yesterday in my SMALL town, 75 people were busted in an ongoing investigation with help from undercover officers for buying/selling prescription medications. these included hydrocodone, percocet, methadone, morphine, and xanax. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT MAKES US WITH CHRONIC PAIN BE LOOKED DOWN ON AS DRUG SEEKERS. these people make it harder for us to get any kind of real relief. i am so saddened by the actions of the peple in my town. i know people are desperate for money these days, but selling your prescriptions is a big NO NO! im outraged and i couldnt keep my self from posting this and letting all of you know whats probably going on in your back yards as well. im praying that somehow, someday, the doctors will be able to distinguish legitament pain from those who are just looking to make a quick buck. im broke as hell but i would sell my tv before i sold my meds! my meds help me get off the couch. my tv just holds me on it longer! thank you for reading... and letting me vent. they are releasing the names of all the people that were arrested in the weekend edition of our newspaper. its a shame what ppl are willing to go to jail for.
In my old neighborhood, there are 2 Chicago police officers at every pharmacy within 6 blocks of every hospital, pain clinic, and pain management doctors office. For the first week of every month. The thugs will just snatch the pharmacy bags from the elderly who fill their meds when they get their SSI checks. They also rob the smaller pharmacies in broad daylight. There's even cases where the thugs will follow the elderly from the pharmacy, to their homes and rob them there. Some have been so brazen and pulled guns when stopped at a stop light! So many pharmacies won't even carry any medication that is stronger than a class III.
The problem is so many kids are popping pills thinking it's a safer, more legal way to get a high. But in all honesty, it's the Meth that is the bigger problem in small towns. Especially in the rural areas where Meth labs are easily set up and go undetected. It's cheap to make and kills more people per year then the pills. Regulations aren't doing a damn thing. As you know, you can't even buy sudafed without an ID these days. But they always find a way around it. They'll pay 20 people to go to 20 different pharmacies to buy the sudafed. Rather then spending all our tax dollars on this so called war on drugs, I'd rather see it spent on a war on poverty. And BIG PHARMA should be banned from giving ANY donations to political campaigns!
I just read this and I felt compelled to add my opinion. I don't usually talk about myself, but maybe if I tell you some things about me, you will all be able to see what is happening out there to the seniors, of which there are so many now, with us baby boomers getting on in years. I am 62 years old. A lot of you know me. I suffer from many different things and have lived with chronic pain for a long time. My meds keep me alive and help to make my life just a little easier. I am one of the seniors that get left behind, forgotten, useless to a society that no longer needs us "old folks". I also live well below the poverty level, and I have used every available resource to help me to survive. I get a lot of my food from food cupboards. I searched long and hard and found a place to help me a little with heat for my home and luckily, I have Medicare and Medicaid.
Even with the help I get, it comes down to making every penney count for the last week of the month until my SSD comes in. When it comes down to survival, the human mind changes to accomodate that need. A normally strong person becomes a little frightened at the prospect of not eating, or not having any heat in their home when it is snowing outside, or not being able to drive to the store, or to the doctor. These are not just unbased fears. They are a reality to us. We live them every day. Sell my meds? No way, but I am lucky to have found enough help to get me through, to live from one check to the next. There are many of us out there, and you would be surprised at what we will do to survive, because we are surpirised at what we will do to survive. My heart breaks for that Grandma that got arrested. To have cancer, which we all know is amazingly painful, and to trade the one thing that will provide a little help to relieve only one of the painful things in her life, tells me that she is hurting beyond comprehension, both physically and emotionally. I truly hope that the police will take into consideration, her needs, and understand why she did what she did, and I write this to let you all know that I love you dearly. You all treat me "normally." You listen to my questions and answers and make me feel useful again. You don't know how it makes me feel to feel as though I am valued again. For that, I would trade my meds, because I would rather have pain physically than live with the feeling of uselessness that goes along with my age. I do know that there are many of you here that are still young and can understand what I'm saying, because the feeling of uselessness is not age related. We all feel that way here. That is one of the reasons that we are here, and we stay here; we are needed and loved and accepted. I guess I just want you all to know how much I value you, and how much you all do for me, just by asking and answering questions, and giving each other the things that we need most to survive. As you all also know, I am rather long winded, so I will stop now, before you all fall asleep. Thank you all, for being my family, my friends... beanmarie
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