View Full Version : The DEA and pain meds
02-16-2004, 08:37 AM
The Chicago Tribune printed an article from the Washington Post, today. The DEA wants to relist hydrocodone from a class III to a more stringent class II. Patients would have to visit their doctors more often because their scripts could no longer be phoned in. Pain specialists say the new restrictions would cause many pain sufferers to be prescribed other, less effective drugs as a result. Just think about it, our Doctors won't be able to phone in refills or emergency scripts for our pain meds! The DEA just doesn't care about the chronic pain sufferer. I am very angry. It's not like we have a choice about being in severe chronic pain.
02-16-2004, 09:00 AM
that is very sad news I hope it doesnt get passed. what does the dea think we are rich and can afford to go to our doctor every mth?
02-18-2004, 01:53 PM
I'm taking a schedule II drug, morphine. I was taking Hydrocodone (lortab 10) but it wasn't working any more. My pain dr. doesn't have to see me more and I don't have to pay a copay everytime I pick up the RX. In fact I'm unable to drive so my brother went to their office and picked up the triplicate RX. The dr. has to hand write it on a water marked paper w/ the dr. thumbprint and dea # on it. The RX controlled number is called into the dea and the dr., pharmacy, and dea keep records of the script. I would complain if my dr. made me come in every time we changed RX's. I agree though that hydrocodone shouldn't be considered a schedule II drug. It's no where near as strong as most schedule II drugs.
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