By Ed Coghlan
When the Centers for Disease Control announced the new guideline for opioid prescribing, many pain patients complained. Mostly, they wondered why doesn’t the CDC (and the rest of the federal government) listening to the issues facing chronic pain patients.
The National Pain Report asked the US Pain Foundation for a comment on the guideline. Rather than a comment from their leaders, they pointed us to the organization’s Facebook page, where pain patients were reacting, mostly negatively to the new guideline.
The Foundation posted on their Facebook page the following: “I hope everyone is proud of themselves for how they stood up to the CDC. Sadly in the end we were not listened to and they already made up their minds. Don’t give up because we are not. We will do what it takes to have patient voice heard. Give us your thoughts:”
Here is what some of them said:
Christine Grable Lewis: “I’m so tired of people who don’t have a clue about how we feel telling us that we don’t need pain medicine or it’s all in your head. If that was the case then there would no need for them to even make these types of pain medications.”
Nicole Delancey-Border: “The CDC says over-the-counter pain meds should be used first. I don’t know a single person that has pain that didn’t start there. Most people take fist full of OTC for years before they seek help. OTC pain meds are just as dangerous if not more so than other types of pain meds. I have a 19 yr. old with pain and no one will help her. She is going to die with all the OTC meds she takes. To be honest I don’t think it will come to that. She tells me once a week at least she will take her own life. And to think the gov. is worried about people in pain taking heroin. I don’t see the connection people who have pain if given what they need to control their pain will not seek street drugs.”
Roberta Henry: “I’m very disappointed in the CDC. The government has NO business telling doctors what they can and cannot prescribe for their patients. And, heroin should not be categorized in the 40+ deaths they claim take place daily from painkiller overdose. I say this in all seriousness…without painkillers it would absolutely be difficult for me to walk, to do the chores, and even to shower! I’ve been sending twitter messages to everyone I can think of regarding this issue, and have sent letters to my congressional representatives. I will continue to do that, but I’m not sure it will help.”
Alana Alexander: “It is time for a class action law suit against CDC and DEA. They are destroying our civil rights as Americans to access available medical treatment so we may live a life of freedom and be functional in society. This is a Medical Discrimination that passes cruel and inhuman punishment until you sue them they will not listen!”
Staci Lynn Dangerfield: “So frustrating.”
Here’s a link to the US Pain Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/U.S.PainFoundation/?fref=nf
Here’s the National Pain Report story on the CDC guideline, check the comment section. (Click here)
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