Pubdate: Fri, 14 Mar 2008
Source: DrugSense Weekly (DSW)



By Linda Paey

That was a wonderful article about the dilemma of pain medication, 
however I am strongly against prescription drug monitoring.  My 
husband is Richard Paey. He is a chronic pain patient who had a high 
need for strong pain relievers due to a car accident, a botched 
spinal operation and his MS. He was well-documented in having gone to 
numerous pain clinics and had not doctor-shopped. Yet he was still 
targeted by the police.  They stubbornly dragged him through three 
trials, he spent 31/2 years in prison and then was miraculously 
pardoned in September.

Although it was illegal at the time, the police pulled Rich's 
prescriptions from pharmacies and decided he was taking "too much" 
pain medicine; that was the sole basis of their actions against my 
husband.  Therefore, I don't trust the police to act appropriately 
with information obtained from the pharmacies. I do not believe our 
case is isolated.  In most cases, the pain patient accepts a plea 
agreement so no one ever hears about it.

I wish prescription monitoring would be the silver bullet that could 
solve some of these problems. Unfortunately it will solve some and 
create others.

Linda Paey, Hudson

Pubdate: Sun, 2 Mar 2008

Source: St. Petersburg Times (FL)

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