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I can only say many pain patients here in Florida are using the methadone clinic for PM until they get a regular Dr to help.
yes, I am on Medicaid, I’m on SSI. I have found that all these clinics that have commercials, ads in the paper and stuff, seem to be willing to write the first few scripts, do all these injections that don’t work, and then after about 3 months, say there is nothing else they can do to help. i think some of these clinics do nothing but get some pts. hooked on the pills, and after a few months, just move on to another group of people. This office is always full, they even have chairs in the hallway lined up in order of who is next for their injections. Its just get em in, move em out, get some more. Repeat.
Indiana has become as bad as Tennessee and Kentucky are being described. I was left “high and dry” March 27. My doc’s office was raided in February…. Two hours before my appointment to have my meds refilled I received a call stating my appointment had to be canceled and that I would need to find a new doctor. I live in a city of approximately 70,000 people. I called every single doctor who has a practice here. I was told either they were not taking new patients or when I was asked who my previous doc was I got an immediate NO. Thankfully the nurses from the office were able to get me referred to a PM doc a week later. Going there was an immediate wake up call. All my meds were either taken away or the doses were cut drastically. I was told I needed to see a psychiatrist and get a primary care doc. She also told me to “deal with it” and that once I get through the withdrawal my hair will look better, my skin will look better and I will look better.
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My son died of a heroin overdose. He went to treatment, jail, etc. Even though he and I didn’t win, we did fight. The big problem: He could never really tell those he knew about his problem. The stigma and stereotype kept him back, and the approach wasn’t working. Even worse, those who knew that he had returned to addiction couldn’t tell anyone out of personal fear for more jail time and lost job. When he died, I received his only valuable possession, his journals. He wrote what he felt, who he encountered, how he was treated, and how he desperately wanted to be clean for over a year. These journals are the basis for an independent film project.
Please look at this project! It will profit our cause and change stereotypes and approaches to addicts. Us little people have little voices, so we need to join together to get heard.
Project link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1928235665/written-off-the-short-sad-beautiful-life-of-matt-e
Here is a Huffington Post article on the film project named “Addiction and Death: Who wants to talk about it?” : http://huff.to/1JaUb9y
Here is the FB page on the project: https://www.facebook.com/mattsjournals
Thank you, Jane Funk
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Thanks so much for posting this information, Jane — I will definitely check it out, and post it elsewhere.
I am incredibly sad to hear about the loss of your son, but what a treasure it must have been to find your son’s journals. Many parents will never see what their loved ones go through when they face addiction — it’s an extremely important issue which I support wholeheartedly.
I’m very tired of hearing the views of the doctors and politicians — for the real story, one must hear directly from the patients. It’s the patient’s voices we are missing in this whole debate about drugs — and I know it won’t always be an easy story to hear, but all stories must be told.
Thanks so very much for helping me get the voices of addicts into this conversation. Why talk about people without talking to the people directly involved? Heartfelt thanks for you efforts!
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