In the name of preventing the diversion of prescription painkillers, the DEA is causing unneeded suffering in America’s nursing homes.
Meanwhile, here’s an email I received today from a pain patient in Tennessee.
Hi Mr. Balko. First, thank you so very, very, much for being the “voice” for all of us chronic pain disease people. I have a rare disease called RSD/CRPS. It is rated the highest of all pain diseases on the Mcgill Pain Scale. It is rated higher in pain than child birth or the loss of a digit. I am on a fentanyl patch and other meds as well. I have recently been informed that the pharmacies near me will no longer fill opiate pain meds! My husband has to drive all over the state to find a place that will fill my medicine. I would be willing to talk to you if it will help me and others with the nightmare we are living. Again, thank you for what you are trying to do. We need you.
After my Huffington Post series on chronic pain, I created a file for emails from pain patients who can’t find treatment. It’s up to 300 messages.
But they must all be lying. Because the drug czar assures me such people don’t exist.