Chronic Pain — 23 April 2013

bigstock-American-Drugs-4379874By George Sullivan, Guest Columnist

There’s a crisis building in the United States today that is little known, yet may affect every American at some point in their life. It can strike at any moment, without notice and through no fault of their own.

State and federal lawmakers, working with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and most law enforcement agencies, claim to be well intentioned in their zeal to stop the wave of prescription drug abuse. Unfortunately, the effort to eradicate that abuse has led to the creation of panic among doctors, pharmacies and the patients they serve.

As the father of a seriously ill 29-year old daughter, I can tell you first hand the horror stories that these patients endure, because they are the victims of our out of control policies. Policies that require people with painful and debilitating diseases, like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal stenosis, to jump through nearly impossible hoops to receive treatment for moderate to severe pain.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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