Infographic: State-by-state breakdown of opioid regulations

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Honey I understand we're you all are coming from it's a sad day for us in pain you know alcohol makes drunks and drunk drivers kill people why are they not banning alcohol why because someone does something stupid do the ones in pain suffer my foot was crushed I dond have all my foot I get a few 7.5 norco that doesn't last I'm tired of hurting but yes the others are trying to play doctor over our health I bet they don't hurt
Name: 
Belinda
Email: 
belindaj1107bs.bs@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
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 agree. How would we start a class action suit.
Name: 
DMA
Email: 
deanaallen4@yahoo.com
This is exactly what I've been thinking; a class action lawsuit. They are violating our civil rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is our First Amendment right to redress the government for grievances. And nowadays the politicians don't believe in anybody's 'right to life' but their own. This is definitely an attempt to commit genocide against the sick and aged population. Since we are basically "values voter", it would be to a party's advantage to shift the voting base by eliminating us. The Obama admin. started this crazy mess this is political and makes me so angry. They don't care about "junkies", we've always had them. But in the name of politics, we are being sacrificed on the altar of 'greed and power'. Let's find a lawyer and file a lawsuit NOW, before more of us die. I've already lost two friends.
Name: 
Kay
Email: 
kayi9i@yahoo.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
Yes don't tell them your their for pain they will reject you. It last 24 hours And works better then all the meds. Im a disabled vet been in pain management for 4 years. Started methadone not because I couldn't get pain pills. But because they were ineffective. I was only on 10mg percs 4 times a day plus morphine. As well as 4 other useless pills I didn't take. I just wanna help people out. All these old useless people calling people addicts. You all are addicts. And I dount any the vets that posted here are infantry and actually did something. You all are lyin to yourselves that you deserve pain relief more than someone that was abusing? Go fuck yourselves. Your to dumb to work the system even. Methadone helps the best. I have tried every other pain killer. Play the game and the system pretend your an addict and get on methadone for your pain. Or complain about your pain and do nothing up to you.
Name: 
None of your buinsess
Email: 
Sjsis@gmail.com
Yes Methadone helps with chronic pain, specifically nerve pain. I took it for years and it was a game changer for me. It took care of my pain in a way no other pain medicine ever did.
Name: 
Sara
Email: 
sarabryce63@gmail.com
I agree we need to March on Washington like the kratom community did I have had chronic neck and back pain for over 10years its getting worse every day so what do they do cut my medication to the point I'm withdrawing every month I am 65years old and thank god I made it to retirement so what do I have to look forward to, pain the rest of my life with no relief makes me wonder if the government is going in to the heroin trade because everyone is going to street drugs now the think the overdose deaths were bad before just wait....
Name: 
danny
Email: 
browning62retire@hotmail.com
How can we March against the politicians taking away our pain medications when we are in so much pain? Someone needs to start a all states class action lawsuit against the DEA and politicians and even the pharmacies and doctors who are take away much-needed and legitimate pain medication. They are causing both suicide due to pain and people taking whatever they can find on the streets to stop their pain. Chronic pain is real. Why are we being punished because of those who are acting illegally and are not in legitimate need. They are the ones who should be punished including doctors who give pain meds without supervision or without proof of pain period every pain I have can be documented and proven with simple X-rays and Cat Scan.0s
Name: 
Aurora Mathews
Email: 
auroraoriginals@msn.com
I was just thinking how do we turn this around---you can't stop everyone from taking a drug wrong. Alcohol is legal yet many od and die from it, drive while on it and kill others, etc. Nicotine kills those who take it over time and it is a slow horrible death, and one where it's always too late when they see something on the scan. But now since Prince died, and now the idiotic ending to Roseanne having her die from 'stashing opiods,' is beyond insulting. Hollywood is playing their part, and the constant yammering of this is doing no one any good. The articles here say the rates of prescribing are down--like THAT is the only focus---and who in that group is now suffering where they weren't before and were taking their meds responsibly, and nothing more? There needs to be oversight of those doing the OVERSIGHT! Politics needs to get OUT of medicine. They need to speak TO WHAT IS REALLY KILLING THOSE THAT DIE---IN HEROIN, STREET DRUGS, AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIORS----------VS THE MILLIONS WHO TAKE ALL SORTS OF MEDICATIONS--OPIOIDS AS WELL---RESPONSIBLY. IT IS TOO MUCH TO SIT IN PAIN AND I HAVE YET TO SEE ANYONE, ANYONE SPEAK FROM A POSITION OF PAIN, PUBLICLY SHARING A FORUM WITH THOSE HOLDING LIT TORCHES ABOUT IT ALL. CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO HAPPEN--------YOU DON'T PUNISH GOOD DOCTORS AND GOOD PEOPLE IN PAIN. NOTHING WRONG WITH TAKING A DEEPER INTEREST AND KEEPING THOSE ON THEM SEEING A DR EVERY 6 MONTHS FOR A CHECK IN---------BUT NOT TAKING THEIR MEDS AWAY THAT ALLOW THEM TO LIVE, PERIOD. PEOPLE DIE AND KILL OTHERS FROM ALCOHOL BUT THEY WILL NEVER BE TAKING THAT OFF THE SHELVES...AND THAT RUINS LIVES AND IS A HARD ONE TO COME BACK FROM ONCE STARTED BUT FOR THOSE WHOSE ONLY WAY TO LIVE AS A NORMAL HUMAN---THEY --- WE --- NEED TO BE HELPED HERE!
Name: 
Suzi
Email: 
golson4007@dslextreme.com
I completely agree!! I was on opioids for my Neuropathy since 2005 & even had my Dr reduce my dosages yet when he moved out of State, the new Dr instantly labeled me a drug addict and abruptly took me off of my medications without ever even seeing me. Now that label is in my permanent records to follow me everywhere. I’m in horrific pain 24/7 and my quality of life has diminished horribly as well as robbed me of my sleep. It’s not only effected me but also my family members greatly. CDC actually agrees they’ve already pulled the trigger and it will be extremely difficult to ever reverse the damages. CDC also has put out an article stating, they made a grave mistake by, counting street drug overdoses in with chronic pain patients and the percentage of actual patients deaths are 53% LESS than they first thought!! WHY ARENT THEY REDOING THE GUIDELINES AND SPEAKING OUT MORE TO ALL OF THE PHYSICIANS THAT ARE SCARED TO DEATH OF LOSING THEIR JOBS IF THEY HELP THEIR CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS? They’ve made a huge mess of things and TRUMP has gone crazy with all of this! I’d love to have him suffer with my pain for just one month and then tell me what he thinks about pain medications!!
Name: 
Cynthia Sieving
Email: 
sydni915@gmail.com
Sounds like you are suffering greatly. I too am in the same place. I only hold on day by day, and I have to admit that I have googled how to kill my self and get the job done. I really think I would do it if I had to, but I try to fight this urge daily. When I decide I cannot take it another minute, I’ll go ahead and pull the trigger. I just wanted to make sure that when I do that I cannot be saved and end up worse off. I do believe in god and I pray that he will forgive me. I have a loving family, but they are busy with their own lives. I never want to be a burden on them and I will explain why I did what I did so they never blame themselves. I just wish there was a better option for people like us. I feel that our government is trying to rid themselves of people who suffer and don’t contribute to society as they feel we should. And the loneliness of being in pain is just unbearable. You know what I mean. You could have people at your house and you just still feel alone. When all you have is hurt and pain, what kind of life is that. Empty and depressed. Tired of feeling sorry for your self and the loss of who you should be. Mourning the death of the life you had. I really try to be positive but it just isn’t easy to do. I hope I didn’t make you feel worse about what you are going through, I find it helps to know that you are not alone in your feelings. People do understand. I understand what you mean with everything you said. Many prayers for you
Name: 
Shari cuviello
Email: 
Shari.cuviello@yahoo.com
God bless you! Something has to be done! I hopefully will not always be in pain but what I am having to deal with this time around with all these laws in place is beyond ridiculous! I have spina bifida occoulta and TCS. I had a re-tethering of my spinal cord back in 2002 and was kept comfortable, well enough so I could function at least half the day and had no problem getting medication. When I woke up from surgery and the nerve pain was gone I asked to be weened off my medications, they hooked me up with an addictionologist whom set up a ween down plan and I successfully got off the OxyContin and immediately release morphine. I just had an insane spinal surgery, my spine is still fusing and I can’t even start physical therapy for 2 more months. I’ve been on a low dose of Oxycodone for at least 3 months. Now my doctors can’t prescribe me any more so I’ll be out in a few days and can’t see a pain specialist until Thursday. I hate having to do this and it’s also not easy but I’m going to have to find someone who knows someone with pills for sale. Not so that I hopefully don’t go through withdrawals but so that I can handle the pain and get out of bed and not be in tears. This is insane what’s going on. It needs to stop. I thought about killing myself three times while I was waiting to have surgery because my condition was worsening every week. You can’t prescribe someone a prescription for an entire month of a dose that mid month isn’t effective any longer and then the patient is stuck 2 weeks without getting the Adequate relief for their debilitating pain. They went from no laws to insane, unreasonable and unrealistic laws. Seriously government WTF?! It wouldn’t surprise me if how ypuvferl is true about them wanting chronic pain patients to kill themselves, it’s sickening.
Name: 
Laurie
Email: 
Lauriewaddell@yahoo.com
I agree. I have Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Hashimotos. I also have degenerative disc disease, Avascular Necrosis in both shoulders, both knees, both hips and both elbows. I also developed a rare blood disease from taking Humira and Remicade. Anyway, I also have many other issues as well but these are the main ones. I’ve been seeing pain management now for around 10 years. I was finally getting my life back. I got out of my electric wheelchair, I even became active in my community. Since, the July 1st law and being forced off half of my medications and each month they take me off more and more of my meds, I’m losing my life once again. I was healthy until I turned 18 and was then diagnosed with Crohn’s. I wish I never knew what pain relief can do. I feel as if I’m useless yet again because all I do is lay in bed. I’ve had to give up more of my life just after finally getting some of it back. I wish I never knew what life could’ve been like because I was just finally coming to terms with my illnesses. Thank you government for telling me to take a Tylenol for my pain and that I need to feel pain. Thank you for taking everything away from me. I was finally going to be an active member of society by thinking of going back to work. But how can I go back to work when I can’t even get out of bed or even take a shower. I am trying medical marijuana now since I can’t be on medications so why should I go to all of my doctor appointments now when they can’t help me? I don’t qualify for surgeries for AVN because my disease is still progressing. Avascular Necrosis is where the bones (usually in the joints) lose their blood supply and die. Eventually causing the bones to collapse. Do you know how painful this is? I can’t sit up, I can’t lay down, I can’t sleep, I can’t get rid of this pain. It’s driving me completely crazy, the non stop pain. I want someone to tie my arms and legs up to the back of a pickup truck and take off and rip my arms and legs off. I don’t know how much longer I can handle this pain. I’m trying to be strong, trying to fight but for what? I just want some kind of pain relief. If the doctors can’t fix me, what are we supposed to do. A part of me wishes I had cancer because at least it’s an end to all of this pain. I feel like I’m stuck in a coffin buried deep underground screaming and no one can hear me. I just want out of this defective body. I’m 39 years old and I hope and pray that I don’t make it to 40.
Name: 
Tiffany Jakubiak
Email: 
tjakubiak79@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 completely agree with you. I have cancer and as a result had a complete hysterectomy. I have not been able to sleep since I had the hysterectomy. I have been on sleeping pills and the lowest dose of pain killers possible. This has been the regime for me for three years. I was told today by a nurse practitioner that I need to decide what is more important to me sleep or being out of pain, like that's really a choice. They want to make your life so unlivable that you feel like you have no hope whatsoever. Suicide seems like the only option to end the misery.
Name: 
Angel
Email: 
a.g.90@hotmail.com
I can get behind that. I have cirrhosis and a swollen spleen as well as chronic pancreatitis and have been told that it's to bad that I'm in pain but cuz Gov Rick Scott decided that opioids are a problem that I can no longer get pain melds. So I just want to know what am I to do? Well it seems there's nothing I can do. I've been told by my doc not to take NSAIDs or acetaminophen and the hospitals say I can't have the narcotics because to many people die from overdose. It seems to me the medical douche is gov Rick Scott who claims opioid deaths are to high but yet I can watch commercials on tv for alcoholic beverages everyday. Now when compared more people die from alcohol related deaths two fold or more to opioids. But that's cool lets not put beer and liquor companies out of business for selling the number one killer of Americans but let's take away the pain melds needed by the rest of us cuz ya know it'll get you votes. Fun&&&! Everyone who takes pain meds and otherwise impose a three day limit on prescriptions cuz God knows all surgeries can recover just that fast. Thanks for listening, F.;,Ed in Florida.
Name: 
Anthony Eastman
Email: 
anthonyoeastman@gmail.com
I have a problem with sleeping and also take medications for pain management due to fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. I had a doctor give me Tizanidine which is a muscle relaxer for pain, it doesn't really help with the pain but it does knock me out and help me sleep really good so I just let the doctors think that it helps the pain a little bit and they keep giving it to me since it is for pain as well so it is ok to take it with the opiates that I take. Maybe this could be something that you could talk to your dr. About so you could still het some pain relief and get sleep as well, because not sleeping does not help with pain management. It is so sick what these laws are doing to those of us who really need these medications.
Name: 
Alexis
Email: 
amiraelfeki@gmail.com
What needs to be done to get the government to look at us to see we are suffering? Would names and addresses with phone number help to send in for the government to look at . I would do what I need to if my body will let me. I can barley get out of bed unless I have pain meds and also have shots iny back. With out these I can barley function if at all.
Name: 
Rose chapman
Email: 
Crose8539@gmail.com
I am very interested in a class action! Are there any petitions or groups that you are aware of? I’m in Florida. I want to include the pharmacies as well.
Name: 
Jamie Fish
Email: 
jamiekdallas@yahoo.com
I’m in Delaware but driving back & forth to Wv weekly to help care for my 88 year old mother, who has chronic pain due to fractured back, diabetic neuropathy, & pulled muscles in neck. She was taking Tylenol 3 prescription but her doctor suddenly took it away & wont give her anything for pain. She is talking if suicide & has given up on living. It’s unbelievable the difference when she had the prescription & now. She is dying a slow painful death...I’m willing to do anything to help her and others like her. Count me in!! This is a crime against people with pain,
Name: 
Deborah Crowe
Email: 
dacrowe@comcast.net
I'm in! I'm here in FL too, which I only "thought" was one of the worst states treating us that are legitimately in pain like this. Hx: **accident 18 years ago resulting in incomplete SCI, and MVA in May 2018..numerous spinal issues from cervical to lumbar, hands and legs, 3 back surgeries and laminectomy later** as well as severe generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder yada yada...and so on. I think these "powers that be" are just trying to kill us off, less SSDI, SS, etc to pay out and of course less Medicare etc. I know, I for one, don't ask for much, just to live a half assed comfortable life. I have never asked to be totally pain free, and can handle, like most of ,us A LOT of pain and have come to live with it, and learned many years ago that I will always have pain, but this is getting to be out of control when they start TAKING our meds from us, yet this isn't going to go away!! Yeah, I'm more than in on a class action....someone just hit me up with the info if it's already started!
Name: 
Diana
Email: 
fae592004@yahoo.com
Please let me know if you learn of a class action suit. I am a chronic pain sufferer in Georgia.
Name: 
Vivian P
Email: 
MzVivian3@gmail.com
I am a practicing dental surgeon who also lives in chronic pain ( broken back and 3 shoulder surgeries) I cannot take anything close to affording me any real relief while seeing patients.. my real and most painful issue is with the growing number of patients who I see that have real legitimate debilitating chronic pain who have begun suffering to the point of all above captioned posts. The hoops we must now jump through and government over reach has completely changed my practice modalities.. I can no longer safely offer comfort patients deserve.. why must I change everything I do after 23 years of SAFE EFFECTIVE treatment.. so everyone here knows. We as doctors hurt for our patients too. There are more of us who want to help but are giving up or in to the ridiculous political agendas of elected officials who use the opioid crisis as a stumping platform.. there are those who do abuse medication.. most abuse about anything they can get their hands on though.. we go to school for 20+ years only to now be told by insurance companies and politicians how to practice.. God Bless all those who suffer daily and have lost their ability to just have some sort of normalcy.. my advice. Push back and hard. Call your representatives and voice your concerns in the most eloquent words you can muster no matter how mad you may be. Trust me. There are more of us docs mad now as well.
Name: 
Dr J
Email: 
Lb@stringfellow.co
Oh doctor, I feel so bad for your pain. Im sure there are many more doctors out there that feel as you do. You suffer all day long while you treat patients and can’t take meds. Im sorry there is no relief until you get home. And having to watch your own patients suffer from these stupid laws!!!
Name: 
Teresa
Email: 
tturrin2@hotmail.com
I'm in Florida as well. I'm with you on filing or petition action.
Name: 
Bonnie
Email: 
bstanley811@gmail.com
If I was ever put in a position where I had no alternative except for buying medication for pain on the street I would definitely kill my self. No way would I put myself through the degradation of doing this. Dealth would be much kinder. If they are not going to allow people access to their medication for quality of life, then they should give people a way to die with dignity. Shooting your self in the head or heart should never have to happen. Give us the option of termination. Because living in severe chronic pain that would bring a strong man to his knees is no way to live.
Name: 
Shari cuviello
Email: 
Shari.cuviello@yahoo.com
Just let me know who to contact for a class action lawsuit against the government and law makers.
Name: 
Lynne Hall
Email: 
Halllynneb@gmail.com
Hi... maybe this will HELP!? This (link @ bottom) comes to me by email quite frequently. ( Top Class Actions). I’m have been part of a couple suits and received (minimal) compensation. At least I was reimbursed for the products. For example, you receive an email that state things like “ Have you flown American Airlines and had to pay baggage fees? Well, a suit has been filed because these fees were unjustly high. If you have flown between August 2013 and June 2018, you could receive up to $200 in compensation. “ - that is a real one I received last week. The dates are an example as I can’t remember them, but are close...anyway: You can (easily) sign up, send a copy of your receipt and just wait. You also need to sign up to get the emails. They tell you all about new, pending and settled class-action suits. This just may help. I’m sure there’s a link or menu to show you how to start your own suit. I am also a (18 yr.) chronic pain patient... I now must pay cash for my meds as well as being tapered down. My Doc is wonderful ~ He promised he would never abandon me and is keeping that promise. I agreed to taper because, if I taper down slowly for about 6-8 mos.… (slowly: 100mg > 70mg)....Then I can slowly go up again...getting the same relief. You get to the point where a certain level does not produce the same amount of relief. Your tolerance level. Since I was honestly taking them for pain relief and not to get high… It doesn’t give me withdrawals. Your pain is prominent more often, but it works. I have done it before. That way he’s not writing Rx’s up to 120-40mg a day. And even higher later ( well, not any more- thanks “new law” ) It’s a win-win. Better than no relief at all!! Feel so badly for some of you. Making you just stop? Cold? That’s abuse. Really. They know how pain killers work. Just ‘cuz you’re not an addict doesn’t mean your body won’t react! C’mon! A judge gave me disability due to my chronic pain issues, but I can’t get enough medication?!? Have to taper and go back up over time. Insurance won’t pay for more than 120 tabs over 75 days? That’s just over 15mg a day when you’re used to 70 - 100mg! It’s ridiculous. At least Methadone is cheap. About $75 (right now) - I used to take 120 OxyContin a month. They were over $750 per month! (thanks insurance... back then, anyway) /////////:::::::////////// I digress....I hope this link works. If not, just look up “Top Class Actions” Good luck and God Bless! https://topclassactions.com/category/lawsuit-settlements/open-lawsuit-settlements/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10-30-18_Newsletter&utm_content=10-30-18_Newsletter+Version+A+CID_129e68129c9c4a6a60f450bc081bfe2b&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=VIEW%20ALL%20OPEN%20SETTLEMENTS
Name: 
Dee
Email: 
dstefani1@hotmail.com
Who in Federal Gov is passing these laws/
Name: 
Sharon Meadows
Email: 
wkm1945@sbcglobal.net
I absolutely agree. Money runs this country and until Dr.’s and medical boards have to themselves suffer financially— things are going to get really bad. While I’m supportive of medical marijuana- with a F/T job and 2 small children- it has a very limited window of use for my pain control. And while this makes it sound like I have a normal life— those who truly know me understand that I have a vague resemblance of a normal life. This “barely normal life” cannot be continued without the support of the pain medicine I am Rx. I hope they’ve solved all our social security problems, b/c in conjunction with the death rate— the need for disability is going to increase. I’m barely surviving now and know it’s just a matter of time before my body gives out. And this is BEFORE this “uncompassionate care act” aka the opioid epidemic started attacking those who live in chronic pain.
Name: 
Mel T
Email: 
lissahahn1@gmail.com
These changes implemented due to overdose dealts from opiates (there including street drugs such as heroine in there too) have caused me to loose the only peace I had in my life... control of my pain. On going chemo and the uncertainty of my disease progression gave me horrible anxiety. Now, with all the changes in my meds and the now unrelieved pain I suffer because of this issue I can’t get out of the house, have very little to no quality of life AND IM SCARED TO DEALTH ALL THE TIME. Politicians in this country need to stay the HELL away from these issues. Heck, they can’t even handle what their supposed to be doing. I’m OUTRAGED and FED UP. I’m ready to participate in a march or any organization working on fighting for our rights.
Name: 
Lisa
Email: 
Nassar.lisa@yahoo.com
This statement could not be anymore true and a big problem with the ones in need. To add to it their doctor being the only one they have to go to. Until the p doctor thinks the poor patient in need is going to get them in trouble!!!!! I'm a unique case and I'm sure there are many to say the least. My doctor told me he will not prescribe anymore than what I'm on!!!!! Which I never asked or wanted him to bump my prescription up!!!! I was 4 days early 1 time in 7 months and never a single day early the whole other time!!!!! But in the time I've needed help with my stupid pain I have come to realize the tolerance to the opioids has grown. It is all and everything I can do to make through the 28 day supply of the only thing that gives me some quality to life!! I don't take them to get high!!! I take them to help ease the constant thorn in my side and that's almost literally! I'm worried what time will bring as my tolerance grows and my doctor worry's about the government taking his license. But scratch that he will not worry!!! He will just cut me off and dump me to the side as if I'm the problem peice of garbage that will get him in trouble with the feds. I had to be the stupid things for 4 years now and I've had 2 maybe 3 early fills! I'm 36 and the father to three of the best kids around. I still work full time and I'm involved in the community in as many ways I can. Im a baseball coach every summer I do all I can to support our valley. I'm not an addict! I'm a man with some cruddy health problems. With the problems I've had I know my quality of life and health has been shortened by many years! I want to be the best husband and father I can possibly be each and every day! Now I'm seeing that being shortened by people without a clue of what I go through each and every day! If there was another option for me other than opioids that would actually help and ease my pain, hey man let me know cuz I've tried everything in their book and then some!!
Name: 
Robby
Email: 
robbymtt18@gmail.com
Dear Robby, I am a science writer and am very interested in hearing your side of the story about opioid legislation. If you're willing to tell me your story please contact me at pporotsky@gmail.com All the best, Polina
Name: 
Polina
Email: 
pporotsky@gmail.com

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