Editor’s note: National Pain Report recently ran a story in which we supported the U.S. Pain Foundation in asking people to take action against proposed changes in a 30-page “Opioid Misuse Strategy 2016” proposal by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), intended to “curb opioid misuse and abuse.”
The following letter was submitted to us, and we thought we would reprint it, as we’re sure that the frustration and feeling of futility is all too familiar to many of our readers.
The sender requested that we protect their privacy as it is paramount in protecting them, their doctor, and their Pharmacist.
I want to tell you that I fought the legislation, working with my District Assemblywoman, against the 5 day prescribing of opioids for acute pain to 7 days. That failed.
Then I also tried to put a face on chronic pain patients by telling my story in detail and was even offered to speak on the NJ State Assembly floor. Already at that date, The New Jersey State Senate passed the bill by a vote of 33-0.
I wasted my time fighting a losing battle. I wrote an extensive detailed letter telling my story with my condition. My name and my Dr.’s name were kept private. Really great letter but the same day (with complete democratic support) the bill passed the NJ state Assembly and went to Gov. Christy’s Desk, who signed it. It has 90 days to take effect, and won’t (according to my source at the State House Reporter I’m talking to) for months - with a lot of revisions and tweaking needed.
Don’t ask for my help fighting a losing battle, standing up for chronic pain patients, AS THEY HAVE DECLARED WAR ON ALL OF US!
I tried and failed. New Jersey will have the strongest anti pain patient laws in the books in the entire country, when in place.
Why aren’t there more powerful people standing up to people like Gov. Christy, who push back hard against the total ignorance and war on people living in chronic pain?
You need to push the drug war back into the streets. Drugs pouring into NJ, and the fact that while Christy was out running for President, the heroin pouring into our state went unabated - and now Trump may make Gov. Christy the new Drug Czar for the ENTIRE COUNTRY!!
Do you have any idea what you’re fighting against???
The DEA, IGNORANCE, Big MONEY BACKERS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR SCAPEGOATES ( like chronic pain patients) to BLAME THEIR ADULT CHILDREN’S DEATH ON!! …and they have all picked us.
So when you come up with a really strong group of powerful connected people who can fight the DEA, fight big money backers who have chosen to target innocent pain management patients to FIX ALL THEIR PROBLEMS…Well, guess what the outcome is? Losing our doctors, losing our medications, losing our poor quality of life - as we all know that pain meds help with pain but NOTHING MAKES IT GOES AWAY.
This is not just NJ, it’s every state and every patient whether acute pain or chronic pain. The insurance companies are lying to their own subscribers in the Prior Auth Dept, ignoring, transferring to dead lines, long appeals that go no where, on & on….
So please tell me how your petition plans on changing and fighting the whole war on drugs against people like me who are under contract, monitoring, monthly doctor visits, and begging the pharmacy to fill my valid and properly dated prescriptions from my Pain Management Dr.