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There are 50 million people in the US suffering from chronic pain and an additional 25 million with acute pain. I understand that there is abuse among young people of opiate medications. However, we cannot punish patients suffering from chronic pain because of those who knowingly or unknowingly choose to abuse pain medications. The DEA and other regulatory agencies need to concentrate on finding the people who are selling these pain meds to people for recreational use instead of closing down pain clinics and physicians who are treating patients in chronic pain. A total no. of 98M hydrocodone pills were sold in the US last year. This only treats 0.13% of the patients suffering from chronic pain. We allow the use of alcohol which is not used to treat anything even though drunken drivers kill people everyday. However we want to stop doctors who are treating patients in chronic pain. Where is the sense in that?
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