As of Christmas Eve morning, The CDC has received over 600 comments in 10 days to its controversial draft CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. That number is expected to grow before the January 13th deadline for submitting comments.
If you are going to write a comment (and it’s good to get involved), how do you make your comment really matters? Dr. Terri Lewis, who is an expert in public health policy, wrote this for the National Pain Report suggesting the ways to make your comment effective. If you are going to comment, we recommend your read Dr. Lewis’ thoughts first.
Michael Fogarty lives in Wildwood, Florida, is a chronic pain patient who works as a Network Systems Administrator. He shared with the National Pain Report his comment to the CDC which was short, sweet and to the point.
“I am 63 years old, a married father of two. I live in Central Florida and manage the computer network for an Engineering company. I suffer from chronic lower back pain, and after unsuccessfully trying all the usual non-pharmaceutical treatments and epidural injections, I was put on high dose Opioid therapy. This was very successful and I was able to return to work and resume my career. I was able again to be a father to my children and a husband to my wife.
After about eight years of very good life my Opiate medications were reduced to be more in line with current “guidelines”. While I am still able to work my quality of life is severely reduced. I spend a portion of each day as a cripple. Two of my neighbors committed suicide because current guidelines did not permit them adequate pain relief. Every day I pass by their house and wonder when it will be my turn.
Specific dosage recommendations in your Proposed Guidelines will result in many more cases like my own and my neighbors. Dosage guidelines will be held as Gospel by Physicians and Pharmacists, who will fear Regulatory persecution if they deviate from them. Thank you for allowing comments by those affected by chronic pain.”
As always, if you submit a comment, send us a copy of your comments and we’ll consider republishing it between now and the January 13th deadline. Contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org