First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain


I live in Las Cruces, NM… The DEA in this region has been particularly nasty in their behavior towards pain management doctors and clinics… About my former doctor, the DEA decided to go after him because he was apparently the #1 prescriber of pain medication in the state of NM. Someone has to be #1. In early 2011 there was suddenly a sign up in the waiting room, that wrote: Please ask the receptionist before you use the bathroom if a urine sample is required of you today. Refusal to provide a sample if requested will result in your appointment cancelled and rescheduled, and you may not see the doctor… Also, they did not just check for the specific medications I was on. They ran a screen for 17 various illegal schedule 1 drugs, every schedule 2 narcotic medication and some schedule 3 medications. The lab bills all were always over $1,000USD and my insurance was not paying out for these tests because they were not medically necessary. I have ended up with several thousand dollars of unpaid laboratory services billed to me and eventually have been turned over to collection agencies for inability to pay.

Steven C. from Davenport, IA:  This is my life of chronic pain and I’m tired of being treated like I’m less than human because I need narcotics for pain.

Rockwood, MI:  I am 100% Disabled Vietnam Veteran and have been since 1993. In 1972 medically dis-charged with a 30% disability from U.S. Air Force. My prescription in September 2014 was the real pain reliever Hydrocodone 10/325. Now in October and November the “imitation pain reliever” is what had to pick up after my appt. with my Doctor at the Pharmacy. After getting back home I had taken 1 tablet and I knew it wasn’t a pain reliever after all.

Winchester, VA:  I am almost three years out from being treating for stage IIIa triple negative breast cancer. I received very good treatment at the Massey Center in Richmond, Virginia. Now, no doctor will treat me. While I am very grateful for the dense dose chemotherapy and the double mastectomy, the removal of my ovaries and other surgery at VCU Massey that saved my life, this treatment does take a toll. The body is weakened, I have had blood clots, a strangulated hernia, etc. I am slim, do not drink or smoke. I have insurance, and I am in pain. I am scared, symptoms are returning. Yet no doctor will treat me. Doctor David Flack, of Selma Medical Center, dropped me without telling me why…

Bellingham, WA:  When my TMJ flairs up I crack and break my teeth from my jaw clenching from the blinding skull crushing pain, it is unlike any pain i have ever felt like a white hot iron on my face burning through my upper jaw, it is not uncommon for me to pass out from the pain of my TMJ.

Raychelle c. from Brewton, AL: I am a victim. I stay home every day in pain without treatment. My Dr. told me her licence to practice medicine was more important to her and refereed me to a pain clinic. She stated the DEA was watching closely to Drs. who prescribe opiates and was not going to take the chance. I stay at home in pain. I refuse to go to a pain clinic and be humiliated anymore. I give up.

Nick J. from Milton, FL: First marijuana isn’t an option for alternative pain relief because it’s illegal to possess it in Florida. Now the VA is telling me they will not treat my service connected chronic shoulder pain unless I elect to have surgery to try to ‘fix’ a possible labrum tear…HOW IS THIS ETHICAL?!

Cody H. from Crowley, TX:  I’m a veteran who has a disability for liver disease and chronic back pain. The pain is bad and with out pain meds I self medicate with alcohol that will kill me also the last time I went a week without pain medication I almost killed myself due to the severity of the pain. Please let me live what days I have left with some dignity…

Pahrump, NV: I am 28 yrs old and have been a CPP for almost 5 years. I had the same doctor for 6 years until he decided to move to another state, my most recent dr I was with for 3 yrs. I have Fibromyalgia, Syatica, Scoliosis, and Bursitis. Today after calling me to reschedule an appt I got a second call by the Office Manager stating that I was being discharged from their practice. I was side-swiped; I don’t abuse meds, I use 1 doc, 1 pharmacy. I (of course) asked her why; it stated I was not open to other medication options. Funny thing is he never once discussed with me on switching medication…

Dianna H. from Chilhowie, VA: The same doctor that told me my mother needed to be taken off life support because she was DYING said they could not give her too much pain medication because she could get ADDICTED. This happened at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia

Daytona Beach, FL:  After 30 years of seeking medical treatment for my chronic pain i don’t have the mental or emotional capacity to jump thru hoops again to receive inadequate pain medication and labeled a drug seeker from those who judge me because i have pain. I fear for all of us because we don’t have the pocketbook to give us a voice. Hey, anybody from Anonymous out there? Be interesting to know how many DEA and elected officials get their pain meds without any problem…But we already .know if you have the means then pain is legitimate

Larry p. from Temple, PA: I am 60 years old and have my own business in remodeling. I also have chronic back pain and arthritis which I take vicodin to allow me to work! Without it I will have to go on disability, which I don’t want to do!

William L. from Chicago, IL: When I took my partner with Sickle Cell to the ER at 2am with a pain crisis they would say the protocal is to give Tylenol and wait four hours.

John G. from Mcallen, TX: **** THE D.E.A. may you writhe in pain ****ers!!!

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