US Pain Foundation on CVS Opioid Policy

US Pain Foundation on CVS Opioid Policy

By Staff. 

The largest pain patient advocacy group has weighed in some on the CVS policy that will limit opioid prescriptions to seven days for acute or new conditions.

The U.S. Pain Foundation quoted the wording of the new policy: “This program will include limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy,” which means people living with chronic pain should not be subjected to the seven-day limit.”

However, US Pain said,  “CVS will limit the daily dosage of opioids and will require use of immediate-release formulations before prescribing extended-release opioids; these two changes may affect chronic pain patients.”

“We are on board with limiting new prescriptions for acute pain, but we do believe there should be a specific, written exemption for chronic pain, palliative pain, and cancer pain in order to ensure they are protected,” says Paul Gileno, founder and president of U.S. Pain Foundation. “We agree that certain changes are necessary to end the opioid crisis, but we need to approach it in a way that considers the needs of chronic pain patients.”

He went on to address the dosage limit. “We are weary of a pharmacy entity, rather than a doctor, determining the dosage of an individual’s pain medication. Everyone is different–their body chemistries and weights, their level of pain, reaction to pain and so on and these can affect how much medication they need. That specific type of decision should be left in the hands of clinicians.”

“A number of states, including Massachusetts, have adopted laws limiting first-time opioid prescription to seven days, and this part of the new CVS policy is consistent with these restrictions” adds Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain’s national director of Policy and Advocacy. “We are in agreement with this limit for new, acute conditions; however instituting dosage limits for all patients is troubling. At the end of the day, we just want to make sure chronic pain patients aren’t facing unnecessary, unfair roadblocks to pain relief.”

CVS pharmacy locations also will increase education for patients filling an opioid prescription, expand its drug disposal collection program, and invest $2 million in addiction treatment.

“We are 100 percent supportive of more education and increased efforts to prevent diversion,” says Gileno. “We are encouraged that CVS is including these steps in their new policy, and hope to be part of a larger discussion on how to ensure patients with pain are protected too. We have a lot of ideas for ways to safely and fairly address the opioid crisis, from increasing the availability of abuse-deterrent formularies to legalizing medical cannabis. We just need someone to listen.”

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There are 23 comments for this article
  1. Ibin at 8:41 am

    I had my every 8 weeks appointment with my spine specialist treatment doctor,.On 10-12-2017. BEFORE I could mention that CVS intervention in “prescribing” practices, he brought the subject to my attention. Through National Pain Report and The US Pain Foundation, I was already aware of CVS intervening for the CDC and DEA. He advised that I, we should NOT use CVS for filling prescriptions, I advised him that I was l was already prepared to dismiss CVS in ALL forms of business. I really appreciated his interest. He stated that in 17 years of practice, the refusal to fill a prescription, valid, had never happened. He was very disturbed at CVS overriding the years of education, training, and proper, appropriate prescribing. The medication that I was changed to in February, 2017 from a medication that I have used for 7 years prescribed form him was changed to a different medication because the particular medication prescribed for almost 7 years, by the CDC conversion chart reduced my medication to 80% less…..than what was previously prescribed before the conversion chart was introduced. I have not requested for an increase in over 7 years as the medication worked well enough on my “normal” painful days but, some days it did not quite help me reach a tolerable managed state of pain. Tom morrow would be a different day and the worst days were far fewer than the managed days with the dosage of 7 years. The small, privately owned pharmacy that I have used for over 20 years did not stock the medication that I was changed to when the CDC “policy” came into affect reducing me to 80% less effective medication that I had used for 7 years. He was MORE than willing to change my medication to a compound that the smaller pharmacy carried and if not, give him an alert. He actually contemplated what he thought would be most effective for pain management also without being so expensive that it would break the bank. He was very disturbed by what Florida “officials” were leaning toward which is more strict prescribing of opioid medications. Sure…..we all agree that we, the community do not wish to see anyone abuse ANY medication or proceed to illicit substances ( which is not the case in most acute cases as well as chronic pain cases). So, If all CVS products have a fall in all sales maybe, just maybe the point of keeping pharmaceutical retailing, OUT of prescribing and monitoring will be acknowledged. The tied hands of our providers, accompanied by major pharmaceutical retailers refusal to fill the prescription.is utterly asinine My physician stated that he had already had two incidents which CVS would not fill, the prescriptions that he had ‘wrote”, even though he is “chronic” pain and palliative care physician. I, personally, will not stop writing, calling, and e-mailing all my state, federal, legislative elected and will share all narratives of the lives being made worse by increased unman-aged pain and literally destroyed lives and families.

  2. JC at 12:19 pm

    I hate CVS, always have and always will! They should not be able to act as Drs and dictate what can and can’t be prescribed and how much/how often. I can understand if they see a mistake on the part of the Drs prescribing and call that out and get it corrected but to dictate what can be prescribed and the limits should be illegal. They are not our Drs and do not know our medical situation or history….period!
    Our local small town pharmacy was just bought out by CVS. Prior to the take over they had said they were keeping the pharmacists and the compounding pharmacy that was working out of our pharmacy which was awesome. Well as soon as they took over they brought in new pharmacists and did get rid of the cimpounding pharmacy. They are nothing but liars. I’ve been on the same thyroid meds for a few years now and the new Pharmacist was giving me a hard time about my thyroid meds and asking do I really need that much? I was insulted that that had even come out of her mouth. Ummmm….yes, I do….I don’t have a thyroid and I don’t convert the synthetic thyroid meds that only give you 1 hormone instead of 5 a healthy thyroid produces. I’m switching to our other small local pharmacy. I’m so glad that I don’t get my pain meds through them, I couldn’t imagine the way they’d treat me if that’s how they acted over thyroid hormones! CVS can’t stick it where the sun doesn’t shine!!

  3. Karen at 8:04 am

    Yesterday I was told by a pharmacist at Walgreens that “I (him) am a pharmacist and I know more than you (me) do about your (me) doctor and he doesn’t have any contracts pain patients sign”. He’s been my pain management doctor for 15 years. Not only do you sign a contract, you pee in the bottle to check for illegal drugs EVERY visit. You are randomly blood tested to check for levels of prescribed medication several times a year. You have to physically pick up prescriptions every month though it’s legal to have them electronically sent to the pharmacy–they check ID and you or your legal representative (spouse) sign for them. The paper used for scripts is unable to be reproduced and is watermarked. You stray, you are tapered off and are no longer his patient. This pharmacist got yelling (HIPPA?) mad at me because I wanted ONE answer as to when I could pick up my prescription. He called me by my name and announced the name of the medication so people in line could hear. (HIPPA?) They told me THREE lies about it going from an hour and a half to one full week. I have battled this way EVERY month for 15 years. CVS, WALGREENS, WALMART– it doesn’t matter, they all treat me the same. I have never been a drug addict, have never refilled early and my record with the state DEA is pure as the driven snow. This has been going on 15 years, it’s not a new thing in Oklahoma. Every state is claiming they are number one in “Most Opioid Addicts” like it’s some kind of honor ($). Yesterday was the last straw. I’m working with my insurance to find an independent store. It’s going to be rough but I will prevail–til government takes away all pain medication, then I’ll go to Glory where there is no more pain–no more tears.

  4. A Vascular Anomaly at 7:11 pm

    I use Kratom for chronic pain and it has been a blessing. (Although at CVS, when I tried to fill my ADD medication, a pharmacy staff member kept loudly referring to it as a narcotic. It is not a narcotic; it is a controlled substance. Pharmacists should be referring to prescriptions as that, or as Schedule I, II, ETC. Narcotics is a term used mostly in law enforcement regarding criminal activity.) Regarding Kratom, I just happened to run out over the holiday weekend and the pain was inhumane, ungodly. I did what I used to have to do–take obscene amounts of Ibuprofen and tear up my stomach. I now have Kratom again, but it has been a number of days and I cannot eat or take medication without stomach pain. THIS is my future. My city has a very strict policy regarding prescription opiates–no one gets them. My vascular radiologist said that patients have talked to her about their levels of pain and she just sadly has to tell them that no one will prescribe them something for it. It is true. Without Kratom, which they will ban soon enough, my life will be intolerably and impossible. It is excruciating to walk and even stand with my condition. Cellulitis is a common occurance. The first problem is finding a doctor that hasn’t had the fear of God ground into them about prescribing anything stronger than NSAIDS. They either deny the pain is real, or repetitively glorify NSAIDS. Dentists even are performing oral surgery and prescribing Motrin 600; after I called the office on behalf of my spouse who could not even speak after a procedure, the doctor stated his firm opposition to painkillers and wrote one for dexamethasone, a horrid steroid. If a person is lucky enough to have a doctor to treat pain, then the next round is going to be battling CVS? On top of that, banning Kratom? Do they want millions of us in disabling pain with no option other than Advil or possibly cannabis? It seems the tide is changing there and the government is thrilled to trade cannibus with opioids. Unfortunately, it does not work for many people; others cannot take it due to the side effect of crippling paranoia and panic. I just feel like one by one, they are taking everything away from this community, and everyone is talking about painkillers, but no one is talking about PAIN.

  5. Jane at 7:13 pm

    It seems that this new policy is prompted at least in part by DEA investigations of opioid diversion by their own employees, leading to stiff fines. Instead of taking the illegal action of practicing medicine without a license, there is another solution to the problem of diversion within the walls of CVS pharmacies: require all CVS employees who have access to opioids (authorized and unauthorized) to sign opioid non-abuse contracts and submit to monthly urine drug screening. It only seems appropriate that if pain patients must submit to such indignations in order to obtain legal, appropriate treatment from a prescribing physician to reduce the societal consequences of diversion and addictiin, then professionals trusted in the chain of control of vital medication, who appear to consider themselves a higher authority on opioid prescribing, should be willing participants in this essential component of the crusade against the opioid “epidemic”.

  6. Debra at 4:18 pm

    I will no longer use CVS. I believe Walgreens will be next. I love this Country but when does a pharmacy and not a physician make the rules for a patients care. CVS no longer sells cigarettes because they aren’t good for your health? Gee, they still have wine and beer, warm and big refrigerators if you want them cold, makes a lot of sense right? The latest is they are moving all the “goodies”, candy and salty treats to the BACK of the store. Idiotic.

  7. Marie Taylor at 9:14 pm

    May 2016, we stopped using CVS pharmacy due to a pharmacist who didn’t inform us about her initial concerns about a prescription written for me after having surgery on my cervical spine.
    SITUATION:
    After having a revision to a C2-T2 cervical fusion, I was discharged home in the early afternoon and my husband dropped off a prescription for pain medication at 2PM.
    At 6:00 PM, I was past due for pain medication.
    My husband called the pharmacist who notified us that she would not fill my prescription for pain medication until she talked with the neurosurgeon who prescribed it.
    She said, “It’s close to the cutoff for the daily dose of acetaminophen.”
    It was “close” not at the cutoff or over the cutoff!
    Norco 10 mg. x 2 q. 4 hours=3,900 milligrams of acetaminophen.
    Max. Daily Dosage=4,000 milligrams daily.
    Why she didn’t call us before 6PM is a mystery.
    She needed to talk to the resident who wrote the prescription and told us the doctor’s name was not listed in the Hospital directory.
    (Residents are doctors in training work under an attending physician. They are not Hospital employees.)
    Before becoming disabled by a surgeon, I worked in a large Medical Center and knew the chain to contact the resident. I called the hospital and contacted the nurse who did my discharge; she was still on duty.
    The nurse went out of her way to track down the surgical resident who wrote the order. At 7 PM, the resident who was performing another surgery, told the pharmacist that she had reviewed my medications on discharge and to fill the order as written.
    If we had not found the resident, I would have had zero pain medication until at least Noon or 24 hours after my last dose.
    I asked the pharmacist what we could do if the resident signed out for the night. She said, “Call your surgeon tomorrow, no one can help you tonight.”
    By the tone in her voice and giving us zero alternatives, I felt like she was playing a game with us. I’ve never been so disrespected by a healthcare professional.
    Any surgery to the cervical spinal is very painful.
    Before surgery, I was taking Norco 10 mg. 1-2 tabs/ q. 4 hours. (60-120 mg./daily)
    During my hospitalization, I had been on this dosage for a minimum of 5 days. (120 mg./daily)
    After surgery, an incision dehiscence occurred causing additional pain.
    When my husband brought a new prescription in to the pharmacist, he asked when it could be picked up.
    I was shook by what she said to my husband.
    “Yeah, you come in to fill your medications for your wife and always with a story about how you think this procedure will fix her problems.”
    I started crying. He’s my lifeline!
    I would have been happy to tell her the living Hell I’ve been through after one doctor “accidentally herniated my spinal cord at C2 & C3 (I was only temporarily paralyzed) to a neurosurgeon who was too busy to check my imaging before causing permanent nerve and muscle damage to my cervical spine.”
    I’m now 54 years old, my nursing career was destroyed, due to pain I was bedridden for nearly a year without relief.
    If any healthcare professional wants to ask what’s wrong with me, I’ll be happy to inform them.
    Don’t ever take your frustration out on a man who has supported my physical & emotional recovery for over three years (when no doctor would prescribe pain medication due to idiots injecting toxins into their bloodstreams!)
    After 10 months of becoming bedridden due to severe intractable pain, I was able to get into a pain management program.
    CVS Pharmacy disrespects their patients, manipulates patients, chooses not to honor legitimate prescriptions and assumes to act in the role of a physician who knows what problems patients are coping with.
    Before making assumptions, why not ask patients questions. Most would have no problem telling you their diagnosis.
    Current Spinal Problems:
    #1-Pseudarthrosis of the spine.
    #2-Degenerative Spondylolisthesis’ a “traumatic fracture in the bony ring of the spine” from the 2nd thoracic vertebrae to the 5th thoracic vertebrae. (T2-T5) possibly as low as T9.
    #3-Fractured thoracic spinous processes.
    #4-Accelerated adjacent segment disease.
    We left CVS Pharmacy and took our business to another pharmacy that was happy to have our business!
    I’m on a maintenance dose of pain medication that is closely monitored by a pain management specialist.
    I’ve not required an increase for 5 months.
    Since March, 2017, I’ve gone from bedridden and depressed to doing an hour of intensive physical therapy daily (No matter how I feel.)
    All healthcare providers are under stress; it’s no reason to be disrespectful to patients or discrimination against patients.
    In my opinion, CVS is practicing medicine without a license.
    What will come to light someday is “What is CVS Pharmacy getting out of this policy.”

  8. Terry at 2:10 pm

    I appreciate everybody’s input on this growing problem, but what do we, (chronic pain patients), do in the meantime? Everybody’s [complaining] but nobody has a solution. I have been taking 160 mgs of oxycontin for 10 years, I function well enough considering, but can anyone help us? There’s going to be a lot of suicides and lawsuits I’m afraid. I’m scared to death about going through withdrawals. There must be something we can do.

  9. Diane at 12:54 pm

    I will NOT use CVS. A person in pain can’t be expected to frequent CVS that often and/or coordinate in home help. Risk of doing without is high due to.human error.
    And this is addition to the fact my Doctor’s have me under very close watch. It’s none of CVSs business to start this.

  10. M. Billeaudeaux at 12:19 pm

    Boycott CVS. Tell your family and friends to boycott them also. I am shocked at their decisions. Since when does a store, a retail store, become the best entity to tell a patient anything pertaining to the medication they should take or not take. This is total nonsense. Their action will not in anyway help reduce this epidemic of drug addiction. Reducing a patient’s prescription to 7 days is ludicrous. What if a patient needs a medication for chronic pain? What if a patient needs a prescription for acute pain and this pain may last longer than 7 days? What if nothing but extended relief works for them? I don’t even know why am I asking……. because this is an idiotic decision. In no way should a retail store be responsible for making these decisions, or anything close to these decisions. This is much too serious, too important, and only a physician is capable of making these decisions for their patients.
    I am shaking my head in disbelief. I cannot believe it has come to this. This is NOT a solution to this crisis, but only creating another one.

  11. Shannan Curths at 7:40 am

    I think it is completely asinine to allow CVS to require a patient to use short term formulas before allowing extended release formulas. Pain patients simply need to voice their opinions by simply refusing to get their prescriptions filled there or buying anything there for that matter. I was myself using CVS until about 3 months ago when someone I know who is a chronic pain patient was telling me about a local, independent pharmacy and how differently she is treated there compared to how she had been treated by CVS and Walgreens. This pharmacy will deliver, or if waiting fills your prescription in about 10 minutes even allowing you to wait in the drive thru for your scripts. They don’t make you wait any longer to get your script filled than anyone else who is waiting. I swear CVS and Walgreens make you wait longer as punishment for needing a narcotic. And wait for it….they will do a partial fill if they don’t have it all in stock and will fill the remainder the next day and you can either come back to get it or have it delivered. It doesn’t take them 5 days to get a medication order in. Until I started using them I thought it was illegal to do a partial fill because Walgreens and CVS led me to believe they didn’t do it because they couldn’t not that they didn’t because it was company policy. I bet almost everyone reading this thought it was illegal. The pharmacy I am using now is a chain store but unlike Walgreens and Cvs each store is independently owned. It’s the Medicine Shoppe. And honestly the biggest reason I now go there is because they treat you like a human being with a medical condition.

  12. Sharon coffman at 1:41 am

    I will never use C.V.S. pharmacy again. A pharmacy is not supposed to decide how much medicine i need. They are crazy. Terminal people are supposed to suffer during thier last months.

  13. Barbara W at 11:26 pm

    Boycott CVS period on all Social media anywhere u can!! Spoke with Corporate CVS said if u have a history of these drugs with them & your doctor has to call or write out describing why u need more than 7 days u will receive more. The doctors will hate that! Called two pharmacists today they said many insurance companies are only filling 7 days worth. & if u say u don’t have insurance & × want to pay cash to fill the whole 30 days u can’t because they will ck to see if u are insured. This one idiot pharmacist thinks she Is the doctor & thinks pain patients have been made dependent by overprescribing so she will decide if she isn’t going to fill more than 7 days!!! While her fellow pharmacist at the same store & another complaint this is awfully out of control & please call our corporate office & complain!! I think if all of us can get each other’s phone # or even e mail or something we could band together to make Videos or DVD S just like they did of the poor drug addicts only what happened to our fellow patients (human torture suicide etc)& just flood the news social media everywhere including the government that this is massively Inhumane. Just blast constantly like they did the supposed opiod epedemic & say we are going to sue the government even if we aren’t “fight fire with fire “all of the massive lies told by the Addict doctors CDC etc. Then maybe a Lawfield will actually believe all the laws that are being broken & they will take our case to win. U have to ask permission to Sue the federal government & discovery is a limited window to gather everything. Plus the government has all of our money to fight with. Massive exposure would be one of the best ways too! The medicine was made only for Pain not addicts! Yes alchololl kills way more & the CDC lies about the opiod deaths they r never straight opiods. Kolodny stating 80% of heroine addicts were on opiods first is a horrific lie just ask the first responders whom proclaim these addicts will just grab whatever &change drugs but will forever do something & a lot of them are fed up with them!!!

  14. Angelica Heavner at 10:18 pm

    I personally switched out of CVS a long time ago. I also switched my kids out of there too for a different reason. They want to stand all high and mighty and try and make themselves look good but it doesn’t mean squat to me or my kids.
    I can’t tell you the amount of times we had to take medications back because they gave us the wrong one. The name was wrong, date of birth was wrong, and the worst the medication was wrong and highly danerous for them. Their response was “oops, dont take that and bring it back in.” Seriously they could have put one of them in the hospital for carelessness. I will not use them again

  15. Elizabeth S. at 9:02 pm

    I agree with all concerns and statements made by US Pain Foundation and pray they will be invited to discuss the solution. US Pain Foundation has a unique prospective to this crisis. Its personal experience in the area of chronic pain should not be ignored. CVS please, invite US Pain to be part of the solution. Their experience is first hand. And that is invaluable. Plus I trust them. CVS – not so much.

  16. Linda at 6:48 pm

    CVS holds themselves in too high of regard. They don’t need to do anything for addiction.
    Except stay out of it. Obviously their decisions so far prove that. If they feel the deep need to counsel on addiction, they are counseling the wrong population. Counsel themselves, so they hire people WITH common sense, and WITHOUT narcissistic personalities, so they can OPEN their eyes and minds – to just pay attention and follow the law.

  17. Larry at 6:15 pm

    I won’t bother explaining why I am prescribed large amounts of Oxycodone, but I’m sure you understand why that’s my first impulse. Hardly anyone understands that over time it takes more pain medicine to get the necessary help with pain or that I do not feel high when I take the medicine. Some doctors, the occasional pharmacist, and of course other sufferers are the only ones who get it. I’ve been prescribed Oxycodone since my last operation in 2010 by the physician who runs the pain management (it’s called Behavioral Management at the facility) department at the hospital where I’ve had several surgeries.

    I have had nothing but problems at CVS for the past seven years. I’ve stopped using them even though I live a half mile from the local store. Most of the time they haven’t had enough pills to fill my scripts (they refuse to call other CVS stores to check availability) and of course they can’t partially fill controlled substances. When I ask when they’ll get the medicine in, they give me an indeterminate answer, like, “oh, within 5 days or so”. I’ve explained to pharmacists a couple of times the implications of filling the script so late, like that means next month I have to wait an extra 5 days and I’ve been taking this medicine for several years and I can’t run out of it without serious problems, but I realized after the second or third time that none of them care and it’s senseless to try to make them understand. I see my doctor every 28 days, always on a Monday, and about once every three times I’m told it’s too early to fill the script. A few times the pharmacist told me it had to be 31 days or more. Once, after filling scripts there hundreds of times I went in with my 21 year old son to pick my script up. The pharmacist was holding it in his hand but he refused to give it to me after he looked at my son, telling me he had to call my doctor. So I introduced my son to him, but it was no use. He was convinced by my company that I was a drug dealer and my son was one of my customers. That was the last straw for me. I started using an independent pharmacy that always has the script in stock.

    Now CVS pharmacists are going to overrule doctors orders. Knowing how they treated me for so many years makes this decision a serious mistake. I’ve heard that they are going to restrict any prescription to no more than 60 mg. per day. What is a long time user of opioids supposed to do? If other pharmacies follow suit, and I’m sure they will, I will have a major problem. Walmart and Stop and Shop (the local supermarket chain) already don’t carry the drug. Rite Aid and Walgreens never have close to enough to fill my script. That leaves me with the independent pharmacy nearby. I’m sure they will get a lot of heat after CVS’s new policies go into effect. When that day comes that I can’t possibly fill my prescriptions anywhere, who is going to help me? What will I do? I’ll be forced into the emergency room to be treated like a junkie.

  18. Paula Nichols at 11:44 am

    all the addicts ruin it for the people who use their meds
    the proper way and need them, thank goodness i don’t use CVS

  19. Anonymous at 9:50 am

    When CVS invests in addiction treatment, add alcohol to that please. Alcoholism is a part of the nation’s addictions. Alcohol and smoking cause more deaths than drug overdoses according to a recent article I read, qouting CDC count of overdose deaths, not specifying from what to approx 33,000 last year.

    Thx to CVS for their efforts to end addiction on all levels, starring with tobacco. To me, I wonder if one of the situations where young people get on heroine is if they are drinking alcohol, and someone says, “here try this”. I can’t understand why anyone would even consider to try that if they were in their right mind, knowing it can cause ruin and death. People get reckless and careless I think on alcohol. Something to consider.

    To me, alcohol is definitely another issue CVS could lead the country to advocate the alcohol addiction issues also that may contribute to the disease of addiction.

  20. Ibin Aiken at 9:32 am

    Future prevention for possible opioid abuse may be necessary. However for “chronic” pain patients some of us with decades of beneficial use of the last option for pain management, documented through our providers and zero other options of pain management , to be under the new CDC “guideline” without any regard to our history is asinine. Our providers are well aware that if they are deemed “pill mills”, then they will be under disciplinary action. These facilities seem to be far and few between. By far, the vast majority of providers realize that their continued operation completely depends on using due diligence in prescribing without coming under fire. It seems the DEA’s “job” should include seeking out the pill mills and seeking them to comply with the previous common sense prescribing but, also meeting each….individual….patients…..needs. A unilateral dosage to all patients is ludicrous. As far as the dispensaries of medication, they do not know what the patients individual needs are and it is not they are not trained to prescribe…..medication. The decision to prescribe is our providers responsibility and the patients to use as directed. If the patient is not using responsibility with the use of medication, the provider should make that their decision to take other measures not, just dismiss the patient. As far as “dismissing” a patient for non compliance in using as directed, the patient should NOT be utterly dismissed from treatment from the provider less worsened situations ARE created including worsened pain A few days of withdrawal symptoms and if truly a legitimate incurable patient with no where to turn. create the possibilities of self harm….increase. A comprehensive TRUE “guideline” can be composed, authored as a reference for doctors requiring opioid medications to continue their lives. There will still…..be variations in prescribing required for each patient.To unilaterally reduce ALL patients to a standard amount of dosage or type of medication is senseless and the results of “policy” have manifested and will not get better until a realistic guideline is realized. I have been treated for over 20 years wit opioid medications, without incident and was doing well enough to remain active and employed until the “mis-guide-line” was made mandatory and that IS what it is. To get the politicians, law makers to hear and see the evidence IS the challenge. The politicians WII lean toward a realistic policy of care for the pain patients in my opinion. The CD and DEA have chosen to make the prescribed patients the “whipping boy” to make their jobs a little easier by literal prohibited of opioid medications which IS not a high enough dosage of medication in apparently millions? of cases.The DEA is responsible for arrests and policing the illicit opioids and other drugs, not to just make the core problem of drug abuse the prescribe patients responsible for opioid overdose. Common sense.

  21. connie at 8:04 am

    Sadly even people who claim to have chronic pain (obviously not as severe as mine since it doesn’t in any way limit their activities) often do not see the need for opiate pain medication! How can we stand together if even the pain community can’t agree? I was recently told by a “friend” that she has “chronic pain” and she doesn’t let it stop her. While I am happy for her it made me feel like I am in the wrong. I still rarely, when I am able, ride my horse for 5 or 10 minutes at a walk as physical and mental therapy but can’t prepare him to ride without help and for safety sake have someone with me at all times. I attempt to keep my home at least tidy (though it is becoming increasingly difficult). I haven’t even been able to make love to my husband of forty years in over a year! My doctor is obviously pregnant so she can obviously make love to hers! It’s just not right on any level! I have spent many hours on the phone trying to find a law office willing to take this travesty on to no avail. I am one of the “lucky” ones that has a loving supportive husband without whom I would not have survived this long! He works 12+ hours per day yet we’re going broke trying to find an effective alternative to the strong opiates I was on prior to the infamous cdc guidelines and everyone other than my physician deciding to “prescribe my pain treatment. The only effect limiting the manufacturing of legal opiates is to raise the cost to those who can’t afford it! If all pain patients are addicts why can’t we get methadone (which I react very badly to)? That must be only for recreational users cuz I tried and failed.

  22. Carla Cheshire at 7:35 am

    CVS $2 million for addiction treatment, hmmmm let’s see. CVS 2016 sales were $177.53 BILLION and Gross Profits $28.86 BILLION. We’re supposed to think they are great corporate stewards by them giving $2 million? Sorry, not buying it.

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