Say NAY to this bill! For God's sake - this bill if passed, will only cause more suffering and death, even with the provision that claims the doctor will have some discretion, because we have all seen what happens! The weaponizing of the CDC guidelines is one great example and has affected ALL PAIN PATIENTS including CPP's, surgical, cancer/hospice, and acute pain patients. Of course the CDC guidelines weren't even meant for CPP's & cancer patients & they have issued clarifications AGAINST the misplacement of the guidelines, and so has the FDA and HHS but it's not stopping doctor's who drop CPP's or force taper these patients who had tried everything else for their pain before trying opioids, which is sometimes the only thing that was effective and allowed them some functionality in their lives (doctor's are afraid of being raided, since many innocent doctor's have lost their practices then were never even charged). It hasn't stopped pharmacies from refusing to fill opioid rx's because many of them are afraid of the DEA also. It hasn't stopped insurance companies from making their own rules that punish pain patients all in the name of the "CDC guidelines", but they are doing it for the money, not fear! I could site many other examples of how damaging the CDC guidelines were because no one actually really read them OR they simply chose to interpret them as they saw fit and usually because they wanted to push Suboxone and addition clinics because they had a financial interest in them!!! Want proof - just look at the case of the manufacturer of Suboxone! You won't have to dig very deep to see who some of the beneficiaries were for pushing that and similar drugs! The big reason the CDC guidelines were misplaced, was obviously due to politics and politicians who saw the manufactured "opioid crisis" as a way to get votes when they "appeared" to be doing something to stop all of the deaths - but the high death rate wasn't due to those who OD'd when taking their prescription opioids as prescribed. The opioid crisis is a crisis of illicit street drugs (heroin, cocaine, meth, and many other's), but the main cause of OD's were poly-drug abuse and then the skyrocketing in the number of OD's was caused by illegally manufactured Fentanyl & its analogs coming in from China via Mexico (not the Rx/legal Fentanyl). The ONLY thing anyone will see from this bill, is that all pain patients are not to receive opioids - period!! HAVE YOU NOT LEARNED ANYTHING??? As a RN for many, many years, I saw what happened in the 1990's when pain was undertreated & Congress tasked the pharmaceutical companies with finding an effective pain treatment. THEN when they did, and people finally were getting something that worked, they were accused of causing the opioid crisis (hello, if you produce a new and effective pain medication, you're going to have a lot of people using it)! One day the media/government is finally being somewhat honest and claiming the OD's continue to skyrocket despite a significant decrease in Rx opioids being written, and admitting that illegal Fentanyl is the problem, then suddenly overnight, one state announces that "their efforts" to curb opioid prescribing has resulted in a DECREASED death rate from OD's, and over the course of 2 weeks, many other states make the same announcement (so they don't appear to be outdone by another state)? What? How about this: The decreased OD rate is due to giving every man, woman and child, Narcan to carry, to be administered to those who OD on the streets!! The millions or billions of taxpayer dollars and man hours spent trying to get CPP's and other's who needed the pain relief, off of opioids and the raids on innocent doctors (who were never even charged), has not resulted in even a tiny reduction of street drug addicts, nor has all the new addiction centers, clean-needle programs or anything else those taxpayer dollars were wasted on (clean needle programs do not stop addiction - they only help prevent certain diseases)! It hasn't stopped them from accessing the drugs they need to satisfy their cravings, in the least and even if Rx opioids were totally outlawed in the US or heck, even the world, it wouldn't prevent them from continuing to feed their addiction with all of the other drugs which is what they prefer anyway! CPP's are NOT addicted - they are suffering from debilitating daily pain and need these opioids to function & their bodies become dependent, just like they do with other medications such as antidepressants, blood pressure medications and several other drug classifications. Some CPP's need opioids just to get out of bed. For other's, it allows them to continue working and providing for their families. Now, because doctor's have force tapered opioids for their patients or cut them off totally, many CPP's are bed-ridden and a burden on their family and/or on society (some need government programs but other's were doing just fine without them until their pain medications were taken away)! Cancer patients, even those on hospice in the final days of their lives, are begging for relief and many are being given only Tylenol, NSAIDS, Gabapentin or other medication that is ineffective! It's the same for those with acute pain for serious injuries/illnesses and even surgical patients who are being discharged with these same medications instead of opioids which are very effective for surgical pain (yes, NSAIDS can also help with the pain from injuries and surgical pain but there are many who can't take these due to GI issues, bleeding issues, etc., and NSAIDS used to be contraindicated for fresh surgical patients due to bleeding problems and decreased healing times but the medical community and politicians just don't care anymore about all of the research and long-term studies that show how dangerous NSAID's and acetaminophen really are). Obviously, some will not need opioids but for most surgeries & injuries, they will. Stop the madness!! Do not allow this bill to move forward! Focus on the real cause of the opioid crisis instead! I realize pain patient's and doctor's make easy targets, but this is inhumane, a civil rights violation and is very un-American! This period of time in our history will go down as one of the darkest times for millions of Americans - many who will end their lives due to continued suffering, all because of politics and greedy people who have no compassion but a craving (or addiction) for money and are milking the system for every dime they can get! When all the drug manufactures who product not only opioids, have filed bankruptsy, then what are you going to do about pain relief and the other conditions their drugs treat? What about the research they do on health crisis's? Some of the larger companies will reorganize but some of them can't. This bill is just one more waste of time & taxpayer money aimed at allegedly helping to stop the "opioid crisis" but the propaganda they are using is not the facts! They have been duped by people like those in PROP, the inaccurate CDC OD statistics (and other statistics that combine Rx opioid deaths with illicit street drugs & illegally manufactured Fentanyl)! The CDC admitted their numbers were flawed but they still haven't corrected these statistics! Why? Could it be because PROP wrote the CDC guidelines for them behind closed doors (the head of PROP is NOT a pain specialist - he's money-hungry weasel with a family name that somehow lends to his credibility)? Again, I ask why? Why did PROP write the CDC guideline recommendations? We need a Congressional hearing on that! This is just the tip of the iceberg of propaganda. Look into the facts then choose a new direction to tackle the REAL problem plaguing America today when it comes to drug deaths and and learn the real reason people turn to illicit street drugs. HINT: it is NOT Rx opioid use (this is only true for approx. 0.6%). Those with addiction are predisposed, usually by genetics but even genetics doesn't guarantee someone will become an addict - far from it. There is another cause and someone from the public shouldn't have to tell you what it is, nor should propaganda be allowed to continue making the snowball even bigger!