Amy Blon
Amy Blon

I admire what you're trying to do here, but just because some people are more susceptible to addiction, doesn't mean it should be made harder or impossible for the people who actually need it to get it. I have 3 very serious medical conditions. All of which are chronic and I'll have for the rest of my life. One of which was caused by a drunk driver hitting me. It has been so hard to actually get relief because so many doctors are worried and scared about getting in trouble for writing a...

I admire what you're trying to do here, but just because some people are more susceptible to addiction, doesn't mean it should be made harder or impossible for the people who actually need it to get it. I have 3 very serious medical conditions. All of which are chronic and I'll have for the rest of my life. One of which was caused by a drunk driver hitting me. It has been so hard to actually get relief because so many doctors are worried and scared about getting in trouble for writing a script to the wrong person and losing their license, that the people who truly do need it, have to jump through hoops to be able to get anything at all. It took me 2 years to finally get into a pain doctor that helped me. I am now able to play with my daughter and actually move off the couch and enjoy my quality of life because of these painkillers. Yes they should be regulated. Yes they should be watched, but not so scrupulously that it affects the ones that truly do need the medication.

Amy Blon
Amy Blon
  • Amy Blon

I pray no one ever has to endure the pain I went through on a daily basis...but maybe if you did, and lived in my shoes for ONE day, you'd understand...

Kristen Smitley
Kristen Smitley
  • Amy Blon

I unberstand 100%. My husband has 4 herniated disc, a torn rotator cuff, nerve lesions and more. No doctor will help him. He went to pain management and they saw him once and said 3 vics a day and wouldn't do more or see him again. He can't hold a pop without pain

Amy Blon
Amy Blon
  • Amy Blon

It's sad for so many people...the disabled get blamed. Put the blame where it lies...in the addict. Don't hurt the ones who need it trying to keep it from the ones who don't! I feel for your husband! Poor guy!

Chazz Hamilton
Chazz Hamilton
  • Amy Blon

I have watched one of my best friends die a long slow horrible death because the debilitating "Harley+semi" accident he was in should have killed him but didn't. During 35+ years on "medical" treatments (including much oxy & dilaudid) he turned to the local rat-tail for heroin, because nothing else would kill the pain of his long slow death. I've seen him bleed black out of both ends, sell everything he owned to get heroin, and continue to gobble "meds" like candy to keep breathing. Yes, I...

I have watched one of my best friends die a long slow horrible death because the debilitating "Harley+semi" accident he was in should have killed him but didn't. During 35+ years on "medical" treatments (including much oxy & dilaudid) he turned to the local rat-tail for heroin, because nothing else would kill the pain of his long slow death. I've seen him bleed black out of both ends, sell everything he owned to get heroin, and continue to gobble "meds" like candy to keep breathing. Yes, I hate fucking drugs!!! Pity, the poor fucker's still breathing. He's 55, and hasn't known a moments peace since he was 17. AMA? My fucking ass!

Amy Blon
Amy Blon
  • Amy Blon

That is so sad! I'm so sorry to hear that!

Christine Williams
Christine Williams
  • Amy Blon

Amy: Thank you so much for responding , and representing, in such an articulate, honest & respectful way to this issue that is sensitive to many, and can get polarized. I am sooo glad to hear that you are doing so much better & loving live with your beautiful daughter! Unfortunately, many of our systems (re: prevention, screening, recovery, legal, etc.) ARE woefully inadequate; however any new laws need to be exceedingly well thought out (understatement) and involve a multidisciplinary...

Amy: Thank you so much for responding , and representing, in such an articulate, honest & respectful way to this issue that is sensitive to many, and can get polarized. I am sooo glad to hear that you are doing so much better & loving live with your beautiful daughter! Unfortunately, many of our systems (re: prevention, screening, recovery, legal, etc.) ARE woefully inadequate; however any new laws need to be exceedingly well thought out (understatement) and involve a multidisciplinary effort...and r

Being in a similar enough situation to you & Kristen's husband (above), I understand all to well the challenges of being a patient: finding a really good specialist, the right combination of medications, treatments, therapies, etc. The pendulum swung too far in the direction of over-prescribing in the mid '90's, and has swung the opposite direction & it's really difficult to find adequate treatment.

They have come down so hard on doctors that many of them don't even want to take patients that require long term care for chronic non-cancer pain. My Doc's have done everything: contracts, urine testing (to make sure we aren't selling or freebasing), and I understand. But I definately think that, unless they are very careful, tightening the constraints on doctors will only take away their ability to treat patients who really do need them, and make no impact on the ILLIGAL, drug abuse side of things.

It's a convoluted issue with no hard and fast solutions. Protections for doctors and patients that are following both the law and best practice need to be secured. There are new articles constantly that talk about how pain management specialists/clinics are a dying breed as none of them (including new interns) want to bother taking the chance. Chronic pain is poorly managed in the United States. AND I'll be moving across the country soon & have to find a new Doc...I'm sure I don't have to explain to you the feelings that evokes!

Before I was prescribed the Fentenyl patch (long acting), I was bed-bound & in agony constantly. It's not perfect, but I am so much more functional. I've been able to gain some weight & sleep a bit better. I don't know what would happen if these were no longer available. I wouldn't be able to work at all, or have be productive...and I'd probably rather die than have to live in that kind of pain for another 30+yrs (Lawd willing;).

Hope this made sense as it was one of the icky nights & I'm tired:)

Best to EVERYONE. My heart goes out to those who have lost love ones to addiction or overdose. Bless.

Krissy Macias
Krissy Macias
  • Amy Blon

This is true but I fear you're missing the point. The aim is not to make it harder for patients but make it harder for shady doctors to have a pencil-whipping style of prescribing pills for the right price. I have seen both sides of this among friends and acquaintainces and in no way put any blame on the disabled. . People who want pills to get high are gonna go out looking for them and this, to me, is no reflection of people suffering from chronic pain. It is sad and frustrating, I'm...

This is true but I fear you're missing the point. The aim is not to make it harder for patients but make it harder for shady doctors to have a pencil-whipping style of prescribing pills for the right price. I have seen both sides of this among friends and acquaintainces and in no way put any blame on the disabled. . People who want pills to get high are gonna go out looking for them and this, to me, is no reflection of people suffering from chronic pain. It is sad and frustrating, I'm sure, to have to "jump through hoops" but don't you think it is a good physician's duty to be discerning? It is a complex issue and I feel we all need to take a moment to consider all sides.

Bob Dvorak
Bob Dvorak
  • Krissy Macias

Krissy, we're not missing the point. The aim of groups such as Save the Michaels is to make it more difficult for citizens to obtain prescription medications. To wit -- yesterday's Associated Press (10/26/2013) reported that STM was criticizing the FDA for okaying a time-release version of hydrocodone. Why? Because it feels that, somehow, this will lead to more addicts. Never mind that Zohydro is likely to be prescribed IN LIEU OF an existing prescription. And, for patients such as...

Krissy, we're not missing the point. The aim of groups such as Save the Michaels is to make it more difficult for citizens to obtain prescription medications. To wit -- yesterday's Associated Press (10/26/2013) reported that STM was criticizing the FDA for okaying a time-release version of hydrocodone. Why? Because it feels that, somehow, this will lead to more addicts. Never mind that Zohydro is likely to be prescribed IN LIEU OF an existing prescription. And, for patients such as myself, who, in the absence of hydrocodone, live with 24/7 debilitating pain, it might actually result in LESS usage because it might reduce the peaks and valleys of painkillers. (Lest you fail to understand -- I take a pill, and a half-hour later the pain is reduced, or, hopefully, goes away -- and, BTW, it doesn't always work. Eight hours later I'm allowed to take another -- by which time my legs are screaming. If the time-release smooths this out I might actually need less.)

Grace Comp
Grace Comp
  • Amy Blon

I am glad it has helped you and I hope you continue to be able to play with your daughter. No I do not want to see the people who really need it suffer. It does need to be watched and doctors need to give it to the needy people not over do it on others that do not. Too many people get it and abuse it, which of course like everything else ruins it for those who really do need it. I will pray for you and wish that you can continue to enjoy your life.

Bob Dvorak
Bob Dvorak
  • Grace Comp

TY, Grace. Yes, the abuse ruins it for those of us who NEED it. And, BTW, I'm waiting for medical marijuana in NY...

Bob Dvorak
Bob Dvorak
  • Amy Blon

TY, Amy. I have a choice: a) I can be medicated (as I am, right now), or b) I can sit in a ball (as I frequently do) waiting for the pain to stop, and wondering how I can survive the next twenty years like this. There is no question there's abuse in the system. But there is no abuse by individuals such as yourself, or myself. These "drugs" (oh, what an evil word!) exist because there are people who NEED them -- who can't live without them. Those who are counting suicides due to drug...

TY, Amy. I have a choice: a) I can be medicated (as I am, right now), or b) I can sit in a ball (as I frequently do) waiting for the pain to stop, and wondering how I can survive the next twenty years like this. There is no question there's abuse in the system. But there is no abuse by individuals such as yourself, or myself. These "drugs" (oh, what an evil word!) exist because there are people who NEED them -- who can't live without them. Those who are counting suicides due to drug abuse (and I'll admit that those suicides exist) fail to count the numbers of individuals such as ourselves, for whom medication is the only remediation or preventive measure for other potential suicides.

Amanda Boyd
Amanda Boyd

Its terrible how far gone ppl get due to becoming addicted to perscription pills....and its not just opiates it also includes benzos....xanax klonopin and so on! The one and only reason I decided to get help for my addiction is because I want to embrace life with my daughter and I love being a mom! Without my daughter I would have no purpose in life! She needs me and I need her....and that awas good enough for me to get clean

Amanda Boyd
Amanda Boyd
  • Amanda Boyd

And I've been sober for almost 2yrs and life is good! I've never felt better about my life my «
FUTURE

Chuck Raymond
Chuck Raymond
  • Amanda Boyd

@Amanda.....way to go Amanda......i was a addict for 27 years and been clean 26 years......sometimes it takes drastic things to get us to see we have a problem before we get help.....so excited to see you turned around and are having a ball being a Mom.have a fun day

Carrie Beckett
Carrie Beckett
  • Amanda Boyd

Its great that you were able to admit to a problem and overcome it, but don't hold everyone to the problems you had. Don't forget that there are those of us with a true medical need for these medications. There are crippling, extremely painful diseases that people are forced to live with, or at times kill themselves, because those that abused the medications have made it impossible for us to have some type of normal life.
Yes, I have been one of those who have considered suicide rather than...

Its great that you were able to admit to a problem and overcome it, but don't hold everyone to the problems you had. Don't forget that there are those of us with a true medical need for these medications. There are crippling, extremely painful diseases that people are forced to live with, or at times kill themselves, because those that abused the medications have made it impossible for us to have some type of normal life.
Yes, I have been one of those who have considered suicide rather than live in the hell I endure every moment of every day. Because of those that don't have the ability to follow instructions, and don't seek help for the , problems that drive them to get "high", i get to suffer.
Think of that the next time you see someone in a wheelchair. Ask yourself if they are suffering because addicts have made it already almost impossible to get the needed pain control. Because, there will be the day that my pain gets to the point that i will choose death rather than misery, and when I do, the fault liea with those that made it impossible to

Bob Dvorak
Bob Dvorak
  • Carrie Beckett

TY, Carrie. I feel your pain.

Chazz Hamilton
Chazz Hamilton
  • Amanda Boyd

July this year, 14 years clean. Way to go Amanda! Namaste!

Kathy LeMaire
Kathy LeMaire
  • Amanda Boyd

You are exactly right,I've been on pain meds for 25 yrs.because of two major back surgeries,neck surgery,and scoliosis in my back.I make it a point not to abuse my medication because I know the dangers of it's effects.If you are addicted to any type of drug where it rules your life I hope and pray you will seek help!
Bless you

Ana Maria Calderon
Ana Maria Calderon
  • Amanda Boyd

Congrats...for the ones walking straight to be free of drugs!!!

Tina Lovell
Tina Lovell
  • Amanda Boyd

Chazz Hamilton Thank you for sharing your words are an inspiration to me i strugglr every, day with depession and anxiety, but I have over two years of clean time from addictin to pain killers, I was in a car accidnt , and was in extreme pain for a very long time. The difference Is I was Not using my medication as prescribed, Thre came a point where the need for pain control, and my desire For relief from emotional pain were blurred, and my addiction took on a life of its own I have so...

Chazz Hamilton Thank you for sharing your words are an inspiration to me i strugglr every, day with depession and anxiety, but I have over two years of clean time from addictin to pain killers, I was in a car accidnt , and was in extreme pain for a very long time. The difference Is I was Not using my medication as prescribed, Thre came a point where the need for pain control, and my desire For relief from emotional pain were blurred, and my addiction took on a life of its own I have so many regets for the years i lost, My prayer is that my irressonible actions didnt make it more difficut for those of you in true need of relief from pain, thank you for letting me share!

Meryem Spirit
Meryem Spirit
  • Amanda Boyd

Amanda Boyd
congatulation for ur change i know it's dificult but u found a great purpose & made ur best congratulations again take care u & ur daughter

Kresha Allen Howe
Kresha Allen Howe

I'm afraid my mother is one of the ones who lost her life for the very reason. Her rheumatologist continued to prescribe her Hydrocodone even after we had told him we had to put her in rehab twice. I lost her Dec 2010...she went in her sleep at the age of 62. Far too young! There has got to be some kind of monitoring system put in place so that when the script is filled the pharmacist is flagged & the system needs to be world wide so that where ever it is filled the information is available.

Happi Farm
Happi Farm

The side effects of prescription drugs just drive me crazy! Don't people listen to the end of the commercials?

Barbara Keel
Barbara Keel

never ever had a problem with any kind of drugssure feel sorry for ones that do lets hope someday for a cure!

Carmen Robinson
Carmen Robinson

Pharmaceuticals' is a huge business.... by relying on many individuals to keep them in business.... Guys we have to take the control back.. and be PROACTIVE with our lives and not REACTIVE..

Don Adriance
Don Adriance

I am a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Dover AFB, Delaware. I see this problem and it is bad news. We have to stop it!

Donna Reilly Delaney
Donna Reilly Delaney

it has to be monitored in a better way, there are people selling tablets on the streets they have so much of them, I also no some people are addicted to tablets and cant function without them doctors should wean people off them if there on them to long they are as addictive as cocaine and heroin some people end up taking there own life because they are not being looked after by there gps properly all they see is money they don't give there time they just keep giving out repeat...

it has to be monitored in a better way, there are people selling tablets on the streets they have so much of them, I also no some people are addicted to tablets and cant function without them doctors should wean people off them if there on them to long they are as addictive as cocaine and heroin some people end up taking there own life because they are not being looked after by there gps properly all they see is money they don't give there time they just keep giving out repeat perscriptions without asking anything they have a lot to answer for.

Rosemarie Bigbie
Rosemarie Bigbie

Please care!

Debbie Sirianni Swoope
Debbie Sirianni Swoope

This is for everyone who has lost someone from this epidemic of perscription pain drug abuse.

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