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Don’t Punish Pain Rally


EATERIES EVEN CONVENIENCE STORE GAS STATION.”IN UNION TOWNSHIP, MORGAN PARRISH EYEWITNESS NEWS. 3 ((NICK ))THE BALLOT QUESTION PASSED BY A COUNT OF 385-189. THE OFFICIAL COUNT WILL BE HELD FRIDAY. 3 ((CANDICE)) FIGHTING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS BEEN ON THE FOREFRONT OF STATE LEADERS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. BUT… COULD THAT BATTLE ACTUALLY BE HARMING SOME PATIENTS? EYEWITNESS NEWS STATE CAPITOL REPORTER MATT HECKEL HAS MORE. 3 THE “DON’T PUNISH PAIN” RALLY WAS HELD TODAY HERE AT THE STATE CAPITOL… BY PEOPLE WHO LEGALLY USE OPIOIDS… BUT SAY BECAUSE OF RESTRICTIONS… AREN’T GETTING ACCESS TO MEDICATIONS THEY NEED.BRENDA METCALFE / CHRONIC PAIN PATIENT “We need our medications in order just to become citizens that are productive.”BRENDA METCALFE SUFFERES FROM A RARE CONDITIONS CALLED “TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA”… WHICH CAN CAUSE EXCRUCIATING PAIN IN THE FACE. BRENDA METCALFE / CHRONIC PAIN PATIENT”I feel like I’m hooked up to a battery the size of Montana. Going through my face, my toungue.”BRENDA RELIES ON OPIOID MEDICATIONS SIMPLY TO FUNCTION. BUT GETTING THAT MEDICINE HAS BEEN MADE MORE DIFFICULT… SINCE C-D-C GUIDELINES IN 2016… ENCOURAGING DOCTORS TO PRESCRIBE LOWER DOSES OF OPIOID PAIN MEDICATION.Dawn “They are not addicts, and don’t deserve to be treated as addicts or criminals.”LAST MONTH… THE C-D-C SAID MANY PHYSICIANS WERE GUILTY OF “MIS-APPLYING” THE GUIDELINES…. SAYING DOCTORS SHOULD PRESCRIBE THE LOWEST EFFECTIVE DOSE… BUT NOT SET HARD LIMITS OR CUT OFF OPIOIDS COMPLETELY.Linda “We need to get the government out of the doctors’ offices.”DR. RACHEL LEVINE / PENNSYLVANIA SECRETARY OF HEALTH”We have heard that perhaps some patients are finding it difficult to obtain medicines that they might need, for instance, for severe chronic pain.”THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS REACTING… PLANNING TO LAUNCH A PATIENT ADVOCACY PROGRAM LATER THIS YEAR… FOR THOSE PATIENTS WHO MAY NOT BE GETTING THE MEDICATION THEY NEED.DR. RACHEL LEVINE / PENNSYLVANIA SECRETARY OF HEALTH”Will be able to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to try to intervene on their behalf.”IN HARRISBURG, MATT HECKEL, EYEWITNESS NEWS. 3 ((CANDICE)) CALLING ALL STUDENTS. A POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE POCONOS WANTS TO PAY YOU FOR BEING

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