— Maine has one of the highest
overdose rates in the country… — Mr. Speaker, no one living in Maine today can
ignore the addiction epidemic that is upon us. — …and the state has responded aggressively, by passing one of the nation’s
strictest laws on prescribing opioids. It caps most patients at 100 milligrams per day. But the law has had unintended consequences. Hundreds of chronic pain sufferers are now
finding it impossible to access their typical dosage. After some Mainers pushed back on these restrictions, lawmakers said these patients
could qualify for higher doses under what’s called the “palliative care exemption.” Despite the assurances, though, patients are still struggling to find doctors
who will give them the medicine they need. — This is what I’ve done for a long time and, you know, I’m nowhere near ready to give it up, you know, back pain or not. As long as I can control the pain issues
that I’m going to have to deal with, then I can keep doing this! They passed this law and they put it through very fast. No matter if your leg has been amputated,
or if you got a bad back, or whatever the reason. Everybody was getting the same. In January, they took one pill away and it wasn’t too bad, I could deal with that. But when it got down to, you know,
when they had taken five away per day, I get so that… I went home after lunch. When I was in Augusta at that hearing, they told me that I come under the
palliative care exception to the law, and, “Go back and tell your doctor that
and you’ll be all set.” Well, my doctor didn’t want to hear that. And a lot of other ones didn’t, either. — I don’t know of any other doctor in Knox County. I know that the patients I took on
did have doctors in Knox County, but basically the doctors pushed them out. I’m gonna work on a refill for you. Anything else I can do for you today? — We need help, you could come to work for us. — I don’t know if I like being up on the roof. With this legislation, there were humble apologies
that the law was misunderstood— that all these chronic pain patients
didn’t need to be tapered down after all, and that, in fact, the doctors, all they have to do is invoke
the palliative medicine exception. But despite that, the doctors looked for any excuse
to get rid of these patients and I think many one them used that regulation
as the last step in the process to shed them. There’s a culture that seems to have developed any doctor who prescribes a
controlled substance is a bad doctor, and they don’t want to be seen by their peers as someone who’s dispensing these things. So any patients they have who asks for them,
the patient is then labeled as a drug addict. Not under my watch, you know?
You’re not gonna get that from me. — One of those freak things you know? Um, just coming home from the grocery store. I was gonna take my truck,
but to save on gas I took the car. And thank god my kids weren’t in there,
or my better half wasn’t in there. 37 surgeries later! Still alive…. And I know Mainers pride themselves on being tough— and I’m pretty tough, and I still can’t handle what I’m going through. — Here, bring this to her. — I, uh, tend to exclude myself a lot, because it’s just toxic sometimes to be around it, you know, and they don’t need to put up with that. You know, I can function when I have the right amount. I can go to hall and, you know,
be a man, and take care of my family… I mean, we’ve begged and pleaded,
crying to the doctor, begging her. You know, it’s like, “Nope! Can’t help you.” — Any other things? — Um, I guess the pain. — Okay. — What’s the prognosis on that? — So, it is still… we’re still not getting any word from
the board that they’re changing their view, so I can’t risk my license
by going over 100 milligrams. — You don’t think I qualify
for the exemption, yes or no? — If I am basing my interpretation,
or what I’ve got trained— that palliative care is
life-limiting, end of life— then no. — I’ve called 57 physicians in the state of Maine. The nearest appointment that
I’ve found is in December. Out of 57. I got Dr. Mandel’s number. He was definitely sympathetic. But he’s retiring,
so he can’t take on any new patients. — In my practice, I treat about 120 patients. About 10 of them have chronic pain,
100 of them have drug addiction. When did you take your last? — Uh, yesterday. — No one wants to take care
of anybody with addiction. Nobody wants to take care of
anybody with chronic pain. And so, there’s a lot of orphans out there. They’re treated like the lepers of our time. — We are set.
— Thank you. — I’m working seven days a week,
but we need more help. I can’t do this alone. I will retire, and who will take care of the patients then? — Thanks.

100 thoughts on “Maine’s Strict Opioid Law Is Harming Chronic Pain Patients | World of Hurt (HBO)”

  1. Shows you the Goverment should stay out of something they know nothing about.They put a cap on opiods of 100mg a day of what??every opioid is different.They need to get in a serious accident & be in chronic pain to see how fast they change their mind on this 100mg bullshit.

  2. Opioid victims have low self control . They are also victims of too much sugar , fatty foods , unable to control their finances and the majority of them are low life liberals .

  3. My doc has cut mine by half. I have degenerative disc disease, 2 bulging discs and a slipped disc. You can imagine my pain 24/7. They only care about the people who do NOT take their medication as prescribed so therefore people like me have to struggle to get out of bed without our medicine.

  4. This was a year ago and look at where we are now!! Nothing has changed to help us chronic pain patients!! Simply pathetic and WRONG!! We have got to keep screaming to get our voices heard!! The CDC are liars and gave out bogus statistics on the overdoses in regards to prescription opioid medications just to push their agenda!! Secret meetings to get the guidelines in place!! That is criminal and they need to be held accountable and be prosecuted!! This is our lives at stake! DO NO HARM!!

  5. I too have chronic back pain 3 back surgeries and fusion at L4,5 ans S1 along with nerve damage, both knees have been replaced and 3 of my metatarsal bones in my right foot have been fused. I suffer from arthritis which no amount of surgery is going to help. Because I am taking pain medicine the DEA/FDA monitor the amount of medicine I am taking. There are days when it is so bad that I can't hardly move and with the pain medicine being reduced I am often in tears because I have no way to control it. My doctor gas flat out told me that she wont increase my dose because she doesn't want to lose her license. It's a horrible situation that I have been put in and NOBODY wants to help the patient.

  6. I have suffered migraines since I was a baby, diagnosed chronic since grade school. My Dr's. don't want 2 tlk abt it, hear abt it so I don't mention it. I have chronic back problems 4 last 15 yrs, can't walk, won't help there either & I've tried everything and spent the $ 2 prove it. If u can't tlk 2 ur Drs who do u go 2, whose left. I never ever abused my meds but I'm the one home bound, have no family left 2 turn 2, no friends bc I go no where – I'm home 24/7 bc of pain. Now the epidemic is real on the streets, ppl r dying, but THEY continue 2 get what they want, why can't I get what I need 2 live a productive life? Please someone stop this insanity and Drs remember ur Hippocratic oath. Please

  7. Seems like every state has one of the most highest OD rates. Bunch of shit. Also, never go to a woman doctor "period" for anything if you are a man.

  8. Drs are so afraid of writing scripts now because the state and the federal government are coming down on them. They are in fear of losing their license and all the hard work they have done to go away. People that needs these meds are suffering and the government does not care at all. The Drs take their oath to help and treat patients and can not fulfill their oath out of fear of the government going after them. The Drs are so upset because they see their patients suffering and they can not do anything to help them.

  9. If they would federally make marijuana legal a lot of drug addicts would get clean and chronic pain could be dealt with . With less pills.

  10. tbis is why junkies suck ass they take the help away from people in pain ditch all junkies let them live in the streets with the drugs they love so much

  11. I was labeled a drug addict my shoulder was hurting got an mri it didn't show much, they said it was deferred pain. I said screw it went to another Dr. They said I need new shoulder at 45 years old. One DR said it's in my head another Dr said I need shoulder replacement. What a big diffrence

  12. It's the same here in Az. My dr. Is " tapering " me off a med that I have been on for 20years!!! Now I'm back to where I was when I was first diagnosed!!!!!!!! IT SUCKS!!!

  13. The thing is they're saying that this 100 mg a day is not 100mg but 100 MME. Then they triple or quadruple the amount of that and claim it's the morphine equivalent. I take 100 mgs a day but they claim that's 200+ mgs.

  14. Pallitive care is for those who are expected to die soon. There are millions who suffer severe chronic pain who are not terminal.

  15. I've had chronic, debilitating pain for 23 years. I AM NOT A DRUG ADDICT but, dammit, I need help. My doctor cares but she can't prescribe what I need to have a "normal" life. I've had to leave my career, move out of my house due to stairs (I'm only 54) and I qualify for disability (Ankylosing Spondylitis) but I can't get the pain meds I need. Just two 10 mg. oxycodone per day would have changed my life – I'd still be working, able to attend events with my family, husband and friends and not think about the relief that death will someday bring to me every day of my life. What life? It's non-stop suffering. I wish I could unzip my body and my doctors could be me in my skin for JUST ONE DAY. I'd then get the medication I need.

  16. Pain sufferers should not lose their only lifeline, pain medications because a bunch of loser, spoiled young people want to get high.

  17. Please read "Dope Inc." to understand the powers behind Drugs both legal and illegal. Remember the cocaine in coca cola, the heroin in cough syrup? The drug dealer on the street corner did not put the drugs 8n those products, corporation's did that. At least the Chinese gov. fought the real drug smugglers to try and save their people from drug addiction. Opium Wars had a winner and they control this planet. The head of the snake must be cut off before ALL the madness can be stopped.

  18. Palliative care is END OF LIFE CARE. The government in the state of Maine is doing the people such an injustice. Wow!!!!!!!!!

  19. Most people who go to a doctor is in pain. Heres an idea doc- give them suckers and dont charge them. I cant stand docs who puts everyone in the same boat.

  20. Drugs,alcohol,meditation,yoga,martial arts,tattoos,body piercings,Quija board,these are gateways to demonic possession.Drugs,Opiods is a demon spirit.They only come out in the name of Jesus.By a believer in Jesus.Some are more powerful than others,they require Fasting.or they come out,if God,himself deciedes to deliver you.Read the book of Enoch.Audio version on youtube.See Trey Smith`s video on the Nephilim.Read the book of Acts,KJV.Witches are taking out people`s souls and demons control the masses,of bodies walking around posing as human beings.See the video The Fragmented soul by Win Worley,See the video Routing demons by JOhn EChardt,See the video The Testament of Solomon,see the video The Genesis 6 Conspiracy.See all videos by Win Worley,Derek Prince,and JOhn EChardt.The real word of God(the KIng James bible) has been replaced by fake NWO bibles in most churches.The real word of God,has SUPERNATURAl POWER to bring down the kingdom of darkness,ONly for real beleivers in Jesus.Speak it out loud.Many are under generation curses from God for the sins of the Fathers.Read Daniel 9 and psalm 106 KJV.Read psalm 83.The Israel,all these nations are coming upon,in the last days(are the so called christian nations).The Northern Kingdom of Israel,whom God divorced and sent out of his sight,for their sins)Wich the majority of them,arestill doing to this very day.Eneter the Norman invasion of Europe,and israel is likely all mixed in the last days.See jack Flaws videos on the lost tribes of Israel.REPENT,before it is to late.Tribulation is coming.

  21. Vermont is even worse , the minimalism is so awful i cant even begin to describe it. I refuse to go to my local hospitsl because of the awful care and pain management

  22. people who aren't in pain are the ones making these fuked up laws, they all need their  backs broken bf they're allowed to vote on pain killers.

  23. Our government wants people on H (lots of money in court, rehab,suboxon clinics, corrupt government brings in the drugs)wake up people!!!

  24. seriously. you cant even manage to argue the point without being entirely toxic yourself? its a made up fkin term made to invalidate men and their feelings as well as their nature. just repeating the same phrase over and over does not make it a valid label. Sounds to me more like Controlling Toxic Femininity.

  25. It’s heroin, why they fuckin the real people that need the pills. Giving out the pills is done to those that don’t need it. What a dome law

  26. how sad!!!! the government is to blame for all that is happening in our society today . they have forced good men and women out onto the streets to use heroin!! what's next are they going to start taking away diabetics insulin? I know that sounds crazy , but no more crazy then taking away pain medication from the people who truly needed it to live a normal life. how dare they!! what goes around!! comes around!!! maybe someday they'll get to experience real pain for themselves.

  27. Folks, every single time you walk through the door of a so called "pain clinic" you are risking your life, trading your wellbeing, your life, making your life a point of barter to quacks who are nothing short of dope dealers. Nothing but hospitals should be in charge of treating pain. PERIOD. And this is because there are no legitimate pain clinics. Getting you addicted and diseased is what they and their ilk do. The research on those places is chilling. They are NOT responsible professionals and all patients should have responsible medical care, and pain care should only be administered in a hospital. That "pain" dope is going to kill you. Know this. Understand this. That in no way can be considered "quality of life". It's murder.

  28. in columbiana county Ohio people are denied narcotics entirely and stigmatized over even asking for treatment for any sort of pain

  29. I live with Arachnoiditis which there is no cure I live in constant pain. Before the fucking government got involved I had a damn good life compared to now.

  30. What the hell are they taking 100 milligrams of what type of pain pill..
    Thats a high dose.. I take 30 to 40 milligrams a day and thats on a bad day. I have bad pain and damage from meningitis, so the pain is horrible. But to take more than that.. wow..
    Chronic pain is horrible and doctors can tell people who actually need it and people who abuse it.

  31. 100 mg of oxycodone is such a high dose . 20 mg 3 x a day should cover chronic pain . If patient needs more it’s not due to the injury it’s from a build up of tolerance which means dependence .

  32. People , be happy , be VERY HAPPY you're not a severely injured , disabled vet . For eighteen years I've been classified by the V.A. doctors at 100% disability rating . And correctly so . During that time I've been on a high-dosage regiment of varied narcotic pain relievers….EIGHTEEN YEARS . My V.A. doctor was aware I used marijuana as well and was okay with it . He was also the Chief-of-Staff at my V.A. hospital . The M/J was of little help with my pain , but GREAT HELP with my anxiety CAUSED by the pain . Turns out I wasn't the only vet with this issue , and my doctor of 18 years was FIRED . Immediately , the V.A. cut my oxycodone IN HALF and DEMANDED I stop using M/J or my pain meds would be COMPLETELY TAKEN AWAY . My quality of life has been drastically lowered BY MY GOVERNMENT for WHAT ? Is this supposed to HELP ME ? Is THIS my reward ? BTW , RECREATIONAL M/J is legal in my state. Who am I hurting ?

  33. I too have chronic pain ,I have been told by the VA that I am being cut back again, they call it tapering off, but those who have chronic pain dont or cant taper off because of the pain. I went from eight 10mg methadone tablets to three, now I wake up sick and sweaty because In am in withdrawels.
    They are going about this all wrong this is already creating more problems. Heroin is now cut with fentanal which makes the mixture more addictive. The OD rate will continue to climb, because patients are now going to the streets. Alcohol prohibition didnt work either this is the same thing. Our military is in Afganistan protecting the crop , the CIA imports heroin to the USA. Now patients are the VICTIMS!

  34. They should make torcher Drs and make them feel a terrible amount of pain and when they complain about it say oh your over reacting. Because that's exactly how they feel and think. They have no clue how someone feels or how much pain someone is in. The government needs to mind their own fucking business. If people die from overdose then that's okay the world is over populated anyways. It's call natural selection.

  35. Most pain patients will kill themselves in the next couple years. This was all planned by the FDA, CDC, and DEA. Pain patient racism is socially acceptable, and people wonder why we're all committing suicide.

  36. Maine has been struggling with this particular problem for over 20 years.
    Cutting pills out, like they have due to insane overzealous politicians….. There is so much to unpack that it's impossible, the first thing I would say, is that a good amount of these folks on off and around people taking or quote abusing these medications all blame the doctors and they did this for a long, long time!! And now they're Blown Away, that these doctors no longer want anything to do with them. They blamed them.
    The other part of it is, we had people taking heroin we had people taking extremely high doses of opiates and opioids.
    it became an issue everywhere probably. This was dope, and anybody that took it, was a junkie and this narrative has been pushed so far now, that the repercussions have come home to roost! It's sad, my mother was a chronic pain patient and she died in 2016, I'm glad she did…. as much as I miss her!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't imagine what her life would be like, after being on pain pills since 1991 that would be pretty amazing! Probably after watching my mother go through what she went through I couldn't understand why it was all a sudden a problem. Even after they had come up with Oxycontin,a different formulation of the same medication (oxycodone) that has been prescribed since the fifties, as far as I know. It's extremely frustrating, it's extremely sad. Opiates and opioids may not be the answer, but at the same time it's none of anybody else's business. again it's extremely f*** up because you have people that are chronic pain patients that never thought they were going to have their s*** taken away from, them. So they went after the "junkies" and the younger generation they felt were abusing, and quite frequently at one point purchasing their pills from them. And said well I'm not the same as those people. the fact of the matter is we're all the same especially in this particular context. Opiates, don't likely work for pain there really is no way to take care of chronic pain but they do help make you feel better, it's the reason they were abused and it's the reason they are used. People are more apt to do s*** that they would not have ever done when they're on it and that goes both ways. Again, this is an extremely frustrating topic not one that you can take lightly, or explain simply!!

  37. Yeah thanks to the asshole who thinks were all junkies im on disability for a reason my quality of life means nothing to the powers to be.i worked hard all my life,and now I'm paying for it.and they could care less that I'm suffering every day.its a damn shame.

  38. It's crazy that legitimate people suffering from pain can not get the medication they need in order to just feel normal when I can take a 20 minute car ride to one of the largest open air drug markets in the country and get as many $5 bags of heroin as I can carry. It's just too easy for people to buy powerful drugs like heroin and fentanyl while legit pain patients have to suffer and jump through regulations and restrictions just to get the medicine they need.

  39. Funny how I and those I lost to addiction didn't start out just getting high. We liked our weed and beer but that was it, then through sports, automobile accidents or work accidents, even genetics for some were all prescribed a liberal amount of opioids. I haven't done heroin in over 3 years and I have health problems and am disabled. Also have struggled with anxiety my entire life and no one around here will help me. I am screwed for life as far as proper treatment. I mean I am close to Cincinnati where you can get help but my insurance doesn't transfer state lines and I have had to pay $ money the times I needed help. That felt terrible, I mean why do you have to pay cash!! Their as bad as, no worse than the frickin streat dealers.

  40. Capping at 100mg is so ignorant. Thats not how opiates work. I go to MMT and there are 4 foot tall 100 pound people that take 250mg and I am 6 foot 180 and take 90mg.. Dosage vary greatly compaired to other drugs.. You sure as hell dont usually see some people popping Ten xanax at a time after years on.

  41. I was rear ended by a semi truck and I had 4 spinal surgeries. The PM dr cut my dose and I ended up bedridden for almost 3 years. I wanted to commit suicide- I had ZERO QUALITY OF LIFE. I went from functioning to being unable to even take a bath or shower except maybe every ten days. I used bathing wipes. It was so humiliating. I had to lay down in the car on a heated seat as my husband drove me. My muscles atrophied. The only thing that saved me was Kratom and CBD, but more so Kratom. It does not make you feel weird or high. The big pharma wants Kratom outlawed because they cannot make a drug out of a tree leaf. The pharmaceutical companies made sure that Kratom has a bad rap on Google. People would throw up before they could induce near enough to get any where near a buzz. I researched it extensively before taking it and found a reputable company. If they would just tell pain patients about it they could save lives. Most Drs do not care how badly a patient suffers, they do not want extra paperwork. They are in a business to make money! Only very few truly care. I hope Drs and people in the CDC have to suffer in pain for a year.

  42. So this actually makes no sense.. It's like telling a chronic pain patient sorry, go do heroin in order to be pain free.. Ridiculous

  43. This kind of coverage is crucial and often overlooked. People need to know that the heroin "crisis" is all because doctors can't prescribe proper pain treatment.
    I was in a motorcycle accident with internal bleeding, bruised ribs, and 3 fractured vertebrae and the doctor gave me pills for 4 days and I could not get a refill. It was hard enough to get the prescription filled, I had to go to the VA just to get that filled.

  44. Why don't you show this viewpoint on your channel? All I see is from the drug abuse and addiction side. Where is a show with the reality that pain patients are facing? Lose of jobs, poor quality of life and increasing suicide rate is what we are facing because this country has no common sense or compassion anymore. I myself am considering suicide because I don't want to live bedridden and in constant pain.

  45. bro….if you need more than 100mg of an opiod a day then you are an addict, im sorry….I've had back surgery and tore my pectoral tendon and gotten surgery on it which was reattaching my tendon to my chest wall so needless to say I have had my share of serious injuries with serious life long pain that I deal with (without pain pills by the way) but 100mg of an opiod a day is more than enough for someone to deal with their pain especially when ou consider which type of opiod if your taking 100mg of qxycodone and its not working im sorry your tolerance is too high and your an addict and while hydrocodone is not a strong 100mg for the should be good too man that 10 10mg for the day cmon man. And listen I'm not somebody that doesn't know i've been there because of my injuries with the opiods trust me I've been down that road and realized this was not going to end up good. So, like I said if you getting to the poiint where 100mg of an opiate A DAY isn't doing it for you ….your problem isn't pain, it's addiction and dependency…and you need a different type of help.

  46. The opioids are disappearing everywhere in the u.s they're wanting to surgically implanr pain pumps for chronic pain patients

  47. Why is it that people suffer needlessly? It has been a couple of years since Dr’s were compelled by threat to take their patients off of high dose opioid painkillers and yet the rate of new addicts has not slowed. What will these new junkies blame their addiction on now? The responsibility most certainly will not be placed at their feet where it belongs.

  48. This is what happens when politicians make rules for doctors. This is horrible. Trying to be good, sure, and I appreciate that but that word palliative is not acceptable or the correct description for the group of people who need these drugs.

  49. The bottom line it's the government not the druggies who impose this on the chronically ill patients… drug addicts will be drug addicts they choose to abuse heroin Street fentanyl from China ninety-nine percent of their dying is because of those two drugs not the prescription drugs.. that's misinformation that they want to charge forward.n make people beliwve.it is a false epidemic. and people are falling for it -its not the prescribed drugs killing. And it's a small number that have died from prescription drugs and that's only because of them either committing suicide or drinking with them or taking street drugs with them. no one dies from taking the pill !!!! or else billions would be dead …the Earth would probably be depopulated..empty.
    but the fact remains it's still the government's fault for these mandates and new guidelines not the drug addicts and all it has done is started another epidemic of new heroin users as anybody can look it up heroin went on the rise after the guidelines went into place not down and hundreds of suicides have taken place if not thousands good going America we are regressing back to the caveman era why have any medicine at all

  50. Those politicians who come up with these laws would think differently if they suffered chronic pain. But then, they would have the "private" sources no one else would be allowed.

  51. That’s the problem with knee jerk legislation. Fixes nothing. Chronic pain patients should be overseen by pain specialists above their GP. That way GP’s can prescribe the medication patients need & it can be monitored. F’ing recreational drug users destroying lives of patients with legitimate chronic pain conditions

  52. I live in Texas, and it's the same here. Texas Board of Health took the ability away from General Practitioners to prescribe any pain prescription that is considered a narcotic. Everyone had to get seen by a pain management physician. They charge twice the amount, fewer in numbers, and are usually only located in large cities. What's worse than that is with everyone having to see pain management specifically, none of them are taking new patients. The closest pain management that will take new patients is a 2 hours, 4,hour round trip, drive. Most won't write refills. So, you have to do this every month, if you have the means to drive, and the ability to endure the 4 hour trip. The politicians aimed to take control of all the addicts, but made all the legitimate pain patients collateral damage in the process.

  53. My pain doctor,of 6 yrs in WA state, AND my psychiatrist of almost 15 yrs in CA, BOTH dropped me without cause, 1 month apart just because it is hard to properly treat chronic pain patients, even when the Dr isn't treating your pain if you have a Dr managing pain scripts for you then all of a sudden that puts your other physician relationships at risk.

  54. I would like Vice to make a full length doc about chronic pain sufferers that are denied pain medicine. My aunt recently committed suicide because her doc tapered her off pain meds knowing she had a permanent and severely painful condition. Her doc then started Cymbalta. 2 weeks later she was gone. She killed herself in her garage. It was so unlike her. Thanks opioid crisis.

  55. Pain medication has nothing to do with this epidemic I'm a drug addict have been for 23 years struggling off and on with this back when I first started using it was pain medicine but there were very few and far between doctor shoppers like me! Knowing every drug seeker wanted Percocet they found a way to pack 8 to 16 of them in a little pill Knowing damn well it could be crushed snorted and injected. Oxycontin after it came out doctors we're paid $1,000 to 5000 for every 100 prescriptions of it they wrote this is biological chemical warfare against us and out of a thousand people who get pain medicine for whatever I'd say probably only about 3 get hooked because of the addictive personality they have already I too suffer from chronic pain I am now in a methadone clinic and I thank God I know the system and knew I could go for my pain and addiction. It works really well for me but it's so not available for most people at this point it should be on the shelves it does not get you high and it's actually one of the preferred treatments for chronic pain using pain medicine as a patsy a Fall Guy so that people could get rich. The powers-that-be have claimed the poppy plant and now says who gets and who doesn't get medicine for pain yet all doctors, rich and famous people never have a problem getting anything they want their colleagues write it for them and their families they knew what they were doing when they made Oxycontin but I promise you this epidemic has nothing to do with pain medicine as you have been taught to believe!! Now people are being denied meds with conditions so excruciatingly painful not even being detoxed and causing people even little old ladies to go out and look for heroin where they find Good ol fentanyl which the government now brings that in and considering we took over the poppy fields in Afghanistan the government owns like what 80% of the world's opium now when we die we will suffer or go to the streets because pain is so no joke and it's also causing people to kill their selves out of an amazingly alarming rate because some types of physical pain without even anything to take the edge off would send anybody into that action. I am writing a book right now to try and totally blow the lid off this and at this time a recovering drug addict , witness firsthand exactly what it was like before and after they tried to depopulate us with Oxycontin knowingthat you cannot just quit this without horrendous physical withdrawal unlike cocaine ecspecialy crack which was the first drug they used on us to try this. Any country that has basically decriminalized all drugs seen drug use drop dramatically because and I know this first-hand we are more addicted to the lifestyle then the drug when it becomes legal it's like where's the fun in that, it sound crazy but it is true. I must keep researching and finish this book To shed light on what's really going on here in whatever you want to call this it's not a country though

  56. doctors in maine are chicken shit dirt bags ive seen more decisions directly made by doctors kill more people than opoids , drunk driving and tobacco combined . those of us in pain 24/7 are growing and we are beyond fed up with the governments bull shit ! lucemyra commercial at the end is a joke were still in pain so we are going to take something for it and its taking every last penny we have. all drs are doing is fueling the heroin and fetanyl market. you cant get a suboxone dr to treat pain you need mainecare if you work or make too much disability cause you had an actual career and became disabled your screwed. there is nothing but heroin to kill pain . the pain in my back is so bad id rather be dead a lot of days and eventually i will just kill myself because of governments ignorance and chicken shit doctors wanting me dead cause that is all i can believe they refuse to address something negatively effecting me to the point i want to die so they must want us dead.

  57. That comment is definitely true. How the hell do you get close to continue a life in a pain which now you know I'm trying to legally get help. This is a mess because suicide was close to me many times.

  58. Palletive care said my rare disorder doesn't fit guidelines. However I get sent to a cancer Dr????

  59. Chronic pain is from not addressed the pain when you have it then pain when there is no sighns. I'm isolated and without my meds I'm worthless. It is ok to be pain free with addiction or not. There are some of us had past addictions but I have no way had any plans to misuse any medication. I have pain to the point if the CDC has any idea that pain has to be addressed. Pain overdoses are very sad. This does not make it fair for the many of us k ow population increases of course there will be more people to break laws. However what did the chronic pain suffering rest of us who truly had a life taken. I feel like I am truly taking a slow painful cruel death. I am not only doing without and having a hard time. j am in a vegetable state. my life is going to be lost . Who is the voices for the silent people painfully unable to do what they did before and after the panic of pain meds communication is costing money. If the Dr does nothing I can only say the condition I have allows me only opiods. However my Dr is from the start not wanting to prescribe. if this is not one hurdle how can I say I am sure to be dead if there is not a change.A message is even making me hurt to where I am getting off. This law is very unfair..

  60. Why in the hell do they call chronic pain patients with proven medical histories of severe illness or injury DRUG ADDICTS? I always took my medications responsibly for more than 13 years, 5 major surgeries and constant medical care, which suddenly changed when my longtime neurosurgeon suddenly without notice retired in March 2018 leaving me without a treating doctor and no medications which I need to help me function and enjoy my family and friends. However, today I'm totally disabled by the Social Security Administration, because I cannot work anymore, I cannot be a husband or father or grandfather because my severe chronic pain controls my life what little I have left. I would gladly join an class action lawsuit against every government agency responsible for these restrictions which have essentially forced doctors like mine to retire and others to leave their practices because they fear losing their licenses. I've been dumped like an unwanted dog by my doctor and I cannot find another doctor willing to accept me as their patient because they refuse to write any pain medications. I thought they took an oath Not to Cause Any Harm? However, that's exactly what most of them are.doing particularly those who dump their entire patient load without notice leaving them to suffer dangerous withdraws and face additional medical problems many of which are life threatening. Sorry bunch of cowards!

  61. I have chronic pain due to degenerative disk disease and bad knees and have been seeing pain management doctors for excellent treatments and medication since 1994, and the older I get, the worse my back and knees becomes with age. Back in those days, they were not under the gun by the DEA and CDC like it is now. I started noticing the changes after 2010 when it comes to doctors prescribing pain medications. One quit due to the harassment of the DEA and was fed up, and now my most current pain management doctor said he is quitting too for the same reason, even though they are not doing anything illegal. To the DEA, we are all bad people and need to watched. It is sad. I don't know what I will do if I can no longer get the treatments I have been getting all those years and was grateful for those treatments and pain medication that get me through each day. I always dreaded the day may come when I no longer can see a good pain management doctor. They are becoming fewer and fewer due to the governments harassment of them and new doctors don't want that hassle either, so they are not going into the pain management field. If anyone gets "Consumers Reports", they are on the anti-pain killer band wagon, and have been for years.. The June 2019 issue was on chronic pain and they recommend "Mindfulness" (whatever the heck that means), do yoga, get better sleep, or see a therapist". You gotta to be fricken kidding me! Get better sleep to help rid of the pain? Right, I am in agony and expect to get better sleep? Yoga? I can hardly bend my knees. And for "Mindfulness, right!I i got a "mindful" dealing with my pain! And therapists? They are absolutely useless for chronic pain sufferers. I saw a therapist before I was recommended to a pain management doctor by my first back doctor. Those "Therapists" are almost an insult with their recommendations in dealing with pain. "Go do what you enjoy to ignore the pain!" It is the "pain" that prevents me, and I am sure of other pain sufferers from "enjoying" things in live. Unreal.

  62. I’m a cancer survivor and have had chronic pain since the age of ten. I feel like suicide is the only way out at this point. My life isn’t worth living. They are killing us with the war on drugs.

  63. I think Insurance has taken over Health Care. I think chronic Intractable Pain patients are on the Insurance hit list… they want us all to die. Who will be next after we're dead? Diabetics? Back Pain Patients? Who else needs to be on drugs for the rest of their lives? YOU are NEXT!!!

  64. A Dr. damaged me in an outpatient procedure. He herniated every disc in my neck and upper back… and damaged nerve roots along the way. Nerve roots don't heal, they just continue to send horrific, killing pain. My GP Dr. prescribed 200 mcg/ph fentanyl patches and as many opioids as I needed for breakthrough pain. I had been practicing TM twice a day for over 30 years when the Dr. did this to me. When the pain hit on the way home from the procedure… I immediately began TM to bring my heart rate and blood pressure down. I know I was on the edge of heart attack and stroke… and had learned over the past 30 years that I could bring down my heart rate and blood pressure…..even proving this in my Dr.s office for years…before this happened to me. So…. I saved my life…. if I'd known there was no hope and that even my Government would want me dead, I would have let myself have a heart attack and stroke on the way home from the procedure that day. I wish I had died that day. I wish I hadn't known how to lower my heart rate and blood pressure. God… I wish I'd died. I've often thought that I did die… and I must have gone to hell. But.. I have no idea what I did that would cause me to be in hell… I am in hell.

    I've tried to give myself mercy and compassion… I've tried to end this horror pain…. by killing myself, but I've been unsuccessful. I will try again. I may kill my body but it's my Government that is killing me. I think this forced Insurance we all must pay… is the Insurance industry's way of getting rid of us.  
    When we're gone, they'll go after the Diabetics, and after they're gone, who's next? Of course, we'll all be like Oregon and parts of Europe… we can choose to be killed and our Government will help us. Isn't that special. It's cheaper for Government run Insurance companies to kill us off than it is for them to provide us with the drugs that will keep us alive and give us a live without pain. I can't believe this is the USA… I can't believe Dr's. I can't believe any of this. We do live in hell.

    I went to the Mayo Clinic for 2 weeks… No Dr. was helping me, other than giving me opioids.. no Dr. would tell me what was wrong, … The Mayo Clinic wouldn't address what was wrong or why, but they did say I had chronic pain syndrome, the same as chronic intractable pain…. I'd have to take opioids for the rest of my life, but I could live a productive, positive life once I learned how to manage the pain and find a balance between the pain and opioids. Funny how our Government is now saying I'm an addict. I guess when our Government went into insurance they now get to tell us who is worthy of life and who is not. So… a very kind RN gave me a letter from a secret medical file on me, she secretly gave it to me after her Dr. yelled at me to get out of his office… You see, I was in horrible pain.. I needed help, that is why I saw this Dr… he yelled and screamed at me to get out… and I cried, I didn't understand, and I said so as I cried! The RN is the only person who's shown me mercy and compassion. God Bless her. She was as shocked as I was and gave me the letter behind her Dr.s back…so I would understand. Though, I had to look up the medical terms on the computer when I got home… then I understood. The letter was from the first Dr. I saw for the horrific pain, after the outpatient surgery…. he wrote it to the Dr. in Tulsa, Ok, who did this to me and it was also addressed to my GP Dr. Funny… the letter detailed what was wrong… the damaged discs and the NERVE ROOTS damaged. It also said I had chronic Intractable pain. Dr.s know the only drug that works in the brain to deal with nerve root damage is… Opoids. Guess what… Opoids are illegal now! I'm so glad addicts are being helped…. but what about us… those who have chronic Intractable Pain??? We are going to die… we're dying now. And who will be next?? Maybe you.

  65. Nh has a serious heroin problem can totally see Maine going that way personally have dealt with this I've got 12 rods in my back and it doesn't even matter the opiate crisis had made it impossible for people without addiction to access care

  66. ! ! Addicts get 90 day residential treatment for addiction while pain patients get shown the door. That is not exaggeration, that is actually how it is. We are basically prisoners in misery in our recliners and many of us are unable to work now because we aren’t allowed Pain medicine to help us move, so our financial lives are bad to desperate. We end up prisoners of pain without a life and without parole even though we have broken zero laws. We are abandoned by family and friends because no one believes anyone can be in this much pain and still talk and walk. That is until it happens to them. Even worse untreated pain over time actually stresses the brain so much that we can develop “Complex Chronic Pain Syndrome” which can cause an additional 30+ symptoms and all of them are very unpleasant. It is a terribly desperate situation and does result sometimes in people killing them selves, yet it is completely preventable with proper medication and therapy by a qualified doctor, but those doctors are rare and they are all too scared to risk treating pain so they just refuse to see us.

  67. I was in a bad rear-ended car wreck recently in jay 8 2019. I live in extreme pain due to severe back pain. My dr. Refuses to give me adequate pain relief to treat it. She says you shouldn't be in so much pain. It's frigging aggregating.

  68. Two failed back surgeries plus more herniated disc above fusion both sacrial illact joints out of line. They have cut me so bad now I have no life. In more pain than ever

  69. And let us not forget all of the families that have sued doctors when it was the patient that misused the medication they were prescribed. This especially sickens me.

  70. This video is just a lame excuse for doctors to keep pushing addictive Big Pharma opioids that are destroying so many people's lives. You want some pain relief? Use cannabis. It is much better for you, and even works better in most cases. There are also no dangerous addictive side effects.

  71. Your elderly suffer now. The innocent and sick suffer. All these laws to keep dope heads safe. It's ridiculous that you can't get meds you need. Hell, you can't even get good sinus meds now. We all suffer because lawmakers want to look like heros by saving the dopers. All the do gooders clap and pat themselves on the back and run to the next crusade, they don't know shit about, and start over. We the sick, that need help say nothing, because we don't like to whine.

  72. How many suicides does there need to be for gov. to realize we need them just to survive a day? "Don't punish pain" rallies in your area. Stand up for your right to have pain meds. If you don't now, someday you may need them and they won't be available, if this continues.

  73. People are absolutely going to have to start going to Methadone Clinics in order to get Methadone and dose for pain. That is Pathetic and the CDC should be ashamed

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