The DEA wants me back on heroin

The DEA wants me back on heroin

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Derek Sterling started this petition to North carolina and
I have been taking Subutex/Buprenorphine. My last dr appointment I was told that new rules are wanting everyone to take Suboxone which has another ingredient called Naloxone. Before being treated with just Buprenorpine I tried the Suboxone and had severe side effects. It gave me terrible headaches and also affected my anxiety. I have been off of illicit drugs for about 3 or 4 years now thanks to the Subutex. There is no high from this drug, it just keeps cravings at bay and I no longer go through withdrawals and the depression and anxiety that goes with goes with the withdrawals. I have held a job and am a functioning member of society again, which I could not do before because of the terrible withdrawals associated with opiates. Now I am in fear that lawmakers who have never been in my shoes are telling my Dr how I should be treated without knowing my personal situation. I didn’t think I’m America we practiced collectivism. To me this is a form of that. I’m being punished for the actions of a few people who may misuse the drug. I feel like myself and many people like me are going to lose everything we have worked so hard for to get our lives back in order and become active members in society again. They say they are combating the opioid crisis, then why are they trying to make me and others stop taking a drug that helps

Let Drs do what they feel helps their patients. Stop punishing everyone for the actions a few bad apples that misuse the medicine, whom will misuse whatever medicine they are prescribed anyway. If something works let it work for those people it works for.

I, like many other people in my situation, was in a car accident about 20 years ago that started years of pain in my back, neck, shoulders and knee. After trying many methods of pain relief and a knee surgery, I started going to a Dr. and started using opiat pain medications. These medications worked for a while but as is the case with these type pain relievers, the body starts building a tolerance and higher doses are needed. I started with small doses of hydrocodone and eventually worked my way up to Oxycodone, then fentanyl. By the time I was done I was taking 5-10mg hydrocodone, 2-40mg OxyContin and a 100microgram per hour Fentanyl patch. My pain just kept getting worse because of the tolerance I had built to these medications. I decided to ween myself off all of this because it was just to much, not to mention every morning I would wake up sick from withdrawal until I took my medicine and waited for it to take affect just to make me feel normal but my pain would still be almost unbearable at times. I tried cold turkey and ended up in a detox.
After the detox I still had all the pain that I had before, only now I couldn’t find a Dr to give me anything for pain because of new laws and my history of going to detox. Someone told me that heroin was the same thing. So I tried it and from there I started a really dark downward spiral towards death. I just wanted to die everyday. No one wants to live with the specter of heroin addiction. I prayed to God everyday to spare me this life of agony and addiction or just let me die. I meant it... I went to the methadone clinic only to stand in line sick, with a bunch of others who felt the same way.
Finally I read about Suboxone and how it could help. I went to a dr who prescribed the drug. It made me feel nauseous and gave me terrible headaches which I have a problem with anyway and it made my anxiety even worse than it was before . That didn’t last long. In a couple months I was back on the street looking for heroin. I couldn’t keep a job, I was homeless and still wanted to just end it all but deep down still had the instinct to live so I trudged on, taking whatever drug I could that made me feel better. One day a friend who I had known for a long time told me about Subutex. He said it saved his life. I was hesitant because of the experience I had with suboxone, but He explained it didn’t have the nalaxone, it was just buprenorphine. So I went to a dr that was prescribing Subutex. I take the medicine like it is prescribed to me by placing the tablet under the tongue and letting it melt. To my surprise the withdrawals went away and after a while so did cravings. I have been taking subutex for around five years and my life has never been better since the accident. I work a steady job making the best money I’ve ever made and I have no cravings for any opiates or anything else for that matter.
On my last months Dr visit I was given a piece of paper saying the government wants to put everyone on suboxone because some people abuse Subutex. I don’t think this is fair and suboxone is harder on the liver than just Subutex because of the Naloxone. I think Drs should be left alone and not told how to treat patients by bureaucrats who don’t want to put everyone in the same category. This is something that China or some other communist country would do but this is America and Drs don’t go through all those years of school and experience just to be told what to do by a politician who knows nothing about the individual patients needs.
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