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Chronic pain sufferers speak out at rallies across the nation

Posted at 3:53 PM, Sep 18, 2018

A chronic pain rally was held in Lansing on Tuesday and across the nation.

The people behind the rally are those that suffer from pain that can only be treated with a strong drug, drugs that many doctors are now hesitant to prescribe.

"The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain were released in 2016. These meant to ONLY provide recommendations for primary care clinicians who prescribe opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care," said an organizer of the event.

Once the guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain were released, chronic pain patients in the millions were told that their provider would no longer treat chronic pain.

These were patients who were using the drugs as prescribed and not abusing the medications but using them on a treatment plain for pain.

Patients say that the Federal Government is responsible for eliminating their care, saying that health care providers are the reason for the opioid epidemic in America.

They also claim that they have been dropped from medications that were helping them without any safe weaning because doctors were afraid of losing their medical licenses.

The "Don't Punish Pain" was a rally held for those suffering from chronic pain and meds being taken away from them.