“Citizens with medically documented chronic pain aren’t the problem, they are just the easiest to identify and blame. The witch-hunt for opiate addiction is going after the wrong people.”
Legislation and law enforcement are taking over what should be medical decisions about the diagnosis and treatment of’ pain. They, not the doctor, decide if it’s “really pain” and whether the patient will be allowed to take pain medication.
This article illustrates how medical care for pain is now controlled by the DEA:
Some West Virginia pain clinics are using former narcotics officers to screen patients – and charging people $150 for the service.
A representative of the contractor that hires the officers — called “narcotics auditors” — told state lawmakers last week that the new practice is helping curb West Virginia’s prescription drug problem.
At Hope pain clinics in Kanawha City, Fairmont and Beckley, new patients must pay PPPFD $150 for an initial screening, and $75 for each subsequent visit.
The screening includes:
- a drug test,
- criminal background…
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