jstbrznby , the 90 days means that you must see your dr every 90 days if you take a Schedule II med. It Does Not mean that you can only receive pain meds for 90 days period. Schedule II cannot have refills, but your dr can write you a 30 day supply for 3 months which equals 90 days without being seen by the dr. Some drs want to see you every 30 days, but this is their choice and not Federal Law.
By the way, it's the FDA that is changing alot of things and making prescribing certain pain meds more difficult for drs, not the DEA. For example, the FDA will recommend to the U.S. Dept of Health & Hospitals in Dec to change Federal Law making hydrocodone combination products a Schedule II, from DHH it will go to the DEA and then into Federal Law.some time in 2014.View Thread
"How much and for how long can a person deal with chronic pain and what it does to our life before depression really does become a reality? " Unfortunately, since chronic pain isn't fatal, someone can be made to deal with it indefinitely. It seems that the things that are caused from chronic severe pain being under treated or untreated have been lost on the medical community. If you aren't able to get around, you don't eat right and you're not able to exercise. This can cause heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, etc. All of which can be and are deadly.View Thread
It would depend on several things and it also depends on where you live and what the laws are. If the accident wasn't your fault and you aren't showing any of the side effects of pain meds like slowed reflexes, being sleepy/drowsy, etc then you may not have a problem. But, even if the accident wasn't your fault, if you show any signs of the meds affecting your judgement or ability to drive you more than likely would be charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, or whatever your states has that means the same thing.
Also, if you have your meds with you they would need to be in the prescription bottle that they came in.View Thread
Put "Minnesota Revised Statues AND prescription drugs" in your search bar. Also, look up what the laws are governing pain management clinics, the Prescription Monitoring Program, etc. Also go to the DEA website for the Federal Laws on Schedule II meds and the laws physicians must go by. Read it for yourself. That way you will know exactly what the laws do and don't say.
Also if you've signed a Pain Contract with your dr, get a copy of it and memorize it. Go by it exactly, unless your doctor tells you otherwise and if he does have him amend your pain contract. Notice, I said your dr, that does not mean the dr nurse or office staff.View Thread
I believe that alot of it is about money. If you aren't working and contributing, then you are of no use and your life doesn't matter, let alone any quality of life.
But, look up the Laws in your state pertaining to Physicians Prescriptions Schedule II and Schedule III meds and Pain Clinics.Go to the DEA website and read exactly what the Federal Laws are for Physicians Prescribing Schedule II and Schedule III meds. If a state has a stronger law than that federal, then the state superceds federal. Do Not Take Anyone's Word, Including Drs and Pharmacists, when they tell you what can and can't be written and why whom. If you will do this, you will find that in almost every state a GP can rx meds for chronic severe pain as long as they do things like see the patient at intervals and do other things to ensure that the patient needs the meds and would not do well without them. Of course getting a dr to care about a patient is another matter.View Thread
jstbrznby , Drs can be sued for rxing these new meds, but there is more money in suing the pharmaceutical company. If a dr rxs you a pain meds and you become addicted, the dr can be sued. If the dr will not rx you a pain med and you lose your job, home, family, etc, you can't sue anyone.View Thread
American Indian's are among those exempt from the health care reform's individual mandate. This is because Tribal healthcare is funded seperately by the U.S.Government. I doubt it would apply to you, but it wouldn't hurt to check into in if you aren't positive.View Thread
riseupnow, First Thank You For Your Service & Thank Your Family.
It won't be of any help right away, but have you contacted any of the Politicians that represent you ? Washington, DC is where these changes are stemming from. Check out how those who represent you have voted on things like pain meds and vets. There has been a lot in the news lately about high doses of pain meds and deaths connected to vets as well as civilians. The people making these decisions have no medical training. I do know that the State Of New York has cracked down overall with pain meds. For example, New York is the only state where hydrocodone combination products are a Schedule II, now, This was effective in NY at the end of Feb 2013. These meds will be a Schedule II med in all 50 states sometimes in 2014. You may not take these meds, but the thinking is the same behind the restrictions of pain meds without regard to individual patients.View Thread
It may be best to get the meds filled in the state they are written in. Have you checked to be sure that the insurance your get will cover the visit to the clinic ? Have you looked into if you might qualify for care in the state the clinic you go to is in under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act-Health Reform for Native Americans ?