Vilified and Coerced, Pain Patients are Desperate
In no other medical field are patients subject to such vilification, suspicion, and coercion as in pain management. Chronic pain patients have been abandoned in the blind rush to “protect” us from addiction to opioids, without concern for their legitimate use as pain relievers of last resort.
Those of us that require opiate medication for pain are treated like criminals. We must sign away our privacy and allow our medical records to be scrutinized by law enforcement, the DEA, or any third party private contractor working as a “drug warrior”. If we don’t sign, we don’t get treatment–this is blatant coercion.
Already struggling to make life worthwhile in my painfully broken body, I must now face additional hardship, expense, and obstacles legislated by my government.
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