Well said. I've been foaming at the mouth since the verdict came down...& can't for the life of me figure out how such a major corp managed to lose such an obviously asinine trial. This whole situation is driving me crazy, one reason being that tho addicts can, as you said, blame their problems wholly on others (& get sympathy & compassion & treatment & legal help), chronic pain patients such as myself are being seen as one of the causes of the "epidemic." And we are told that our pain (if it exists at all) is our problem & responsibility, we can't get that lovely list of things the addicts get (sympathy etc); basically we're told to do society a big favor & drop dead.
Government agencies such as the DOJ and DEA are just trying to cover their tracks by blaming everyone but themselves by going after easy targets such as physicians and pharmaceutical companies. Why? Because it a whole lot easier than going a after drug cartels. Pain patients suffering and dying are are the easiest to go after. Many of us are too sick or too weak or too old to fight. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. DEA has been a joke from the start. Not an opioid crisis but fentanyal crisis.
Damn straight! I have been thinking this EXACT SAME THING MYSELF! And why did this happen? Were some DEA agents paid not to interfere with online drug sales for over thirty years without a prescription delivered from warehouses INSIDE the US? This happened in Serpico in the 1970s, so why not in the past thirty years? This started under Bush! We need this investigated with a Congressional investigation! Do you think that THAT will ever happen? I doubt it. This is big time CORRUPTION!
Even though I said no, I wouldn't sign a contract with these conditions, in reality I'm almost to a point where I would sell my soul for effective pain relief! I also said I wouldn't report anyone because I fear that the person I report will find out and make false notes in my record (saying I failed a UA/saying I misuse) that would forever label me an addict (or some other blacklisted status that means I lose access to opioids for life. I was given perfect pain relief for 15 years until my doctor died. The only option I was given was a forced rapid taper to zero. I've been bedridden for 2 years now and have given up on ever feeling better.
This is supposed to be a poll, right? (That was my understanding). Why at the end do they instruct the participant to choose between op-ed, legislation, comment, etc??? And also asking for a photo?? (I've never seen a poll that encouraged the respondents to include a .jpg file!) Also, many grammatical errors and highly confusing questions. (Vaguely written or purposely misleading?) I'm not trying to be a jerk, I truly care about Providers and patients that are being wrongfully persecuted, but if you want more participants to be honest on this poll, it should be designed more clearly and concisely. Thank you!
I have been a chronic pain patient since 2008. I was able to work the majority of time until 3 years when I was abruptly taken off my pain medication. I was given a partial month's refill and told to taper, after 8 years of taking then. I was able to work 25-30 hours a week. After being taken off them, I had to reduce my hours to one a week. The pain has been unbearable, panic & anxiety, and depression. I spend most of my days in bed and have had to file for disability. I was taking hydrocodone. But, because of the current guidelines no doctor will prescribe anything no matter how much pain your in. They didn't care that I had to file for disability. I'm depressed and feel hopeless. This is my life now. Laying around in pain. I still had pain before, but at least I had the security, independence, & satisfaction of being able to support myself and my two children, who are now adults. You have to realize we have tried all the other possible treatments already. If pain medication, taken responsibly helps us function by lessening the pain, then what is the problem? Our quality of life is so low, some of us may be in pain the rest of our lives. I don't want to look back and know I was in too much pain to live it.
There is absolutely NO EVIDENCE that opioids don’t work well for long term use. Look at the over 10 million chronic pain patients that utilized these medications safely and effectively for the last 10, 20, and some even 30 years. Due to the illicit fentanyl making its way into the illicit heroin trade, and some dealers pressing it into pills and selling it under a different meme, we didn’t have an “opioid crisis”. Not one that mattered to our government or main stream media. The only “opioid crisis” I see is to the millions of faithful patients that followed their doctors orders and used these medications as they were told to that have been tapered back on dosages that don’t help, or have lost access to these medications altogether. And the doctors that have only tried to ease the suffering of the patients they took on in good faith.
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