2018 in review … what killed us

Today is 03/16/2019.. who will not be here tomorrow

2016 in review … what killed us

2017 in review … what killed us


6775 Americans will die EVERY DAY – from various reasons


140 will be SUCCESSFUL – including 20 veterans

270 will die from hospital acquired antibiotic resistant “bug” because staff won’t properly wash hands and/or proper infection control.

350 will die from their use/abuse of the drug ALCOHOL

1200 will die from their use/abuse of the drug NICOTINE

1400 will contract C-DIF from Hospital or Nursing home because staff doesn’t properly wash their hands are adhere to infection control  

80 WILL DIE mostly elderly.

850 will die from OBESITY

700 will die from medical errors

150 will die from Flu/Pneumonia

80 will die from Homicide

80 will die in car accidents



Here is the list from the end of 2016 if interested in comparing
United States of America
from Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018 (6:27:30 PM)

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Just the Data … Raw and Undigested

Abortion *: 1091318
Heart Disease: 613959
Cancer: 591325
Tobacco: 349779
Obesity: 306806
Medical Errors: 251295
Stroke: 133019
Lower Respiratory Disease: 142853
Accident (unintentional): 135967
Hospital Associated Infection: 98937
Alcohol *: 99937
Diabetes: 76440
Alzheimer’s Disease: 93482
Influenza/Pneumonia: 55192
Kidney Failure: 42735
Blood Infection: 33443
Suicide: 42746
Drunk Driving: 33787
Unintentional Poisoning: 31738
All Drug Abuse: 24989
Homicide: 16788
Prescription Drug Overdose: 14991
Murder by gun: 11486
Texting while Driving: 5985
Pedestrian: 4997
Drowning: 3913
Fire Related: 3498
Malnutrition: 2770
Domestic Violence: 1459
Smoking in Bed: 780
Falling out of Bed: 598
Killed by Falling Tree: 149
Lawnmower: 68
Spontaneous Combustion: 0
Your chance of death is 100%. Are you ready?

Totals of all categories are based upon past trends documented below.



I am being completely weaned off my meds, & suspect I will kill myself with the amount of pain I am in, & will be by the time this is over (the wean that is). Already can’t function.

My husband committed suicide after being abandoned by his pain dr.

Please pray for me as I am on the brink of suicide! I don’t want to die but can’t handle the pain anymore! The doctor that I am currently seeing will not give me enough pills to last all month every month… I have to wait until Oct to get in with a pain management doctor whom I already know by others that I know sees this doctor that he will help me, need prayer to hold on until oct… I keep thinking of my family who needs me hear.

“We just lost another intractable member of our support group two nights ago. She committed suicide because her medications were taken away for interstitial cystitis (a horribly painful bladder condition) and pudendal neuralgia, both of which she had battled for years

D D., journalist and prescribed fentanyl patient for a dozen years joined me on air last weekend with her husband and spoke of her suicide plan should the only relief from constant agony be heavily reduced or taken away.

I was told last Friday that my Dr. will be tapering my meds again . When I told him I didn’t think my body could take another lowering he stated ” it wasn’t my
License on the line”, I stated ” no , but it’s my life on the line”!!!!! I can not continue to live this way . I can not continue to suffer in agony when my medications and dose where working just fine before and I was a productive member of society . I can no longer take this. I have a plan in place to end my life myself When I am forced to reduce my Medications again . I just can’t do it anymore .

On Friday at around 9 p.m. U.S. Navy veteran Kevin Keller parked his red pickup truck in the parking lot at the Wytheville Rite-Aid, walked across the grass and stood in front of the U.S. Veterans Community Based Outpatient Clinic next door.

Sick and tired of being in pain, he pulled out a gun, shot a hole in the office door, aimed the gun barrel at his head and ended his hurt once and for all.

As a longterm pain patient with a current unsupportive pain dr, I just thought I’d share the reality of the position I’m in right now…

I’m in very bad pain all the time for very legit and well documented reasons. My pain dr however never gives me enough meds to help me. He just keeps reducing them, which is causing me to be in even more pain and suffer so much more. My quality of life also continues to go downhill at the same time. I was just given a letter by him recently too about some study indicating an increase in deaths if you take opioids and benzos. It stated he’s no longer going to give pain meds to anyone who is taking a benzo. I take one, because I have to, for a seizure disorder, not because I want to. He told me to pick one or the other though, plus went ahead and reduced my pain meds some more. He doesn’t seem to care the least bit. I’ve looked hard and so far I can’t find another one to get in to see near me at this time, but I’m desperately still trying. Unfortunately, they’re few and far between here, in addition to the wait for an appointment being long. I’ve even called hospice for help. So far, they haven’t been of much help either, because I don’t have a dr who will say I have six months or less to live. I told them either choice my pain dr is giving me is very inhumane, so I’d rather just quit eating and drinking, to the point where I pass away from that, while I get some kind of comfort care from them. I don’t really want to though, although I do have a long list of some very bad health problems, including a high probability that I have cancer and it’s spread. Am I suicidal? No. Will I be if my pain and seizure meds are taken away. Highly likely. I never ever saw this coming either. I don’t have a clue what to do and the clock is ticking, but I’m still fighting for an answer. So far, I can’t find not even one dr to help me though. Not one. I know my life depends on it, but at what point will these drs let my suffering become so inhumane that I just can’t take it anymore. I just don’t know right now. It’s a very scary place to be in for sure. That I do know.

The patient was being denied the medicine that had been alleviating his pain and committed suicide because, “he couldn’t live with the pain anymore. He could not see a future. He had no hope. He had no life.”

I am a chronic pain patient who has been on fairly high doses of opiates for about nine years now. My dose has been forcibly reduced since the cdc guidelines. I moved to Oregon from Alaska and can’t find a doctor to prescribe my medication. I pray I have the strength not to take my own life!

Zach Williams of Minnesota  committed suicide at age 35. He was a veteran of Iraq and had experienced back pain and a brain injury from his time in service. He had treated his pain with narcotics until the VA began reducing prescriptions.

Ryan Trunzo committed suicide at the age of 26. He was an army veteran of Iraq. He had experienced fractures in his back for which he tried to get effective painkillers, but failed due to VA policy. His mother stated “I feel like the VA took my son’s life.”

Kevin Keller, a Navy veteran, committed suicide at age 52. He shot v after breaking into the house of his friend, Marty Austin, to take his gun. Austin found a letter left by Keller saying “Marty sorry I broke into your house and took your gun to end the pain!” Keller had experienced a stroke 11 years earlier, and he had worsening pain in the last two years of his life because VA doctors would not give him pain medicine. On the subject of pain medication, Austin said that Keller “was not addicted. He needed it.”

Bob Mason, aged 67, of Montana committed suicide after not having access to drugs to treat his chronic pain for just one week. One doctor who had treated Mason was Mark Ibsen, who shut down his office after the Montana Board of Medical Examiners investigated him for excessive prescription of opioids. According to Mason’s daughter, Mason “didn’t like the drugs, but there were no other options.”

Donald Alan Beyer, living in Idaho, had experienced back pain for years. He suffered from  degenerative disc disease, as well as a job-related injury resulting in a broken back. After his doctor retired, Beyer struggled without pain medicine for months. He shot himself on his 47th birthday. His son, Garrett, said “I guess he felt suicide was his only chance for relief.”

Denny Peck of Washington state was 58 when he ended his life. In 1990, he experienced a severe injury to his vertebrae during a fishing accident. His mother, Lorraine Peck, said “[h]e has been in severe pain ever since,” and his daughter, Amanda Peck, “said she didn’t remember a time when her dad didn’t hurt.” During the last few years of his life, Peck had received opiates for his pain from a Seattle Pain Center, until these clinics closed. After suffering and being unable to find doctors who would help with his pain, Peck called 911. Two days later, Peck was found dead in his home with bullet wounds in his head. A note found near Peck read: “Can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t do anything. And all the whitecoats don’t care at all.”

Doug Hale of Vermont killed himself at the age of 53. He had experienced pain from interstitial cystitis, and decided to end his life six weeks after his doctor suddenly cut off his opiate painkillers. He left a note reading “Can’t take the chronic pain anymore” before he shot himself in the head. His doctor said he “was no longer willing to risk my license by writing you another script for opioids”  (see attachment A for details of the problem as relyed by his wife Tammi who is now 10 months without a husband as a direct result of the CDC guidelines to prevent deaths)Bruce Graham committed suicide after living with severe pain for two years. At age 62, Graham fell from a ladder, suffering several severe injuries. He had surgery and fell into a coma. After surgery, he suffered from painful adhesions which could not be removed. He relied on opioid painkillers to tolerate his pain, but doctors eventually stopped prescribing the medicine he needed. Two years after his fall, Graham shot himself in the heart to end the pain.

Travis Patterson, a young combat veteran, died two days after a suicide attempt at the age of 26. After the attempt to take his own life, Patterson was brought to the VA emergency room. Doctors offered therapy as a solution, but did not offer any relief for his pain. Patterson died two days after his attempted suicide.

54-year-old Bryan Spece of Montana  killed himself about two weeks after he experienced a major reduction in his pain medication. The CDC recommends a slow reduction in pain medicine, such as a 10% decrease per week. Based on information from Spece’s relative, Spece’s dose could have been reduced by around 70% in the weeks before he died.

In Oregon, Sonja Mae Jonsson ended her life when her doctor stopped giving her pain medicine as a result of the CDC guidelines.

United States veterans have been committing suicide after being unable to receive medicine for pain. These veterans include Peter Kaisen,Daniel Somers, Kevin Keller, Ryan Trunzo, Zach Williams, and Travis Patterson

A 40-year-old woman with fibromyalgia, lupus, and back issues appeared to have committed suicide after not being prescribed enough pain medicine. She had talked about her suicidal thoughts with her friends several times before, saying “there is no quality of life in pain.” She had no husband or children to care for, so she ended her life.

Sherri Little was 53 when she committed suicide. She suffered pain from occipital neuralgia, IBS, and fibromyalgia. A friend described Little as having a “shining soul of activism” as she spent time advocating for other chronic pain sufferers. However, Little had other struggles in her life, such as her feeling that her pain kept her from forming meaningful relationships. In her final days, Little was unable to keep down solid food, and she tried to get medical help from a hospital. When she was unable to receive relief, Little ended her life.

Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle of North Carolina shot himself at age 71. He suffered from long-term pain under his left breast. Although he went through several medical tests to determine the cause of his pain, the results could not provide relief. After Trickle’s suicide, his brother stated that Dick “must have just decided the pain was too high, because he would have never done it for any other reason.”

39-year-old Julia Kelly committed suicide after suffering ongoing pain resulting from two car accidents. Kelly’s pain caused her to quit her job and move in with her parents, unable to start a family of her own. Her family is certain that the physical and emotional effects of her pain are what drove her to end her life. Kelly had founded a charity to help other chronic pain sufferers, an organization now run by her father in order to help others avoid Julia’s fate.

Sarah Kershaw ended her life at age 49. She was a New York Times Reporter who suffered from occipital neuralgia.

Lynn Gates Jackson, speaking for her friend E.C. who committed suicide after her long term opiates were suddenly reduced by 50% against her will, for no reason.  Lynn reports she felt like the doctors were not treating her like a human being (Ed:  a common complaint) and she made the conscious decision to end her life.

E.C. committed suicide quietly one day in Visalia California.  She was 40.  Her friend reported her death.  “She did not leave a note but I know what she did”.  The doctor would only write a prescription for 10 vicodin and she was in so much pain she could not get to the clinic every few days.   We had talked many times about quitting life. Then she left.  She just left.

Jessica, a patient with RSD/CRPS committed suicide when the pain from her disease became too much for her to bear. A friend asserted that Jessica’s death was not the result of an overdose, and that “living with RSD isn’t living.”



















Aliff, Charles

Beyer, Donald Alan

Brunner, Robert “Bruin”

Graham, Bruce

Hale, Doug

Hartsgrove, Daniel P

Ingram III, Charles Richard

Kaisen, Peter

Keller, Kevin

Kershaw, Sarah

Kimberly, Allison

Little, Sherri

Mason, Bob

Miles, Richard

Murphy, Thomas

Paddock, Karon

Patterson, Travis “Patt”

Peck, Denny

Peterson, Michael Jay

Reid, Marsha

Somers, Daniel

Son, Randall Lee

Spece, Brian

Tombs, John

Trickle, Richard “Dick”

Trunzo, Ryan

Williams, Zack

Karon Shettler Paddock  committed suicide on August 7, 2013  http://www.kpaddock.org/


Jessica Simpson took her life July 2017

Mercedes McGuire took her life on Friday, August 4th. She leaves behind her 4 yr old son. She could no longer endure the physical & emotional pain from Trigeminal Neuralgia.


Another Veteran Suicide In Front Of VA Emergency Department

 Depression and Pain makes me want to kill self. Too much physical and emotional pain to continue on. I seek the bliss fullness of Death. Peace. Live together die alone.

 Dr. Mansureh Irvani  suspected overdose victim  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/08/18/suspended-oral-surgeon-dies-suspected-overdose.html

Katherine Goddard’s Suicide note: Due to the pain we are both in and can’t get help, this is the only way we can see getting out of it. Goodbye to everybody,”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-man-arrested-after-girlfriend-dies-during-alleged-suicide-pact/  

Steven Lichtenberg: the 32-year-old Dublin man shot himself   http://www.dispatch.com/news/20160904/chronic-pains-emotional-toll-can-lead-to-suicide  

Fred Sinclair  he was hurting very much and was, in effect, saying goodbye to the family.  http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=21743

Robert Markel, 56 – June 2016 – Denied Pain Meds/Heroin OD  http://www.pennlive.com/opioid-crisis/2017/08/heroin_overdose_deaths.html

 Lisa June 2016  https://youtu.be/rBlrSyi_-rQ

Jay Lawrence  March 2017  https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2017/9/4/how-chronic-pain-killed-my-husband

Celisa Henning: killed herself and her twin daughters...http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Mom-in-Apparent-Joliet-Murder-Suicide-said-Body-Felt-Like-It-was-On-Fire-Grandma-Says-442353713.html?fb_action_ids=10213560297382698&fb_action_types=og.comments

Karen Boje-58  CPP-Deming, NM

Katherine Goddard, 52 –  June 30, 2017 – Palm Coast, FL -Suicide/Denied Opioids  http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170816/palm-coast-man-charged-with-assisting-self-murder

https://medium.com/@ThomasKlineMD/suicides-associated-with-non-consented-opioid-pain-medication-reductions-356b4ef7e02aPartial List of Suicides, as of 9–10-17

Suicides: Associated with non-consented Opioid Pain Medication Reductions

Lacy Stewart 59, http://healthylivings247.com/daughter-says-untreated-pain-led-to-mothers-suicide/#

Ryan Trunzo of Massachusetts committed suicide at the age of 26  http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/18881/?fullname=trunzo,-ryan-j  

Mercedes McGuire of Indiana ended her life August 4th, 2017 after struggling with agony originally suppressed with opioid pain medicine but reappearing after her pain medicine was cut back in a fashion after the CDC regulations. She was in such discomfort she went to the ER because she could not stand the intractable pain by “learning to live with it” as suggested by CDC consultants. The ER gave her a small prescription. She went to the pharmacy where they refused to fill it “because she had a pain contract”. She went home and killed herself. She was a young mother with a 4 year old son, Bentley. Bentley, will never get over the loss of his mom.


“Goodbye” Scott Smith: Vet w/PTSD committed murder/suicide. Killed his wife then himself today 11/27/2017


Pamela Clute had been suffering from agonizing back problems and medical treatment had failed to relieve pain that shot down her legs While California’s assisted suicide law went into effect a couple months before Clute’s death, the law only applies to terminally ill patients who are prescribed life-ending drugs by a physician. Clute wasn’t terminally ill

Kellie Bernsen 12/10/2017 Colorado suicide

Scott Smith: Vet w/PTSD committed murder/suicide. Killed his wife then himself today 11/27/2017

  Michelle Bloem committed suicide due to uncontrolled pain

John Lester shot himself on Jan. 8, 2014.

 Anne Örtegren took her life on Jan. 5  

 Debra Bales, 52 – Civilian – January 10, 2018 – Petaluma, CA – Denied Pain Meds/Suicide

 Aliff, Charles – Could not locate info!
He may be able to help! Charles Aliff – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009343944744…

Brunner, Robert – Could not locate info!

Cagle, Melvin – http://www.objectivezero.org/…/The-Veteran-Spring-Why-a…


Harold Hamilton – http://www.dispatch.com/…/chronic-pains-emotional-toll…

Hartgrove, Daniel – http://www.legacy.com/…/name/daniel-hartsgrove-obituary…

Ingram III, Charles – http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/…/article_b7a4a712…

Jarvis, Michael http://www.chicagotribune.com/…/ct-indiana-doctor…


Kevin Keller, 52 – US Navy – July 30, 2014 – Wytheville, VA

Kershaw, Sarah – https://mobile.nytimes.com/…/sarah-kershaw-former-times…

Kimberly, Allison http://feldmanmortuary.com/…/Allison…/obituary.html…

Lane, Keith – Timothy Shields
August 8, 2017 · Colon, MI I would like you too include Kieth Lane . US Army , Vietnam in country , combat wounded . He died recovering from ulcers surgery of a stroke and heart attack in Battle Creek VA medical center in Michigan .

Lichtenberg, Steven – http://www.dispatch.com/…/chronic-pains-emotional-toll…

Markel, Robert – http://www.pennlive.com/…/08/heroin_overdose_deaths.html

Miles, Richard – Could not locate info!

Murphy, Thomas – http://www.objectivezero.org/…/The-Veteran-Spring-Why-a…

Paddock, Karon http://www.kpaddock.com/

Denny Peck, 58 – Civilian – September 17,2016 – Seattle, Wa https://l.facebook.com/l.php…


Peterson, Michael – https://l.facebook.com/l.php…

Reid, Marsha – https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/…/daughter-blames…

Simpson, Jessica – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1616190951785852&set=a.395920107146282.94047.100001848876646&type=3&hc_location=ufi

Daniel Somers, 30 – US Army – June 10, 2013 – Denied Pain Meds/Suicide http://gawker.com/i-am-sorry-that-it-has-come-to-this-a…

Son, Randall – http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/…/woman-says-marion-va…/…

Bryan Spece, 54 – USMC – May 3, 2017 – Great Falls, Montana – Denied Meds/Suicide https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/…/patient-suicide…

Tombs, John – http://www.objectivezero.org/…/The-Veteran-Spring-Why-a…

 Jennifer E. Adams age 41 of Helena  December 20, 1976April 25, 2018


Jay Lawrence  March 1, 2017  on the same bench in the Hendersonville, Tennessee, park where the Lawrences had recently renewed their wedding vows, the 58-year-old man gripped his wife’s hand and killed himself with a gun.

suicide due to pain video  https://youtu.be/CSkxF1DMQws

Eden Prairie Aug 2018 handwritten note, which stated she “could not endure any more pain and needed to escape it.” http://www.fox9.com/news/charges-eden-prairie-man-helped-wife-commit-suicide

Raymond Arlugo  August 29th 2018   https://hudsonvalleydoctorskilledmybrother.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/suicide-over-pain-telling-my-brothers-story-because-he-cant/amp/

Kris Hardenbrook   Oct 2018   What is the difference between patient abandonment and a FIRING SQUAD ? – NOT MUCH ?

Robert Charles Foster,65 Nov 3, 2018 Chronic pain pt …SUICIDE BY COP https://theworldlink.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/suspect-dead-after-officer-involved-shooting-in-bandon/article_182bfafd-5e6d-539f-b366-0f9a00b7dc85.html

Lee Cole 04/23/2018   http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=27825

Peter A. Kaisen  76-year-old veteran committed suicide (Aug. 24, 2016) in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/nyregion/veteran-kills-himself-in-parking-lot-of-va-hospital-on-long-island.html 

Paul Fitzpatrick, 56 Oct 2018, kills himself blaming 20 years of debilitating pain caused by laser eye surgery  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6445427/Canadian-man-kills-suffering-20-years-pain-laser-eye-surgery.html

Jessica Starr   Dec, 2018 failed Lasik SMILE eye surgery resulting in chronic pain

Paolo Antonio Argenzio:  Passed away on Monday December 10th 2018, from a self inflicted gunshot wound

Rory G. Hosking, age 50, honorable Army Veteran, passed away Feb. 9, 2019 from his struggle with chronic pain

Sonya White has passed away on Thursday March 7, 2019 at 30 years old

Danielle Byron Henry 10th June, 2017

Kelly Catlin, the 23-year-old Olympic cyclist with debilitating migraines committed suicide 16th March, 2019

Dawn Anderson was 53 years old, and a former Registered Nurse died on March 11, 2019 in untreated agonizing pain

I reserve the right of editorial censorship

It looks like the political “mud slinging” has already started – IMO – worse than the national election two years ago… I am taking a stand – in particular – against “slanderous name calling”  directed toward specific politicians, particular political parties and/or specific people.  I don’t mind political debate – based on FACTS… when the debate drifts off the road based on FACTOIDS, FAKE NEWS, opinions stated as FACTS.. is where I am going to draw the “line in the sand” and delete comments that go down that path.

While personally, I am not a big fan of our political/bureaucratic system.. IMO.. it is too self serving… Admittedly, politically I tend to lean to the POLITICAL RIGHT but that is because the Libertarian party is seemingly always kept in their place by our dominating “two party system”.

I have belonged to a national pharmacy association for 35 yrs… that promotes the saying “get into politics … or get out of pharmacy ..” If you don’t attempt to influence politicians… someone else will…. and IMO this saying applies to those in the chronic pain community and/or pts who are dealing with subjective diseases.  Legislatures, bureaucrats are doing things that are adversely effecting the quality of life of those pts.  As long as those being affected continue to lack unity and/or a large segment chooses to stand on the sidelines, whoever is successfully “bending the ear” of these politicians … they will continue to do so because they have  little/no concern about the consequences and/or collateral damage that they cause to those suffering and dealing with subjective diseases.

I am sure that the vast majority of my readers will understand and cooperate…those who try to challenge this policy…  It is THREE STRIKES and you are out/banned… and WORDPRESS gives me your IP ADDRESS attached to your comment(s)… Once banned, just posting under a different name – WILL NOT WORK !  Everyone needs to “play nice “

Lastly, please do not post anything promoting a particular vendor or any entity or person selling a product/particular service. Because some may perceive/believe that they have my endorsement which may or may not be the case. Anyone posting a link to a professional selling a product/service will be edited out

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Senators Gillibrand And Gardner Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Opioid Crisis By Limiting Prescriptions To Seven Days

Senators Gillibrand And Gardner Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Opioid Crisis By Limiting Prescriptions To Seven Days


Legislation Would Help Combat Addiction and Abuse by Creating Tougher Law on Initial Opioid Prescriptions

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act would limit the supply of initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. This bill is named after late-Senator John McCain, who was the Republican lead of this legislation last Congress.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are nearly two million Americans misusing prescription opioids, and each day, 41 people die from an overdose related to these prescription painkillers. The CDC also found that in 2017, 68 percent of drug overdose deaths involved an opioid. This bill would create a seven-day prescription limit for opioids so that no more than a seven-day supply may be prescribed to a patient at one time for acute pain, such as a wisdom tooth removal or a broken bone. This would help restrict the excess supply of opioids and help minimize the risk of abuse.

“Too many families throughout New York and our country have suffered from the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic. No community has been left untouched, and we need to be proactive when it comes to ending this crisis,” said Senator Gillibrand. “One of the root causes of opioid abuse is the over-prescription of these powerful and addictive drugs. I’m proud to join with Senator Gardner to introduce bipartisan legislation that limits the over-prescription of opioids. This would help our communities combat opioid addiction, and I urge my colleagues in Congress to pass this bill.”

“As I’ve met with Coloradans impacted by the opioid epidemic, the recurring story is clear. Oftentimes, the first over prescription spurs the devastating path of addiction,” said Senator Gardner. “Over prescriptions for pain management have allowed the opioid crisis to hit every corner of our communities, and this common sense legislation establishes the appropriate protections to help prevent addiction in the first place.” 

“The seven-day limit for initial acute-pain opioid prescriptions is consistent with pharmacists’ recommendations from the front-lines of care, their collaboration with law enforcement, and the needs of chronic pain sufferers. Six-in-10 Americans support this measure, with only two-in-10 indicating opposition, according to a January 2019 Morning Consult poll commissioned by NACDS. This bill will help prevent addiction and help prevent unused medications from falling into the wrong hands. Our support reflects pharmacies’ longstanding commitment to serve as part of the solution,” said NACDS (National Association of Chain Drug Stores) President & CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.

The John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act would help reduce the amount of excess opioids by requiring medical professionals, as a part of their Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration, to certify that they will not prescribe an opioid as an initial treatment for acute pain in an amount that exceeds a seven-day supply. Medical professionals would also have to certify that they would not provide a refill. Under current federal law, a medical professional must register with the DEA in order to be allowed to prescribe a controlled substance in the United States. This registration must be renewed every three years.

This seven-day prescription limit would not apply to the treatment of chronic pain; pain being treated as part of cancer care, hospice care, or other end-of-life care; or pain treated as part of palliative care. This federal legislation is modeled after laws in several states. Currently, fifteen states, including New York, limit initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain.  

This was from Senator’s Gillibrand’s official government website… Apparently Senator Gillibrand – or whoever on her staff or Senator Gardner’s – or his staff doesn’t know the difference between the word PRESCRIPTION – a noun – and the word PRESCRIBING – verb.  Because you find this statement SEVERAL TIMES

One of the root causes of opioid abuse is the over-prescription of these powerful and addictive drugs

Here is another DECEPTIVE STATEMENT and this bill/law would deny pt that are continuing to experience pain after 7 days – NO ADDITIONAL OPIATE MEDS

Medical professionals would also have to certify that they would not provide a refill.

So a person who has a life altering event other than:  pain being treated as part of cancer care, hospice care, or other end-of-life care; or pain treated as part of palliative care. and ends up being a legit chronic pain pts… apparently – if this bill is passed – is just screwed in getting opiates to treat their chronic pain.  So is the ultimate goal of this bill/law is to prevent the disease of addiction/substance abuse as well as the disease of CHRONIC DISEASE from happening?

Here is another “little jewel” in this declaration:   41 people die from an overdose related to these prescription painkillers.  So exactly what does “related” to these prescription painkillers suppose to mean ?  Is this suppose to create a smoke and mirror scenario to hide the fact that the vast majority of opiate OD’s are from multiple substances including ILLEGAL FENTANYL ANALOG ?… and don’t forget that most/many include the DRUG — ALCOHOL ?

What does this say about their knowledge base of these two Senators, their staff, or whoever convinced them to support this bill ?

Don’t forget that there is no educational requirement nor experience to run/elected to a political office … this published statement and the related proposed bill from these two Senators might clearly demonstrate there could  be a definite need to review this issue.  AND one of these Senators has announced her intention to run for PRESIDENT ?

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Why you SHOULDN’T have to wait at the pharmacy

Why you SHOULDN’T have to wait at the pharmacy


Alright. This one is really going to get me in trouble. I can already see it. I’m prepared. OK. Here goes. *deep breath*

We all know how annoying it is having to wait on pharmacists to take pills out of one bottle and put them in another, and it seems like it takes them way too long for some reason.

I could beat around the bush for 5 paragraphs getting to this point, but here it is. You shouldn’t HAVE to wait at the pharmacy, with the exception of a few situations. And the reason you shouldn’t have to wait, is because you should really just …go home. Or wherever. Go have lunch. Go grocery shopping. Visit Mars. Just don’t “wait for it” at the pharmacy, unless you have a good reason, i.e. the Rx is for a person who has just had surgery, you’re leaving the ER, or you have a houseful of sick children and can’t get back out to pick them up, whatever. These are all good reasons that you may need medication quickly (not an exhaustive list, obviously).


Don’t. Fall. Into. the. Corporate. Trap.

Chain pharmacies have sold America on convenience. They’ve sold us with the promise of 15-minute or less wait times for prescriptions, drive thru pharmacy lanes, and over-the-top customer service guarantees.

What they don’t want to tell you is that those promises are 100% for their benefit, not yours.

Here’s why you should go home (or visit Mars) instead of “just waiting for it”:

1. Because your health is more important than that. YOU are more important than that.

This isn’t a burger you’re picking up at McDonald’s. It’s medication. Even if your specific medication “isn’t that big of a deal”, wouldn’t it BE a big deal if you accidentally got the WRONG medication? You may have only needed a short term antiflammatory – whoops, you were one of 20 people wanting their Rxs “as soon as possible” and you accidentally got a blood thinner you didn’t need. Yep, that could kill you.

2. It’s just not that urgent.

We’re talking community pharmacy here, not high-acuity medicine. Yes, as already mentioned, there are understandable reasons to request an expedited Rx. “Just because” or “It’s more convenient” are not among them. In case you didn’t know, many pharmacy employees are forced to promise you these quick service times, knowing they often aren’t safe or realistic.

3. It’s actually dangerous.

One person who needs their Rx done quickly – ok, that’s not a big deal as a pharmacist – provided there’s nothing wrong with it. The issue comes when EVERYONE wants their Rx “as soon as you can have it”. Now the pharmacy staff is scrambling to fill 15 different people’s medications in under a minute apiece to beat the corporate-imposed clock.

4. It’s not fair to other patients.

You may not know this, but even if you don’t see anyone else anyyyyywhere near the pharmacy, there’s still a line (always). It’s called an invisible queue, because only the workers can see it. Their computer screen is filled with a list of people whose prescriptions are in process and set to be ready at a certain time. These may be people who dropped off a prescription this morning, or asked for a refill, or had their doctor send in a new prescription. They are carefully timed in the queue, and every time you ask to “wait for it”, you’re jumping line, whether you know it or not (and now you do!). Now the folks that have been waiting patiently for their turn, may wait even longer because 12 other people “needed theirs right away.”

5. Prescriptions are not as simple as they look.

Reading hieroglyphics is a skill we learn early in pharmacy education, but there is much more than that to prescription interpretation. Your prescription may say something clear as day, but the pharmacist reading it may see further than meets the eye. Something that a layperson would accept as legitimate instructions may set off alarm bells in the eyes of a person who has studied medications for years, because doctors make deadly mistakes too. But if the pharmacist is in a rush to fill everyone’s prescriptions, some errors are easy to overlook.

6. It’s actually a trick to get your money.

Corporate pharmacies advertise their less-than-15-minute promises knowing full well they aren’t consistently true, and it’s not really to make your visit to the pharmacy more convenient. They think that if they can convince you that it’s better to just stick around for a few minutes that you are more likely to pick up and buy items off the OTC and toiletry shelves while you’re there. They also know that once 10 minutes of your time is down the tubes, you’re more likely to continue sticking around than to leave and come back later, even if you already realize the 15 minute promise isn’t happening. Plus, it makes them look competitive with other pharmacies and helps them fill more prescriptions in a shorter amount of time, thus making more $$$.

To a pharmacist, you’re not a customer. You’re a patient. You’re not here to buy a product. You’re here so that they can ensure you get the appropriate medication in a safe way. But these foolish promises of speedy “service” have chipped away at our ability to ensure that for you. It’s a long story you can read about here if you want to know why our hands are tied and why your safety is being irresponsibly endangered to pad corporate profit margins.

So what can you do instead? What’s the best way to make sure your prescriptions are carefully handled and thoroughly checked? The most important part is to choose your pharmacy carefully. If possible, find one where you can become familiar with the staff. Choose the pharmacy where the staff is already grabbing your medication as you walk to the counter (but are still confirming your identifying information for safety’s sake!). Get to know your pharmacist and pharmacy technicians. It doesn’t take much, just a friendly conversation each time you interact, and they’ll likely remember you and go out of their way to help you with anything you need. And finally, when you drop off a prescription and the pharmacy staff asks, “when would you like to pick this up”, be a smart and educated consumer and respond with a reasonable time (for truly non-urgent medications).

How to help yourself…and your pharmacist.

The short of it is, the pharmacy corporations aren’t going to change their policies to protect you, so you have to do it yourself. Vote with your money and go to pharmacies that care about YOU. Even better, vote with your voice by visiting our Take Action page. And spread the word, because the more people that are in the know, the less people will be clamoring for instant Rxs, and the more the pharmacists and technicians will have time to slow down and actually evaluate your medications in the way they were extensively trained to do.

You wouldn’t want your surgeon to rush through your procedure, or your accountant to rush through your taxes, so please, don’t ask your pharmacist or technicians to rush with your medications.

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LET’S BE FRIENDS, FOLLOW ME EVERYWHERE MY LOVES: INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/cayleecresta TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/cayleecresta YOUNOW: cayleecresta PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/cayleecresta & SEND ME LETTERS! PO BOX 234 Wilmington, MA 01887 For business inquiries: caylee.cresta@gmail.com Hello Everyone! Welcome to today’s video! Today we will be discussing the danger of flags and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. I have a strong personal connection to this issue and it is a concept that terrifies me daily. I have considered making a video including my personal story with pharmacy flags, but as always, I want these videos to be about US rather than myself. If you would like to see my story in reference to this issue please let me know in the comments below! Let me say briefly that I do not object to the concept of a PDMP but rather would like to see exemptions made for pain patients and room for explanation in the database that often proves to be incredibly damaging for those suffering from chronic pain. In addition, the PDMP has increased the sense of fear felt by both pharmacists and doctors nationwide and naturally, that means that legitimate prescriptions are severely impacted as a result. Anything that deters the ability to obtain legal and medically necessary prescriptions is destructive to patient care and I hope this video is helpful in exposing the unintended consequences of government regulations on opioids. I love you all! Keep being warriors! Love, Caylee Xo’s PS: If you’re waiting for a makeup tutorial, one will be posted tomorrow! #chronicpain #chronicillness #opioids #spoonies #health #opioidepidemic #opioidcrisis #patients #painpatients #pharmacists #pharmacy #health #healthcare #prescriptiondrugs #pain

Civil Rights Case Gives Hope to Pain Patients


By Richard Dobson, MD, Guest Columnist

People with chronic disabling pain frequently complain that doctors discharge them from their practice because of the medications they take. Sometimes doctors refuse to accept patients who are taking opioid pain medications, even though the medications treat a legitimate medical condition.

There may be hope that such actions will be considered violations of the civil rights of patients.

This week the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) signed a formal agreement with Selma Medical Associates, a large primary care practice in Virginia, that may open the door for people with chronic pain to regain their full access to medical care.

Selma Medical refused to schedule a new patient appointment for a man who was taking the addiction treatment drug Suboxone. He filed a civil rights complaint asserting that his rights were violated because has a disability.

According to the complaint, Selma Medical “regularly turns away prospective new patients who are treated with narcotic controlled substances such as Suboxone.”

The DOJ and Selma Medical settled the complaint out-of-court. The full agreement can be read here.


In essence, Selma Medical agreed to stop discriminating on the basis of disability, including opioid use disorder (OUD). The settlement identifies several specific ways that Selma Medical was violating the civil rights of people with disabilities.

“By refusing to accept the Complainant for a new family practice appointment solely because he takes Suboxone, Selma Medical discriminated against him by denying him the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of Selma Medical.

By turning away the Complainant and other prospective patients who are treated with narcotic controlled substances, including Suboxone, Selma Medical imposed eligibility criteria that screen out or tend to screen out individuals with OUD.

Further, Selma Medical failed to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, or procedures, when such modifications are necessary to afford such goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to individuals with disabilities.”

In the agreement, Selma Medical agreed to stop discriminating now and in the future. The staff and administration are also required to undergo intensive training on the implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Importantly for pain patients, the agreement applies to people taking “narcotic medications” for any reason and is not limited to people who are taking Suboxone for OUD. The agreement does seem to imply that people taking opioid medications also have their civil rights violated if they are refused medical care on the basis of their diagnosis and their use of opioids.

A former staff attorney in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division agrees.  

“This formal settlement agreement from DOJ affirms that discrimination in access to medical treatment based solely on an individual’s use of a particular medication — in this case, a narcotic controlled substance — may violate the law,” says Kate Nicholson, a pain patient and civil rights attorney who helped draft federal regulations under the ADA.

Anyone who has chronic pain and who is discharged from a practice or refused admission to a medical practice should let the medical staff know that this is a violation of the ADA. Show them the agreement between Selma Medical and the DOJ. Then if the medical practice still refuses care, file a formal complaint with the Office of Civil Rights. Instructions on filing can be found here.

As part of the settlement agreement, Selma Medical had to pay $30,000 to the complainant for “the discrimination and the harm he has endured, including, but not limited to, emotional distress and pain and suffering.” Selma Medical also had to pay a civil penalty of $10,000.

It seems to me that the substance of this agreement gives real hope to the chronic pain community that discrimination based on disability, even if the disability is based on pain, is illegal and violates their civil rights.

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Richard Dobson, MD, worked as a physician in the Rochester, New York area for over 30 years, treating and rehabilitating people suffering from chronic pain, mostly as the result of work or motor vehicle accidents.  He is now retired.  








In reading between the lines of this article, it does not say that this pt was a chronic pain pt or a substance abuse pt in treatment.  I have stated many time that I had concerns that chronic pain pts being treated with Suboxone for pain that at some time down the path that someone would jump to the conclusion that the pt was a substance abuser or a substance abuser in recovery… when in reality they were being treated with Suboxone for chronic pain.  It has been reported that not every chronic pain pt will have adequate pain management using Suboxone.

Just like we seen healthcare professional will take the 90 odd pages of the CDC opiates dosing guidelines and find a favorite sentence, paragraph or page …typically evolving around the 90 MME daily limit and don’t ready any further, but adopt that daily MME limit and profess that they are following the CDC guidelines.

This article also doesn’t clarify if the pt is in substance abuse treatment/recovery or a chronic pain pt.. just automatically LABELED as a pt dealing with OUD – OPIATE USE DISORDER..  which many likes to define as a pt taking opiates (legally/illegally) for > 90 days.  It would seem no more labels as a substance abuser/addict or a pt being legally treated with one or more controlled substances that will create a physical dependency. Everyone seems to be lumped into just one classification…

Just like we seldom see the use of a accidental opiate OD… but rather a broader term – opiate related death… whereas anyone whose toxicology shows a opiate or controlled substance in their toxicology … one of the causes of their death will be “opiate use disorder” and most likely will be the first listed cause of death.

One can only come to the conclusion that these new terms serves the agenda of certain parts of our bureaucracy… basically falsely creating LARGER NUMBERS … just like they like to report the 72k DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS and then imply that they are all caused by opiates.. and fail to acknowledge that within that number 15K are caused by NSAIDS.  They also just state that FENTANYL is involved in more and more OD’s but they fail to acknowledge that there are some 1400 different Fentanyl analogs and the only one that is legal for human use in the USA is Fentanyl Citrate.

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there seems to be a lot of SMOKE AND MIRRORS being used to fabricate a conclusion or what reality REALLY ISN’T

Pharmacist refused to fill Rx because NOT ENOUGH PROFIT

Dear Mr. Ariens:

I recently went to a pharmacy for my daughter’s controlled medication that she had a refill left. The normal pharmacist was on holiday.

The visiting pharmacist advised she looked into the cost of the  medication and noted that the insurance was only 2 percent and that was too little. She replied she could transfer the prescription to another pharmacy.


While at the pharmacy I called the insurance company (Medicare) to get an explanation. 


She over heard my conversation and exclaimed that the medication was covered, but she felt the loss was to much and again said she could transfer to another pharmacy.


Can she deny my daughter her medication (treatment) because she felt that Medicare was paying too little for the  $3,300 cost of the medication?  This pharmacy has filled this medication at least since 2012.


What can I do and can I file an ADA discrimination or pharmacy board compliant? Please note:This pharmacy is located in an exclusive zip code and her comments were very upsetting to My disabled daughter.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

These “drug cards” – PBM (Prescription Benefit Manager) have in their contract that pharmacies normally states that the pharmacy must fill valid Rxs if the pharmacy has the medication in stock.. it does not matter if the pharmacy makes or loses money on the prescription.

Some independent pharmacists have stated – that the reason they sold/closed their pharmacies was because they were losing money on >25% of all prescriptions they fill.

Doc had a feud with WalMart Pharmacy and their is no question that the local Walmart retaliated against my family physician by using the DEA

Pain medicine was a by-thought to me. My main medicine was Lorazepam 3 x a day that saved my life 24 years ago when a respected psychiatrist ruled out other medicines and put me on it.
I had severe panic disorder that had destroyed my life. For 24 years, I lived a normal life with this simple medicine, not even a narcotic.
My Psychiatrist retired and called my PCP in 2012 to continue the lorazepam established treatment.
My PCP agreed to continue the care. My family doctor, who’s elderly now, also was the last physician to treat cancer patients, the elderly, and provide end of life care pain relief to local residents.
HE WAS JUST RAIDED BY THE DEA last month. He had a feud with WalMart Pharmacy and their is no question that the local Walmart retaliated against my family physician by using the DEA.
Quitting my simple lorazepam suddenly can actually cause death. 2 of my 3 refills were invalidated, even though I have the soonest appointment to see another Psych in May.
I’m down dosing myself and I’m physically now at significant risk of seizures and death. My blood pressure writing this is at 170/110, pulse 90 because I’m down dosing myself for lack of any help in the medical field. My pharmacists feels helpless because he knows I don’t abuse medicine and is well aware of my disorder.
Because my family doctor was busted by the DEA for treating patients humanly, I can’t go to an ER because I would be labeled a drug addict, even though Lorazepam withdrawals can kill and isn’t even a narcotic!
I just want my life back, but since I will run out of simple anxiety medicine. I may not survive more than a month from now. It’s not like I’m 20 and healthy and can adjust. My heart literally can’t take it.
Please sign me up to sue the DEA in honor of my physician and for the HELL I’m going through even though I was a law-abiding citizen who took my medicine responsibly!


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It is with great sadness that I must share this news.

Our beloved member, advocate and warrior for the Coalition for the Terminally Ill Disabled and Elderly Sonya White has passed away on Thursday March 7, 2019 at 30 years old. She is survived by her two beautiful children, her loving husband, family and friends.

Many of you knew Sonya as a vibrant vocal advocate with a witty sense of humor fighting for those living with severe pain who were mistreated and discriminated against in hospitals, doctors offices and pharmacies.

Sonya asked that we not be silent about her terrifying struggle to obtain even the most basic medical care.

Sonya lived with an aggressive glioblastoma wreaking havoc to her mind and body without being diagnosed or treated until it was untreatable and terminal.

Sonya sought medical care for seven years, having developed a deep mind body connection and feeling that “something was not right in her head.” Doctors would not take her complaints seriously.

Suffering severe pain and mobility issues, Doctors repeatedly ignored her complaints and due to patient profiling, refused to administer rigorous diagnostic tests and repeatedly sent her away misdiagnosed as malingering, mood disorder or psychosomatic illness all while the cancer spread through her brain . Refused diagnostic tests meant Sonya could receive no treatment for the increasing signs and symptoms from the brain cancer.

Sonya asked that we share her life story because this alarming abuse of her most basic human right to life-saving diagnostic testing is becoming epidemic.

The discrimination she faced is increasingly common in the US, UK, EU and in Ontario as hospitals and doctors are deputized by law enforcement to assume all patient complaints of pain are likely malingerers, drug addicts, psychiatric patients or alcoholics.

She fought hard to stop patient-profiling which denied her the most basic life-saving medical care. People who complain of pain or who dress a certain way or look a certain way are being triaged right out of society.

We have lost a hero for the terminally ill disabled and elderly. Sonya’s girls lost their precious mother and we have lost a friend.

She was a valiant mountain climber on an invisible mountain and she will remain in our hearts and minds forever.

Sending love and light to you precious Sonya. You are loved forever.

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