By Adam Pfeffer, et al.
Editor’s Note: Adam Pfeffer, his wife Robin, Steve Ariens and Susie Dixon are part of LIVESUPPORTGROUP.COM, which promotes virtual chats for chronic pain patients. We at the National Pain Report asked them to share why they initiated this effort.
Over the last year we have heard so many stories from around the country. Stories that echo the frustration and misery that is sweeping through the chronic pain community.
- Why is my pain management doctor treating me like a recreational drug user?
- Why have I been red flagged for interviewing a few different doctors?
- Why am I suffering needlessly while our pets get more compassion?
- Why are our politicians willing to relegate us to our beds, in agony? Whew, yes, why?
The climate out there is hostile, ignorant and misinformed. Illegal drug use numbers, emergency room visits and overdose deaths are linked with legitimate prescriptions and the media do not vet these numbers or even question the relevancy of said numbers. Don’t think we are the only group misrepresented by our media my friends. Our media has displayed a vast arrogance on many important issues. But, this issue is our issue. This weight we carry affects us, our mothers and fathers, our sisters and brothers, and, our children and friends.
And where are our doctors? Many cower in fear of the DEA and other agencies. Are they not bound by oath to do us no harm and be jealous advocates for patient health and wellbeing? Do we not all have the right to a good quality life? You remember, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness? It seems in 2016, in the United States of America, that the answer is not just no, but hell no!
Hence the frustration felt by so many tax paying, voting, suffering citizens. Beaten up by our leaders, the media, our doctors and sometimes even family and friends. Who will speak for us? Who is our Lorax?
Unfortunately, there may be no Lorax for the chronic pain patients, if we don’t address what is transpiring in our political world. History has shown us with atrocities such as the Salem Witch hunts, Hitler’s overpowering of Europe, the murders by Stalin and the list goes on, when the citizens allowed injustice of any type to go unchecked, the transgressor interpreted it as free reign to continue on. Many atrocities would not have occurred without help from the propaganda machine, which is now the media.
We do have an illegal drug problem where addicts have issues that need to be addressed. The drama of their situation is being used as a weapon against the pain patient. Few average pain patients have enough “drama” to even warrant media attention with a two line story, so the strategy has become to lump the truly ill with the dramatics of the drug addiction problem. For example, which is more dramatic, 257 million opiate prescriptions written providing enough opiates for every adult in America, or the statistic that 6.4% of all prescriptions written are opiates? The recent HBO Special addressing deaths due to medical opiate use, opened with statistics of legal medical opiate prescriptions and the remainder of the program focused on heroin deaths, throwing in a few captions of medical prescriptions along the way.
The DEA, CDC, and other agencies have nearly unlimited access to the media, to achieve their goals. The average citizen would become incensed with the “power grabbing” techniques of these agencies, if it weren’t for the misinformation being peddled by our media. We would never allow these agencies to treat our doctors and pharmacies or ourselves this way, without a large out cry, if we weren’t feed a steady daily stream of misinformation.
At LiveSupportGroup.com, we encourage conversations among chronic pain patients. The media should listen. They might learn something.