What A Veteran Will Tell My Congressman About Chronic Pain If They Let Me:

What A Veteran Will Tell My Congressman About Chronic Pain If They Let Me:

By Robert Rose.

(Editor’s Note: 51-year old Robert Rose was denied an opportunity to speak to his Congressman Phil Roe of Tennessee on Monday when the Congressman spoke at the Mountain Home VA Center in Johnson City, TN. What follows are the remarks he had planned to make which he has allowed to share with you on this Independence Day)

Good morning. My name is Sgt. Robert Rose. I joined the Marines in 1983. As a Marine I served in Rota, Spain, Naples, Italy, Camp Lejeune as well as doing two deployments to the Med. I know that God protected me in that I did not see combat but as each of you know, training can sometimes be just as dangerous. While humping my ALICE pack and my M16, I damaged my hips, legs and ankles and through stupidity damaged my spine in my short 11 years and thus became a veteran.

Currently there are more than 23 million veterans in the United States who I proudly call my brothers and sisters in green. Many of us have witnessed firsthand or heard the many ways in which the VA delays or denies us benefits and quality healthcare. The sad truth of the matter is that Congress is complicit in many of these policies. Just look at how many years it took for veterans from Vietnam to get limited benefits relating to Agent Orange. The list of atrocities against veterans sponsored by Congress and the VA is too long to describe but we do need to expose the latest genocidal policies denying us and those following in our footsteps pain medications for intractable diseases and injuries. These policies do result in cruel and inhumane treatment of our brothers and sisters and ultimately leads to death. Even prisoners of war and terrorists are provided with better healthcare which protects them against the cruel and inhumane treatment we receive from the VA.

In 2008 the Senate heard testimony from pain doctors and pain specialists to determine the consequences of denying pain medications. Dr. Alex Deluca was very explicit as he testified the result was the same as a death sentence. In his testimony he explained that people with Chronic Pain would suffer as their bodies slowly failed organ by organ. Heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, increased incidence or worsening of diabetes, not to mention the physical changes in the brain as the body attempted to deal with the suffering. Dr. DeLuca even reported that patients being denied pain medications would be twice more likely to commit suicide than the national average. In 2012, Congress conducted similar hearings with a new group of pain doctors and specialists. The conclusions from these experts were the same; denial of pain medications is a death sentence to Chronic Pain Patients.

With the ink still wet on these findings in 2012, the VA began its “opioid safety initiative” in various cities in Minnesota. Slowly the VA devised propaganda to lessen the veteran outcry and to discredit those who spoke out against the policy. With the findings from Fargo, St. Cloud and Minneapolis showing them the way, the VA choose more cities across the nation to implement and fine tune the policies – Boston Mass., Roanoke, Virginia, Dayton, Ohio, and the list goes on. Veteran suicides continued to mount as did cases of death due to natural causes after pain medications were denied to veterans and even cancer patients across the nation.

In March 2016, four years after the VA implemented its “opioid safety initiative,” the CDC made their now famous guidelines which we later found to be totally inaccurate. Despite the CDCs own press release in December 2016 clearly stating the majority of opioid overdoses were NOT caused by legal medication but by illegal Fentanyl and heroin being imported from China and Mexico the VA continues to deny us quality healthcare. The VA adopted the guidelines not as suggestions but as policy the same month and to make matters worse, the VA changed the guidelines to include statements such as; “doctors should not take the threat of suicide seriously when a veteran is placed on a forced taper or denied pain medications.” Even with this press release in June 2017, “veterans and over 100 million American pain patients are now being condemned to lying in bed or committing suicide simply because they cannot get proper pain relief;” the “opioid safety initiative” is still being forced upon us. It is amazing that as public outcry continues to increase as more and more Americans are facing these genocidal policies with Medicare and Medicaid adopting them all the while Washington turns a deaf ear on our suffering.  It is a sad commentary that Congress and the VA are determined to murder even more veterans and Americans as they continue to deny us with quality healthcare.

Please ask Mr. Shulkin to release the actual number of suicides from ALL 50 states? Please ask the VA to release the number of deaths by natural causes after a veteran was forced on a taper or denied pain medication? Please ask them how many veterans with cancer are suffering because of these policies? As much as we love our country, it is time for us to take a stand. It is time for Congress and the VA to hear our voices before more needlessly die at their hands. Or will this financially motivated genocide become known as the American Holocaust?

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Authored by: Robert Rose

There are 22 comments for this article
  1. RRPOW at 9:26 pm

    Prayers and understanding are with all those who want to give up because think can’t stand another min of
    Agonizing pain and feeling of life not worth living ,but can’t give up
    Please ,you have to look inside and and to God and find the strength ,if not to future,at least one more min.and then one more etc and to fight ,if not for yourself ,for those who love you and those who are like you ,who need one more voice to be heard

  2. Eve Rios at 4:45 am

    First I want to thank you for your service and again thank you for trying to help all the people that suffer with chronic pain. I am one of those people! I am not an addict and I suffer every day trying to survive with my disorder!

  3. Janet Lane at 4:58 pm

    I too suffer with chronic pain due to a form of meningitis that has hurt me badly. The VA will not give me anything for pain and neither will anyone else as they have put in my chart that I’ve been a Heroin addict for 40 years. This is total slander and the VA clinic I attended has totally assassinated my character. I don’t know what to do and I don’t know where to turn for help but I do know that hurting every day isn’t going to work. Would appreciate any information that anyone has about anyone treating mollerts meningitis. Thank you

  4. Marguerite at 1:24 am

    I feel your pain and thank you not only for your service to our country but for being a voice for veterans and civilians everywhere. I want so badly for the truth to come out so we can be vindicated and given back our medication. I struggle almost daily to not end my life it’s that bad . I am in Spokane moved here over 3 years ago and never experienced such medical negligence in my life. It was so terrible to go to the er after falling on black ice to be profiled as drug seeker then given a urinalysis under false pretenses and running a drug screen saying that it was to check for internal bleeding which they never did do. My drug screen was clean except for thc it’s legal here. I was given nothing while i was there given just an x ray which didn’t reveal the injuries i sustained but diff show the severe stenosis and arthritis in my spine sent home with a script for tramadol. It took six months to get an MRI and find out that my disc flew out of my spine and the vertebra collapsed on top of each other barely catching on the edge of the one below it i needed surgical intervention to arrest the disabilities that injury was causing they dragged it out for 3 long years until i finally called my insurance and told them all that was going on and i was approved to see a surgeon in Seattle 5+hours away by car an hour by plane. The surgeon wanted to operate immediately he said i shouldn’t have been able to get up and walk after that fall and now because the surgeons here did not give me necessary treatment within a certain time frame that they told me about i know have painful permanent bilateral foot drop and nerve damage neuropathy in my feet that’s spreading to my hands and arms i also have partial spina bifida degenerative disc disease and am still recovering from 2 spine surgeries that i had to fly alone there and back to get with a few other painful diagnoses the fibromyalgia has gotten worse since the surgeries and i can barely make it they each day from that pain alone i also have un specified dry pleurisy which flares up way to often and can’t even get treated for that either. These doctors are duty bound to protect and fight for us and they haven’t and are not holding up to their Hippocratic Oath they deserve nothing less than to have their license revoked for denying us care. I refuse to even go to the doctor here now ill be damned if I’m going to let them continue denying me appropriate healthcare across the board not pick and choose what they will or will not help you with. I would just be saying what they’re doing is ok and it’s not. As it stands now i do not trust this medical community i have been watching skin cancer make a comeback on my face and yesterday morning i woke up looking like the elephant man because my eye lid and all the way around my eye is red and very puffy it’s not a sty or pink eye I’ve had those before and i will not get them checked or allow them to carve on my face because they do not care about my quality of life.

  5. Cynthia at 8:18 pm

    I hope this beautifully written article is sent to CDC, DEA, all relevant people. They need to be bombarded with testimonials like this on a daily basis. The pendulum will swing back eventually, after they hear this for a while longer. At least that’s what a doctor told me….I hope he’s correct.

  6. Kristine lund at 7:21 pm

    First off, Thank you Sgt. Rose for your service. I appreciate the fact that you are a fighter. Thank you for not becoming a statistic. I tried to end my life and was put in a psych ward where I recieved shock therapy. The treatments gave me back the will to live but did not stop the excruciating pain. Opiods saved my life. No one would help me until I found a kind nurse at a pain clinic who actually listened and saved me. I did not know what IP Intractable Pain was and thought I was going crazy because all other treatments failed. God bless you for helping all of us have a voice. Many of us go unheard. Thank you sir, for continuing to serve your fellow men and women who suffer without humane pain treatment.

  7. vicki connor at 4:22 pm

    Its a disgrace what is happening to our Vets. You gave all you had and are being treated so badly. Even us civilians are being treated bad. NO pain control is inhumane. I would love it if these people making these choices for us would be in horrible pain with US in control of their pain relief. Things would be different then.

  8. Mary A. Rooney at 2:35 pm

    Sargent Rose summed up the current plight of chronic pain patients beautifully. I have suffered from chronic pain for many years. My first pain management doctor was wonderful. He had double board certifications in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as Pain Management. He was loved by his patients and respected by his peers and also by the staff of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Denton Cooley’s hospital, where he was frequently called in to consult. Then in 2014 his office was raided by a team of DEA agents and members of the Texas Medical Board that does it’s bidding. When they burst into his waiting room full of patients someone yelled out “where’s the pill pusher”. They accused him of writing too many prescriptions for opioids and took his license to write pain medications in two months. I believe they chose him because they wanted to send a message to Texas physicians that if you write a prescription for opioids we are watching, and we can do anything we want. Our medical board is ruthless. I have several friends in the medical profession who have been arbitrarily pulled in to defend a prescription written out of compassion and care for a patient in pain. One physician I know was pulled in to defend a prescription for Vicodin he wrote for a child in a poor family on Medicaid who was dying. The board harassed him for five years and he finally had to retire because he couldn’t afford attorneys fees and the constant trips to Austin to defend literally every prescription written and every medical decision made over a professional lifetime. And he told me later he was never allowed to know the names of the board members who were accusing him.
    The atmosphere here has made it very difficult for chronic pain patients. After my first pain management doctor was no longer available I had a hard time finding another. i had to change physicians several times due to changes in insurance and other similar issues. The last one I had discharged me supposedly because he wasn’t in my insurance network and I was paying in cash. The DEA says patients who pay cash are addicts.
    Now I am in horrible pain because I can’t find a pain management physician who will take me. The DEA monitors physicians and their patients so I know I am in their database. I am afraid they have labeled me a ” doctor shopper” and that as a result I will have to endure this pain with no relief and the medical consequences that follow from it.
    Thank-you Sargent Rose for your wonderful defense of chronic pain patients. Agencies in our government are indeed aligned against us and the only way we will find the treatment we deserve is to address the problem at it’s source.

  9. Kim witz at 1:48 pm

    Sgt Rose speaks for all those in chronic pain. Proof that freedom comes at a high price. May the powers that be hear the voices of all Americans. Nicely done Sgt Rose. Thank you Sir for your service.

  10. Lee at 11:43 am

    Robert Rose is one of millions of Veteran’s being denied the best care available – they have a nightmare with the VA! Not only are they being turned away from treatment with opiates or medical cannabis, they are committing suicide at an alarming rate. PTSD is seen in Veteran’s across the globe. The only real treatment is medical cannabis – yet, it’s scheduling makes it a federal crime. These men and women have given their lives to protect our freedom. Now I’m left questioning why no one is fighting for their freedom and right to be free from pain – physical or mental anguish. There are too many casualties in the military and far too many come home broken and are now being turned away in their time of need! We ALL deserve to be treated as living, breathing, vulnerable, human beings! Speaking as a chronic pain patient for most of my life I know this is difficult for many healthy people to grasp. Needing opiates for pain management does not make anyone an addict or prone to OD. Addiction is a completely separate issue. Veteran’s deserve the same healthcare as Congress gets for their lifetime. This war on opiates is going to take the lives of people who don’t deserve to suffer. Like Robert, I too would like to see the numbers of suicides of Veteran’s and chronic pain patient’s in the nation who have had their medications reduced or taken away. This number will continue to grow. Stop the CDC guidelines for opiate use.

  11. Joanna Pinne at 10:33 am

    I am a patient advocate in Canada. Pain patients have the same problems up here. It IS genocide. Most evils like this can be traced back to financial interests. YOU ARE A TRUE HERO AND I SALUTE YOU.

  12. Ibin at 10:26 am

    Well stated Mr. Rose. I have a brother, a veteran, that is at the local V.A. pain patient department due to training, “tank” training, with an accident occurring. I have watched him, unsuccessfully, attempt to seek treatment for his pain generating condition. Surgery, the first attempt to gain some management over his pain generating condition has was required and failed, years ago.. It is, and has been, a never ending battle for him, resulting in quiet resolve, to admit disability, with far less than sufficient medication to allow him at 53 years old to be nothing more than bed ridden. With the new “guideline” for the treatment of pain in patients, the condition has worsened.

    I am also a pain patient. 20 years plus, a patient of only two back surgeries. The physicians place along with millions of other surgery patients, many with multiple surgeries, in the “failed back surgery “syndrome”. it is not a “syndrome”, indicative that failure is the patients fault. It is factual after the surgeries, proper “protocol”, procedures starting with the lest treatment first, after surgery, until the last possible treatment for continuous, severe pain was, prescribed opiate medication.

    Medication which, with I, have successfully, benefited from, gaining 20 years of ability, through medication, much improved mobility, to the extent that employment was possible. With medication, I still use a mobile an orthopedic back brace, elastic weight lifter belts, the type a “power weight” lifter uses to avoid back strain and injury, almost on a daily basis. I use of ice packs to gain easement of localized pain, exercise, and a great motivation factor, the need to be self reliant, self sufficient, and a sovereign unique, individual, patient.

    The avoidance of our “lawmakers”, our policy makers, in the the nature of healthcare, are ignoring the FACT that opiate medication, as a last resort IS beneficial for pain patients. Patients that in no way have abused or misused their personal use of medication from our providers. Providers through politically endorsed fear of license loss to prescribe more than the maximum, designated amount of medication, to one and all pain patients.

    Continuous pain medication “set” at 90 mme daily, for ALL pain generating conditions is not sufficient for one and all. The CDC “mis-guide-line” in the attempt to “help” those with drug abuse situations. A condition that should be “treated” in an entirely different approach. Do the “abusers” have pain issues? Do they have psychological, emotional issues? Is life so overwhelming that without substance abuse, and substance abuse is not always opioid in nature. Is “relief” from the relentless call of obligation in life so overwhelming that it can not be dealt with?I don’t know. It is an “individual” condition that if true care is “felt” by policy makers, then an effective approach would, could be achieved.I do not condemn for abuse by people of any substance, I do condemn the inclusion of one and all in a a policy that has already, failed.

    The pain patient, through a painful disease, or injury, that is not “curable”, only the pain can be treated, is denied of medication that does allow us to be somewhat an individual, a person, a human being. Not all pain medications are effective, at one maximum dose, for all pain generating health conditions. A “set” maximum dosage of medication is not sufficient for one and all. You don’t have to have an education of years to become licensed to practice, to realize this fact.It is an asinine policy that is harming both physically and emotionally, psychologically and spiritually just as surely as death itself, will occur.

    As a 20 plus year pain patient, very successfully treated with opiate medication , now, reduced by 80% of the medication that has given me ability and mobility, has cost me my employment, self reliance, my “social” security, and any hope of complying with 90 mme, daily. Upon examination by my physician of 30 years, my blood pressure has risen significantly. So significantly that my medication has been altered. Altered to a more effective, stronger medication that has been admitted by my doctor that, the increased pain AND “stress”, fear, of the future has caused. Just as a blood pressure increase does happen, so should pain medication have no “set” maximum dosage as health conditions and necessary objectives……vary.

    I HAVE written my congressman and I did receive a reply. The reply was that IF, the “situation” of the CDC mis-gode-line came before Congress, a “motion” for discussion or resolution, then he would give it “his” consideration. The pain patient was disregarded of any consideration by the CDC when, it was declared that an “opioid crisis” in this nation existed. The ONLY crisis that we, the 30 some million severe, continuously, pain affected “opiod crisis” realized, is the “policy” of 90 mme maximum, for all pain patient A “policy” that did not even consider that their should be different resources for those of us that have not had any negative health condition evolving or worsening with sufficient medication.

    Mr. Rose, for your personal endeavor I commend you. I do, Sir, hope that your personally affected health condition will become made more aware to the policy makers.For the millions of others that are gravely affected with the CDC “policy, which has been “adopted” by every state, evidently with no independent study of the effects with such a policy, makes me believe that “sheeple” control is in full affect.

    I am in correspondence with my state medical board, almost daily through e-mails and many letters. I continuously receive information that the mis-guided-line is ONLY a “policy” to providers to use as a “reference”. Further stating that our providers do not have to adhere to 90 mme daily. Regulation with medication that does have the potential to be abused and misused is necessary but, to remove ALL discretion, authority, from our providers, civilian or veterans facilities that HAVE used due diligence in prescribing. Prescribing to a patient with documented, beneficial use, drug screened at every appointment, and patients that could be resuming life that was possible with our providers judgement that were in compliance of pre, mis-guide-line, prescribing has been brought to screeching halt. Approximately 1/100th of 1 percent of the “prescribed” opiate medication patient is the target of the CDC, or so is stated. Pain patients, and I believe, the military patients, veterans, should receive effective health treatment in any regard but, to CAUSE pain and suffering and, pain and suffering is real, is beyond, asinine. Beyond with such a “we’re right” policy conceived from the authoritarians, that can not perceive what continuous severe, unman aged pain is like to live with.

    My consistent prayers for all, pain patients, those who have paid the ultimate price for service to this country, those suffering from service to this country, and for all pain patients that have paid the ultimate price with NO resource of sufficient pain treatment other, than self destruction.

  13. paula downing at 9:00 am

    This is so close to my heart and I could not have said it better. I am deeply distressed that he was denied the opportunity to talk to his congressman (shame on the congressman!). I am not a vet but as a sufferer of chronic pain for 26 years I can tell you that without my opiate medication, I would not want to live. The pain is too great to bear 24 hours a day, day in and day out. The only time in my life I almost put an end to the nightmare was when I was tapered off and then denied opiates at the Mayo Clinic. The moment I returned home, I sought out my pain clinic and was put on them again because the doctor could see that I simply could not take the pain and without relief I saw no point in trying to live. If only this veteran’s message could reach Mr Shulkin. It truly is tantamount to a death sentence for these sufferers of chronic pain to be denied treatment. In the name of God, I pray that this message will have a tremendous impact on the new VA administration. AND on pain specialists everywhere.

  14. Jocelyne M Merwin Ellis at 8:35 am

    Very well put…sorry for your suffering and the needless suffering of anyone…be they military,ex-military or civilian!!! From another chronic pain sufferer…

  15. scott michaels at 7:52 am

    Its the VA ts every ins. co. KAISER BLUECROSS ETC.
    WE HAVE A HEROIN EPIDEMIC. NOT A PRESCRIPTION DRUG EPIDEMIC. EVEN IF WE DID, SO WHAT! CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS NUMBER IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS. DRUG OVERDOSES ARE IN THE THOUSANDS AND THE BIG LIE IS THEY USE THE TERM OPIOID EPIDEMIC THE MAKE THE PUBLIC BELIEVE ITS ALL ABOUT THE PILLS. THIS LIE BECAME SO BIG AND SO DANGEROUS THAT SO MANY MILLIONS IF PEOPLE ARE NOW BEDRIDDEN AND CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE AND ALSO TURNING TO HEROIN. THIS IS NOT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, BUT PAIN IS LIKE HUNGER. IT WONT GO AWAY UNTIL YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE EAT. BECAUSE THE DEA AND CDC ARE SO INEPT THEY NEEDED TO TAKE THE FOCUS OFF OF THE FACT THEY CANT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE HEROIN CROSSING THE BOARDERS.THEY HAVE FAILED FOR DECADES. HEROIN COCAINE WEED. THEY MIGHT STOP 3% IF THEYRE LUCKY. SO TAKING THE ONLY MEDICINE AWAY FROM CHRONIC PAI PATIENTS MAKES NO SENSE!
    THEY ARE MONITORED BY DOCTORS AND PHARMACIES. THEY TAKE AS DIRECTED SO THEY DONT RUN OUT BEFORE END OF MONTH AND MOST IMPORTANT THEY WORK. ALL OF THESE NEW NON OPIOID PAIN RELIEVERS HAVE BEEN PROOVEN INEFFECTIVE. YET THE GOVT CONTINUES TO FINANCE THEM. THEY ALSO FINANCE REHAB BUSINESSES. THESE TOO ARE WORTHLESS. ONLY 3% of the people that go to rehab stay clean. THE ONLY PROVEN SUCCESS HAS BEEN 12 STEP PROGRAMS WHICH ARE A LIFE TIME COMMITMENT. EVEN THEN PEOPLE RELAPSE AND START OVER.
    PEOPLE HAT NEED HIGH DOSE OPIOID THERAPY FOR PAIN RELIEF DONT OD. NEVER HAVE NEVER WILL. NOW THAT TEY ARE FORCED OFF OR DOWN TO 90 MG MME. THAT DOES NOT STOP THE PAIN. THE INLY RECOURSE IS THAT YHE PATIENT WILL BE SUICIDAL, WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK THE LAW AND BY FROM THE STREETS AND WILL STOP USING AS DIRECTED AND USE AS NEEDED. THIS MEANS THEY WILL RUN OUT IN JUST A FEW DAYS. WITHIN 24 HOURS THE PAIN WILL BE FIERCE AND WITHDRAWL SYMPTOMS WILL PREVAIL.
    THE PENDULUM SWUNG SO FAR THAT EBVERYBODY FORGOT. ILLEGAL DRUGS HAVE BEEN HERE FOR EVER. JUNKIES WILL ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO GET LOADED. THAT VERY SMALL % shoukd be the collateral dsmage. OUT VETS AND TAX Paying citizens that have extreme chonic pain everyday MUST BE TREATED WITH THE GOLD STANDARD OF PAIN RELIEF. OPIOID THERAPY.
    PAIN MANAGEMENT IS A SPECIALIZED MEDICAL PROFESSION. THESE DOCTORS WENT TO SCHOOL AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 4 YEARS AND PSID A FORTUNE FOR THE EDUCATION. THE DEA ALLOWED THESE DRUGS AS SAFE WHEN TSKEN AS DIRECTED AND THE DOCTOR WILL DETERMINE THE BEST DOSE WHETHET HIGH OR LOW. THE CDC IS OUT IF JURSISTICTION. THEY WANT TO FIX THE DESEASE OF ADDICTION. THEN THEY MUST TREAT THE GENETIC DESEASE, NOT PUNISH TJOSE DEPENDENT ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN RELIEF. THEY TOOK THE EASY WAY OUT AND CAUSED MORE HARM THEN GOOD WITH THESE GUIDELINES.
    THEY HAVE GIVEN US NO CHOICE. WE MUST UNITE AND FIGHT. WHERE ARE IUR REPRESENTATIVES AND LEGISLATERS. WHERE ARE THE DOCTORS THAT SHOULD BE FIGHTING FOR THEIR CAREERS. WHY US THE DEA STILL IN EXISTSNCE. FIRE THEM ALL. THEYRE OBVIOUSLY WORTHLESS ON THE TAKE AND JUST WONT STOP THE ILLEGAL DRUGS. THEYD RATHER ARREST GRANDMA A VET IN A WHEELCHAIR AND A DISABLED AMERUCAN THEN GO AFTER DRUG CARTELLS.

  16. Maureen at 7:16 am

    Excellent Robert! God bless you and all of our Vets who are being mis-treated, under treated, denied and ignored. It truly is insanity. Keep strong.

  17. William Dorn at 6:34 am

    Sgt Rose is a true american hero.He is fighting for all pain patients rights to live a life without horrible pain.All vets should come to his aid and demand there rights to pain medicines.The goverment will not be able to hide the truth if millions of vets cry out.Sgt Rose is correct the CDC panel was made up by people who have large financial interest in rehab for profit clinics.They will let americans die just to line their pockets.Copies of this story should be sent to every newspaper and news station in america.The public needs to know the truth not goverment lies.

  18. Cynthia Acey at 5:18 am

    I’m so sorry! I totally agree with your thoughts n about the facts stated about the body shutting down as I’m going through that now!! It’s truly sad that CDC N the government don’t have a clue or knowledge to make this call for individuals!! What little bit of joy in life that chronic pain patients had to even be able to wake up n get out of bed has been taken away due to stupidity! Now the sad thing is pain management Drs are stating “no injections means no medication ” ! Is that right??? It doesn’t matter what the governmental agencies do drug addicts will get what they need they have for decades n kill the individuals that truly need medication to survive!!! May the Lord be with us all!!!

  19. N. Payne at 2:51 am

    Robert, this is perfectly written with no mincing of words. Thank you for your service, for preparing this statement, and for continuing to try to be heard. What is being done to us IS Genocide. Period. The needless suffering is torture. These government and other officials will NEVER feel our pain because we all better believe, when acute and/or chronic pain strikes them, they WILL have easy access to the medications they are denying us. I hope and believe there is a special place waiting for all of them when they die, where they will suffer what we are suffering until, perhaps, they come to understand what being in agony, humiliated, falsely accused, and abandoned really feels like. We must keep fighting for our stories to be heard.

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