there is no escape from. I was so tired of being labeled an addict. No, even after all these years I was not an addict. I never asked for a dosage increase, and led a fairly normal life. When the government decided they knew more than my doctors, that changed. I was literally living my life month to month because every month was a visit to the doctor. I’m lucky enough to have good health insurance however, when the drug testing started, I had no real issue with it other than it seemed unfair to be treated like I was an addict. Still I took my urine tests without protest until the day I got a bill for $17,000.00 for a drug test. Are you kidding me???? The government requires these tests yet they put no limit on what can be charged for the test. I did this for a while but after the 4th 17,000.00 test it became apparent to me that there was no possible way for me to afford this and a doctor visit every single month. So, I decided to stop taking my norco. It seemed to be the only option since I can’t work and I do not get disability. So, in the span of 1 month I weaned myself off of the medication that did nothing but, help me function on a day to day basis with less pain. I didn’t get high on it I got some relief from pain that never completely goes away. Well, I can tell you this, I now live a life not worth living. The pain is almost unbearable, my quality of life has decreased dramatically. I don’t sleep at night, it’s difficult to sleep when there is no comfortable position and on the nights that I actually lay in bed to try to sleep I actually pray not to wake up . I’ve always been a positive and happy person even when I was in terrible pain I tried to look on the bright side. The thought of suicide never entered my mind. Now, it’s all I think about. This isn’t living. This is just painfully dying slower. I have made and completely paid for my funeral. I’m in my early 50’s and now all that’s left is to complete my plan. I never imagined myself in this position. I never thought that in the U.S. I would have to worry about government overriding what my doctor prescribed for me. I never imagined that they would attempt to label me an addict because I have chronic pain. I guess I just never realized how heartless and uncaring humans can be. If I was so addicted to this meditation then how did I manage to wean myself off of them in one month with zero help? The answer is simple, I wasn’t an addict. The opioids simply helped me lead a less painful life. It allowed me to do things I can no longer do because the pain is so bad. The government is so worried about addicts killing themselves with opioids they punish those of us that they actually help. An addict can OD and die with many drugs yet their life is somehow more important than the life of a chronic pain patient?? This I will never understand. They will I’m sure try to attribute my death to opioids however, since it’s been a year since I stopped taking them that’s going to be difficult to say. No, let it be known that my death was due to chronic pain that i could just no longer live with. Without any relief from the pain and no quality of life what is the chronic pain patients suppose to do? Attribute my death to the government. Place blame where blame should be placed. We have chronic pain, we are not addicts but, take away anything that can help us lead a somewhat normal and productive life. Yea, that makes all the sense in the world.
Name: 
Rayne
Email: 
Raynestorm357@yahoo.com
This is the worst idea in years, thanks to POTUS. His blanket order to cut opioid prescriptions in hopes of stopping overdoses. The problem is there are no exceptions to the rule, thinking this will stop the opioid deaths. Those deaths will increase 5 fold, I guarantee. I have documented, legitimate reasons for the high doses of oxycodone, just to get out of bed and start my day I'm on medicare and I see what's going on..put all public programs like medicaid, medicare, etc together then cut funding. DO SOMETHING TO FIX THIS !!!
Name: 
Michael Koontz
Email: 
oahumike96817@gmail.com
I tell you what guys...I’m a pain mgmt patient like you all. Have lived in several states, NV and OK were both great as far as good doctors and no huge issues getting my meds. Then made mistake of moving to NC and has been horrible. After multiple months of abuse and threats by my doctors, they cut me off this month for being 3 short (or just one day off) of my 30-day script. And I’m screwed, I work for living but won’t be able to do much standing/walking now. And I’m very worried. So these brains that are looking to save a heroin addict just turned me into an online criminal, looking for opiates on dark web. I might get busted, might get ripped, or might even buy poison and die. Oh well, I’m thinking about killing myself anyway as life just won’t be worth a damn thing soon. But as long as some punk heroin junkie is saved, I guess. Go USA. You politicians, DEA and FDA, have had another brain fart and screwed the good people again, congrats. PS you lost the war on drugs like chumps and just made Fentanyl the new 80’s cocaine of 2019. Great work.
Name: 
Poppyseed
Email: 
Poppyseedjohnnyboy@yahoo.com
My husband has been on opiates for 18 years due to a serious work accident. Now they are cutting his meds back so drastically that he can no longer walk, much less try to work. We are trying to raise 3 grandchildren and are going to lose everything due to the stupid way the government has decided to try to end a crisis that they started in the first place. Let people in pain have their pain medicine for God's sake!
Name: 
Martine Bernstein
Email: 
martib122656@outlook.com
Let the people have their pain medicine if its prescribed by their doctor and they are following rules...the pain is real and it's a must for any quality of life and those that dont believe the everyday pain of honest people should pray they never experience...
Name: 
Peggy
Email: 
802pjs@gmail.com
I thought I was the only person with this unbelievable issue/dilemma, but now I see I am not alone. My story involves 23+ years of dealing with debilitating and unrelenting back pain (due to disc & spinal issues). For the first 16 years of that time period I literally tried everything (physical therapy, chiropractic, multiple rhizotomy surgeries, multiple spinal injections, non-opiate meds, and even an SCS/Spinal Cord Simulator for 4 years), but nothing worked. Then 7 years ago through a little trial & error I worked very closely with a reputable pain management doctor and together we discovered that oxycodone was nothing less than a miracle cure for me (unbelievable relief, incredible mobility, no fatigue and no foggy head). So fast-forward to 3 months ago...my Rx for 30 mg of Oxycodone 4-5 times per day (150 mg/day) was reduced to the CDC/government maximum of just 60 mg/day (the morphine equivalent of 90 mg/day). Again, that’s a reduction from 150/day to 60/day! That (60 mg/day Oxycodone) does absolutely nothing for me (no relief and virtually no mobility) compared to the 150 mg/day I took as prescribed (with no abuse or misuse whatsoever) for the past 7 years. And every single day throughout the past 90 days I have recalled and compared the huge difference and downgrading I'm experiencing now...and knowing that relief is out there & available (for only $15/month)...but I can't have it due to the new CDC guidelines. Surgeons tell me there's only a 20% chance their surgery would help me...and to wait to have the first one because most back surgeries result in additional surgeries. Again...the non-surgical answer (120-150 mg/day Oxycodone) is out there, but I can't have it. WTH? It's not fair. It's not right. It is stupid. It is incomprehensible. The fact that there is a solution that works and is affordable...but I (we) cannot have it now...is beyond explanation. We are such a small population so I have no idea what we can do. I have gotten 2nd opinions from 4 PM doctors the past 3 months and all say the same thing: 60/day max, no exceptions. And they say to “talk to my congressman”. I have secured 30 minutes on his calendar next week to meet in person, but after consulting with 5 P.M. doctors (including my long-term one) and 3 back surgeons the past 3 months, I don’t hold much hope that my congressman will be able to do a thing. Or that he will even care (since we’re such a small population). If anyone finds a solution to this unbelievable issue/dilemma, please post it for everybody! I know what the solution is for me (and you all know what your individual solutions are)…but we can’t have it! WTH again! And thank you for listening/reading/caring…
Name: 
Curt
Email: 
choy@westlakehardware.com
The opioid “epidemic” is a useful excuse for industries who see a chance to boost revenue. Pharmaceutical companies see a chance to introduce new - probably less effectIve and side-affect ridden - “pain relieving” drugs and also to limit the decision making ability of doctors and thereby win control via unprecedented “guidelines” they can influence heavily in the future. The (largely ineffective) recovery industry is poised for rapid growth. People who feared “government control” of health care are often the quickest to condemn opioid use. (Wasn’t THAT clever?) People in physical pain rarely become addicted, and people without physical pain who get addicted usually suffer EMOTIONAL pain. Even if they don’t, they should have the freedom to avail themselves of nature’s gifts without being considered criminals.
Name: 
Kay Portman
Email: 
Rosie@katlover.com

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Infographic: State-by-state breakdown of opioid regulations