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Letters to the Editor 8-8-18

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Chronic pain sufferers
victims of federal opioid crackdown

Dear Editor,

Columnist Sherry Robinson’s eloquent description (Aug. 1) of chronic-pain sufferers’ plight during the opioid crackdown reflects understanding otherwise lacking in the discussion, or more accurately, the kneejerk reaction to the opioid problem.

Recent bureaucratic “solutions” cause yet more work and another ordeal – of many in a failed medical system – for those who are sick and weak.

Chronic pain sufferers such as myself, as Robinson defines, will likely need pain management permanently, not as a matter of addiction but for pain that will always be there.

The Feds have decided we must go directly to the prescribing practitioner’s office and hand-carry prescriptions to pharmacies, an office visit that would otherwise likely be unneeded, and one that might force many to hire someone to help with something that should be done electronically. Meanwhile, unhindered by doctor visits, the addicts happily get their drugs smuggled from Mexico.


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