To the editor:
I am writing to inform you of a recent viewing on WKYT, April 1, 2013, regarding “Fight For Kentucky Pain Care Action Network.” We are a group that is pushing for a revision of House Bill-1 and House Bill-217, related to those whom are suffering from chronic intractable pain. As it is now, cancer, elderly, and hospice patients can receive the treatment they need for pain. Our group is ecstatic that we are partially responsible for these revisions to have taken place. However, we feel strongly that more revisions should be implemented to not exclude those whom are legitimately suffering from paid.
Examples of this would be to include various age ranges and painful physical conditions. It is a mutual understanding that these Bills are to stop prescription drug abuse, but the manners which are being taken are grossly overboard.
We are aware of many false statements to the general public pushing for these Bills to be passed. We urge the government to be truthful regarding the actual figures. The current figures being given resulting in deaths in Kentucky, are also including illicit drug use, prescription medications being stolen from others, and the use of alcohol with or without the use of prescription medication.
According to the CDC, the majority of prescription drug abuse lies between the ages of 16/17-25 whom are not prescribed these medications. We have locks and safety cabinets for guns. Should we not have locking medicine cabinets? Could we not have pill counts or weekly rationings, instead of allowing legitimate painful conditions to continue without proper treatment? This is resulting in many not being able to function, decreasing their quality of life.
WKYT posted on their website Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:01 p.m. with the headline, “State police warn heroin use in Central Kentucky on the rise.” In this post, Trooper Turley stated, “We have been drying up pill mills and now we have people going right to heroin.” Those suffering from legitimate intractable pain should be allowed to receive proper treatment verses resorting to illegal activity. Many members of our group have sent multiple letters and e-mails to local and state officials pertaining to this issue. Each response we have received has been an exact vague duplicate as other members have received, that does not address our specific concerns. Each member addressed different issues regarding their conditions and concerns, yet we have not been treated as individuals. We would greatly appreciate any help you would provide to address this concern.
Mt. Sterling, Ky.