Americans are divided at the present time – one side alleging that the Heroin Epidemic (as the government has named it, as if it’s contagious) – the other side stating a fact: Since the CDC issued its “Guidelines”, patients have been abandoned by their doctors, some doctors having no faith in the government and now electing not to treat people with chronic pain, and some being weaned off their medicine, leaving them to decline in functioning, subjecting them to increased depression, anxiety, and mental health issues. As the DEA closes down pain management clinics, thousands, sometimes as many as 25,000 patients are left out on the street without medical records, to find another doctor. Many times there simply aren’t enough doctors in the area, leaving these patients to die or turn to the street for drugs. (Isn’t this what the government IS TRYING TO STOP?)
It’s a proven fact that untreated pain or under-treated pain leads to a multitude of problems: loss of ambulation skills, decrease in activities of daily living, little or no social interaction with family and friends, and a whole variety of problems that were accepted, but minimized by pain medication prior to the implementation of the CDC guidelines and the following media hype and propaganda. People are being forced to drive hundreds of miles to pain management clinics, only to be presented with a Contract by which the individual is forced to give up many HIPAA rights, and subjecting them to involuntary institutionalization of anyone who is deemed “at risk” for addiction. Of course, the chronic pain patient could be put in this category simply by virtue of the medicine that they must take in order to maintain whatever quality of life their illnesses and injuries will allow.
Probably the most despicable action by our government has been the denial to our Veterans of pain medication necessary for a variety of injuries sustained in the line of duty – in lying their lives on the line in order to ensure that we remain free and safe. In addition, the VA is denying claims of PTSD. Who wouldn’t have post traumatic stress disorder after witnessing 4-8 or more years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan? How can our government do that to them?
Injuries or illnesses which require lifetime treatment for pain control can happen to anyone at any time. While these changes may not affect you now, it is very possible that it could at any time happen to yourself, a spouse, a parent, a child, a friend, a neighbor. Please join us in the Rally to Regain Our Rights on 10/22/16 from 10 am to 5 pm – location to be determined.
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