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To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

CDC: Withdraw Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The CDC's Guidelines are inappropriate, short sighted, and are more harmful than helpful to pain patients. Developed in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act's (FACA) regulations with little to no evidence used in support, the Guidelines are blatantly discriminatory to existing pain patients, licensed pain specialists, and responsible users of opioid medication, and should be withdrawn.

Why is this important?

This petition is on behalf of all chronic pain sufferers, as well as their families and loved ones. For myself and those like me, the responsible prescription and use of opioid pain medication is all that makes it possible for us to function as productive members of society. The CDC Guidelines have been developed irresponsibly and without the patient in mind, focusing instead only on the potential for abuse. The prescription of pain relief medication should not be dictated by government decree, but instead should be responsibly managed by a licensed physician and pain professional.


Reasons for signing

  • For my auntie
  • I write and speak widely as a non-MD patient advocate. From years of study I am convinced that the CDC guidelines are destroying pain medicine and are already responsible for hundreds of deaths by medical collapse following doctor desertions. CDC is just now beginning a two-year revision and expansion of the guidelines, and I have no confidence they will correct the many biases and errors incorporated into the original document.
  • I signed because of pain I can’t live with and threats to discontinue my pain meds.

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