Letters to the Editor

Chronic pain sufferer worries about stereotypes

I have many concerns as a Florida Keys resident of 30 years. I am also a broken registered nurse.

First, what are U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Jr., Sen. Marco Rubio, and senior Sen. Bill Nelson doing to fix the water issues and problems in Florida, and what are they doing to make sure that toxic algae are never ever sent into our beautiful oceans?

Second, about two years ago, the DEA, with local law enforcement, set up a task force and shut down more than 250 so-called pill mills. While this routed out bad prescribing and cut down on prescription overdoses, there are many people who cannot get their medication because unrealistic allocations to pharmacies cause them to run out of important pain medications in the first week of restocking.

Chronic pain patients deserve to have a better quality of life, just like the rest of us. Utilizing medications, together with other methods like exercise, acupuncture, massage, and psychotherapy, pain patients still require their opioids.

It is extremely dangerous and short-sighted to lump opioid users into one big “addict” category; it is the equivalent of saying that one who drinks alcohol is, therefore, an alcoholic.

Children have become alarmingly addicted to the newest form of nicotine (Juuls) and pass it around, together with infections. But overseers in government keep stepping into physicians offices.

I have had the same doctor since 1993. I have been diagnosed with spinal cord compression and other spine and disk conditions. I also have a plate in my neck. I know what it is like to need pain meds and not be able to get them because of inadequate stereotypes.

What is Congress doing to ensure that chronic pain sufferers get their much-needed medication?

Lisa K. Kronus,

Key West