The DEA- my personal opinion

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First, I want to say that I speak only for myself in regards to this post. Pharmer.org, nor any of it's members, have anything to do with this post. This is strictly my opinion, formed from 2 years of jumping through hoops in order to receive adequate medical care for my back issues, which are all well documented with MRI's, bone density studies, and X-Rays.

We all know there is a supposed opioid epidimic in this country. However; has anyone ever stopped and really looked further into why we are in this state of Dr. paranoia in regards to pain medication, or any controlled substances for that matter? Well, I did, and maybe I was naive before, but I had no idea who the DEA was staffed by. I assumed it was doctors, and I assumed wrong.

The current acting administrator of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg, served as the chief of staff and senior counselor to the FBI. Prior to that, he was a partner of a law firm in DC, as well as a former federal prosecutor, Prior to Rosenberg, the Administrator of the DEA was Michele Leonhart- a career law enforcement officer, and former Administrator of the DEA. Like Rosenberg, Leonhart was also a graduate from law school. Prior to Leonhart, Karen Tandy was the head of the DEA. Prior to becoming a DEA agent, Tandy was the Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. 

This is where I stopped researching the history of it's directors, after finding they were all associated with law firms, or prosecution. Normally, this would not be an issue for me, as I generally do not care. However, these are the individuals who are pressuring our doctors, and making access to adequate pain coverage nearly impossible. Doctors are in fear of an organization who has no medical training, no pharmaceutical training, and an apparent inability to seperate legitimate prescribing practices from outlandish practices. No doctor, except for those involved in illegal activities, should be foreced to live in fear of prosecution from an organization that is more geared towards crime prevention and prosecution than they are public health welfare. 

I'm not one for conspiracy theories; I think they are all absurd. After researching the DEA, though, I can't help but feel like there is more to their agenda aimed at doctors than they are letting on. By limiting the amount, and type of medication that doctors can dispense, the DEA has essentially created a black market. By creating a black market, you increase criminal activity. Increased criminal activity leads to increased use of DEA resources. So, in my opinion, it's almost as though they created this problem in order to appear to solve the problem, and make headlines while doing so. Afterall, who is it that tracks illegal black markets? Ultimately, the DEA has to get involved. 

One thing I should have mentioned earlier; I know the FDA and CDC is not the DEA. I know that the CDC is responsible for releasing "guidelines" that practitioners can choose to follow or disregard. I know the CDC is also the main government organization responsible for the media hype surrounding the "opioid epidimic". However, the CDC has not even remotely mentioned the increased suicide rate since the opioid restrictions/threats were imposed. Nor have they acknowledged the huge influx of the illegal opiate that is claiming countless lives. Also, in their study where the CDC declared an opioid epidimic because of the number of overdose deaths, they did not differentiate prescription opiates versus the street drug. The study really read like a propaganda piece. 

I had to make this post to get this off of my chest. At one point, I was in a great pain management group who knew I had a prescription from a psychiatrist for klonopin. For 9 years, this office did not care about my klonopin. Once the DEA started making raids here in Indiana, I was kicked out of their practice, and forced to find a new pain management doctor, which has been horrible in and of itself. I was one of the lucky few who got superb relief from Suboxone for pain. Now, when I go into a pain doctor, the first thing they say is "we don't rx suboxone just so you are aware." So, now I'm on the lowest dose of pain medication that I have ever been on, and it's literally driving me insane. I can not get a good night's sleep, or even have 2 hours of pure pain relief from 7.5mg of hydrocodone and 325mg of acetaminophen.

I guess the main point to my post is, I'm tired of the government intimidating doctors. There are surely enough real criminals out there (not saying some doctors are not criminals as well) that need caught moreso than the doctor who writes for opiate pain medications. DEA- focus on your job, and let our doctors focus on theirs.

BTW, I know this post may open me up to scrutiny, but I have nothing to hide even if LE reads this. Matter of fact, if any LE does read this, please pass it on to your boss, and ask that he or she passes it along to their boss. We should not live in a country where healthcare is mandated by a government agency. 

Thanks for reading, to those of you who actually took the time to read this entire post.. I'm sure I left some stuff out I meant to say, but my notes became illegible around 230am, so I just winged it.

Regards,

Gtrplayer.

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  Was with the same pharmacy for 12 years easy.  when my pain dr dropped me after 13 years because of maryjane that pharmacy referred me to my current dr and after a year of them filling her scripts they refused at christmas time leaving me hanging for a couple weeks.  my current pharmacy will mark a script filled the day i drop it off and 3 days later they dont have it so i wait 2 hours and get 50  of 150.  every month for 20 years i have to jump thru hoops and worry about getting meds i need.   grrrrrrYell

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What can we do?

Goat, I remember when that whole issue started for you. There has got to be something we, as pain patients, can do to stand up for ourselves. I just read, on the 4th of July, on a website that I can not recall right now (maybe American Pain Network?) where the FDA is accepting comments from the public through August 27th, 2016. Only problem is, they need at least 2700 people to respond and submit their questions, concerns, and problems in order for the "request for general inout" to be heard. I'll edit this and throw the link in once I find it. 

Edited to insert this via mobile phone: A Chance to Make Our Voices Heard

Regarding maryjane, I know that you know I used to be sternly against it''s use for anything medical. Well, while I still do not partake, I have completely reversed my opinion after deciding to educate myself on its potential therapeutic values. Until the DEA reschedules it from a c1 to a c2, proper studies can not be performed, and validated, by a research agency. Even though there have been studies on its therapeutic use, those studies aren't accepted by the medical community soely because the government has not approved it as a C2. Until it has "some medicinal value", as defined by the dea's designation, studies will not get funded or accepted by the mediCal community.

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No more benzos if you want pain meds

My doctor said because of that town hall meeting and dr.Drew(who makes his money off of teenage pregnent girls)says no benzos should be perscibed with pain meds.so after 45 years on Valium I have to choose...He(my doc said) he is tapering me off slowly and gave me my usaul this month.All because of dr.Drew and CNN.....Really??? Anderson Cooper and Drew should shut the ???$* up and my doctor should not be allowed to watch T.V. !!!!!

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drug abuse

Yes there is a reverse "drug abuse" going on in this country! It occurs when some doctors and staff try thier best to find a pain contract violation to justify a person resulting in a dissmissal.i went to battle again today with my doctor who I still look up to.It was just a short time ago when i looked forward to getting out(something rare to me!) And having a nice visit and talk with my main man Dr.N.  now i increasingly find myself defending my self just to get what is to me life in a bottle as I find it difficult just to live without my medication!!! Now  I was cut back(after seven years)on the same dosage.Now my MS Contin stays the saWe shall see even as i love my Doctor it might be time to seek out another as my curent doc says!!!!!me 3 60mg ERs(QID) per day,but my 15mg Oxycodone has been cut to 10mgs QID and my Valium from 10mg QID to 5mg QID is to be totaly cut out all because Dr.Drew said so on that "town hall Meeting" about or at least broght upon by Prince!!!! I am awake as It is horrible to stay awake because of not enough Valium.Then my pain medication seems to not work as well,and Doc wants to cut tht downreal soon.Maybe time to move on!!!!