Yesterday I read a very good article written by a doctor regarding the issues surrounding doctors prescribing prescription pain medications and why it is getting harder for chronic pain patients to get them. ¬†After reading what Dr. Borigini wrote, I realize that it’s not only us patients who have restrictions put on us surrounding taking narcotics and pain medication, but the doctors are limited as well in what they are allowed to do.
Dr. Borigini says this in his article on Chronic Pain Connection:
It has been about ten years since the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched what some feel is a targeted war on drugs, the battleground being your Doctor’s office. The DEA feels there has continued to be a diversion of prescription narcotics for use on “the street.” I am not sure this is what they had in mind for Main Street.
Not only are patients being made go around in circles to get their pain medication that they desperately need, but the doctors aren’t having it any easier…
Physicians have been put through the wringer of the American judicial system, on charges ranging from drug dealing to murder, charges rooted in the over-prescribing of narcotic medications. There is a certain irony here, as such woes have befallen physicians in parallel with the development of drugs that have allowed significant relief for those sufferers of chronic pain. For example, the development of opioids has certainly helped the millions with chronic pain, and according to some accounts, only led to addiction in less than one percent of patients.
Basically, doctors are caught in a situation where they have to choose between helping their patients and possibly losing their careers. It’s not a good situation for any of us and at the end of the line, those of us with chronic pain just trying to survive each day are the ones to suffer the most.
The DEA should be spending their time focusing on the drug dealers out on the streets who are selling drugs to our children and not be so focused on the less than 1% of chronic pain patients who become addicted to their prescription pain medications.