Why is it that the very people we have elected to government are trying to hurt us? Recently the law makers of the United States decided to reschedule prescription pain medications containing Hydrocodone as a schedule 2 narcotic. This selfish and one sided decision was put into place to combat a growing problem of addiction to these medications that contain opioids. Although I do agree that there is a problem concerning these drugs, I do not believe in the way that this is being handled.
First, the decision to make medications such as Norco, Vicodin and a wide variety of others that are legally prescribed by licensed physicians to patients to combat chronic pain is doing nothing but causing these patients more pain. If the government knew that they were going to do this, they should have put some sort of financial compansations into place to help these patients be able to afford the restrictions. I, like hundreds of thousands of people in this country need these medications to treat my chronic neck and back pain. My prescriptions simply help me to tolerate daily life with less pain and I would be confined to a wheelchair without them.
Know, just to receive my medication, I have to go to my specialist every single month, the out of pocket copay costs and even the gas to drive the 80 miles round trip are rediculis. This is hitting me directly in the wallet and to tell you the truth I can not afford these changes. I am going to my doctor every month, he’s not even examining me on these visits because he just saw me 28 days before and nothing has changed. He simply asks me a couple questions and writes my prescription. But here’s the kicker, it costs the same as a full examination would cost, $135 per visit out of pocket $46, $15 for gas and $15 for my prescription. This is $76 every month out of pocket, it’s a little hard to afford for a single income family. I am disabled and unfortunately I’m still waiting on my SSDI, we receive no help from the State or anyone else. My wife pays for health insurance through her place of employment which is $224 every two weeks plus I also have other ailments including Cardiovascular disease, Fibromyalgia and Diabetes and the cost of prescriptions for these medications are an additional $102 per month. All costs to us are now $626 per month which is 42% of my wife’s bring home every month.
Next, these new restrictions are not going to stop a single thing. People who are addicted to drugs, alcohol or anything always find a way and Drug dealers know this. I simply cannot believe that the DEA or anyone else involved in this decision hadn’t thought about this but I guess when government is involved that common sense just Flys out the window. This is what our elected officials actually did, they have now created a new market for illegal drugs. Dealers and drug trafficers are smart, I wouldn’t be surprised if millions of dollars worth of pain pills aren’t crossing our borders daily. They are guaranteed to be on the streets as I am writing this and selling for cheaper prices then they can be bought legally, it will start driving people who can’t afford to continue their regular visits to their medical professionals to the dealers on the streets. I mean, look at our history. In the early 20th century a little law called the Volstead act turned a bunch of street punks into a very rich and organized crime syndicates. Now watch history repeat itself!
So my final thoughts are, either our government is too naive to make this realization or there are some of them at higher levels in our government in on the business with the dealers. History also shows that that is possible, government officials were on the take back then, why can’t they be today? It’s time for the masses to stand up for their rights once again and it’s time for our government to stop experimenting with idiotic ideas on the citizens that have already given so much to their country.