DEA Opioid Crackdown Targets Supply

DEA Opioid Crackdown Targets Supply

by Ed Coghlan

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced it will reduce the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the United States in 2017.

The reduction will be by 25 percent or more, according to a Final Order being published in the Federal Register tomorrow and available for public inspection today here.

For several other medicines, including hydrocodone, it will be a much larger reduction. The DEA is reducing hydrocodone manufacturing by 2/3rd.

The DEA says that demand for these opioid medicines, represented by prescriptions written by DEA-registered practitioners, has decreased.

The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) released last month found 6.5 million Americans over the age of 12 used controlled prescription medicines non-medically during the past month, second only to marijuana and more than past-month users of cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

Earlier this year the CDC issued guidelines to practitioners recommending a reduction in prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain.

According to the DEA press release,  the purpose of quotas is to provide for the adequate and uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical need of the types of schedule I and II controlled substances that have a potential for abuse, while limiting the amounts available to prevent diversion..

The DEA considers data from many sources, including estimates of the legitimate medical need; estimates of retail consumption based on prescriptions dispensed; manufacturers’ data on actual production, sales, inventory, exports, product development needs, and manufacturing losses; data from DEA’s own internal system for tracking controlled substance transactions; and past quota histories.  Once the aggregate quota is set, DEA allocates individual manufacturing and procurement quotas to those companies that apply for it.  DEA may revise a company’s quota at any time during the year if change is warranted due to increased sales or exports; new manufacturers entering the market; new product development; or product recalls.

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My condition is im sure like yours and many others - Progressive - slowly but constantly getting worse.

CDC guidelines for dosage is simply worthless for progressive ailments.

The other notion that Pain Meds make Pain worse when used long term is just NOT TRUE for most patients.

Also I was told to get a Pain Pump once I’m completely weaned off all pain medication. I asked about side effects and was told ” Im not aware of any” but if you look there are lots of side effects. Because of the location of the catheter & complex
ity of the procedure, patients are 4 times more likely to die compared to having say a knee replacement.

My new Dr has cut my IR medication by 75% and as a result I’ve gained 10 pounds, the leg spasm has gone from once every few weeks to every day and the little things i did everyday I can no longer do because of the pain. Some sites show more negative side effects than positive results and most patients still need oral pain meds while on the Pump.

As Baby Boomers we represent a large part of the population and we will need more effective Pain control. The DEA has paid homage to us by using bogus studies and money hungry Dr’s to claim ” Opiates have no long term value ”

For me and probably you to, spending all day using countless modalities to insignificantly reduce pain just so we can remain alive - Is not living a life. We have a garden for flowers that live but don’t have a life. I want a life and I’ll bet you do to.

The public loves to watch videos and gaze at pictures so maybe we need to document our suffering and pass it on to EVERYONE including the DEA CDC FDA and our elected officials. We have the power but I think most all of us are afraid to use it and too full of shame over the fact that we need Opiates to be productive human beings again, My next pain outburst will be captured on video and played on Utube.

It is an outrage that the DEA and CDC can simply wave their pen and take the medications away from me which have allowed me to function for fifteen years due to a l2 vertebrae which is 65% collapsed from a shattered lumbar from a car accident 38 years ago I managed to function without pain meds for 25 but time took its toll and now both discs on each side of it have completely desintegrated and all my other l discs are hurniated and one s disc, my sciatic nerve is being pinched if I don’t have my meds I can barely get out of bed. These people need to walk a mile in a chronic pain patients shoes before they just decide they will solve opiod addictions by taking them away from the people who need them. The DEA just wants to validate their existance by creating the biggest heroin and illegally made plll epidemic in this countries history. They have had since Nixon to show they can make a difference and yet by their own omission they are still only ten percent effective. They should eliminate the entire agency. Now the insurance companies are using this morphine rquivelant dose to deny paying for my medications while raising their cost by 20 percent. Without warning they refused to pay for 3 of my meds after filling one effectively putting in opiod withdrawal and severe pain. We need to organize as the baby boomers are entering their senior years there will be a need for more of these meds as our knees hips need to be replaced along with a large number of other ailments.


Tim, Kudos to you for posting the link…I had no idea. Very very interesting!
Perhaps our ‘fight’ against the ‘harm done unto us’ is finally coming to light and
causing the CDC to start connecting the ‘true’ dots! Keep fighting Pain warriors!


Note that while they finally put out numbers that reflect realty more closely that they did it very quietly. The original numbers were all over the front page yet the corrected information, which was put out only one week later is just now coming to light. I would hope it would change some of the horror that has been visited on the chronic pain community because of the original erroneous information but sincerely doubt it will even if we all make certain that our doctors have these new numbers unless the CDC is very vocal about this new information and changes its ridiculous reccomendations. Sadly as doing so doesn’t fit their agenda the likelihood of the CDC changing their reccomendations has about the same chance as an icicle in a very hot spot!

Tim Mason

BREAKING NEWS. THIS JUST IN. The CDC has finally removed prescription opioids from the big number they were using. Perhaps they figured they needed a subset of individuals that actually take their medicine as prescribed.
I am sure you will be making an article about this on 12/27/2016

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
— Thomas Sowell
(1930- ) Writer and economist


Remember the good old days when the United States government stood up for and protected suffering people who were being mistreated by their governments?
What happened to the compassion and integrity of our federal government?
I used to joke around that all politicians were either failed used car salesman or failed clergy. Now these days I interprete this joke more literally. The very day that our government structure was turned from a system of a “By the People and for the People” structure into a dueling banjos session of capitalistic values over citizens rights. This was the day that “WE the People” lost out. It’s real strange too that it actually became more prominent during the Nixon administration right after the beginning of the “War on Drugs”. Once real coruption entered Washington DC and dishonesty and greed was used against the American people instead of our country’s adversaries, special interests groups started getting anything they wanted for bribes and campaign contributions, no matter the cost to the people.
In the late 50’s Bobby Kennedy went after Jimmy Hoffa for not only Hoffa’s involvement with organized crime, but also allocations of the Teamsters bribing polical officials for everything from government trucking contracts to political favors. The very same allegations that RFK brought Hoffa in front of congressional hearings for and would have eventually brought him up on charges if Hoffa wouldn’t have disappeared, are now common and everyday practice in DC. Kinda speaks volumes about all 3 branches of our government doesn’t it? Nothing like having elected organized crime running our government and it’s going to do nothing but get worse with the incoming administration.


Haz, Merry Christmas! I 110% agree! Also,I’m the same as you only I just have just 3 compressed cervical spine disks, but the same as your lumbar.
I maintain just fine on my meds and when they’ve messed with them…I’ve suffered horribly! Hang in there!


It wouldn’t matter if you kept it as low as a 3rd grade level and drew them pictures. In these bureaucrats minds, it’s all about money and power. Look at the DEA for example; their war on drugs is designed to actually push pain sufferers to the streets for relief and make criminals out of very honest people.
Their attacks on doctors who prescribe opiates is simply about how much money and assets they can seize. Then as honest people in pain die from suicide and overdose using illegal and dangerous drugs, these heartless agencies go to Congress to get their funding increased. Statistics have already shown that the DEA and CDC’s involvement in hindering access to medications by pain patients has not decreased overdose fatalities, but it has actually increased the number of OD’S every year. All these agencies are like a guided missile, their target is funding and the innocent deaths the explosion causes are just casualties of war.

Tim Mason

As scientists, when we are asked speak to a politician that we describe or explain something scientific we should keep it on a fifth grade level.
In fact, they just repeat what they have heard or been told. (or told to say).
Real physical pain, being subjective but be felt and experienced to fully understand and have an appreciation for it, and to have empathy for the person that suffers from continued pain. I am certain this is true for DEA agents and their operatives and those people in the DEA that write articles and literature. They simply regurgitate what that they have been told is fact and they believe it.


Ive been on Opioids for over 16yrs, i don’t believe taking these meds makes your Chronic Pain worse. I have 5 neck disc’s bulging a back Fusion at L4/L5-L5-S1 and my meds do not make the pain worse, the Government passing stupid laws makes my Chronic Pain worse.


Every time I read another article reporting that long term use doesn’t work and even causes more pain i want to shake them until their brains scramble! After years of being told that the headaches I suffered from daily were “rebound headaches” I was put on large doses of dilaudid, and fentanyl in a manner that kept an even dose in my system and I wasn’t constantly chasing pain. For about 8 years of being on the exact same dosage with no headaches and my other pain being controlled enough that I could have some kind of life I began to get headaches again and my general pain level was on the rise which of course was blamed on my medication! Why the hell do those idiots refuse to see the reality of treating chronic pain? Being that I know the answer the question is purely rhetorical. Their job security would be in danger! I know that my anger and frustration just makes pain worse but don’t know how not to feel this way!
I hope everyone has as good a day as possible with low pain for Christmas! Gentle hugs to all!!

Tim Mason

Yes Dan it is all in the nomenclature. Heroin would be diacetylmorphine or classified as an opiate.
The DEA needs a statistician. Remember studying sets, subsets and unions in high school math?
Opium is a dried latex of the poppy plant. From that young plant they get codeine, thebaine and a small amount of morphine.
A quick study of the opium and its extracts is interesting indeed.
Heroin (diacetylmorphine) and Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) are two of the most widely used substances. Both invented by the same German chemist many years ago.
Heroin was named such because it was supposed to save the opium smoker from his addiction. It was equally more addictive than opium. But aspirin saved us all from headaches.

This is all part of their ” Playbook ” and in order for the Anti-Opiate campaign to work they all need to be on the same page of that book.

More and more I see the blame for OD rates shifting to Chronic Pain Patients - it’s the only way they can sell it.

Everyone on board uses the same terminology when talking to CP patients about the reason for tapering off or for loosing their medication completely.

“Long term use causes more pain” is the #1 reason given patients when the bad news is delivered. The whole ” conspiracy” is like a political campaign and in order for it to work they must have consistency - now they do !


John S


Very well said! These bureaucrats who think by changing the meaning or terminology of a word simply so they can create a whole category of people compiled from different backgrounds is just how simple minded our government has become. They all have Tunnel Vision and can only process one problem at a time. Then if money becomes a factor, everyone looses.


“Chronic pain suffers become addicted but physical addiction because you can be a productive member of society, so what, there’s a big, big difference between being an addict who will kill to get drugs.” Written here by ‘Tracy’ on Oct 5, 2016. How misinformed you are! Your statement that we patients “become addicted” is the thinking akin to the DEA, CDC, and other government agencies that have their hands in OUR medical issues. Addiction is completely different than Tolerance and Dependance. Chronic pain patients who are prescribed opiates and are compliant do NOT become addicted. Research easily found shows that 6% of CP patients become addicted to thier prescribed opiates. These people have a disease and do not represent the bulk of CP patients. To see you write that we become addicts infuriates me. When pain is present, the opiate receptors are filled by the opiates! The layman who does not suffer with ongoing, intractable pain does get a high, do experience euphoria, have a predisposed system that renders them helplessly addicted. In california, there is a Pain Patients Bill of Rights. I will paste it here. This protects CP patients and their prescribing physicians. I am a nurse and have had to educate many patients in the proper terminology and meanings of Dependent, Tolerance and Addiction. These states of being are vastly different. To jump to Addiction is wrong and projects exactly what we CP patients are fighting against. Tolerance is when a patient becomes accustomed to a dosage of a medication, the med does not produce desired analgesia. The dosage must be increased in this common case. Dependance is a state of the body experiencing a pseudo state of withdrawal when a medication is stopped (especially abruptly) or lowered in dosage. The body is dependent on a certain amount of a medication and will react adversely to the reduction. These are both expected and normal states and have NOTHING to do with, nor are interchangeable with Addiction. Other medications also have these effects, not just opiates. Please learn the differences, it will help you understand the chronic pain patients reactions to opiates. Here is the California Pain Patients Bill of Rights. I suggest people look up their states to see if there is anything similar in place. One thing that I take issue with is the bill is dated 1997. Has the government overruled any of the parts of the bill in their plethora of new ‘rules’ concerning opiates? If so, this is a direct violation of a state bill and is illegal. _________________________ CALIFORNIA Pain Patient’s Bill of Rights Health and Safety Code Effective: October 10, 1997 Existing law, the Intractable Pain Treatment Act, authorizes a physician and surgeon to prescribe or administer controlled substances to a person in the course of treating that person for a diagnosed condition called intractable pain, and prohibits the Medical Board of California from disciplining a physician and surgeon for this action. This bill would establish the Pain Patient’s Bill of… Read more »

Makes me wonder - Oh Lord it sure does and it makes me sick.

Here is an interesting stat directly from the CDC that I saw today.

An ESTIMATED 24,000 that’s Twenty Four Thousand adults will die in the U S A this year. Mexico has a number that’s double that of the U S and they / Mexico has the highest and ranked #1 the U S A is ranked #4. The numbers are based on per 1 million adults but the USA has more adults.

According to the CDC Chart, Sugary Drinks is the cause of the deaths. No prescription needed just a $1.06 Seems we just love our soda pop and it probably is an addiction,

Is that an Epidemic ?

Does this information infuriate anyone ?

Thank you,

John S

Tim Mason

Dan, Kinda makes you wonder why the DEA allows the convince stores to sell glass pipes that are used to smoke meth, crack other illegal substances. They also sell unused cigarette filters to use as filters for people that convert their morphine to heroin. They also sell the micro baggies for packaging of heroin and meth for resale.
You are right, they go after the easy targets. Patients and doctors.
I was between jobs once and applied for a job at the local jail. I was offered the job with an additional 10K to accept. I asked why would you do that? The major replied. Mr. Mason you did not ask me for the three things that every person asks for. I said “What are those things”? He said “The three thing a person wants in any form of law enforcement is a badge, a gun and a car. You asked for none of these”


Maybe the only bright side of this is that Big Pharma will hustle to develop anti-abuse formulations, in the name of greed. Obviously no branch of our government will do the right thing and somehow force Big Pharma to do the right thing. I found this PDF of medication “alternatives” to opiates suggested by the CDC. It is willfully ignorant and platitudinous at best. All of this misguided war on opiates reminds me of the government’s histrionic fear-mongering anti-marijuana propaganda from a few decades ago. Sorry for my lack of technical savvy… This is how you get to the PDF: ***> then, scroll down to the tab, “clinical tools”. The PDF is entitled “Nonopiod Treatments”. Incidentally, I have fibromyalgia. On page 2 of this PDF are recommended alternatives to opiates for fibromyalgia. Pregabalin (Lyrica) is listed as a class V controlled substance. Side effects include drug misuse, and drug addiction, particularly if taken at high doses over a long period of time. Ironic.

Tim Mason

Dan this translates into Job Security for them. $$$$



Notice they say opiod deaths. They wont give the herion to illegal use of pain killer deaths. They say opiod deaths. The dea cant fight the real drug war so they gotta go after someone so they put fear in doctors to the point of not caring for chronic pain suffers. They have to make it seem like they are doin something so they blame painkillers for everything. It will bite them in the butt. There will be more people dying from herion than ever. They will have a bigger drug war cause now herion is the number one drug that will be coming into out country. There will be a rise in suicides cause people cant live with no quality of life. Its a shame that a animal isnt left to suffer like there doin to humans. Its the poor addicts. Noone will even talk with chronic pain suffers. On their judgment day i hope they get whats comin to them for letting people suffer. Men and women died for this country so they can have a job and be free. Now they let them snd everyone else suffer. If their family suffered im sure they get whatever they need. There not fighting a war on drugs its a smokescreen cause they cant beat the real drug war HERION.

Tim Mason

Sher, all forms of media have convinced an unknowing public of a lie using poor statistics and their front men and women reporters, eager for fame, speak on topics of science, sociology and medicine of which they know nothing about. A doctor, that spent 10 years salary on a medical education and additional special training is faced with someone with a criminal justice certificate, badge, to much testosterone and gun and told how he must NOT help people. There is a lot of blame to go around. Heck, now a criminal can become president! Sounds like “The Twilight Zone” to me.


This whole scenario is a bad nightmare. Gone is the common sense, logical & only explanation to what is happening. The big, bloated powers that be have taken control of our health. How could this happen in the smartest, most powerful & influential country in the world? I’m living in fear of my medicine being tapered even more, skyrocketing prescription costs & my future to live a somewhat less painful existence. Where are the big lawsuits? People are dying, they are driven to near madness, made to feel not worthy to live a fulfilling life. This my fellow pain sufferers is a nightmare of epic proportions & we need to make some noise.

Bob Twillman

One fact here is COMPLETELY wrong! DEA says in its news release that it is reducing hydrocodone quotas TO 66% of last year’s levels, not BY 66% of last year’s levels. That’s a HUGE difference, and it needs to be corrected.

Christine Hawkins

I just had my second back surgery hoping it would release some of the pain i have been in for 5 years. L4L5 siataca. Scare tissue wrapped around siataca nerve root. For two years after I moved from on county in Fl. No one would see me. They want your records faxed first then they tell you if they will see you. After a week if extreme BV withdraw and pain i had to get on Suboxone. I cannot describe the dispare. If I could of found the guts I would of jumped off a bridge. Now I’m back on my pain meds but for how long before they start dictating how and when I can receive my meds. Gee let’s all light up a cigarette. They straight up have drugs in them that keep you addicted to them. Why don’t they crack down on that? I always thought people who had back problems where just using the excuse so they didn’t have to lift patients out of dental chairs. Boy was I wrong.e Ven on pain meds I’m in considerable amount of pain. But it does help me function. :Are they going to cut down cancer patients as well ? Should we just fill their IVs with vodka?:&

Gonna have to fight insurance companys now too. Just got a certified letter from hi mark telling me im on too hi of a dose for my medical condition (fibro/compresses discs in lower back l1-l4 from falling 15ft and braking two vertabrae). Who the heck are they to tell me how much meds i need they dont feel my pain- i wish they could maybe they wouldnt ne sending me this letter. It goes on saying opiates are depentant and addictive and cause serious health conditions even when prescribed by a doctor. Then they leave a number to call a clinical specialist to determine if my med usage may need further evaluated, to determine if you may need specific services to help with youredical dependancy, address any other concerns i may have with my meds. Other words your a drug addict go to rehab. They cut my meds 80%. I use to have a functional life till this crap. Why have doctors call the ins co and tell them whats wrong and they can give u the med u need and the dose. Then they tell me use one doc, one pharmacist and one hospital so i get the best care. Im at my wits end. Dont know how much more i can take.


To Frances Hunt: I strongly believe that your post bears repeating. If you are so inclined, please consider submitting it to be read at the upcoming Rally for Pain in DC.

Kim Kimmet

Laura I wish that was all that was wrong. My medications cost me $25 a month. The concentration of marijuana I should take costs $ 35-40 a day. that is a big difference & yes that is the amount I should take according to a physician. I’m pretty sure that $1100 is a much larger amount. This drug is also unregulated & dangerous if you buy it due to butane they use to make it. That is dangerous & should be stopped. Besides the strength changes so you have no idea what the effect may be. That’s also dangerous. I have been injured for 20 years now, I am always looking for new cures & the best Dr’s, I have never had an issue with drugs, though one I asked if I could replace 5 oxycodones that feel in vast litter box. Outraged myself that I couldn’t even trade them, that I would have to take them anyway. Again I never had a drug problem. This was urine tested every month for years & a large cost to Medicare not to mnemonic 12 visits a year of increased to affect 4 times a year for the first 12 years,with no issues. This whole thing is a human rights violation that has cost the public, Medicare & all insurance Company’s a fortune & has NOT done a thing to fight the drug war. They need to correctly tell people that 96% of patients never have a problem. Then the heroin use & ODs have been on a steep climb since they took away patients rights to be under proper physician care. Please stop heroin, crack, meth & spice that the DEA started also which now is also very dangerous, we would be so much safer with marijuana legalozed.
There should be proper studies done, how are so many people getting these drugs & what the effect the DEA has on them & how they can really help. Please patients are not addicts

Cliff Rogers

I agree they want us dead by suicide or other ways but they sure want all that money we pay for treatment. I have been on pain meds for over 10 years my liver is fine and I have never overdosed or been a criminal. Now at my recent appt with pain clinic that my primary doctor of 16 years sent me to and have been there 3 1/2 years decided that I need another neck surgery and fusion and after putting me on oxycodone , fentanyl, robaxin,zoloft and ambiem which I was on hyro and ambiem for 10 years untill being sent to pain clinic now want me to go back to primary doctor and have him prescribe zoloft ambiem and robaxin and wants to just jerk me off of oxy and fentanyl after asking me if pain meds were helping and I said yes they are.well because of cdc I have to quit prescribing your meds that enable you to have a normal and meaningful quality of life. WTF u get me on all these powerful meds and you are going to just drop me like I am nothing but a thorn in your side I and many have paid doctors and insurance companies millions so they can live in their million dollar home and drive their 80 thousand dollar car. So I think there has got to be some kind of law and if you no a lawyer please send this to them that protects the chronic pain people that cant defend there selfs my point is doctors took an oath to do no harm but they are going to just throw us out like the weekly trash that there house cleaning service does without caring what harm they do to thousands of people that are now going to have to deal with pain and withdraw with no were to go except the streets or other illegal means because unless you have cancer or end of life you get to choose of being a criminal or puting yourself out of misery by taking your own life !!! So thanks cdc and you great doctors that took the oath to do no harm you are breaking your oath because rather than stand-up and say I am the doctor and I dont need the government telling me how to do my job. So I think we need to stand together and find a law that protects us from being refused treatment after being treated for years!!!! After all we are going to suffer so why cant we have that big house and fancy car since we cant have what we really want is to be a little less in pain and be able to enjoy our famliy and do our jobs. And to all my fellow chronic pain suffers godbless you and hope you stand with me and tellem we are people too.

Totally agree. My blood pressure was fine till they cut my meds now that im suffering every day its thru the roof. I got to b put on a blood pressure med now. The stress from people suffering chronic pain every day is no good for the body. They want us dead. By suicide or organs failing from suffering. Im gone to the rally in dc on oct 22nd i pray theres coverage on that.


John S.
You are absolutely correct about the side effects of other drugs and I applaud the winters of the hit series CODE BLACK for showing the dangers of even over the counter drugs in last week’s episode. A young boy overdosed on grape flavored Tylenol ( Acetaminophen) a doctor ended up needing a liver transplant
. This just goes to show that there are people in the entertainment industry who see what’s going on all over the country. Just maybe they will write an episode about someone having a heart attack or a stroke because they were denied pain medication.

To Nanny: I’m sure in some cases patients do get Opiates when a different drug is called for. I can think of a dozen reasons why a drug is not prescribed and an opiate is used.

That’s part of the problem - the way we THINK ! It’s not a one pill fits all and despite what the media tells us, Opiates have fewer side effects. Sure they can be dangerous but nearly all drugs can be. I read a study that said the worst part of Long Term use of opiates is liver or kidney damage - when combined with acetaminophen. None of my pain meds have acetaminophen in them and most all pain Dr”s have stopped using drugs with Tylenol.

Google - Dr. Carl Hart - read about the studies he’s done. He’s never been approached by the DEA or the CDC yet he is a leading expert on addiction and dependency.


John S


Patricia Jones. If you live in a state that marijuana is legal please try it. It was the only thing that helped with my fibro pain and migraines and kidney stones. AND no side effects come close to the ones like neurontin and other meds. It’s also cheaper to buy the marijuana than all the rx’s they prescribe.
Personally I feel it’s the big drug companies getting political and wanting that cash lining pockets of crooked politicians etc. I wish it was legal in my state. When I was able to take it I was like a different person. Especially on the insomnia aspects.

Kim kimmet

The DEA has no regard for patients, if they did they would tell them when their Dr is going to be shut down.many people take other meds as well from pain Dr’s, one common drug will kill you if you stop taking it, & 1 of my others will cause seizures & possible death to stop talking it. They already made impossible to get your prescription any sooner than a couple days before refill, then close your Dr down. This leaves thousands scrambling for a very few that will help. Leading good people into the dangerous streets.
Iwant the dea to just do their job fighting against dangerous drugs that are illegally in our country.
Forcing honest Americans who have life altering chronic pain to search for their own medications dangerously in the streets is neglect & abuse.
This has driven the robberies of pharmacies, heroin use & deaths of coarse from OD. The DEA has created this problem, I have tried to contact them in reguards to finding a Dr that they won’t be closing or is under investigation. They just won’t talk to me.
So who are they helping? Stop the heroin from coming here, the cocaine Trump is running, using & crack. While we’re on it legalize Marijuana so they will stop making spice, it is very dangerous in comparison. How about alcohol?


I too want to know what you plan on replacing pain meds with for those of us who have tried the expensive and ineffective alternative therapies and have found the only relief to be found is with opiates? What about those of us who require more medication than the powers that be say I should need? Do you really think that we would put ourselves through being treated like cr*p and having to jump through hoops to get just enough relief to hopefully make it through the day if we didn’t need that medication? Sadly the very things that are used as “proof ” of addiction are what we are forced into in order to get medication that we need! Quit holding the hands of real addicts who lie, cheat,steal and murder and see reality!

Patricia Jones

I am not looking forward to the suffering. I am seriously considering trying cannibus. I haven’t tried it but live in a state where it is legal.
Thank you

Patricia Jones

I have chronic low back pain & fibromyalgia. What are they going to give us for pain instead of opids? I want medication not therapy or acupuncture,yoga etc I have tried them all nothing works. What are they planning on giving us please answer.


I know what you are saying. I just had a confrontation with a troubled maker in one of the pain groups on Facebook who I don’t believe was a pain sufferer. My answer in the argument was the same exact thing that you stated here.

Then we have the government creating their own vocabulary in order to compile dependant and addiction into the same terminology. The simply say that anyone who uses opiates for what ever reason, treating pain or getting high has an “opioid use disorder.” This is our government officials and their bureaucratic agencies answer to the tens of thousands of letters, the hundreds of petitions and the unknown numbers of phone calls they have recieved from pain suffers and their advocates. They just change a few words to justify their actions. The sad thing is that for every action there is an equal or stronger reaction. So now they are either pushing more people to the streets to self medicate, or they are pushing them over the edge and they take their own lives.

Dear CDC, FDA and DEA
Will someone from each center, administration and agency please attend my funeral and justify the reason for removing my pain medication. The previously prescribed opioid-based medication didn’t get rid of all my pain but it helped me to feel almost normal. I have back problems and Fibromyalgia.I have read about the studies, and I feel empathy for the family members who lost loved ones to opioid overdose. My pain is so bad that now I have been prescribed antidepressants but I still feel the pain, and I want the hurt to stop. One day I will just go away and die like a dog in the woods. Can you please help so I won’t have to die?



Addiction (*physical addiction”?) and dependence are two different things. People who have physical symptoms with out their meds are not addicts. You have it mixed up in terminology. Addicts cheat, steal, and lie to get the drugs, in spite of the fact that it is harming them. People that are dependent do not have addictive behaviors. It all goes inyo the interpretation of the definition. Again addiction and dependence are two different things.

Susan M Gates

How can a government agency make decisions that should only be made by doctors. The doctors make the decision to use an opioid medication on an individual basis. I’ve been living in ps in for 15 years now. I was diagnosed with RSDS/CRPS 13 years ago. I take my medications as my dr. has prescribed them. I don’t get a “buzz^ from them. In fact, the meds don’t even get rid of my pain but they do reduce the pain. Without them I would have no quality of life at all


I agree, it took over 4 years of hit and miss prescribing to manage my pain semi efficiently. Different chemistry effects pain conditions different.


Reduce the supply not only do we suffer but I guarantee the price will skyrocket.

Sandra Gordon

Nanny: Do you have fibromyalgia that you are treating with Lyrica, or perhaps RA? Every sufferer is different. Please do not assume that all prescriptions for illnesses like these are standard. I have no doubt that there are erroneous opioid prescriptions out there. But, please, be careful of presuming that the medications marketed for specific illnesses work in all people with those illnesses.

Tim Mason

According to a 2008 FDA document (which has since been archived but I found it) states that denial of opioids to elderly patients with painful arthritis and other pathologies that cause pain is a form of “Elder Abuse”.


Marco. I blame Obama and his appointed puppets. The other pain relief ways would be, CBT, that means go to therapy and talk away your pain. Take an antidepressant, most people in pain are depressed, ya think? Does nothing for the pain though. How about acupuncture for your chronic pain, or imagery, and you can connect your body and mind and visualize your pain away. You need to stop lady. Don’t you understand, the government wants to control your pain medication because they cannot control where control is needed. They do not care about you. Again, the government does not care about you. The doctors are threatened or intimidated into giving you a Tylenol, and aspirin or Ibuprofen, or a COX 2 inhibitor. Take cortisone and destroy your kidneys. Yes, I blame Obama. These medications are safe. Chronic pain suffers become addicted but physical addiction because you can be a productive member of society, so what, there’s a big, big difference between being an addict who will kill to get drugs.


Your reduction is just growing the herion problem. That’s what they want so they can arrest people and make money on putting them in jail. They don’t see or care about what they are doing to harm people and force them to buy cr*p and they don’t really know what it is.. Well we should need 25 percent LESS of the DEA department too.. Doubt they would see it like that.. They get to use what ever number they want to claim is from overdose death but they don’t seperate people who have a cocktail consumption that they had consumed.
This is not going to get any better untill patients fight for rights we already have ANNYONOUS march on November 5th and they are fed up too which include veterans who have been screwed and hackers and they say government needs restructuring. They are causing harm to the people and need to give us our rights our forefathers fought for…


This country is so screwed up . And This site keeps telling us these horror series, but what are we supposed to do about them? There’s nothing we can do. Not only am I powerless over my pain, soon I may also be powerless to get medication that makes life bearable. Haven’t seen or heard any good news in a long time. Sure doesn’t help my mood.


I feel all of you as your fellow chronic pain patient (suffering),but one of you IS blaming the Obama for all of this. But if you look in the past news he did mention their had to be others ways to just throwing chronic pain and cancer patients off our medications or decreasing the quanities, when WE the real ones have MEDICAL PROOFS - (MOUNTAIN OF THEM!). This was going to happen when the ones who didn’t need them were given to them by doctors who were the kingpins, over prescribing because of the money they receive from prescriptions (if not under the table.),pill mills and more. The thing with Fentanyl… just scares the [edit] out of me (excuse my language.) and I’m hoping and praying asking for GOD to watch over me so that I won’t get it. There IS something we all can do, I have a plan: Go to as many of the pain organizations there are and printout all the comments, find out when and where the elected officials, including President contenders are going to be, have a friends and family send them letters non-stop letting them KNOW that WE Chrionic pain and cancer patients (Millions) will make it to the election day to vote for the person who will listen and produce results WITHOUT being intimidated by DEA,P.R.O.P,CDC and whoever else. If they do not product in the next four years, that they are out. One of the people above IS RIGHT,WE have to GIVE IT EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT TO MAKE THIS THING MOVE! LIKE KRATOMA (SPELLING?) DID, WE HAVE TO BECOME SO ORGANIZED THAT THE WORLD WILL KNOW - WHEN YOU ARE WRONG, WE WILL FOLLOW UP! WE HAVE TO BECOME A BIG ORGANIZATION SO BIG THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO ALLOW US TO LISTEN AND WEIGH IN ONE THE AGENDAS THEY ARE FORMING AT ANYTIME. AND WE CAN MAKE SURE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE REAL MEDICAL PROOFS DOES NOT HAVE EASY ACCESS TO IT TO SOME DEGREES OF EFFECT. LET’S OVER WHELM THEM WITH SOME OR ALL OF OUR MEDICAL RECORDS. THEY “WILL” GET TIRED AND START LISTENING.IF MAJORITY OF THE MILLION OF US DONATE A LEAST FIVE DOLLARS OR MORE TO FORM OUR ORGANIZATION EACH MONTH,THAT IS AT 5 MILLION TO WHATEVER WAITING FOR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS OR PEOPLE WHO ARE ON OUR SIDE, INCLUDING RETIRED OR LIMITED DOCTORS TO JOIN US AND THE WORLD PAIN ORGANIZATION TO TAKE HEED. NOW TIMES THAT BY 12 (ONE YEAR.).I HATE TO SAY THIS, BUT IN THIS WORLD NOWADAYS,”MONEY TALKS AND B.S. WALKS” AS IT DID WITH “P.R.O.P.” AND OTHERS. I understand that many of us cannot even move- GET “ABSENTEE BALLOTS” FROM YOUR CITY/TOWN OR THE NEXT TOWN OVER AND GIVE TO YOUR MAILMAN/WOMAN. I AM with you my fellow chronic pain and cancer patients. R.C.P.A.C.P.U!!! (Real Chronic Pain and Cancer Patients United.). MY PRAYERS AND LOVE ARE FOR EACH ONE OF YOU AND I FELT THIS PAIN GOING ON… Read more »