FDA Action on Vicodin May Mean More Pain, Not Less Addiction or Overdose

Stricter rules for prescribing opioids may not be the only answer to curbing addiction to painkillers

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(UPDATED) Last week, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted to impose stricter controls on prescriptions for drugs like Vicodin, which contain the opioid pain reliever hydrocodone.  The new rules would ban prescribing of more than a month’s supply of hydrocodone-containing drugs and prevent refills without a new doctor visit. Prescriptions would not be allowed to be phoned, faxed or emailed and physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners wouldn’t be permitted to prescribe the medications in the states in which they have limited prescribing powers.

Citing growing concern about prescription drug misuse and the potential for addiction to painkillers — overdoses lead to 15,000 deaths annually — the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has long pushed for the stringent rules, which would reclassify opioid pain relievers as Schedule II drugs, the most restricted category short of being prohibited. The FDA is likely to accept the panel’s decision, changing the rules for some 47 million patients who receive prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing products annually.

“I believe that this change will mark a turning point in the epidemic,” Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the founder of a group called Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), told NPR. “It will lead to less people becoming addicted, which is the most important thing that needs to happen to bring this crisis under control.”  PROP has petitioned the FDA to tighten the official labeling on opioids, which critics say would result in even more severe restrictions.  But Kolodny says that their intent has been “misinterpreted” and they do not want to see legitimate access reduced.*

However, according to numerous studies and government statistics the majority of those who become addicted to opioids don’t get hooked after receiving legitimate prescriptions from doctors for pain treatment. More than two-thirds of people who used opioids  recreationally in 2010-2011 obtained the medications from friends or relatives for free, mostly with their permission.  And, of people in treatment for chronic pain without a prior history of drug problems, a Cochrane review found that less than 1% became addicted to the medication, with 44% dropping out of treatment due to side effects from the drugs.

Similarly, most fatal overdoses do not seem to involve people taking their medications as prescribed for pain — one study in hard-hit West Virginia analyzed medical examiner records and drug treatment data and found that 95% of victims had signs of addiction, such as snorting or injecting drugs meant to be taken orally and combining these prescriptions with illegal drugs.  Only 44% had a prescription that was written for them.  Another study, in Utah, relied on family member reports and found that more than half of victims had misused the drugs.  Since most opioid overdose deaths actually involve mixtures of drugs— typically including alcohol, which patients are warned not to drink — misuse significantly increases the risk of dying from abusing the medications.

The new rules would likely make it harder for those who rely on opioids to treat chronic pain for conditions like multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, certain genetic disorders and some severe injuries (the kind of pain that often lasts decades) to get their prescriptions filled. Many doctors already decline to treat chronic pain with opioids, fearing prosecution if some of their patients turn out to be addicted to the painkillers and are faking pain, or end up overdosing.  Those who can get treatment are already subjected to random pill counts and urine tests to ensure they are taking their pills as directed and as needed.

Under the new rules, some patients may even lose access to treatment entirely because insurers may not cover the monthly doctor visits required for continued prescribing or because doctors may not want to deal with the added hassle. Many pharmacies also refuse to carry Schedule II drugs. Nursing homes already report problems with other opioid drugs in Schedule II, as patients are forced to wait for pain relief for an unavailable physician to update a prescription. And, with non-physicians in rural areas unable to prescribe, patients may be switched to weaker and less effective drugs in Schedule III.

But the restrictions likely won’t have a drastic change on the number of prescriptions for those with acute pain that ends shortly after procedures like routine surgeries and root canals. And some data suggests that these pills are a source of considerable misuse: because these conditions resolve quickly, many patients won’t finish an entire prescription but will keep the remaining pills “just in case,” making them potentially available to teens or others at risk for addiction.

MORE: Dentists, Too, Can Help Battle Painkiller Addiction

As part of the FDA’s two-day hearing on the reclassification, pain patients and their families submitted poignant testimony pleading with the agency to not construct more hurdles to receiving proper pain care.  One man wrote of his wife:

She is in excruciating pain every minute of every day of her life for the past twenty years. [The pain was caused] by a butcher of a doctor who drilled a pin through her radial nerve during a routine operation to fix a broken wrist. He left the pin in, despite her pleading of pain for six weeks. To take the pain pills away from her would lead to her death from suicide because the pain would be unbearable.

Another chronic pain patient wrote, “[W]ithout the medicine I am being prescribed, I would not be able to work and would end up on disability. A third pleaded simply, “Nonono. This does not help all of us who deal with chronic pain. I am sick and tied of addicts screwing up MY health care. Find another way!”

Finding another way, is, unfortunately, exactly what addicts tend to do when faced with these kinds of barriers, which may lead them to take more dangerous illegal substances. A recent letter in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when a substance was added to Oxycontin to deter abuse, only 13% of prescription drug abusers continued to rely on the drug as a primary high, down from 36%. Heroin use among them, however, doubled.

And some who opposed the changes noted in testimony to the FDA panel that Oxycontin, a stronger painkiller containing oxycodone, which is similar to morphine, has always been subject to the stricter Schedule II prescribing rules, yet it is widely abused and credited with launching the opioid prescription drug epidemic. While we don’t know what effect the new restrictions will have, we do know that the changes alone won’t address the reasons why some people seek opioids in the first place.  Chronic pain patients should not have to suffer to fight other people’s addictions.

MORE: Government Considers Overdose Antidote, Naloxone, to Fight Prescription Drug Misuse

*Updated to include quote from Kolodny on PROP’s intent.

157 comments
GhettoRanger1
GhettoRanger1

Has anyone noticed that this action came about the same time as Obamacare? Do you think that's a coincidence? I certainly don't. It's pretty clear that we were lied to about Obamacare and I think this is one of the ways that lie is manifesting itself, think about it, are you going to go to the doctor to get relief from your pain, pay your copay, wait for an hour or more, beg and plead and jump through hoops if all you are going to get is a prescription for something you could have bought for a couple of dollars at the corner drug store? Motrin for example? No you're not, and so Obamacare won't be billed but you will still pay for your good-for-nothing insurance.....and Obama can claim Obamacare a success.

try2Breasonable
try2Breasonable

Check out this new Facebook page:  VICODIN-Hey, FDA, reclassify Vicodin as Class III drug.  You can read shared info. there and  register your opinion about the over-reach of this FDA decision. 

RobinHoodwinked
RobinHoodwinked

Again the answer is punish those obeying the law instead of making punishment for law breakers severe enough to curb the breaking of the law

zakemr
zakemr

Typical government overreach Millions of Americans need the medicine relieve pain Now it's made difficult if not impossible to get So we can satisfy the Bible thumper's The don't want anybody taking any medication Who cares if the drug attics kill themselves give it to them for free so they don't rob us for him Rob us

FairEly
FairEly

The so called Bible thumpers have NOTHING to do with this whatsoever. You just have a problem with Christians. You need to thank Obamacare, buddy. Trust me, obama is NO Christian.

eatondrive
eatondrive

Wake up people these laws are no differnt then nazi Germany

eatondrive
eatondrive

Just because their are dumb junkies real people in pain can't get their medicine bullshir

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KurtWatson1
KurtWatson1

So because their are addicts lets stop people who have legit reason to take the meds from being able to get help? This is just so stupid. Stop the addicts no legit person in pain should have to pay because some people abuse the system. Whats next? ADHD drugs wont be prescribed because college students abuse the drug? Where does it end. If someone is stupid enough to abuse the drug that's their own damn fault.

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TanyaSmith2
TanyaSmith2

This doesn't change much really . 10 years cancer 3 times and 10 years of a back so trashed I ask God every day to let me die and due to pill pushers I couldn't even get pain medication at all . Even though I can barely walk and fall over even though pt 3 yes 3 rounds of pt did nothing and even though the mri's show how bad my back is nothing - because of freaking pill heads . Why do they get to dictate the lives of everyone else ??? If they od that's their fault not mine . I guess now everyone will be in the boat I'm in -messed up to the point of not being able to even get to the doc and dealing with it crying all day every day due to addicts. Geez let them od if they choose and be done with em . The rest of us shouldn't have to suffer just because some of us are addicts .

RobinHoodwinked
RobinHoodwinked

You should find a dif dr it is dr not writing script not the law saying he cant

bfinlinson91
bfinlinson91

OH, I want to be very clear, I am all for people who need pain medicine to get it. please tell me where to write to help that happen. My point was in response to the fact about oxycontin being the beginner drug of all drug addicts. Usually, it is an injury or just plain getting it off friends. Parents check your cabinets and don't trust even the best kids, period. I believe these doctors are handing it out like candy. then the ones that don't are suffering for the ones that do. Heck, the Doctor in Indianapolis that personally gave our head owner of the Indianapolis Colts football team, was shut down and arrested five years ago? maybe? Well, if you read the news, that didn't stop Jim Irsay from being arrested AGAIN, this year. For all the pain pills and money they found in his car. An addict will find it, and he's rich enough to find them. Those addicts that can't will eventually turn to heroin, I am afraid. Those who need it for legitimate pain might turn to heroin too. Fact is the Heroin addiction is up in our city. One city in Indiana close to me, had 20 heroin overdoses in 2o days. Not all resulted in deaths, but please> This is out of control. 

try2Breasonable
try2Breasonable

@bfinlinson91 Check out this new Facebook page:  VICODIN-Hey, FDA, reclassify Vicodin as Class III drug.  You can read shared info. there and  register your opinion about the over-reach of this FDA decision.

RobinHoodwinked
RobinHoodwinked

Well when the govt goes on tv and says herion works the same way as opiod scripts and govt scares drs to stop writing opiod scripts what do you expect to happen....almost looks like gov is in heroin business

bfinlinson91
bfinlinson91

I also worked for 7 Oncologists for three years. I witnessed people who needed it. Most of them did get addicted because anyone becomes physically addicted if they take 6 or more vicodins for two weeks. Your body will feel some withdrawal, so we had to have patients come in to go through getting off their pain pills, is they no longer needed them. My friend at work has a 17 year old son, who had a tooth pulled and had some oral surgery taking some bone from his jaw. They gave him 30 750 milligrams of Vicodin. He only took one or two right after surgery, and never took anymore. He is proof that Dentists are over doing it. This is how it starts people... end of story. My son had his wisdom teeth pulled and they gave him 30 percocets with another refill. He was a Junior in high school then. Anyway, thanks for listening.

bfinlinson91
bfinlinson91

Hi I have to agree that this is the best article on the pain killer problem I have read yet. I am not a person that has chronic pain, however I have a son who as a teen was addicted to pain killers for three years. Horribly for the past two years of his addiction. And let me tell you, he was in a good catholic school, very popular, played sports, and that makes no difference. Neither does the catholic school thing either, there were many kids finding pills there and getting addicted. My son got his first Vicodin from my medicine cabinet. Just like the commercials they show on t.v. I have lived it and I watched him almost kill himself. Teens start snorting pretty quickly too. My son is 23 and 2 years sober. I am so proud of him. My point is I know that these kids and most addicts start on Vicodin or perocets, not just oxycontin. They need to do a survey and ask any addict taking oxycontin, what drug they started with and I would bet my last paycheck, it was Vicodin of some sort. That's the only thing I kind of disagreed with in this article. They said most addicts start on oxycontin which is untrue I have learned a lot through my son because he told me how teens were or are using these drugs. And snorting is common. He said most kids when he was using in and after high school, he didn't get clean until he was 21, all started with hydrocodons and xanaxs. This is a very small Catholic school. Its everywhere, in your town, and maybe even in your home. My son is smart, and funny even sober, but wanted to be a police officer. He always said he would never ever use drugs. When I questioned him, he called me crazy, and was shocked I was asking, " I am in college to be detective Mom, are you crazy?" I was wrong. And when he went to treatment, he told me he couldnt BELIEVE the amount of young people like him, from good homes and bad ones, that were in there for heroin addiction. They had turned to heroin because the restrictions on pain pills.However, my point is they all started on Vicodin. My son said if he had kept on using, heroin could have been next.

GhettoRanger1
GhettoRanger1

@bfinlinson91 Why would you keep drugs like that knowing full well the temptation they are for teenagers? That was on you and so now, because of YOUR irresponsibility you want EVERYBODY to pay the price. Sorry, I don't care what you think!

diamondjake21
diamondjake21

My 19 yr old son has been having signif  head / neck pain x 2 months !  MRI /CT done with no structural issues.... BUT PAIN cont's ! ( has had previous brain / neck surg ! )  NO ONE will prescribe  REAL pain med !!!!  while neurologist  ( & ME )  TRY to find CAUSE of the issue... he is at 8/10 pain for 5 out of 7 days !     TRAMADOL...really  !!   I AM SOOOO pissed that we can NOT GET PAIN RELIEF !   HE / we are miserable thanks to the damn FED's / ODC ! ! !

NeedMoreLogic
NeedMoreLogic

Screw the FDA, I am a lymes sufferer herxing right now, it is absolutely terrible. Docs won't prescribe me anything for the pain because of all these new regulations and lack of understanding of lymes disease. No over the counter meds touches the pain. It feels like a cramp but all over your body, as if you are bleeding from the inside. I blacked out due to pain the other day, A friend who didn't want to see me suffer  gave me some vicodin, it still REALLY sucks, but at least it takes a slight edge of, enough to keep you sane

EdwardBoss
EdwardBoss

Why don't they just get rid of Oxycontin which started all the teen deaths.  There is a good side to this but also a bad side in terminal patients who need to not suffer for months before death as people have done since the dawn of time.  No Medicare/Medicaid will not pay for monthly visits to a pain clinic which in my case did lots of steroid injection charging huge amounts to the government.  So there will be doctors who will take advantage of this new classification.

bfinlinson91
bfinlinson91

@EdwardBoss  Hi Edward, please read my comment on this. Under bfinlinson91, user name. The change starts with Vicodin and moves its way up to oxycontin. But I feel bad for those who need the medication.

FairEly
FairEly

That's true. I think my old pain mgmt doc over does the injections. Ins pays with no questions asked. I guess ins isn't interested in long term effects of steroids injections.

Movies like Perfect High on Lifetime certainly won't make it any easier for those who have chronic pain. They should do a movie about a person in chronic pain who can't get pain medicine and they end up committing suicide to show both sides of the argument.

BobDagner
BobDagner

I have been at end of medical treatment for multiple failed back surgeries for 16 consecutive  years.i was treated threw the great 3 man nuero surgeons office of sprick murphy and Schultz.i never went farther down thre drug path than hydrocodone.refused ocy cotin /deudid percadan etc.watched  what id did to my friends and other paitents I knew. i am 65 .my doctors died and reired. the firm is no more.no problem they and the new hospital pain clinic said  we refer you to your primary physiain for your end of life quality of life medication. I have all their records and pain clinc records plus my doctors records. they mean nothing now after the new law change my doctor said he will no long prescribe any pain med to anybody..have went to  multiple hospital pain clinics they only treat with back injections -physical therapy ten units. chemical treatment must be threw primary family doctor. well passed all the drug tests and no doctors will take me. all afraid of new dea laws.been threw over a dozen .they are totally scared of loosing their liecence,in desperation I called the local dea and explained the problem. I could not believe it.the dea is going to fix me up with a doctor. I know way to many people I met that have been droped and now buying their meds on the street .it is heart breaking watching the stuff they are now forced to take.another prime example of a great idea totally screwed up by not thinking it threw and having any safe guards in place

try2Breasonable
try2Breasonable

@BobDagner Check out this new Facebook page:  VICODIN-Hey, FDA, reclassify Vicodin as Class III drug.  You can read shared info. there and  register your opinion about the over-reach of this FDA decision.

LaDonnaWaggerman
LaDonnaWaggerman

These changes will only make lagit pain management patients have to jump hurdles and suffer withnon effective treatment. Abusers will just head for herion or other street drugs. The fighters of herion will really b fighting a uphill battle and many more will die from thinking they can handle herion when they can no longer receive pain management drugs. Good move fda guess ur in on population reduction. Ur new laws will b very efficient for that.

Kassandra
Kassandra

@LaDonnaWaggerman 

That may be exactly what is happening. They sure aren't regulating the manufacture and sale of guns, are they? Seems like a great way to get rid of the useless eaters to me.

I shudder when I think of my neurologist retiring and having to go to some quack for prescribing.

Big part of the problem with pain in America is the privatizing of our med system. the docs aren't paid enough and many times they do not address pain that they themselves cause.

This was another terrible, micro-managing of our lives decision by a bunch of bureaucrats

BobDagner
BobDagner

@LaDonnaWaggerman  the doctors are droping cronic all pain people like it is going out of style.you hit it on the nose .guess who is filling the void. the herion dealers. high quality low price and they will deliver at your home.they are taking herion -methadone and detox tabs .all the people saying how well they work .well medical profession you created all the new addicts.

FairEly
FairEly

Not the medical profession, the government did this. Ppl knew voting for that idiot in our White House was for big govt. So if you're in chronic pain and can't get relief, you only have yourself to blame. One should NEVER vote for bigger govt...NEVER! Everyone else suffers got such stupidity.

illumineress
illumineress

FDA, DEA, Congress, Senate, Docs and ABCD..... want all the meds for themselves... next we'll hear about "the painkiller scandal". 

They think we have a "suicide epidemic"now!  Then families will begin suing them all for "wrongful death" because their loved one killed themselves. My guess is alcohol kills way more then Vicodin ever will. 

They do random drug tests to make sure no one is smoking pot AND taking pain meds "because they don't have enough proof that the two together will not kill people"..... is what I was told by my Dr.... which of course is BS... Cancer patients have been taking those $60 per marijuana capsule with pain meds and chemo for at least 20 yrs.  

FairEly
FairEly

You are so right...alcohol kills more than prescribed pain medications.

diamondjake21
diamondjake21

@illumineress my 19 yr old son's chronic head pain can  BE  DECREASED from weed  !  because  HE CAN NOT GET TYLENOL 3 !  for pain !!   SAD day in the USA... no  FDA / ODC  Medical pain relief !  FUC_    FDA & FEDERAL  BS !!!!!!!!!!!    WE SUFFER   !!!!!

TammyMonaghan
TammyMonaghan

This has to be the best written story I've read on the new laws of Vicodin! As a a patient with a very long history of medical issues ranging from OA, chronic, pain, probable MS, Achalashia, fybro,etc etc. I was in the ER this weekend for what would be my 52 YES I said 52nd Kidney stone. I currently take 1 Vicodin 10/325 every 6 hours without this I'm stuck in bed my mobility is very limited, (with this I do each day what I can & one of those things is I watch my 2 grandbaby's now it takes some major tricks to do so like my husband works nights and gets here in morning helps with breakfast, sets me up for the day in a room with everything I need. We don't leave that room etc until he gets back up or parents get here)

Anyway so I have a 6mm stone n in the past the have always gave me additional 5/mg tabs to add for my acute pain to stay comfortable well as I left ER the ER doc gave me script for that 24 pills to help until surgery but pharmacy says with new laws it can't be done. So at this moment I am taking extra of my months script but what the hell is going to happen at the end of this month! The peoe who made these laws don't get the people they r trying to hurt the ones that don't need their pills n sale them will still do that, the people who are trying to find a way to get high will still find a way to get high! It's the people that are trying to live as much as a normal life as possible that are going to be hurt here. Doctors everyone don't want the mess of prescribing this med even if it keeps me from being on 12 other meds, n that's what it does for me. Even my blood pressure was uncontrollable n it was because of pain so bp meds would actually make me really sick. Believe me I want off them with all this crap going on, I get treated like crap n prejudice everywhere if u tell anyone exspeacily a doctor that your on it so yes I want off them! U find a way for me to walk n move without pain or at least on a scale from 1-10 a 4-5 level like they do then I'm in!! I've jumped all the hoops n done everything every doctor has asked me to try & do from physical therapy to injections, tens unit, massage, acupuncture, meditation etc you name it we have done it. Pool therapy is where I do best but soon as I get out the pain is triple & if you can find a way to live in a swimming pool in Iowa in the fall-spring let me know because I'm looking for a way- well now that I'm going to be have stone surgery I won't beable to get in for weeks which is just going to put me backward!

FairEly
FairEly

Go to a different pharmacy and don't ever go back to the idiots who refused to fill your script that was legally written. Screw em!!!

ToddSmith1
ToddSmith1

Our FDA at work again!!  Don't solve the problem, just throw out the baby with the bath water!!  My wife has MS and is in pain EVERYDAY!!  Now, she will have to go to her doctors office (which she only does about every 5-6 months) every month to get the medication that makes her life bearable!  I have had multiple back surgeries and am totally disabled (as is my wife)...I had NO choice!!  I don't want to feel this way or have to live this way, but I have no choice!  My spine is so degraded that another surgery is not even an option!!  So it is pain (that would put most people in the hospital) every day!!!  My wife are not on welfare and actually are fortunate to be fairly well off, so we are fortunate in that respect, but my point is, we are not living off of the "system".  But this new law is just ridiculous!!  All it is doing is making like miserable for the honest people who are in constant pain!!  The addicts will find this drug (or another) by stealing it!!  Just hurts those that truly need it!!


Nice work FDA!!!  You dropped the ball AGAIN!!!!

drekpenspelltemple
drekpenspelltemple

I want to share my testimony to you all which i believe you can still try your best to give a testimony like me so i was married to james at first will both love each other but short time he started a new behavior which i cannot even explain to any one then i keep it to my self hoping one day he will change for good no way he did not change so i was in pain every day don’t no what to do on till one day when a friend of mine visited me in my office she met me crying then she was asking me what is going on i try to be cam but i could not then i open up to her telling me there is a way out which i will do before he left me with my kids i look up and not knowing what to do then i ask her to tell me. shortly she open up to me and say there is a man called Dr ekpenspelltemple he is a spirit man he can do it with in two days then i look an said okay i will try my best to contact him three days later, my husband did not come home i called his phone switch off then i try my possible best i did not hear from him so i began to look for one way for a help so i remember my friend told me about one man call Dr ekpenspelltemple i quickly run to my friend asking her if she still have Dr ekpenspelltemple contact then she gave it to me that was how i contacted this great man of spirit he did it for me so quick so now i can now control my husband in any thing even i can tell him that i don’t want him outside today he will not. Now i have a happy family so via email;dr ekpenspelltemple@gmail.

TomThompson
TomThompson

It is time for us to start charging for oxygen usage by these lawmakers. If they don't pay us for their oxygen, then they die. This is what will happen to us. There will be mass suicides by people like us who can't afford the extra financial burdon they are arbitrarily imposing on us. They are no better than a drug dealer in this sense. They have power over something required by us to enhance or give us some semblance of quality of life, then suddenly say " No, that's not right! We can't make collect any profits from the illegal drug market ( Cocaine, marihuana, etc) , so someone has to pay. Hey!! These guys need this stuff to survive! Let's persecute them! They either pay up or they go insane and kill themselves. Either way we win! We get paid or those on disability will kill themselves because they can't afford their required meds and that will be that many fewer drains on our disability coffers."

About 15 years ago, I was talking to an older veteran friend of mine and he said that his VA doctor told him straight-up that the government would rather they ( veterans ) would die than to have to continue providing services to them because of the cost to the government. And y'all thought the recent VA scandal was something new. They just quickly found a scapegoat and covered it up.

P. S. I am disabled and do also use hydrocodone and will be affected by this new law. We need to start designing wearable oxygen meters for these lawmakers and start collecting our dues.

P. P. S. I see something coincidental with this new marijuana-legalization trend and this law. Just a thought.

LylaCavanaugh
LylaCavanaugh

@TomThompson  Yeh. Rich corporations like Halliburton wanted this war but they refuse to pay for it or for the damages caused by their wrong headed policies.  I just wish young men would get hip and refuse to go to any wars.  They often think they have no other choice because they have no other way to make a living but they need to learn our government backed by multi nationals will never agree to pay them a decent wage. So why should they risk their lives?  Better to vote the crooks out. And vote decent wages in. We need to kick all these lawmakers out, every one of them who voted for NAFTA, TAFTA GATT and all the other secret,  ruinous trade treaties that benefit only the rich. As for the codeines, people will just switch over to the cheaper more convenient Mexican heroin, all except the law abiding seriously ill who will be forced to suffer.  That is the right wing control for you. Why can't they stay out or our bedrooms and stop trying to micromanage?  They outlawed the ingredient that makes methamphetamine which only caused production to switch to Guatamala and death squads.  Now thousands of children are heading to out borders! They cannot solve anything without causing a worse problem for us.  Maybe they should quit trying?  Like the war in Iraq made a much bigger mess than they can ever cure. We gotta get rid of these so called lawmakers! If we don't, we are done. Because they are not going to stop any time soon.  They must be stopped.

OmarOrtiz
OmarOrtiz

i started my treatment for ptsd & seizures back,In 2001 i would take 2dilantin at night now my seizures have gone down i took therapy for ptsd.I take 5 diferent meds morning noon &night if my blood level is low on a med the d.r gets mad.

LauraMundell-Jenkins
LauraMundell-Jenkins

My neighbor committed suicide last month because of severe chronic pain caused by surgery. ...he was a police officer and got shot in the line of duty...when the bullet was removed in surgery there was severe nerve damage that would never heal.. His pain medication was severely cut back even though he was literally in agony and could not function without it. He couldn't bear the non stop agony and with no end in sight- and no hope of relief- he killed himself. He was a good man.

Limiting pain medications to those in need is inhumane. To withhold relief when it is available is unconscionable.

Kassandra
Kassandra

@sloane954 @LauraMundell-Jenkins 

I've come VERY close in the past when living becomes unbearable due to unrelenting pain. Many time the doctors themselves cause it as in the situation I'm in now and then, won't treat it or prescribe massage or strengthening exercises that may make it worse

FairEly
FairEly

I'm sorry for your loss. It's traffic that someone who served others had to kill himself because he couldn't get the help he desperately needed. Thank you, FDA. You've taken another life.