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 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’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
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
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
You are 100% correct i too in same boat as well all we can do is pray
Name: 
James erwin
Email: 
Erwin717155@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
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 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
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
We need to get together and March on Washington or Somthing! Pleas email me with any ideas
Name: 
John Macak
Email: 
thepalletfarm@hotmail.com
I agree or start a class action suit! Contact me let's do something.
Name: 
Melvin Hildreth III
Email: 
mrhildrethiii@gmail.com
I’m in. Over 20 years of chronic pain. Now I my meds are being reduced. I can’t even explain what I know is coming. Episodes of gut wrenching tear flowing misery of pain. I already have a cervical fusion. And three colapsed lumbar discs. Surgery pending.
Name: 
T J
Email: 
Tjmedina105@gmail.com
I can relate! My bsck has been broken in 7 (?) places. One from an idiot chiropractor, and two from falls while in the military ( ice and aircraft fluids) then a worse fall at home on stairs that broke five lumbars! I was medically discharged in 2005, but have been told by pain docs that none of these are operable! Opioids are the only things that work, and we’ve tried the rest! To top it off I have Addisons, so it’s tough to do very much. If they take my meds away, what am I supposed to do? I think this law was a huge mistake on Trump’s part, and am very disappointed that he did it! As far as I can tell, the wealthy can get whatever they want, whenever they want it...as can the damned politicians who came up with this plan. I am a 28 yr. retired Vet! The VA is a joke, and now this. I don’t think I can stand what’s coming if they take them away!!! Have Fibro too, collapsing discs, bone overgrowth into spine. This is all serious stuff, and I’m scared nearly witless. So tired of the gov’t deciding my fate with no input from me, or the rest of us! Time to band together and pursue this. We must!
Name: 
Connie
Email: 
conniequaley@gmail.com
Hi Connie, First of all, thank you so much for your service. I very much appreciate what you've done for us. .. I, too, have very complex untreatable spinal conditions. Mine have also been made worse by the medical industry in this country. I have the EXACT SAME feelings about what is going on with these laws. I can't BELIEVE what is happening. My pain doctor is very apologetic and feels horrible that my pain blockers are being taken away. I, too, am scared to death. I"m not sure what to do. I live in Austin, Texas and am so very heartbroken today that Beto didn't beat out that horrid excuse for a human being, Ted Cruz. My email is merritt.rosemary@gmail.com. I'm serious about banding together. I'm a member of some Facebook support groups but they aren't focused on the "FIGHT BACK" .. Would love to start one with you. If you would be interested in doing this together, please email me. I'll set it up and make you a co-admin. At least we would have a place to communicate and gather up our forces. We can always add other admins. We just need to agree on our rules for the group and some guidelines maybe. I can draft one to start with and then if you want to do this, you can add and edit it. We just want to keep out the spammers that try to take advantage and keep the membership focused on what our mission is. To fight back these stupid laws and help support one another from finding the best places to live and maybe find some alternative solutions that keep us from the dangers of suicide and street drugs. I understand if you decline. But please let me know if you'd like to do this with me OR if there's already one that I've missed that I just need to join.
Name: 
Rosemary Merritt
Email: 
merritt.rosemary@gmail.com
I am sooo tired I have been on pain meds for over 15 years. My life was getting back to normal with the pain pills. I got hit in the back of my Jeep at 80 miles at the back. My dr that is a big joke dropped me from 180 oxycodone pills down to 120 it’s killing my way of life I have chronic pain. Also I take 30mg two time a day morphine, it doesn’t work. Now I going to lose my job , my house , land. Why I was good at 180 and with the OxyContin 80 two times a day. Now I live in hell and tired of living in pain. I guess the next step is heroin. USA has hurt the real people in pain physical pain will in the end kill them self. I am now very close to it. Thanks you dea fda and are stupid Gov.
Name: 
James m
Email: 
Morakisjames@yahoo.com
I understand completely. I was finally able to enjoy some of my life again,and not because of all the other things I had tried, which included yoga,meditation,acupressure, acupuncture,tens,meds for depression (which doctors are ALL wanting everyone to be on obviously! I wasn't depressed, I was frustrated and had anxiety because I was in horrible pain! Still, I tried the antidepressants, because I was willing to try anything! No suprise that it didn't work. I tried art therapy, water therapy. I tried everything! Like many of you, I have some serious issues, including Lupus,2 bulging cervical discs, 2 ruptured cervical discs, and I have foraminal stenosis in the cervical area of my spinal cord. There could be more areas involved, but I haven't had an MRI of the rest of my spine yet. I do have rheumatoid arthritis and I have early onset osteoporosis,which is probably due to me having cancer at age 28. I had more surgeries than I care to remember. I survived which I was grateful for. I have been seeing the same pain management doctor for many years. I do exactly what I am told to do. I follow the rules, including having sporadic unscheduled urinalysis screening. I always do exactly what's asked of me,with no problems. Well 2 weeks ago, I showed up for my monthly appointment, and found several patients either crying or angry. I had a feeling that I knew this was going to be "that" day. I could see it coming, because this entire situation of people overdosing on prescription opioids has become the "popular media phenomenon" in the past few years. But its been especially bad in this current year. I guess I was foolish for believing that my doctor would care enough about me, as his patient to maintain my current dosage,since I have never asked for an increase once we found that magic number that really helped me. I don't take an astronomical amount. I was taking 45mg of oxy a day. It didn't last,so that's why, for me, it more effective to take 15 mg, 3x p/day. Well, that day I was reduced from 45mg down to 30mg. I was told that on my next appointment they would be cutting it down to 15 mg. One 15mg dose a day. They also quit writing sleep meds that very day. When I questioned it, I was told that studies provided by the government feels that no one needs more than that dosage, for any reason, for any health issues, for any pain you're dealing with. I said that's not true! I had only begun looking forward to life because the dose I was on (45mg p/day)helped just enough, that I was able to participate in normal things, like going to a movie, looking forward to a vacation in the mountains. But now? I remember what my life was like before. I will not go through that again. I don't want to put myself through it and I sure as heck don't want my husband of 3 years, to see me writhing around like a wounded animal every night. If I would have known what the government was going to do to it's own people,the people like us, that have worked and served and contributed to this society? Well, I wouldn't have gotten married at all. I wouldn't have done that. But, I felt hope when I got married. I felt hopeful about my future. Now? No. I don't have any hope whatsoever. They've taken away the one thing that made me think life was still worth sticking around for. To see politicians making speeches telling chronic pain patients to "take an aspirin and deal with it!" Yeah, because he won't ever have to worry about this kind of thing. Money crosses hands for favors in politics. He will still get his 30 day supply should he ever ask for it. I guarantee that. It's most disappointing to also see doctor's that pledged to "do no harm,"and their oath also states very clearly about how important it us to "relieve suffering." I understand that doctors don't want to be under the government's microscope now with all these new regulations. But they're going way beyond what the regulations are asking of them. It's as if they're trying to prove what side they're on, and no big surprise here, that it's not on the patients side. I have lost 4 wonderful specialists in the past 2 years, due to all this nonsense. The good doctor's are leaving, because they don't want to be told how to practice medicine and how to treat their patients! We, as a group, of patients who suffer (yes, suffer)with chronic pain are being told,"well, we COULD write, but we're now CHOOSING NOT to write more than the most minimal amounts of pain medication. But they still expect us to have those horrible procedures don't they? Procedures, implants and injections which for me? Those injections actually caused me more pain than before I had it done. I'm not in a medical marijuana state either. Otherwise I would at least feel like I would have something anything to help. Now, I feel cornered with no way left to turn. There's no positive way out of this for me.
Name: 
Leighla
Email: 
stormyskyzz@gmail.com
It’s impacting the most vulnerable responsible patients They are punishing the sick because of what junkys abuse Please match!!!! It’s going to get bad People are in pain n committing suicide fue to this N the down side is some are turning to street drugs so how is this sencable?
Name: 
Marie luc
Email: 
Reevett51@gmail.com
IFEEL YOU WHY DON'T ALL OF US LEGITIMATE PAIN PATIENTS FIGHT TOGETHER AND PROTEST!!!!IM AT MY END WITH THIS ING I CAN'T LIVE A HALLWAY PAIN FREE LIFE THEN I'M KICKING THE BUCKET I TRIED SOOOOOO MANY OTHER THINGS BEFORE EVEN CONSIDERING PAIN MANAGEMENT.Q WITHOUT IT I'M JUST A VEGETABLE....MY AS WELL JUST KILLMYSELF.NO REASON SUFFERING NO MORE!!!!
Name: 
Will
Email: 
Illwill@hotmail.com
Considering changing from suboxone to methadone. It’s for chronic debilitating pain - nothing else. 17 years ago pain started and more and more has piled up I don’t want to bore with all the details.....I have no quality of life if I do the simplest of things it triggers my back, feet, sciatica.....on and on. The ONLY reason I’m considering switching is for PAIN, suboxone has bup but it helps about 20% to 30% and I’ve read that methadone does help tremendously with pain. Any responses please be nice, I have friends/family who are addicts and their struggle is hell so I mean nothing bad toward their battle, just explaining mine. Yes, I do realize that I’m dependent on my meds....but no cravings just pain....I chose to take myself off Vicodin after 15 years but 2 years of sub and I think I’ve built tolerance. Please help - does methadone help severe chronic pain? Thank you,
Name: 
PAIN FOR LIFE
Email: 
cmgcook@yahoo.com
Yes, methadone definitely helps with the pain!!! Ive been on a variety of different meds (morphine, oxy etc) A few years ago I tried methadone,it works for me. I pray/hope it will work for you. Trying it shouldn't hurt you, but I dont know everything! I’ll pray for you
Name: 
Teresa
Email: 
tturrin2@hotmail.com
Yes, Methadone did help my cronic pain. I pray it will work wonders for you! All my prayers!
Name: 
Teresa
Email: 
tturrin2@hotmail.com

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