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Painkiller prescriptions vary widely among states

ADRJenAADRJen Posts: 211
edited 07/02/2014 - 8:04 AM in Pain Medications
Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil


  • After reading some of the problems chronic pain patients in Florida are having my gut reaction to anything describing that state as a 'success story' is fear! I wonder what's happened to the suicide stats in the same time period? It backs what Sandi says about the drug of choice returning to heroin...that OD rate doubled! It's interesting to see that they had a decline in total overdoses despite the return to heroin. I just hate that crime & medicine are getting so entwined. They should be such separate subjects in my opinion.

    I don't think chronic pain patients 'accidentally' overdose. It makes it sound like we're all playing Russian roulette when we take our meds & were not! We all know that addiction isn't a huge risk for us when we take our meds properly. There will always be drug addicts, people have used alcohol & chemicals since the dawn of time. I just think the war on drugs has been a money pit & monumental failure for so long there's finally a bit of it that they can do something about so results are being screamed from the rooftops with no consideration for the human suffering that's left in their wake.

    I'm just one little mother trying to cope the best I can. Why is my ability to function & care for me kids being dragged into the same world as drug lords & addicts? I do everything I can to manage my pain. That world is a million miles away but that kind of reporting feels like its being brought to my doorstep. I'm glad I don't live in Florida but maybe if I was completely healthy & raising kids there I'd read it as good news...
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • i live in ny state i am trying to move to florida i read your comments about fla i would like to know more about what is going on there wth meds i have cronic pain and have been on a lot of meds for 9 yrs
    patrick j groff
  • has been in the news many times over the last two years due to it's problems with non doctor owned pill mills, patients coming from all over the country to those pill mills and being dispensed thousands of opiates that were being abused , sold and distributed on the streets of various states.
    Florida has shut down non physician owned pain management clinics and many of the pharmacies there will not fill prescriptions for patients that don't live in the area, and even for those who do, they must verify the prescription with the doctor, and some pharmacies have been fined and severely restricted access to filling opiates.
    I would do some heavy research into finding a pm doctor before you move and investigate what you would need to do to get those prescriptions filled in the state.
  • trick379ttrick379 Posts: 5
    edited 07/07/2014 - 4:07 AM
    thank you for your response i go to a very strick pm clinic toxic screens pill counts its un fortunet that some pepole make it hard for the pepole that really need them i have a really great pm docter that understands cronic pain and offered to call a pm clinic for me when i am ready to move which will be before our next artic winter tk you for your help
    patrick j groff
  • You are going to need it. While it is hard to find a new doctor to prescribe pain medication the bigger problem has been getting them filled at the pharmacy. About 2 years ago I went to my local pharmacy to get my MS-Contin filled and was told that they no longer carry the medication. While Oxy's have been hard to fill for about 6-8 years before I have never had a problem filling my MS-Contin. I basically had to go to 15 different pharmacies to get my medication. After that experience I started to get my meds filled by my part D provider by mail. Anyone who is moving to FL should see if they can get there meds by mail instead of going to a bunch of different pharmacy were they see you as just another addict who is faking there pain. I could go on about a bunch of other problems with the state but I do not want to spend the next 5 hours typing about it. You also might want to look up the state drug monitoring site. It can be a big help with knowing what the rules are before you go see the doctor. For example can any doctor fill narcotic long term or just pain doctors. You will find a lot of doctors will tell you they cannot prescribe the opiate medications and you will have to see a pain specialist when in fact that is not the case. When it comes to chronic pain the knowledge we gain allows us to make informed choices about how we deal with it day in and day out.
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