I do believe in the timing of events happening in our lives. I describe it as “Stars” coming together to make events happen. When I was getting ready to write A Message from Fred, I received from our youngest daughter the following text; “Never underestimate the pain of a person because in all honesty, everyone is struggling. Some people are better at hiding it than others.” By Will Smith, Actor
I further believe that many people are like this and others, one can tell by their body language, eyes and many others signs show differently. I have addressed the Orange County Florida County Commission meeting when I was giving my views about living as a chronic pain patient. I started with “I come to you and I may look like any other nicely dressed man but the difference is that I live in chronic pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
There are some major concerns that are happening because of 2 recent hearings by the FDA on the Label Changes for Opioid pain medications. The first hearing was to tighten restrictions on products that contain Hydrocodone. This would include products such as Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet and a number of others. They currently are classified as C-III medications and they will change to C-II. This means no refills are allowed. A person will have to see their physician in order to get a new script. No more telephone calls will be accepted at your pharmacy if it becomes occasionally necessary to speak to your doctor for a refill at night or on weekends. This classification to a C-II is in the same category such as medications like Oxycodone, Dilaudid, Morphine and a host of other medications.*
The group PROP (Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing) has petitioned the FDA to tightly control the Hydrocodone but to go further and have physicians write prescriptions only for severe pain, and at much lower dosages. They do go on and state that physicians should write the scripts for up to 90 days at a time. The last item I would support, where no more than 90 days worth of medications be dispensed. I do not agree on “lower” dosing. There are cases that need the higher end of Opioid treatment, depending upon what the issues or disease is that is being treated. Only your own doctor knows you as a patient and to try and have a law passed stating that only a limited amount of Opioids be used is inhumane.
I believe that we should write to our Congress both to the Senate and House Members covering your district. Sorry that we do not have a link but we are not big enough yet to make our site more detailed orientated. It is important to speak up and let your voice be heard. One voice becomes two and soon it grows to many voices in order to promote change. This in part is due to our women and men in the Armed Forces which we owe a tremendous amount of thanks to. If you see a member of the Armed Forces, thank them as many are coming back from two wars living in pure hell with this disease called pain.
*Information gathered from Medscape and The Partnership at Drug Free.org