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Florida Combats Prescription Drug Abuse With Laws and Enforcement

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Florida’s success in combating prescription drug abuse is due to a combination of law enforcement and legislative action, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Several years ago, the state was known for its proliferation of “pill mills,” where people could easily obtain prescription painkillers. Florida physicians were the most prevalent buyers of oxycodone.

After the state cracked down on pill mills and instituted other changes, the number of prescription drug-related deaths decreased in Florida in 2011. Deaths related to oxycodone decreased more than 17 percent. There are no doctors from Florida on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) list of physicians who purchase the most oxycodone, the article notes.

The state’s success in fighting prescription drug abuse is due in part to its prescription drug monitoring program, according to the newspaper. The program, launched in September 2011, now holds more than 56 million records. It is designed to catch people who doctor-shop to obtain multiple prescriptions, as well as physicians who prescribe too many painkillers. By late last year, law enforcement had used the Florida database more than 20,000 times.

The federal government also has taken steps to reduce prescription drug abuse in Florida. Last year, the DEA revoked the licenses to dispense controlled substances for two CVS pharmacies in Florida, after accusing them of dispensing excessive amounts of oxycodone.

Some critics contend an unintended consequence of the painkiller crackdown in Florida is that some legitimate chronic pain patients cannot find the drugs they need to treat their condition. Some law enforcement officers are also concerned that some people addicted to painkillers may turn to heroin, as it becomes more difficult to obtain prescription drugs on the street.

32 Responses to this article

  1. C Hankins / August 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Do you know what really eats me is they say “Pill Mills”. Well I think of the smaller independent pharmacies you know the ones they call “Mom and Pop” pharmacies. They are the pharmacies that carry and sell controlled substances but will only accept cash for them. They won’t take my insurance or any discount cards and then they inflate the medication prices up to 1000%. A prescription that normally costs me $20 with my insurance now they want to charge up to $1000. Wait a minute that’s more than a 1000%. They are what I would call “Pill Mills” and they are the ones that the law should be focusing all there attention on. Even some of the doctors who unscrupulously just write any old prescription just to get that paycheck. I am really tired of all the bureaucratic BS. They had some problems a few years ago with a few pharmacies that were filling a lot of prescriptions (which a lot of the prescriptions were legitimate anyways). People were “Doctor Shopping” going to multiple doctors to get the maximum amount of medication. They should have instituted that Prescription Monitoring Program years ago, almost every state in the US already had one. Florida was probably the last state to initiate it. They should of went after the doctors that were writing a lot of bogus prescriptions some of them not even in their own scope of practice. And they should have of shut down these damn “Mom and Pop” pharmacies that kept popping up and were selling pain pills for up to $10 a Pill!
    Instead they decided to punish everyone involved and shut down the whole system. They went after big chain pharmacies that weren’t really breaking any laws. They created laws that crippled and effected everyone and everything in their path, including those who truly needed the medications, people who suffer from debilitating chronic pain who are only trying to live some semblance of a normal life. People who suffer from Chronic Pain are being discriminated against based solely on the medication they need and take!
    Wake up America before its too late!

  2. Tim Stocktto / July 29, 2014 at 7:18 am

    For all who live in Florida you are aware of the terrible problem of filling narcotic pain medication prescriptions.
    I am not connected with this petition but want you to be aware of it and I am providing a link to this petition so hopefully pharmacies will be forced to carry adequate supply of medication for refills. I moved to Florida to retire from Missouri. I am sorry I made this choice as I must go sometime weeks waiting on a pharmacy any of them to have quantity to fill my script. As you know 9 out of 10 times the pharmacies never have any on hand. Then we are forced to drive (not able to call) to pharmacy to other pharmacy to see if they can fill it. The law in Florida is so strict you cannot leave your prescription at the pharmacy to be filled, nor can you be provided by phone if the pharmacy can fill it, using walgreens as an example, if at a walgreens and they inform you they are unable to fill it, that store is not allowed to call any other walgreens as a courtesy to see if any other walgreen location can fill it for you. This means spending whole days driving from pharmacy to pharmacy just trying to get a scrip filled. So if this pertains to your life, as I cannot post links as I am a new member here is exactly what to type into google to find the petition, google “florida prescription shortage petition”
    and sign this new petition. I hope you then will at least feel better by knowing you tried to help. Thanks

  3. C Hankins / July 19, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I am really getting sick and tired mostly sick when I can’t get my medications on time every month. I use the same Walgreens almost every month religiously, and are good friends with the Pharmacist and all their staff. But it gets really old when I come in just to hear we didn’t receive our controlled drug shipment this week try back Friday. Then Friday rolls around same thing! what the the hell is going on? well come to find out its not the Pharmacy’s problem or them just saying they don’t have it. It is the DEA yes DEA DEA DEA putting a hold on their shipments or limiting the amounts controlled medicines they can get. I have been with this Pharmacy for a while and the Pharmacist told me straight up they have no control over the problem. They keep ordering it but they just can’t make it come in. I went to about 10 different Pharmacys today all said the same shit “we didn’t get it in try back next week!” What am I supposed to do? Get sick, miss work, loss my job, not be able to pay my bills MY TAXES how am I supposed to be a functioning member of society when I end up in the ER once every three months because I am to sick to work? They love it when I tell them why I ended up in the ER. I just pull out my perscriptions and say know anywhere I can fill these? I have been lucky enough to have the Hospital actually rewrite the scripts for me since they are so much easier to fill at a Hospital. Maybe i will just have to start relying on street drugs which seem to be a hell of a lot easier to to get nowadays. I can go buy Crack Cocaine, Heroin, or Marijuana so much faster and find it way easier to get then going through the trouble of going to my Pain Management Doctor, paying some outrageous fee because they won’t take insurance! Then get a legit script just to find out I have to run all around town just to try to find the damn thing and then can’t get it filled! The DEA has made it nearly freaking impossible for people I mean patients with legitimate problems to find proper treatment. Is it just easier for them to go after the sick, injured, and or elderly who don’t carry guns or put up a fight when they get arrested. Also makes them look better and appear to be tough on crime I think they should go after the the violent drug offenders who are smuggling and selling illegal drugs! Or would that be too dangerous for them? Start doing your real job and quit fucking with the injured and handicapped people who need their medicines! Start doing your jobs the one that are Taxes pay for and please just leave us sick, injured, and elderly alone!

    Final note wanna know why Florida has the highest rate of prescription drug use in the United States? Well lets see its the Sunshine State do you know how many Senior Citizens come to Florida to Retire? A freaking lot and almost every one of them has at least one controlled substance they are prescribed if not more! Wake up America can’t you see our rights are going out the window as Big Government keeps clamping down tighter and tighter. Pretty soon we won’t even be able to wipe our asses with out asking permission to do so. Something needs to be done and soon!

  4. Garland / July 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    For 8 months, Walmart filled my prescription for Nucynta ER. This script from my pain management doctor. This is for cronic lower back pain resulting from surgery in 2007. In all this time, 7 years, this is the only pain relief I found that did not leave me goofy with that “drugged” feeling. So last month, I take my little slip to the pharmacy, just like always, and the pharmacist says they don’t have it. Check next week. So, of course, I am out and getting these “wonderful” shots of electricity and pain in my lower spine at irregular intervals.
    I have talked to the people at the manufacturing pharmaceutical company and they tell me there is plenty of product available. Walmart people say that the DEA deletes certain items from their order if they (DEA) feels they have ordered too much. I don’t know who to believe. I cannot believe the DEA has such power as to walk into Walmarts warehouse and say don’t ship that Nucynta to that store that distributes 60 tablets a month. I have been without for 3 weeks and my doctor has no solution.There is more to what is going on then any of us know. Anybody have the scoop as to what is going on in Florida, send a reply.

    • mahituna / August 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      simple greed, one person opens a mill, nothing happens. They make a ton of money. Word gets out and soon more mills. Soon people from all over hear about it and then massive crowds at opening time at the mills. People complain, overdose deaths increase. Lawmakers move in and outlaw the mills. it’s all about money not drugs, money drove the massive increase in mills.

  5. concerned / June 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Has FLORID really controlled the “drug mill” as they have called it? Maybe in some areas but here in Polk County is has not been controlled that I am seeing. I had received a prescription, lagitt from a Dr after having surgery and the drug store couldn’t fill it because they were out of the drug. That didn’t bother me, I really didn’t want it any way. I suck the pain up as I have been taught to. What does bother me I am not a junky and couldn’t get it, now if I was a junky they would fill it. This doesn’t make since to me. I know ppl that hospital bounce, pharmacy bounce, manipulate the system and it’s ok. I have even reported it with evidence to the state and nothing has been done. I’m lost. Help, where is it, justice, I don’t see it at all. All the pharmacies should be on the same system especially when it comes to narcotics. If they chose not to use the system, they should get shut down, period. Someone, something needs to give.

  6. Eric / June 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the information, good to learn that Florida is helping minimize prescription drug use. But let’s face it, when someone finds themselves addicted to these prescription drugs and finds themselves unable to fill the need, will find street drugs. If you find yourself feeling like you are having trouble stopping, please find help before you go too far. Have a nice day

  7. chronic pain / May 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I simply do not understand why a pharmacists would tell a paitent to come back tomorrow, then next week, then the truck has not come in. This is some kind of sick joke. If they cannot fill my legitimate prescription that is written by a licensed doctor and is therapeutically appropriate for my condition, then why don’t they just tell me this so I can try to have it filled somewhere else ? I have heard the same BS from two big chains this month alone. I have been without my meds now for over two weeks with no hope in sight. I once had a normal life, was able to play with my kids, go to work, I was even able to exercise. My quality of life has been turned up side down because the same pharmacists that was filling 196 30 mg. Oxcodone has decided I would be better off taking 168 10 mg. Percocet. The Acetaminophen has now damaged my liver to the point that it’s dangerous to take any longer. What good is a prescription if no one will fill it ? Congratulations to Rick Scott, Pam Bondi & the DEA for making it impossible for legitimate chronic pain patients to fill their prescriptions. I hope you all sleep well at night knowing what damage has been caused.

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    Cait M / January 29, 2014 at 6:29 am

    how do you report someone who abuses these pills? It’s a danger to them and the people they give the drugs to – doctor shopping, etc – would like to inform law enforcement of this info. Thanks!

    • concerned / June 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

      I feel and understand your frustration on this matter. I seriously watch it every day. I have reported it to law, the state, DCF as well. Nothing has been done. I even have proof, black, & white, still nothing. I get told by family that the Dr’s are giving g it there’s nothing we can do, really. If you find results please fill me in. My situation is really messed up. This person was caught high with 2 hunting knives and a loaded shot gun with her 4 year old present. The youngest in an entirely different house unattended and no charges were brought upon the mother, not child endangerment, not child neglect, nothing. This is sick, sad and unimaginable. These poor kids raise themselves and the family puts blinders on to what is going on. I keep saying it those girls are going to get hurt and I don’t want to see a tear from any of you. Give it time it will happen.

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    Kayla / December 15, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I work in an office with pain management and suboxone doctors on staff and when someone comes in, I can definitely see it in their eyes and actions whether they REALLY need it. About 75% of them do NOT need it and sell it right as they get into their cars, walking without their fake limps, I might add. So when can discharge someone for doctor-shopping and who has been prescribed over 450 OxyContin pills in ONE single month and come up positive for cocaine, you bet your ass we wave as they walk out the door. “I must have been drugged.”, “I didn’t know it was meth.”. I’ve heard every story in the book. It’s the people with the legitimate MRIs I feel sorry for but they should be looking into injections, rather than slowly killing heir livers with narcotics. I guess the “high” must be worth your health and biased opinions. This is why we won’t give you a script without DNA testing that matches your urine sample, sorry! We aren’t police but we have to do our due diligence. The pill poppers need to get over it and pass their drug screens. Not that hard.

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    Kim / December 8, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I live in SW florida. My COBRA expired and mail order won’t send my meds anymore because I’m private pay. No local chain pharmacies will fill my meds. I need 5 meds, 2 are narcotics. 1 mom and pop fills them but won’t take any discount cards. My meds are over 800 dollars every month and I have to travel 40 miles to pay that. It’s really a crime that legitimate pain patients are treated like trash. I’m a college educated women, a veteran and law abiding citizen. Why can’t I fill my meds for cheaper and close to home?

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    Priscilla / December 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Just got turned away from yet another pharmacy…they have filled my Rx’s off and on since 1992. I am in severe pain daily (since 1975), and I need medication in order to have any kind of life.

    The little mom and pop drugstore that had been filling my Rx’s since this summer is robbing me blind, charging 900% above retail, AND demanding cash in advance. That is shady behavior. And now every they are telling me that they might not fill my script at the end of this month (3 days before Christmas) because the DEA is pressuring them to refuse me. Apparently the government disapproves ofy zip ode. I am. Or making this up, and there is No Law that determines how many miles away from the drugstore one may or may not reside.

    This is pure big brother government intrusion into my very personal life, indeed I to my very survival. This is a bloated bureaucracy with insufficient checks to power.

    If I can’t get my Rx filled, I will not be able to travel home for Christmas with my family. I will be enduring withdrawal from opiates, and gut wrenching pain. What is fair or good about that? I survived an accident which should have been fatal, and this is my reward? To be tortured (yes, to me it feels like torture, physical AND mental suffering) by my own government.

    Just tell me where I can can my Rx filled? Who can answer this question? I spoke with the assistant director of the Florida Board of Pharmacy for over two hours recently. Very nice, empathetic person. And even she cannot obtain the pain Medicine that her father, who is dying of stage IV lung cancer, requires. If someone as ‘connected’ as that can’t obtain a scheduled drug for a family member with Cancer, what chance do I have?

    The last time I couldn’t get my meds for a ten day period, I executed my will…something I had been putting off. You know where this is headed. I am educated, have a Masters degree, have successfully started and succeeded in business, and now teach part time at a state university. I am the kind of person who always has a ‘plan B’, and who can quickly devise plan C if needed. And I tell you, I just don’t see a lot of options. Move to Portugal where drugs are legal…Really?? Is that my best plan? Given that travel across town is out of he question when I am in pain… Heroin? That scares me to death. But looking at suicide from pain, or ?????

    Sure, I talked to my doctor. He will admit me to he hospital and give me IV medicine in an emergency. But within hours I will be back at square one. The pain is very predictable. I Know how bad it gets without my Medicine.

    I have detoxed and suffered three times this year already when drugstores told me ‘we ordered your medicine, it has not come in yet’. Wow, was I slow to realize that I was being lied to. The medicine was never ordered. I know this for a fact, as a kind pharmacist showed me the actual requisition form for the supplier. Must I go through this miserable, hopeless, farce yet again?

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    shirl / November 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

    my son had a corpectomy for a broken neck after a truck ran him and some friends over. after being discharged from the hospital he can find no doctor that will write him a precription for pain medicine. i know it is hard for him to do anything, people dont understand just how much we use our neck muscles until they deal with it first hand. i have to watch my son suffer with his pain because of people who have chose in the past to abuse pain medication. for people who need this short term or even long term it is completely unfair.

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    Charles / November 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I have a question, Why don’t everyone who is affect by the Florida crack down on these doctor handing out pain meds like candy, go after those doctor with a law suit. Everyone tends to blame the government for the other’s screw, why. We have freedom to make choices and those doctors choose to screw with people lives for a buck. So again why aren’t people going after those doctors finances? I can understand and can only pray for the improvement of those who are in constant pain; however putting the blame on a group of people trying to save lives is not the answer.

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    Pete / November 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I live in SouthwestFL with my wife and son. My wife had a L4L5 spinal fusion and did not get the relief we thought she would. We recently had another ctscan and her L3/L4 & L5/S1 are compressed. We’ve been to 2 different doctors since about June 2013 because the first doctor set her an appointment to a rehab clinic. Afterwards she had a fall in a store due to unsafe conditions which prompted the CT. We were lucky to find another doctor that would help and now we’re dealing with pharmacies that don’t have her script. I drove for 9hrs yesterday from pharmacy to pharmacy and another 5hrs today. We will be taking my considerable salary to another state due to the issues we deal with monthly just finding her meds. DO NOT MOVE TO FLORIDA!

  15. Susan / August 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Apparently many of the addicts and dealers have moved across the line to Georgia now that Florida has cracked down. Seeing the thousands of addicts, many young children, addicted to Oxy, was heartbreaking. They don’t have a chance because their parents take the drugs everyday. Caravans were streaming down to Florida every day to buy drugs and when sold in West Virginia made enough to support their own habits.

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    Susan / August 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t understand in reading this article that it says in any way that the intent is to deprive people who genuinely need pain medications. Or that there is anyone who would think that is right. The law has changed. People from places like West Virginia were going to Florida by the thousands to get pain medication, to use it and to sell it. My mother uses methadone and every month she has to present herself in person, to the doctor, even though she is 93, to get the prescription renewed. This has to be done because of the rampant abuse. It’s not that it’s not available, but sending someone back to their original provider is NOT too much to ask. It’s an attempt to control doctor shopping. I think it’s a good thing. When I was in Tennessee and got a pain med for my arthritis when I called for a refill they wouldn’t renew it because I was no longer living in that county. I was kind of mad at first but now I see the reason. At that time I had no idea so many people were addicted to pain meds.

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    Stockgirl / June 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

    There is no medical condition that requires opiates for patients to stay alive. There are however a lot of medical conditions that result in chronic pain. Lazy doctors treat chronic pain with opiates, good doctors look at other pain management options.
    Your friend needs to see a better doctor, not opiates.

    • Erikka / June 11, 2014 at 1:14 am

      Have you heard of RSD? It’s the worst and most painful condition out there. Even though I have a spinal cord stimulator to manage my pain, I still rely on pain medication to get me through the day. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like if my doctor refused to give me meds for this condition. All I know is I am happy I live in ohio and don’t know you because you seem very arrogant.

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    Libby Stephenson / May 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I understand the problems that drug people cause but for people who really need the medicine. Like my dear friend this law n the government is damn there killing her. I’m not sure how much longer she is going to last without her medicine. The government never thinks about the people that have real diseases and pain who suffer horribly every single day. I would ask them give me one day let me walk you thru her life and then you tell me does she deserve to be turned away from a pharmacy because they don’t have it? Walgreens you know what they say we ordered it but it diet come. Check back next week or another pharmacy! Then they fell you to go back to your original pharmacy. Without this medicine she could actual die. Do you think walgreens and the government want that leaked to the news? US Citizen

    • Lori / August 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      I moved to Florida expecting to get pain meds. After being in pain management for 14 years my tolerance was high so I was on high dosages of oxycodone and methadone. I have autoimmune illnesses and fibro about 6 or 7 illnesses all of which cause debilitating pain. I had to go through horrendous withdrawal to the point that I wanted to be dead,,,,,lost 55 pounds and was bedridden for a long time. Finally I got a prescription for percocet a after almost 2 years of wanting to kill myself. They worked for about 6 months and now I’m starting to suffer horribly. I don’t even want to get up to eat. Just lost another 5 pounds in week and a half. Will any dr in Florida prescribe oxycodone the ones without Tylenol because the Tylenol is making my liver hurt. I feel do alone and afraid. Who wants to live like this. I wish the governor could feel my pain for a day. He has empathy for chronic pain patients yea bull! And how did fl. Let these pill mills get out of control or even start? Tired of living here and don’t have the option of moving back home in fact I had to move to this hell hole had no choice or I would be homeless. Now I realize I would of been better off homeless. And to top it off our government has access to our PC’s and phones. Our freedoms are being taken away from us. They would rather have someone die from pain than regulate the pain clinics. And yes chronic pain is worse than the actual pain pills. Somebody help us.

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    prettyknives / June 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Libby,
    What condition does your friend have who could die without opiates?

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    Jim Smith / November 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Libby,

    I hear your pain about the challenges you friend must go through monthly just to get her pain medication. Something is very wrong with any law that does not recognize there are real people living with REAL pain and they should NEVER be kept from any treatments necessary to help alleviate this pain, including pain medications.. And this means going to one pharmacy monthly to get these medications..

    Please tell your friend to talk to the pharmacy manager of the pharmacy she would like to buy her medications from and tell them she is going to be there every month about this time and would they please have the kind of medication she MUST have, giving the dose and the quantity. My pharmacy has a book of pain patients who play by the rules and are TRUE pain patients. I never am turned away from my pharmacy.

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    ms66cadillac / June 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Stockgirl,

    I tend not to agree with your outlook on chronic pain and your idea that lazy Dr`s give out pain meds and good ones look at other pain management options. I feel a lot of Doctors don’t want to give out pain meds because they can get themselves in a lot of trouble if they are not following federal rules about writing prescriptions. They have a lot of liability on their end. Which is not a bad thing because there are a lot of dope heads looking for a high. Unfortunately the people that really need the medicine are actually hurt by this issue all too often.
    My doctor issues out opiates and muscle relaxers. He also started me out on other tools as well. PT and other methods were used to treat my back issues. Unfortunately 1.5 years later, no improvement and all PT has been stopped. My option is surgery. No PT will help my situation. Yes I still get massages, and do some stretching. my bilateral sciatica caused by a large central herniation of the disks is not fixable by PT.
    My life would be more miserable if I did not have access to pain meds and a good muscle relaxer. I thank my wonderful caring Dr, who is not cold and doesn’t think every person is bad and looking to get high of these drugs. I get my drugs filled regularly, not begging for early refills, and use my meds as prescribed.
    I am the lucky one, I was referred by my DR, to a pain management DR to do an epidural for me at lower cost and he was just so suprised that my DR gives me Soma. His attitude towards me turned ugly and all the sudden I needed to get urine tests and he told me upfront that he couldn’t fill my scripts. (which I never even asked him too) Luckily, I wasn’t seeing that man for that…and I was seeing my specialist for my meds.
    I feel bad for the people who really need these. Life is hard, when you have 3 kids to raise, have to work a manual job, run a business, come home and try to put a smile on you face when the pain is nearly unbearable. I am grateful for my lovely Dr that understands life and humanity, and can see me and know I`m not a drug abuser and he knows this helps me deal with the pain. I can get up and go for a a walk, I can sit on the couch and watch a movie with my kids, and not be stuck in bed in misery. So please don’t say lazy doctors hand out meds.
    Good Doctors actually look at all the tools he can provide. Meds, PT, alternative meds, massage, etc….Good Doctors don’t look at every person as a dopehead….
    To make a person live in pain is such a sad thing…I know there are tons of people out their addicted to pain meds, I know all too well this situation, as my X was a drug abuser. Yet to pile every human into one box, is just plain wrong. Good Doctors take the time to listen and slow down and treat their patients as individuals. Bad doctors are the ones who put patients in a box and treat them all the same…

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    Cathy Miller / August 14, 2013 at 12:26 am

    You need to not give advice to someone who has experienced what it means to have serious chronic pain. You do not have to have cancer to have cancer type pain. I have been trying to live for the last eight years with some sembelance of a normal life. For 2 years I went through all of the options to handle pain and it came down to opiates providing the only relief. When I take that oxycodone pill I don’t feel high, I feel like, ok, I can stay on my feet long enough to do laundry or cook supper. All pain is not equal. Apparently you have not suffered this type of pain or you wouldn’t have such ignorant words comming out of your mouth.

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    chris / October 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Stockgirl, what is your cronic pain? how many days a month are you comletely unable to go to work? how many days a month do you have to leave work and go home, because even with medication, it is too painful to stay. I work for myself, and I love what I do. How many weekends as you are enjoying yourself out fishing, or riding the bike, or seeing a show, How many of those days do you miss? Do you always drive your own car, as not to screw a friend that wants to stay at a show, when you have a pain attack that the meds will not cover? I have had 4 spinal taps, I did the biofeedback, I did …….. as have many others. Medication only provide a better quality of life for me so I dont miss every day and then kill myself as life is not worth living in horrfible pain. Hold back your comments until you walk in my shoes, as it is frustrating to “US” that do hurt. Peace

  24. Jim Smith / November 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Stockgirl,

    I completely disagree with you about “There is no medical condition that requires opiates for patients to stay alive” There are many pain patients that could not live with the pain they have if not for the prescriptions they receive to control this pain, I know, I am one of them. I will attest that if I did not have this pain medication to control my pain, I could not possibly deal with the pain I have, for some of us there are no options other than opiates to control pain. And I for one would much rather have other options that could control pain, all of them failed to control my pain, including two surgeries. My greatest fear is I am always just one prescription away from dealing with a pain I can not deal with.. I at least have a good legal source for my medications, something not all pain patients have and that in of itself is criminal. Everyone should have options to all kinds of pain treatments, including opiate medications.

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    Tina / August 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Yss Cathy I agree with you to bad we can’t give our pain to these people who think it is so easy to live with or that other things will help when you have tried everything else. Sorry I always said I wouldn’t wish this on anyone but I am slowly changing my mind about because of the ignorant people who have no clue what 24/7 pain is.

  26. Jim Smith / November 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Susan,

    I actually blame the good State of Florida for all of the “Pill Mills” they allowed
    to crop up mostly in South Florida. You are correct, people came here from other
    states and bought opiates by the thousands, took them back home and then sold
    them retail to others who were only looking to get “high” on them. The simple
    way to eliminate PILL MILLS is to prevent them from selling pain mediations
    in the first place. State of Florida did a POOR job of this.

    I think it is very sad your Mother at age 93 must appear before her doctor monthly
    just to get her prescription of Methadone. There should be something written into
    the Florida law that provides exemptions to 30 day supply to 90 days supply for folks
    over a certain age or those with certain proven medical conditions. The State of Florida
    screwed this all up for those of us living here who are in pain that need access to pain
    medications, they should do something to make it easier for those of us elderly or with
    proven medical conditions. 90 day opiate supplies should be allowed for certain
    pain patients.

    And I believe there is currently the intent to deprive REAL pain patients that live
    in the State of Florida from getting their monthly supply of pain mediations.. So
    many today have to SHOP pharmacies just to find one that has their prescription
    in stock. This is completely wrong, every pharmacy should have a LIST of regular
    pain patients and stock their prescriptions for them every month. My pharmacy says
    the State of Florida is restricting them from buying enough pain medications to
    fill their customers prescriptions, thus the need for this list so at least the regular
    customers get their prescriptions filled monthly and without having to go from pharmacy to pharmacy. After all, pharmacies are businesses and they need to sell things to make a profit and remain in business. Providing good customer service means
    having the products on hand that your customers want to buy, well for pain mediations,
    they are mandatory necessities. Any pharmacy that has to send a customer to
    their competition because they can not fill the prescription, is hurting their own business. And this is thanks to the State of Florida for restricting the amounts of these mediations they can order and keep on hand.

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    shan / November 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    sounds very much like my same condition. we just moved back to fla from 6 years overseas, resumed care with my same original doctors and are filling the exact same med and dosage that i’ve been taking for 8 years. i also see a chiropractor, have spinal epidurals once a year, practice a good diet, everything i’m supposed to make my life manageable. those jack hats commenting that haven’t experienced these issues need to shut it. anyway, let me know where you move to. we could be neighbors. and wish your wife well from us

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    Samantha / April 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    My name is Samantha , i live in NYC and am moving to port at lucie Florida with in the next couple months. I was in a roll over car accident which caused my back to break , and my ankle to shatter causing metal rods,screws, and plates put in. I have legit métis and also have even going to a doctor in NYC since my accident so I can bring all info I need. I just need to find a DR if anyone knows a pain management , that will presecibe with legit proof pls message me !! – Samantha

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