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

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

@CARRIE BECKETT---- I NEVER hold anyone to the problems that I had!! That's why they were MY problems!!! And I wasn't being perscribed opiates.....so 80% of the people who "claim" their in dier pain and are in need of the pain medication were the people who I was buying it off the street from!! And that should take that up with their doctor! If u really need the medication they'll give it to you! And at the same time I understand there are people who do neeed the medication if their in...

@CARRIE BECKETT---- I NEVER hold anyone to the problems that I had!! That's why they were MY problems!!! And I wasn't being perscribed opiates.....so 80% of the people who "claim" their in dier pain and are in need of the pain medication were the people who I was buying it off the street from!! And that should take that up with their doctor! If u really need the medication they'll give it to you! And at the same time I understand there are people who do neeed the medication if their in that much pain and I do feel for them!! But don't hold ovedr my head that we are the reason people like you can't lead a normal life! There's millions of people who struggle with addiction everyday and its just as crippling a disease for the people who go through it!! And if you've considered suicide I feel bad for you but placing blame on addicts isn't changing how you feel about your life!! I will NOT feel bad for anyone who tries to blame a person with an addiction for the reason that you can't live a normal life! I've had family with cancer broken backs and necks who do need pain medication but truth be told even if you don't abuse your medication you will still become addicted to the opiates if you take them long enough!! I DID NOT make it impossible for you to not be able to deal with your pain I got help a long time ago! So the people out their still abusing opiates are the people you sho.uld be sending your message to! Because 2yrs ago people were still able to get the medication to help control the pain n misery! Its the people who are still abusing these drugs that makes it so u can't get the help that you need! I don't for a second believe I had any effect on what my addiction has done for you or anyone else! So preach t thenhelp they need! Don't place

Amanda Boyd
Amanda Boyd
  • Amanda Boyd

**so preach to the people still abusing opiates for not getting the help they need! Don't place blame one people who got the help they needed and blame those who are still using! Its not like I wanted this for my life and I did what I had to do to get better! I understand where your comming from but I don't believe my addiction alone is the reason you and other people who "do need" the medications are the reason you can't live normal lives! There's many other alternitives to coping and...

**so preach to the people still abusing opiates for not getting the help they need! Don't place blame one people who got the help they needed and blame those who are still using! Its not like I wanted this for my life and I did what I had to do to get better! I understand where your comming from but I don't believe my addiction alone is the reason you and other people who "do need" the medications are the reason you can't live normal lives! There's many other alternitives to coping and dealing with pain! So before you place blame just remember there are MILLIONS struggling with the same addiction!!

Amanda Boyd
Amanda Boyd
  • Amanda Boyd

Addiction is just as crippling as some of the other illnesses and diseases out there...but unless you experience it you will never understand the feeling of extreme withdrawl! And because these pills have become such an epidemic the FDA is considering getting rid of them as well! I've had family with terminal illnesses so I can feel where your comming from and I'm sorry your in the situation that you are! But I do not and will not believe it was due to my addiction that only lasted 2yrs and...

Addiction is just as crippling as some of the other illnesses and diseases out there...but unless you experience it you will never understand the feeling of extreme withdrawl! And because these pills have become such an epidemic the FDA is considering getting rid of them as well! I've had family with terminal illnesses so I can feel where your comming from and I'm sorry your in the situation that you are! But I do not and will not believe it was due to my addiction that only lasted 2yrs and that I've been clean from for almost 2yrs! The blame should be placed elsewhere!! And the next time I see someone in a wheelchair I won't think for a second that its my fault!! Nor should you try to make people think that its our fault because we've suffered from a crippling disease also...its called ADDICTION! The difference is I got help so I don't believe its people like me and the other millions of people who suffer from addiction are the reason you've considered suicide and can't live a normal life! Again I'm sorry for the situation u and MANY others are in....but I think its BOGUS to blame it on people who got help and who are now sober!

Amanda Boyd
Amanda Boyd
  • Amanda Boyd

So just think of that the next time you wanna blame addiction for being the reason that there's other people in the world who suffer too!

Lisa McCarthy
Lisa McCarthy

I believe the amount of prescription pain pills my brother-in-law was prescribed helped contribute to him taking his life. He was not the same person after being on them for a while. I think doctors need to be held more accountable for this epidemic.

Susan Shaffer
Susan Shaffer
  • Lisa McCarthy

I agree

Robin Iannacone
Robin Iannacone
  • Lisa McCarthy

not everything is bipolar, or schzophrenic its teaching them out to cope in the outside world
where they many never underedand

Cindy Trench
Cindy Trench
  • Lisa McCarthy

blaming doctors for pain epidemics is like blaming them for cancer out breaks, no pain control is not an option, it's not the medication that changes you, it's the unrelenting pain, day in day out, month after month, year after year, decade after decade that the meds barely shave the edge off of, but worse yet, our families saying when are you going to go off those pain meds, as if there is an alternative to the intense unrelenting pain, by far, it's lack of understanding from loved ones...

blaming doctors for pain epidemics is like blaming them for cancer out breaks, no pain control is not an option, it's not the medication that changes you, it's the unrelenting pain, day in day out, month after month, year after year, decade after decade that the meds barely shave the edge off of, but worse yet, our families saying when are you going to go off those pain meds, as if there is an alternative to the intense unrelenting pain, by far, it's lack of understanding from loved ones that ad to the intense frustration, walk a mile in our pain. better pain control is needed not more control of lack of help.

Angie Cartwright
Angie Cartwright

This is a sad epidemic):

Mark Randolph
Mark Randolph
  • Angie Cartwright

Signed it!

Vicki Wood
Vicki Wood
  • Angie Cartwright

so right about Dr. I go to pain management due to chronic condition the Dr. I used to see would have appointments waiting for hours plus, the whole waiting room was filled witll people who were addicted. Went there for 3 years and not once was I ever drug tested nor did I have blood test. I changed fast when he did damage during a procedure, the Dr. I see now does pop drug test and reg blood test. If you see a Dr who always has you waiting a hour plus and room filled with zombies time to run.

Susan Prenzel
Susan Prenzel

Sad:( but too...Good Luck to all that are trying very hard to stay Sober...I have many friends that cleaned up their Life for the Better...all we can do is support them during the darkest hours and show them we love them...and not turn our back on them when they need us most!~.

Rachel Losure
Rachel Losure
  • Susan Prenzel

This is so true.

Susan Prenzel
Susan Prenzel
  • Susan Prenzel

that is is Rachel, and u know best being an ICU nurse...

Gretchen Hesson-Kozinski

That was a very sad thing that happened to our young Dan.. addictions of any kind our a terrible thing.... Doctors need to stop handing these perciritons out like it was for candy. Hopefully the goverment can step in and stop this! And yes..opiate addiction is one of the hardest to kick! god bless everyone who can kick this addiction! It ruins many lives , noy only the person addicted, but the family too! God Bless all!

Gretchen Hesson-Kozinski
Gretchen Hesson-Kozinski
  • Gretchen Hesson-Kozinski

I also forgot to add ..my heart goes out to my cousin Dan and Cheryl..try to stay strong..but the heart ache never goes away..but the cause you are fitting for helps...<3

Carrie Beckett
Carrie Beckett
  • Gretchen Hesson-Kozinski

Thank you for choosing the addicts over the disabled who can't get needed medications due to people that misuse them. Put the blame where it lies, with the addict, not the doctor.' Doctors have no judge of subjective pain levels. All they have to go on is what they are told. Excuse them for trying to help. Most doctors will only give pain meds once until the tests are performed to find the cause of the pain. Blame the person who jumps from Dr to Dr to get high. Don't blame me, or cause me to...

Thank you for choosing the addicts over the disabled who can't get needed medications due to people that misuse them. Put the blame where it lies, with the addict, not the doctor.' Doctors have no judge of subjective pain levels. All they have to go on is what they are told. Excuse them for trying to help. Most doctors will only give pain meds once until the tests are performed to find the cause of the pain. Blame the person who jumps from Dr to Dr to get high. Don't blame me, or cause me to have no quality of life due to pain. I would love to see you live with what I do for just one day. Your mind would quickly change.

Amy Blon
Amy Blon
  • Gretchen Hesson-Kozinski

I couldn't agree more Carrie! I am in your shoes! And I know how you feel!

Gail Moore
Gail Moore
  • Gretchen Hesson-Kozinski

I have lived with chronic pain for almost 40 years now. I have taken literally thousands of pills of one kind or another during this time. However, I have NEVER abused my medications. If a particular medication was prescribed three times a day, that was the maximum I would take it, regardless of the degree of pain. And if the pain was less one day, I would take only the dosage I needed to control the pain. The patient has to take responsibility. . .NOT let the drug control you.

Sharon Borgnine
Sharon Borgnine

I live with chronic pain everyday ! And was just in the hospital for 5 days for pain contol they gave me everything from methadone to OxyContin !! And they still don't know what's wrong with me , but an infection in my neck bone & a bad back & they wont do anything cuz I have a bone problem then I got hit by the Dr & she took me off the methadone and discharged me ! I came home & had major withdrawals from it !! Clearly I need help ! I have this pain for many years now and now have to find a...

I live with chronic pain everyday ! And was just in the hospital for 5 days for pain contol they gave me everything from methadone to OxyContin !! And they still don't know what's wrong with me , but an infection in my neck bone & a bad back & they wont do anything cuz I have a bone problem then I got hit by the Dr & she took me off the methadone and discharged me ! I came home & had major withdrawals from it !! Clearly I need help ! I have this pain for many years now and now have to find a new dr . It makes it very hard for people like me who need the pain meds to get them when people r out their abusing them !! Please help us poeple who need them to live normal lifes everyday and to play with our kids or to even live !!

Laura Dougherty
Laura Dougherty
  • Sharon Borgnine

USE PAIN PATCHES. THEY WORK PRETTY GOOD.

Jason Bishop
Jason Bishop

I agree with you Amy Blon, it's not the system that needs to take responsibility, it's the people! That is exactly what our leaders have been trying to tell us for a very long time. Remember this quote? " It's not what your country can do for you, it's what you can do for your country". Take responsibility for your own actions people!

Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider
  • Jason Bishop

Well, I was introduced to prescription pills by a doctor when I was 20 years old. I was prescribed them for a year and a half. I should only been prescribed them for a few months. When I was taken off the pills the doctor did not inform me what I would be going through.Then I found there are doctors that prescribe pills ''script doctors''. So, some type of regulation should be put in place. Too many people are being prescribed them that don't need them. This is a cause that is near and dear to me.

Christine Ohlenforst
Christine Ohlenforst

Prescription Drug Abuse - "A tragic epidemic that is falling upon our country! I challenge each and every one of you to get at least five of your friends to sign this petition..."
Friends, this might not affect you personally, but just think of your fellow brothers and sisters and help us get this PETITION SIGNED! Thanks so much to the two ladies that have already supported the Petition for Violence Against Women Act and thanks to everyone who will support this... be part of the change!
<3 Christine

Christine Ohlenforst
Christine Ohlenforst
  • Christine Ohlenforst

Sorry to everyone who got this posted twice, don't know what happened :s

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