Over the past few years I’ve become very knowledgeable when it comes to different types of pain medications. There is no cure for my constant pain, but I know what works for me and what doesn’t, and I make sure I find out as much as I can about what I’ll be taking beforehand.
Now the DEA wants to reschedule hydrocodone products, making it difficult or impossible for me to get the one pill that grants me relief.
No way, no how, is that fair. I assume the people deciding don’t suffer from incurable, excruciating pain that makes death sound inviting.
Their claim is that hydrocodone drugs such as Norco have a high potential for abuse. But so does alcohol and it’s still legal. People get drunk, cause accidents and get people killed, which sounds like abuse to me.
Instead of making hydrocodone more difficult to obtain, why not monitor it’s consumption and the doctors who write the prescriptions?
It’s not always the patient abusing the drug. So many reports point the finger at addicts abusing it, but no one ever looks closely and asks how he/she got 3 of the same prescriptions filled at different pharmacies.
I understand that it only takes one rotten apple to spoil the bunch, but in this case the individual who abuses the medication should be dealt with on a one-on-one basis. I don’t think it’s fair that those of us who only take hydrocodone painkillers for breakthrough pain have to suffer for what others do.
I’m met with obstacles everyday living with the conditions I have. Now I feel like I have to ration my pain pills if getting my prescription filled becomes more difficult once the scheduling change goes into effect.
Arlene Grau lives in Lakewood, California. She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, migraine, vasculitis, and Sjogren’s disease.
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