New rules stand between patients and their prescriptions

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Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 4:51 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. -- When 30 year-old Adam Martin woke up in the hospital, the doctor said, I have good news and bad news.

“The good news is you’re alive. But, the bad news is you're paralyzed and you’re probably never going to walk again,” Martin recalls.

With tears in his eyes, Martin says he suffered an accidental gunshot wound by his brother that rendered him paralyzed and dependent on prescription pain medication for relief.

“The pain in my neck, the chronic pain I suffer from the actual gunshot, it takes that pain away—the nerve damage, the spine damage—it makes my quality of life a lot better.”

His pain medications of five years were recently cut in half due to state-wide efforts to limit prescription drug abuse. Now he says he frequently can’t even get his prescription for oxycodone and morphine sulphate filled.

“It's a shame, an absolute shame,” says pharmacist Mike Pass. “People that need scheduled drugs, narcotics to alleviate pain… they should be getting them.”

Pass says it’s only going to get worse. “Toward the end of the year the DEA is limiting the amount of drugs and narcotics that are produced in this country.”

He explained, “That means that the manufacturers are not allowed to manufacture; so the pharmacists are in short supply. That indeed is a problem.”

There are safety measures in place to help ensure prescription medications do not fall into the wrong hands.

“In the state of Florida, all pharmacists are required to report all of the scheduled drugs that people are filling prescriptions with,” said Pass.


But Martin's mother Ann says her son needs relief and is in chronic pain. “It’s to the point where he could cry sometimes.”

And this she says is what life would be for him without the meds: “It would be hell for him; he would be in constant pain.”

Pass says pharmacists now worry more about robberies. But the government’s main concern is of medication abuse.

Martin does understand why there are strict guidelines on who can’t get prescription medications, “Because people abuse them. But they seem to forget about the people that need them.”

He says he just can't wrap his mind around why he can't get the necessary pain relief that his doctor prescribed.

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  • biteme66 posted at 6:53 am on Sat, Aug 2, 2014.

    biteme66 Posts: 1

    How sad. Thanks alot Ms Pam Bondi. I think they went way too far on this one. I have been to 17 pharmacies in one day trying to get my scripts filled and 9 out of 10 times I was treated like a street junkie. I didnt ask for 9 spinal fusions. Its sad that some of the pharmacies had what I needed but would not fill my prescriptions because I have tattoos?. Ive also seen home health care Hospices not be able to get the meds they needed. That was truely horrific. The government needs to find a better way to deal with this problem and soon! Good people are truely suffering including myself.

  • Kimbehome posted at 1:49 am on Sat, Aug 2, 2014.

    Kimbehome Posts: 2

    This is wrong in so many ways. First, there are people who legitimately need these medications. Second, people will always find away to get the drugs illegally from other sources. Third, every time a minority of the population messes up, they make the those who legitimately need the medications suffer. The government doesn't know who to handle stuff like this. People's medical needs should not be governed by the stupid bureaucratic morons and that is what is happening.. Maybe if they had gotten shot and were suffering like that they would realize for some people it means quality of life. I think there are a lot of other ways that this could be handled other than making innocent people suffer, Now they just need to get off their lazy butts and work on it. Having worked in a pharmacy, you cannot tell me that all of those Senators up there do not take some kind of class 1 narcotic. You would be surprised at the amount of medications that older people take in a day. It was a real eye opener for me, but I forgot, the rules do not apply to them. They are probably stock piling it. Makes me sick.

  • crabbysam posted at 6:41 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    crabbysam Posts: 15

    It's bad enough paralyzed guys like Adam are forced to see their pain control doctors every 30 days, and now moronic agencies like the DEA are now in the business of curtailing legitimate pain control patients like Adam.

    Drugs are going to be abused and have been since drugs were invented, but when the controls ruin the quality of life for those that really need them, well that sucks. No way to say it nicely.

  • froggercn posted at 6:32 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    froggercn Posts: 1

    Please don't give up on this article!! I am a prescription pain medicine sufferer also.
    I have Fibromyalgia, MS, Meralgia Paresthetica and other issues. My friends and family can tell you all the terrible, humiliating situations I have had to go thru to get my medications. I take Oxycodone/acet 10/325 and even Lyrica is also a controlled substance. I have been blessed by God that my Insurance Home Delivery Pharmacy has agreed to mail me my pain pills. I don't know what I will do if that ever changes. It makes me panic already just thinking about it. I am all for the war on drugs but Please stop taking them away from us who Need them!! If you could live in my body just for half of a day without my pain meds, you would understand.
    Alix I beg you please help us who suffer because of this. If you need any help from me or Adam Martin, if you need help with your fight ,I will be happy to help in any way.
    Christine "gentle hugs"


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