Raid on California Physician Office Intensifies Opioid Debate

Raid on California Physician Office Intensifies Opioid Debate

By Ed Coghlan.

The Drug Enforcement Administration continues to pressure physicians it believes are over-prescribing opioid medication.

This week, they chose one well known to some intractable pain patients – Dr. Forest Tennant of West Covina, California.

“Federal authorities executed federal search warrants as part of an ongoing investigation,” U.S. District Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek confirmed in an email to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “No charges have been filed at this time.”

Tennant is a controversial figure – one who speaks and testifies around the country on the benefits of opioid medication – at a time when the DEA and other government agencies are openly cracking down on physicians and pharmacies.

The DEA also looking at a pharmacy in the Los Angeles area that it believes was filling prescriptions for painkillers for multiple doctors.

DEA investigators believe the pharmacy, Dr. Tennant and some other medical practitioners are profiting from the illicit diversion of controlled substance. The warrant sought to seize drugs – like fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone – documents and records related to the distribution of painkillers, as well as financial records of payments sent or received by doctors.

The DEA is also looking into Tennant’s relationship with Insys Therapeutic, which produces a fentanyl-based nasal spray. Tennant received consulting fees, speaking fees and food and travel reimbursements from the company – which are not uncommon.

Insys has its own problems recently when several of its executives – including its founder – were recently indicted for racketeering. They are accused of offering kickbacks to doctors to write large numbers of prescriptions for a fentanyl-based pain medication that’s meant for cancer patients. Most people who received prescriptions did not have cancer.

Tennant has come under scrutiny by state and federal authorities before.

As the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported, “In 1997, he was fined $625,000 after federal investigators could not fully account for methadone supplies at a chain of clinics he owned. Methadone is an opioid commonly used to reduce withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin.”

Tennant has some powerful supporters in the chronic pain community, including Terri Lewis, PhD whose has written extensively on chronic pain in the National Pain Report.

“Every pain organization, media outlet, and stakeholder must act,” she said.

Her full essay on the issue will be published tomorrow (Sunday) on the National Pain Report.

The raid on Tennant’s office occurred Wednesday, while he was in Montana where he testified for a doctor who was on trial for negligent homicide in connection with his opioid prescribing.

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

There are 42 comments for this article
  1. Robert at 3:11 pm

    In due respect, the single most important element to every super power nation, (the ones that have the military were with all to push their country’s agenda) after uranium & petroleum, is opium.
    From a military perspective, you cannot prosecute a war without the “Poppy Plant”. Nothing will demoralize an army faster than the sounds of screaming wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Our country actually delayed the western front, D-Day, the landing at Normandy because of a shortage of Morphine. We had calculated much higher casualties than we had, while Gen. Eisenhower wrote a speech apologizing for the lost attempt to win a beech front in France in case it didn’t work. Why do you think we acted to help the French retain one of it’s pre-war colonial colonies called Vietnam?

    The U.S. military advisory effort in Vietnam had a modest beginning in September 1950, when the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG), Vietnam, was established in Saigon. Its mission was to supervise the issuance and employment of $10 million of military equipment to support French legionnaires in their effort to combat Viet Minh forces. By 1953 the amount of U.S. military aid had jumped to over $350 million and was used to replace the badly worn World War II vintage equipment that France, still suffering economically from the devastation of that war, was still using.

    The answer for Vietnam was not Communism, it was who would retain control over the “Golden Triangle” which was the largest producers of Poppy and that other plant which is really popular today.

    Our government (CIA) has been making a fortune since the end of WWII trying to gain control of these wonderfully profitable plants. CIA ran drugs out of Indochina/Vietnam to fund black op’s. Ever here of Air America? How about Iran-Contra? Fast and Furious? How much do you think they are making directing Heroin to the USA Today?

    The so called “War on Drugs” is the longest on going pile of stinky poo lie to the American people in our short history.

    “So Robert, What you are saying is our own government is indirectly selling drugs in our country”? ……YES!

  2. Leslie Meadows at 5:30 pm

    That is an obam thing,DEA/FDA are from his socialist/communist regime.The crying,blubbering parents of OD’ED addicts caused this travesty along with the crooked left wing gov. who want to be re-elected by their crying/blubbering family of addicts voters. So, thats why all the chronic pain patients are in this mess !

  3. Leslie Meadows at 4:54 pm

    You were correct till the end. No we will not win,we will become a country of ppl who cower at the government heads & police!

  4. Robert at 12:04 pm

    The agenda is clear and make no mistake about it, it is the country’s agenda. To Eliminate As Many People As Possible That Are On SSDI, Or About To Collect Benefits From Our Bankrupt Social Security Administration.

    Our government representatives, the political aristocracy is “Bought & Paid” for by the real people that control our country. The media, both liberal or conservative agree on this singular issue. They too are bought off and instructed to play the same song over and over again until the American populace is inundated until they believe the lie. No matter how much contrary information comes out, they just push the lie with a little more zeal.

    Corporations control Congress. Federal Reserve does not print money, they print instruments of debt. You may believe that real money in your wallet.

    The Federal Reserve is NOT a Federal institution, it is a conglomerate of private bankers that control the American Money Supply. They have a vested interest in keeping the books balanced in their favor.

    All of you should know how much our national debt consumes out of our GDP. We are Bankrupt! How to mitigate the amount of money going out? A general estimate is 100 million suffer from chronic pain. There are more people in this county on disability than the population of Greece!

    Nearly 60 million Americans get benefits from Social Security, and the Social Security Administrations pays out more than $73.5 billion in benefits every month to retirees, disabled workers, and their families. Out of that amount, more than 43 million Social Security recipients get retirement benefits, and with the government making about $55.7 billion in monthly payments, that amounts to an average of $1,295 per month for every person getting Social Security benefits on a retired worker’s work record.
    2/3th’s of the population are Baby Boomers. 1/3rd is expected to pay for 2/3rd’s?
    How do we fix that? How do we lower the amount paid out?

    People are living longer today. When FDR set up Social Security, are retiring individual had a life expectancy that afforded a few years if they were lucky.

    Does anyone ask themselves why we are in Afghanistan still? Is it possibly because 90% of he world’s opium supply comes from there?

    If you wish to save yourself right now from anyone continuous suffering, pick up the phone the next time you listen to one of those drug addiction commercials on Television and declare yourself an addict. You can have all the Methadone you need from one of highly profitable Rehab clinics. If not, you have the option of buying illegal street drugs that are more abundant than now than cigarettes and cheaper too. Real drug addicts don’t by real OxyContin or Vicodin because pure Heroin is now far cheaper and more powerful. I wonder how it’s getting here?

    Or if you are a person of high ideals, integrity and honor bound, the government simply needs to patiently wait until your heart gives out or you have a stroke.

    Either way, they will win. This is he country we grew up in, said the pledge of allegiance to every morning going to school and for some of us, we believed so much in the American Dream, we offered our lives to the military.

    Their is one truth to this, it is a dream. No, not a dream, it’s the American Nightmare.

  5. HAZZY at 11:07 am

    DEAR, BIG BROTHER !!!! AKA THE GOVERNMENT !!!!! LEAVE US CHRONIC-PAIN PATIENTS ALONE, LET US GET OUR MEDS AND BUST THE STREET DEALERS, WE ARE NOT THEM !!!!!!

  6. Terri McFarland at 5:25 am

    I knew it was only a matter of time before they went after Dr. Tennant All who oppose big brother will come under attack. All this over what they are calling guidelines, not law. We must all come together on one site and speak with one voice so they understand it is a SCREAM that we won’t stand for it any longer as constituents that are also registered voters along with all our family and friends!!

  7. Maureen Mollico at 8:19 pm

    Ed, I have to say…this post just may take the NPR ‘cake’ re: the amount of comments, anger and venting on the subject.
    You can see how outraged we all are over the DEA attack on doctors now. It’s been bad enough how we CP folks have had to suffer the past 3 years but to now have our doctors being wrongfully scrutinized and brought down truly does seem to hit our hearts hard! It only adds to our great fear and concern of living with increased pain.

  8. Tim Mason at 8:24 am

    I agree with everything you say. Concerning bowels I use uncoated Senna Tablets. It is an old patent medicine but is sold under the name Senocot. Use the uncoated tablets. Chew one or two with a meal. Works in 12 hours.

  9. Leslie Meadows at 8:15 am

    Correct true chronic pain patients don’t get high their pain is slightly better! I haven’t felt my meds for yrs. & I don’t want anything but relief !

  10. Scott michaels at 6:16 am

    Whan will we understand.
    THE DEA IS THE EQUIVALENT OF THE NAZI GESTAPO THE EVIL POLICE. THEY MAKE UP LIES TO GET WARRANTS. THEY ABUSE THIER POWER..
    THEY ACTUALLY ARE COWARDS THAT ARE AFRID TOGO AFTER REAL DRUG DEALERS. OCCASIONALLY THEYLL STOP A BOAT OR TRUCK. BUT THE NEVER GO WHER THE GINS ARE OR THE ILLEGAL DRUGS. THEY ARE ALL PANSIES THAT SHOULD BE FIRES AND THE WHOLE TGING DISBANMED.
    WE VOTERS CAN SHUT THE DEA DOWN JUST BY GETTING IT ON THE BALLOTS

  11. Dedria C at 1:12 pm

    I have the utmost respect for Doctor Tennant, he in his retirement, accepts only the worst case scenarios of patients. I being one of those patients. If it had not been for Dr. Tennant I don’t think I would be alive today. Doctor Tennant put me on the protocol that fit with my condition and symptoms ,he also advised of over-the-counter medications that I could take instead of prescription medications, that does not sound like a doctor pushing opiates to me! I was only on Norco and at the time had been taken off morphine extended release because the doctor that had prescribed them had wrote the wrong morphine for 7 months causing sphincter of oddi dysfunction, it should have been extended release not instant relief. After they had prescribed wrong meds, my bowels and bladder had shut down I had nowhere to turn and had wrote several letters to Dr. Aldrete who forwarded my files to Dr. Tennant and I mean this took almost over a six-month period before I could actually get in to see him or that he would actually see me as a case with his practice on the occasions that I did go to see him at his practice on one visit I overheard him speaking to someone in one of the other rooms about how people sell their medications and that could get the doctors into a lot of trouble so he’s fully aware of medications and the amounts that should be prescribed if a patient is in critical dire need he would take that patient in with or without insurance with or without money, that does not sound like a doctor out for money or for cutbacks! I do believe that the nation and the news has taken the opiate crisis to a level that is affecting all pain patients and intractable pain patients at a level that to where they cannot get medications or a sixties care, because of Dr’s fearing of being sued. I totally agree the DEA is breaking HIPAA laws by having my medical records and me having to request my records from them I do not believe that this should be handled through DEA agencies and should be handled through the doctor or a doctor’s assistant or somebody they have a pointed to be able to give the records back to people that need them so that they can receive their treatments or find a new doctor at the moment, with DEA holding the records you can’t even get treatment without your records from another doctor so if you’ve recently seen Dr. Tennant you may have a really hard time proving that he had diagnosed you at all, I fully trust Dr. Tennant with my life, I fully trust Dr. Tennant to not over prescribed me, I fully trust Dr. Tennant with his knowledge and his kindness for the community that he serves and for all the training that he tries to get out to other doctors so that they are informed about intractable pain or centralized pain, every doctor that I have said that too has no idea what I’m talking about or seem like, they actually do know but fear of being sued and usually don’t hear that a sixties screwed you up and it cant be fixed until afyer statue of limitations is up, FAILED BACK SURGERY is saying the same thing practically, and they put it in my medical records and they do know what intractable pain is, they don’t put it down as that could potentially, cause people are doctors to be sued, especially for injecting with Black Label Box medications like Depo Medrol , corticosteroid injections, epidurals and also for back surgeries that may not have been needed or have been messed up or as in my case, my epidural from when I had my baby, they nicked my arachnoid space and instantly had equilibrium issues from that moment on, they went i to do 3 (three yes 3) blood patches later 1 every two weeks and the blood introduced into my spinal cord area cause the arachnoiditis or actually arachnoiditis it became adhesive after a back injury and the doctor replace an s-1 disc which was defective slid forward broke my L5 and had to have a fusion and then the medications they use for the fusion did not work and by the time I found out about it it’s too late to sue anybody by the time I found out that a doctor had messed up my back surgery and its defective manufactured products in me, it’s past statute of limitations and I cannot sue anybody. I did not sign up to have my back fixed to have medications, missed diagnosis, missed opportunities to do the right things for me instead of racking up $$ for prescription kickbacks like with complications of iPods like constipation, if a doc gives to much then yes patient will be constipated and then if get kick back for constipation medicine then I could see a problem, but if doc didn’t try cutting patient back on meds for constipation then he’s in the wrong but if patient. Any lower and has to deal worth the symptom then doc not in the wrong. It should be case by case evaluation. I cannot get Social Security Disability because my husband makes too much and I can’t get SSDI because they will not go back as far as they need to for my injury because it was just diagnosed this past year even though we know that 26 years ago is what caused my back injury knowing all of this and the things that I have been through the doctors that I have seen, one second opinion doctor told me I needed to quit seeing doctors that they are just killing me. I had one back surgical nurse tell me to not get desperate enough that I let a doctor butcher me and do back surgeries anymore. I do believe that the nation and in the news blowing things out of proportionate equalization, it has taken the opiate crisis to a level that is affecting all pain patience and then intractable pain patience at that, to where they cannot get medication because of doctors fearing of being raided! I totally agree the DEA is breaking HIPPA laws, but having my medical records and me having to request my records from them , I do not believe that that should be handled through DEA agencies and should be handled through the doctor or a doctors assistant or somebody they have a pointed to be able to give the records back to people that need them so that they can receive their treatment or find a new doctor at the moment with them holding the records you can’t even get treatment without your records from another doctor so if you recently seem Dr Tennant you may have a really hard time proving that he had diagnosed you. I fully trust Dr Tennant with my life I fully trust Dr Tennant to not over prescribed me, I fully trust Dr Tennant with his knowledge and his kindness for the community that he serves and for all the training that he tries to get out to other doctors so that they are informed about intractable pain or centralized pain. I feel every doctor that I have said that word adhesive arachnoiditis, most have no idea what I’m talking about , some actually do. The doctors put it in my medical records and they do know what interactable pain is, they don’t put it down as that because people or doctors could be sued for injecting with Black Label box medications and epidural and also for back surgery that may not have been needed or have been messed up or is in my case my epidural from when I had my baby, they nicked my arachnoid space. I had equilibrium issues from that moment on, 3 blood patches later one every two weeks and the blood introduced into my spinal cord area caused arachnoiditis, actually after an accident. I didnt become adhesive after a back injury or surgery and the doctor replaced an s1 disc, which was defective and it slid forward and broke my l5 and had to have a fusion and then the medications they used for the fusion did not work and by the time I found out about it it’s too late to see anybody by the time I found out that a doctor and messed up my back surgery in a defective manufactured products in me its past that you’ve limitations and I cannot see anybody I cannot get Security disability because my husband makes you much and I can’t get SSDI because they will not go back as far as they need to for my injury because it was just diagnosed this past year even though we know that 26 years ago is what cause my back injury knowing all of this and the things that I’ve been through the doctors that I have seen one second opinion doctor told me I needed to quit seeing doctors that they are just killing me I had one nurse tell me to not get desperate enough that I let a doctor butcher me and do back surgeries anymore I have come to the realization that this is my life now and that I cannot change this I do know that pain is my enemy and that if I do not keep it under control that it can kill me by the time will you get to the point of seeing dr. Tennant doctor like dr. Tennant we are pretty much bedridden have no quality of life in severe pain to the point of pretty much living on the couch crying contemplating if we can go on living like this thank goodness for doctors like dr. Tenant that stand up for their patients that stand up to the government that they do not and have not gone to school for medical anything or the CDC and none have pain doctors on that panel how can we let the government sit and tell us how I doctors can treat us and how much are treatment we can have for pain relief if our pain is not controlled it depletes are adrenals with cardiac adrenal pain syndrome if the DEA new this they would not be jeopardizing dr. Tenants patients or any other patients but any other Dr they would do a thorough investigation before they step in and cause patients to not have a doctor without any warning whatsoever and without any warning that they cannot get their medical records and without warning that they cannot get treatment and without warning that they are going after your doctor I believe there should be a bill placed and into effect that DEA is looking into a certain doctor that there be a list so that we know if our doctor is on the list or not so we can be looking for a reputable doctor or a doctor that has not been convicted of any ill doings I believe doctors should be compensated for their time and effort for any manufacturer or company that wants their advice or lectures I think they should pay them now whether the DEA decides whether they can or not or what the law is on that that is up to them or whoever makes that law but when it comes to providing my medication how much I need knows my condition knows how I respond knows if I’m in danger knows to stay on top of my care and that is not possible if they have closed the office of my doctor without my knowledge and without telling me if it had not been for my support group I would not have found out this information I have not been on Facebook in a while so therefore it just by popping in and checking it I see that there is a case against doctor tenant which is absolutely ridiculous not true I would defend him and Court any day of the week I had a doctor asked me how much he charged me to see him and my insurance covers it except for seeing a doctor outside of my PPO plan I had to pay the doctor cash or check at a pocket which I’m okay with because I needed treatment immediately my bowels urinary was shutting down luckily with his knowledge and protocols I am now able to pee again and I’m also able to have a better quality of life and better quality of pain control which makes a better quality of life for me and my family that it can kill me by the time when you get to the point of seeing Dr tenant or lot of Dr like Dr tenant we are pretty much bedridden have no quality of life in severe pain to the point of pretty much living on the couch crying contemplating if we can go on living like this thank goodness for doctors like Dr tenant that stand up for their patients that stand up to the government that they do not and have not gone to school for medical anything or the CDC and then have pain doctors on that panel how can we let the government fit and tell us how I’ve doctors can treat us and how much are treatment we can have for pain relief if our pain is not controlled it defeats adrenal with cardiac adrenal pain syndrome if the DEA knew this they would not be jeopardizing Dr tenants patience or any other patients buy any other doctors they would do a thorough investigation before they step in and cause patience to not have a doctor without any warning whatsoever and without any warning that they cannot get their medical records and without warning that they cannot get treatment and without warning that they are going after your doctor I believe there should be a bill place and into effect that DEA is looking into a certain doctor that there be a list so that we know if eye doctor is on the list or not so we can be looking for a reputable doctor or a doctor that has not been convicted of any ill doing I believe Dr should be compensated for their time expertise and effort. Would you?!#%$@@$

  12. John S at 11:26 am

    It’s standing up against Federal & State Government! It’s standing up against a Stacked Deck.

    How many of us will “ RISK IT ALL “ ? Only a few.

    We – CPP – have the numbers but have so far mostly only complained.

    Action is required on our part first and it should start with our MEDIA not the Government. The Government reacts to the media. That’s sad but it’s what the USA has become.

    Thanks,

    John S

  13. HAZZY at 7:54 am

    ALL OF THIS CRACK DOWN ON OPIATES, IS BECAUSE PEOPLE DO NOT TAKE THEIR MEDS AS PRESCRIBED!!!!!! ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS GET HIGH, AND NOD-OUT AND WHEN IT WEAR’S OFF THEY POP MORE PILLS. TRUE CHRONI PAIN PATIENTS TAKE THEIR MEDS AS PRESCRIBED.

  14. Robert at 3:49 pm

    Hello Maureen,
    Dr. Oesterling was and is a man of integrity. He was compassionate to his patients and to those who fell on hard times, he accompanied them the best he could. He knew that many of community could not afford Obamacare, so he had signs in his office that spoke to those who didn’t have insurance. These signs informed patients that he would accept reduced cash payments (in many cases what they could afford and with some, nothing at all) in lieu of insurance. That was one of the government claims that he was a “pill mill”.
    He had real courage. He could have taken the easy way out and settled for a slap on the hand, but no way would he go down that path. Instead of folding by threats that he would be looking at a 30 year sentence, he fought instead. That’s Courage. He put everything on the line because the government seized all of his real assets, bank accounts, retirement accounts, his whole life. In the article you will read that he had to drive around an old VW with 225,000 miles after the Fed’s got done.

    On the day the verdict came down, the court room was filled with his patients (not easy for some who were wheelchair bound) those who supported his cause. The vast majority of his patients could not find anyone else (Physician) because they didn’t want to take the chance of taking them on.

    Let’s not forget the legal team that worked for next to nothing because it was the right thing to do.

    I’m not indicting Doctors by what I’m going to say, but where are all the heros out there that refuse to be dictated to. I know it’s not easy to put your assets on the line, but as far as I can see, Doctors far have more influence than the the patients they treat. We need the help of the Medical Community to stand up against tyranny.

  15. Sandy M. at 11:44 am

    Amen to all of you. I’m so sorry to hear about Dr. Tennant. I use to be on his website and I’ve read so much of all he has done and how he has been on the side of chronic pain people and all the research he has done. He is just a great doctor and the DEA and CDC are out to get these doctors. They need to be raiding the real abusers and junkies who will continue to get their drugs and abuse them. You hear so much of this opioid epidemic and it’s the fault of the people who abuse these medications and so many are not getting them for their required use, but to get HIGH! We just need them to have half a life in order to function, but certainly not for a HIGH. I have no idea what that does for them. But if they mess up for illegally abusing them, then I don’t really care what happens to them, it’s their fault and all they do is hurt us, who really are honest and suffering from something very real and it’s cruel to make us out to be the ones in the wrong. I wish Dr. Tennant the best and I know they were out to get him because of his research and knowledge, and know he is one of the best doctors who worked so hard to tying to explain what people in pain are going thru. I don’t think this will get much better unless we can get to someone who understands and right now, this government we are “under” will never understand. I wonder if Rand Paul got pain meds after he got beat up. I’m sure all those most certainly will be taken care of properly while we are not treated with the same respect. That hurts! We are pulling for you Dr. Tennant!

  16. Maureen Mollico at 10:40 am

    @Robert, wow, what a story! I read the article links you provided, thanks. My heart breaks for Dr. O. I can only imagine the stress that he and his family had to endure! I’m thrilled that he was acquitted. Such a positive minded man. He will be blessed for his faith in enduring such a horrific time in his life.
    It makes you wonder how many other docs are going through also?!

  17. Holly at 9:43 am

    God Bless Dr. Tennant and God bless his patients who ae now without pain meds!!!

  18. Pam M. at 4:35 am

    We MUST fight back folks! The DEA will not stop until all drs prescribing opiods are raided and shut down. I cannot believe this is America, the land of the free and home of the brave. There us NO free in America! The corrupt government is controlling every aspect of our lives. Where are the lawyers to help us out!? NOONE wants to touch us as the government and their sidekicks the DEA, CDC, FDA AND PROP has made sure to implant the word addicts on our backs, making us out to look like pill seeking junkies crying for pills!!! My heart goes out to Dr. Tennant and his family and pts. This is a travesty! This man won a lifetime achievement award for f*** sake!! The DEA should not be allowed access into our PRIVATE medical records!! and yet they have thousands of pain pts files, wtf, u want to come after me, come get me scumbags, I will NOT go down without a fight!!!!

  19. Robert at 11:44 pm

    In my area, the “Thumb of Michigan” the government went after a Doctor who was one of kindest people you could meant. Here was the beginning of the assault by Big Brother against a good man. They took everything away from him, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they told me if he plead guilty, they would cut him a deal. If not, they would through away the key.

    https://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2016/12/27/tuscola-county-mid-michigan-pill-mills/

    He told they to shove it and fought back. He was vindicated and here’s the story from the same newspaper reporting on his victory against tyranny.

    https://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2017/10/07/not-guilty-doc-calls-acquittal-greatest-day-of-my-life/

  20. John S at 10:45 pm

    Recently read about a CPP that lives in Virginia. This patient travels to see Dr Tennant every 3 months just for his medication.

    We must all ask – “ what is too much “ ? Is it the 90MME or does the DEA Just Target outspoken Drs that support the use of Opiates – neither are a criminal offense.

    Our very freedom is now being threatened while real criminals roam freely. When will our lives matter ? When will Drs again be permitted to treat their parents as they see fit ?

    If our government does care and wants to help SAVE LIVES – why does the OD rate continue to increase ?

    I know of a Dr that was raided by DEA SWAT Team all over a single prescription for 5 mg Percocet. This isn’t Law Enforcement it’s Government harassment against disabled Americans and their Drs.

    There must be a way to bring this injustice to the forefront of all media sources. Americans believe we are all addicts now – that’s the problem we need to fix.

    Thanks,

    John Sandherr

  21. Becky .Q. at 8:29 pm

    The other day a young up and coming rapper died because of an overdose on xanax and other pills. He was filmed on his tour bus just popping them in his mouth like nothing. The first thing that came to mind was here we go again. I was right ,in my opinion every time someone famous or rich overdoses then the crackdowns come down. I’m not saying theirs not Drs or pharmacist who are in the wrong but then it also effects patients who are in constant chronic pain and rely on those meds to just get by. Doing everything that’s asked. There has been times that I’ve had to wait for emails between nurses to be sent and in the meanwhile my meds are stopped just like that. Anyone knows that’s a no no but who am I? I’ve had to learn to be on top of nurses and making sure my medical records are being sent to my Dr. So Frustrated !

  22. Maureen at 6:40 pm

    My doctor was just indicted. My doctor of 14 years. My anxiety level is high.

  23. Leslie Meadows at 6:23 pm

    Dr’s who are on the dea’s radar should chill or they won’t be around to help their patients!When it comes down to my meds I follow the rules of my dr. because I live to my fullest with injections/medication that he prescibes for me.I never have a dirty UA,if he counts, my pills are the correct amount,pay my bill ,what ever the clinic/dr. needs to make it easier for him to raise my dosage,change my meds I conform to make sure I will always be treated with respect as a long time chronic pain sufferer.It is going to be harder now with the parents of over dosed kids/family crying like babies,when it really is no bodys FAULT but those who chose to take the drugs they died from! Hopefully ppl who have the voice that the DEA,FDA listen to, will win this battle for freedom!!

  24. Maureen at 4:56 pm

    Such a disgusting and disturbing travesty! Dr. Tennant is reputable, caring, honest and stands up for his oath and patients…therefore he gets punished?!
    I cried reading the full report on Google. I cannot imagine he and his wife coming home to find their door kicked in! Why does it have to be that way! Such animals!
    We must reared up against this mess. We must!

  25. Tricia at 3:20 pm

    As a Pain patient who uses a fentynal patch for chronic unrelenting Pain I’m terrified, are they going to take my personal records and go after my doctor also. With so many doctors leaving the pain management practice for fear of the overreaching dea, is it no wonder some doctors may have to take on more patients who have been left with out one? I’m so disgusted by all of this. My medication has been cut so drastically already that I’m in constant pain and barely able to leave my house anymore. I’m missing out on so many things and so much life. I feel so horrible now about myself because I try and push myself so hard through the pain but accomplish almost nothing, so hard not to beat myself up and feel like a loser now because I can’t fight when my body is racked with pain and I just can’t do anymore. It’s killing me mentally especially when I know my pain was once under control and I could at least enjoy life a little bit and actually get out and spend time with family and friends. So sad what is happening to pain patients when we’re responsible and have not wished these painful disease and conditions on ourselves and are no way responsible for what drug addicts choose or can’t control what they themselves are doing. It’s got to stop!!!

  26. Kathy dominick at 3:05 pm

    They are ONLY going after him because he is trying to help us. Tell Dr. Tennant thank you and let us know how to help. Rallys?? Pickets?? Letters are doing nothening.

  27. William Dorn at 1:51 pm

    They dont have enough to do with the meth epidemic remember it.They must not so now its pain meds.ENOUGH.

  28. mist at 12:53 pm

    this is what our country is coming to . Two days ago I know a lady who was bartending and she was stocking coolers as she was carrying a few 6packs of bottles she fell. she tripped and fell her hands were swollen full of glass and knee instantly started to swell. ER after checking her in refused to give her anything for pain, Her Knee cap is busted .No Pain med she was told to take Aleeve. that is how scared doctors are because of Government interferance. that is illegal. She may become a drug addict.
    Canada passed a law for certain hard herion cases doctors can prescribe herion pharma strength .
    Enough is enough .

  29. Mel M at 12:48 pm

    “The DEA also looking at a pharmacy in the Los Angeles area that it believes was filling prescriptions for painkillers for multiple doctor”

    …like some kind of pharmacy? Who do they think they are? Pharmacists?

  30. Steve M at 12:46 pm

    He’s also been speaking out about the crackdown on treating pain patients. He’s also been advocating for doctors to decide if a doctor is overprescribing instead of a cop/DEA agent making that decision with no training. The DEA is practicing medicine without a license.

  31. Stephen Matrese at 12:43 pm

    So, he testified against the DEA and the DEA raided him? Why am I not surprised #Trump #Corruption

  32. Renee E Mace at 12:15 pm

    Dr. Tennant as well as my former Pain Doctor are being unfairly attacked, they have the much needed training to help those of us with chronic pain, when every kind of theraphy and supplements and herbs and Medications don’t help. They listen to us and use their training to help ease our pain. I have been a big fan of Dr. Forest Tennant because of all his information on my disease, Central Pain Syndrome. We need a bunch of petitions out their to save these wonderful doctors.

  33. Kay Diblik at 11:23 am

    Dr. Tennant has devoted his career to the alleviation of intractable pain that most of his patients must live with on a daily basis. I have a condition called Arachnoiditis Ossificans caused by an oil-based dye used for a myelogram that my orthopedic surgeon ordered prior to a lumbar laminectomy. This was done in 1974 when I was 31 years old. The dye never left my spine and resulted in the area operated on looking like a “dried plate of spaghetti,” according to the two neurosurgeons who finally diagnosed me in 2008. I am now 74 years of age and am unable to walk more than half a block without feeling that I’m about to fall. I’ve been hospitalized several times when I could not walk without excruciating pain. After having surgery on a poorly padded operating table, I felt the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. Fortunately, a pain nurse was called and I was given potent painkillers which were extremely effective. My experience is but one that thousands of Arachnoiditis sufferers have had. Most of those people, however, are unable to walk even half a block due to the intractable pain caused by this horrible condition. Many have considered suicide in order to end their despondency over not being able to live a normal life because of their pain. Dr. Tennant has studied thousands of MRIs and has been able to discover the proper dosages and combinations of opiates and other drugs that help these suffering people cope with their pain. It is highly unfair to characterize this good doctor as a man who would illegally prescribe opiates and other drugs to his desperate patients. In his quest to bring Arachnoiditis to the attention of doctors unfamiliar with its devastating consequences, he has developed a protocol that has been proven effective. It is unfair to patients such as myself and those who suffer daily from the pain initially caused by doctors who unwittingly prescribed spinal procedures that resulted in spinal stenosis, Adhesive Arachnoiditis and other spinal problems associated with nerve damage. Please take into consideration those of us who have felt extreme pain on a daily basis that we are NOT addicts! Please focus on the people who bring and sell the illegal opoids that are the true causes of our country’s current opioid crisis. Please allow Dr. Tennant and other pain doctors to help their patients as they see fit. They only want to alleviate pain and are true to their medical oath that says “Do no harm.”

  34. Jacob Teitelbaum at 10:42 am

    Dr. Tennant is one of the most knowledgeable and compassionate pain specialists in the world. His crime was that he speaks truth.

    When in comes to the government’s war on people in pain, it seems that we can consider the first amendment to be DOA

  35. scott michaels at 10:32 am

    EVERY PATIENT THAT SEES ANY PAIN DOCTOR MUST REALIZE THE DEA, WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION HAS YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS. TGOS IS A BLATENT VIOLATION OF HIPPA AND DR PATIENT PRIVILEDGE. THE US GOVT DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO ACCESS YOUR RECORDS WITHOUT CAUSE. EVERYTHING THE DEA HAS DONE HAS BEEN ON SUPPOSITION. A FISHIMG EXPIDITION. I AM ONE THAT NEEDS ANY ATTY TO FIGHT THIS AND GET MY MEDICINE BACK TO STOP THE TORTURE, BUT IM GOING TO GET RICH IN THE PROCESS. ALTHOUGJ THERE IS AN OPIOID DATA BASE, THIS DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE RELEASE OF OUR RECORDS WHICH CONTAIN ALL OF OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. WE MUST FIGHT. DR TENNENTS RAID WAS THE STRAW TJAT BROKE THE CAMELS BACK. THIS IS NOT NAZI GERMANY AND THE DEA IS NOT THE GESTAPO.
    Please contact me if any protests, or court dates are set . I want to be there.
    Shoehause@gmail.Com

  36. JeanineS at 9:04 am

    Alternative therapies (i.e. acupuncture, massage, water therapy, exercise, etc.) should never be required before opioids are considered as a viable option between the Dr and chronic pain patient. For one, they can be expensive, even if insurance is helping out. My insurance makes them only a copay, but that copay is still $40. That adds up fast or becomes prohibive when you need to see them weekly, twice a week, or even daily because the pain requires it. More importantly, does the chronic pain patients health even warrant trying the alternative therapies. With my health condition (one of several) almost all exercise will make the pain much worse and the only exercise I can do requires me to travel to a heated, non chlorine pool to swim. Just the travel wears me out a bit from the pain. I simply do not have the energy to do this on a daily basis….and if I tried, it would cause my condition to worsen from the exertion.
    My Dr has discussed other alternative therapies with me that he wants me to look into that MIGHT help. I HAVE followed up on all therapies he has brought up….I will try almost anything if I can afford it…and even then…I will at least try something out even if I don’t foresee being able to afford to do it in the long run….I will TRY if my Dr thinks its a good fit for me.
    However, no matter how much I try…opioids are simply what works. They have worked for the last 12 years. I have had my dose move up much in that time, I also don’t experience any euphoria or side effects. They don’t get rid of all of the pain, I’ve gotten used to always being in some form of pain, but its at least tolerable pain….usually.
    If the government agencies that be make alternative therapies a requirement to get opioids, not only will I not be able to afford it, but it will cause me to be in intolerable pain for who knows how long.
    In addition, there are reports of some therapies being no more than essentially placebo effect.

    That underscores the powerful effect of placebo that is associated with any type of physical modality, including acupuncture,” he said. He added that this presents “challenges for acupuncture research.”

    https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/887754?src=wnl_mdplsnews_171103_mscpedit_wir&uac=227372CN&impID=1472183&faf=1

  37. Mary s at 9:00 am

    Dr. Tennant, followed his oath. I back him 100%. He has done the correct treatment. I know a few people who are chronic pain suffers and a barley holding on to their lives without any medication except OTC. Which is more harmful that opiods prescribed by a dr. Who has a dr.s conscience. Thank you Dr. Tennant for following your oath and caring for your fellow man. Amina’s are treated better than hipuman beings at this point.
    This Dr. Kolondy’s only concern is $$$ and nothing more or less. Not his fellow man, not any oath as a Dr. Only $$. A real shame for the chronic pain suffer.

  38. HAZZY at 8:54 am

    I TOLD EVERYONE, THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF THE WAY DOCTORS TAKE CARE OF THERE PATIENTS !!!!! CHRONIC PAIN IS HELL !!!! LET OUR DOCTORS DO THEIR JOBS, AND LEAVE US CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS ALONE. SICK OF IT ALL !!!!! I’AM A DISABLED VETERAN, THE GOVERNMENT DID THIS !!!! BACK OFF !!!!

  39. Tim Mason at 8:43 am

    I downloaded Dr. Tennant’s “Arachnoiditis Recovery Guide” after completing the arachnoiditis survey to help one determine if he or she has this incredibly painful condition. I have it the pain experienced without opioids makes one suicidal. I have been following his recovery guide which includes some OTC vitamins and natural products.

    It is ironic that this disease is caused by an non FDA approved procedure called ELSI or “epidural lumbar steroid injection” and the lumbar injections of Unsafe and Inappropriate Use of Depo-Medrol For Epidural Steroid Injection Procedures.
    Dr. Tennant was not just a pain management doctor, he was a medical researcher that had looked at magnetic resonance images from over 300 patient from around the world that had the same type of severe pain complaints. The type of pain that can send someone into shock and cause death.
    I do not expect a DEA agent to understand simple biology much less medicine. The DEA agent should be rounding up the illicit and counterfeit cooks and traffickers yet they are out there beating up old doctors and sick people.
    The DEA and the Department of Justice has really crossed the line here. Infact, these patients will be in so much pain if not treated, if will feel as though they have a 9mm bullet lodged in their spine.
    What are they going to do next…Raid an oncology floor at a California Hospital???

  40. Kristine at 7:13 am

    Is it possible that some doctors that are assumed as prescribing too much opioids, could be doctors in which people trust and are good enough doctors that their patients come from all over and they have a greater patient count than other doctors? And so it looks as though they are over prescribing?
    Just a thought

  41. Sandie Hamilton at 5:37 am

    This is part of the DEAs scare tactics. Dr.Tennant knew this would happen eventually but has put his oath first! May we as a community stand up with him. He has certainly stood with us. We are not addicts or criminals. We are patients and citizens we havr a voice leys use it#leaveourmedsalone!

  42. Dana at 4:26 am

    Just another example of Kolondy’s crimes against pain patients and more proof he’s on the payroll of nbig pharma. He should be tried for his evil actions!

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