THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT
THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
IS CAUSING ALL OVER THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS
Today I fired my primary care doctor. She has been my doc since I moved
to the United States three years ago. She has always been a bit
hesitant about treating my chronic pain, but has come through with the
scripts even when I could tell she really didn't want to write them.
This weekend, I am going home to Canada for a couple of weeks, so
stopped by the doc's office to get a 60 pill refill of 5 mg. oxycodone,
some prevacid and my BP med. As she wrote out the script for the
oxycodone, I watched her face. Honest to God, the woman looked like a
deer caught in a set of headlights.
I point blank asked her if she was worried about me turning into a "drug
addict" or if she was just plain scared of the DEA. She flat out
admitted that she is terrified of the DEA. She said "That's my DEA
number that goes on the prescription and I don't want them coming here
and ruining my practice."
I told her that I thought the DEA was out of control and that it was
time for physicians and patients to start standing up to them. She
responded with "the DEA has become too powerful for doctors or patients
to fight it."
I responded with - "What is this? Gestapo Land?"
She just sat there, looking embarrassed and frightened. I felt badly
for her, but also disturbed by her lack of commitment to me, to her
other patients, and to herself as a physician.
In the end, I asked her to write me a referral to a doctor whom I know
has many chronic pain and terminally ill patients and treats them
respectfully (for the most part).
She breathed an audible sigh of relief and thanked me! After I had the
referral in my hand, I told her that when I found a new family doc, I
would ask for my pertinent files to be forwarded to him or her. She
looked so shocked. She figured that she would continue to dole out
scripts for other things and that would be that. I told her no. That I
wanted a doctor who could be there for me and that I didn't think she
was that person.
Personally, I don't think any of us who are part of the health care
system, whether as doctors, nurses, patient advocates, social workers,
home health care workers, or pain patients should be sitting around
wringing our hands and doing nothing. We can write to our congressmen
and senators and newspapers. Heck, we can protest in our town squares.
As a patient advocate and a chronic pain patient myself, I have been
doing some of those things already and plan to step up my efforts.
I know I am the "foreigner" in all this, but I honestly do not
understand why anyone in the USA is putting up with this kind of
nonsense from the DEA. They have really overstepped their boundaries and
show no sign of letting up.
The so called "war on drugs" was not
designed to terrify doctors so badly that they would ignore their
Hippocratic Oath. It was designed to go after the "criminal element."
Well the DEA failed at that, so they appear to feel a need to justify
their continued existence by bullying innocent patients and caring
When I came to the USA from Canada to get married, I had no idea that I
was entering a country where doctors and patients could be so brazenly
and openly treated as criminals or criminal wannabes. The patients are
afraid that they are going to spend what is left of the lives living in
agony and the doctors are afraid of loosing everything they worked to
It's flippin' nuts.
End of Rant (for now)
Totally Appalled and Disgusted