‘We are putting more restrictions on law abiding citizens with these new laws and regulations while doing very little to curb the illegal drug problem in this country.’ – Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson


LAKE HAVASU CITY – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a hearing this week in Silver Springs, Maryland, to listen to those suffering from chronic pain.

Thousands have weighed in and many are complaining about new governmental regulations that may well end their reliance on opioids to relieve their suffering. Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson says, “It’s vitally important that chronic pain sufferers have their voices heard and that government listens carefully regarding this hugely important issue. States have acted too quickly and enacted new laws without paying attention to those most directly affected in the matter of opioids.” Johnson adds that readers can add their voice, as well, by responding online at the website listed below.

The FDA claims it wants to be accommodating as it tackles the “opioid crisis.” Now, officials are listening to a wide array of stories in which many say only opioids have helped curb their pain. The FDA says it wants to consider the needs of patients with “chronic, intractable pain” as it also looks at the problems of opioids, and “encourages” drug companies to offer safer alternatives.


Those alternatives simply may not work say many of those who have already told their stories.  An independent review by the Cochrane research team found that only 1 percent of opioid pain recipients abuse the drugs who do not have a history of drug addiction and 10 percent of those who have had a past history.  

“We are putting more restrictions on law abiding citizens with these new laws and regulations while doing very little to curb the illegal drug problem in this country,” Johnson said.

Meanwhile, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb issued a public statement, saying: "We don’t want to perpetuate practices that lead to the misuse of these drugs and the addiction crisis. At the same time we don’t want to act in ways that are poorly targeted and end up disadvantaging legitimate patients. In most circumstances, opioids should only be used for the treatment of acute pain and prescribed for short durations of time.”

Dr. Gottlieb does offer an exception: “[T]he FDA is aware that there are certain circumstances such as in the treatment of metastatic cancer pain and the episodic treatment of migraine pain where the drugs are administered over longer periods. In select patients and for certain medical conditions, opioids may be the only drugs that provide relief from devastating pain.”

Supervisor Johnson says, “If you’re interested in expressing your opinion and are suffering from chronic pain, this may well be your best opportunity to let a major government entity know exactly how you feel. I encourage people who suffer or who have family or friends that suffer to respond to this. It may well make a difference. 

“You can stay anonymous if you like. Comments are due no later than Sept. 10, so there is still plenty of time to formulate your words and let the FDA know how opioids are the best remedy for chronic pain.”

Here is the internet site to express your opinion, including complex details on how to go about it:

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