Get ready - if you are on substantial painkillers - Fentanyl, oxy's - your doctor is looking for a reason to drop you like a bad habit - you have the habit that the doc very nicely give you, by writing Rx's for years. Now, he or she has DEA breathing down their necks. Untrained deputized local police and other DEA cronies are watching the parking lots of clinics to see how long patients see their doctors, if they have out-of-state plates - they are posing as patients, trying to see if a doc will write a narcotic script
- they are watching your pharmacies. The war on drugs has now moved to the suburbs, to your neighborhood HMO.
Personally I think it is a move my our gov't to divert attention from the complete failure of the "drug war" in the inner cities - if we make average white folks and high-income docs out as criminals - it just proves that the problem has no racial or socio-economic basis.
My son was on painkillers - hydromorphone, fentanyl and anti-depressants for over 7 years for spinal injury pain. His doc give him virtually every pain killer on the market. He was asked recently to come in for a "routine blood test". When he asked what the test was for they said it was for "kidney/liver function". It was, in fact a drug test. Unfortunately, he had smoked a joint 2 weeks before. The next day his nurse called and said: Your doctor has cancelled all your prescript
ions (ALL) and will not write any in the future. He met with the doc the next day. He was crying in the office, asking for help to wean from the drugs. He told the doctor that he could only think about
ending his life. His doctor said "you won't - you will be all right" he walked out of the office, leaving my son crying alone in the room. The pharmacy called the next day and said "we have destroyed all your prescript
ions" My son is now in his 3rd week of intense and debilitating withdrawal. He is suffering, suicidal, and at 64 I am at the end of my rope to help - I had major cancer surgery in March.
For you purists - yes, he made a mistake for smoking a joint. He could have drank a quart of vodka, or did a line of cocaine and it wouldn't have mattered - that's another issue.
His "abuse" was an excuse for this doc to clear his books and his mind - and escape the possibility of prosecution. I have read of others who were dropped for NO reason. Methadone clinics are happy to take you in, so you can sit with street junkies for the next 5 years waiting for your methadone - at $100 week. You will be labeled and registered with DEA as an addict.
BTW - his doc referred him to a Pain Doctor - there is ONE in our metro area (there are at least 100 orthopedic surgeons, 60 dermatologists - but ONE pain management specialist. The earliest appointment was in August (this happened in mid April). I fear the worst for his recovery. I fear that he will go to the street - and worse yet-have NO faith whatsoever in any medical professional. Thanks DEA. Thank you US Govt. (edit)
Post Edited By Moderator (Blessedx8) : 4/30/2013 9:40:01 AM (GMT-6)