I have to chime in! I have had 23 major surgeries from being shot by a 12ga 00 Mag buckshot in the neck and chest, to broken pelvis, femur, and tibia,
as well as a broken back from a car accident L1-L2 compression fracture, L3-L4 & T11-T12 herniated into the nerve. I suffer severe chronic pain every
waking moment. It flat out pisses me off that we get all the negative BS at the pharmacies as anyone else. And it is due to doctors giving out tons of
pills to people that don't have a true need for it. I have medical records in my possession that assures me I can go anywhere and be treated. I do go
to a pain management doc and the way it is, yes piss test and all, I get a 3 month supply. On any meds that can't have refills like Morphine,
Methadone and Dilaudid I get 3 scripts that are post-dated for each of those. I just have to carry them to the pharmacy each month.
Now, every time I go to a large chain pharmacy I get the typical BS of the acting like I have no reason for them, having to check supplies, check
computer, have a conference with the other pharmacists and techs, etc.. I use a hospital pharmacy as long as the date isn't on the weekend to be
filled. I found out some time ago, (23 years on opiate pain management), that I sent a synopsis of my records to the pharmacy with the surgeons,
injuries, etc. and they completely changed their attitude. My doctor has told me, and I had 4 pain management doctors die on me over the last 23
years, that they have zero problem writing me what I need with what I have been through. I have had doctors give me meds until I can get the scripts
filled, which was a little more than they needed to do. I did not ask for them to do it either.
I would not have a problem with getting some type of certification and ID to show that I am a legitimate chronic pain patient and they could be
reviewed by any pain doctors. If it would keep the pharmacists, doctors, and law enforcement from automatically thinking I am out abusing drugs. I
can't carry my meds with me or if I got pulled over and they find them I would get arrested for DUI. You must realize that after 23 years these drugs
only lower my pain to a tolerable level. That is one of the problems with pain meds. People think you should be flat on the ground because of what
your on, but after so many years of taking them the tolerance is so high that it does not have the same effect it would on a person not used to them.
I had a new being trained surgeon shoot 10 grams of Morphine in my IV at once a few years ago. The chief suspended his drug dispensing rights because
it was meant for 12 hours, not all at once. He said, "You could have killed him, even though it hasn't effected him". That is my luck because my
tolerance is so high to opiates. Law enforcement and government agencies don't or can't seem to understand that simple fact. By putting limits on
drugs they cause people with life altering problems that have been under care for years, gainfully employed, etc. all kinds of problems including them
not being able to work. Or missing so many days they get fired anyway.
Here is an example. I have been on 40mg of methadone 2x a day for over 15 years. The DEA suddenly in their infinite wisdom decided pain patients can
have 40mg tablets any longer and only clinics for heroin addiction can have 40 mg tabs. So, doc gives me 8 10mg tabs a day. Same exact thing except
instead of getting 60 40mg tablets a month, I now have to get 240 10mg tablets every month. This is big government run amuk and screwing up peoples
lives with their blanket edicts. It really does tick me off. And people that need their meds for real, surely are not going to be affording street
prices for the drugs. What choice do they have?
Now their is a new illegal drug on the streets called acetyl fentanyl. It is not the fentanyl you get in patches, etc. One grain of pure fentanyl can
kill 10 men. So, if you don't have hyper-accurate pill manufacturing methods, these street pills of acetyl-fentanyl will be killing folks.These are
going to be taking a lot of people out. Remember, the cartels will be glad to supply what is in prohibition, no matter what it is. How in the world is
pushing people out on the street going to reduce crime and problems. It won't. In order to get pain relief they will have to deal, steal, or whatever
to get meds due to prices on the street being so expensive. And then the tragedy's from street drugs not being standardized.
PAIN SUX! I hate it every day. Every day I wake up and think I can't take another 30 years of this. If I was suddenly not able to get pain relief I
would check out of this ride. I don't forsee having that issue though. As for the changes, I don't know why they put an opiate pain med in Class III
in the first place. All of them are Class II except Tramadol or Ultracet, which I believe is a non-opiate. So, it will depend on your state, country,
and what laws your subject to. Trust me, I have thought of moving to Mexico where I wouldn't have any problem getting meds and my money would go way
further as well. But, a third world country isn't in my cards any time soon.
I have a friend who is a drug counselor with a Masters Degree. He has said the pendulum had swung way in favor of giving out pain meds to pain
patients and of course the market ran with it. Now it is swinging back the other way. It will be tougher on people. It is the state of government and
until we can get some people in there with actual experience of the day to day lives of Americans, we will have these people that are basically above
the law getting what they need, but denying it to those of us 'normal' people if you will.
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