Docket Management
Docket: 01N-0256 - Use of Opiate Analgesics in Various Patient Populations, Including Pediatric Patients
Comment Number: EC -217

Accepted - Volume 4

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Susan Nelson Date/Time 2002-01-07 14:57:09
Organization Community Health Services
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments As a nurse and as a pain patient, inadequate pain management continues to be one of our most prominent and common health concerns. People in pain already suffer needlessly for days, weeks or even years, with physicians unwilling to prescribe opioid medication fearing the DEA will be after me if I do. While people with legitimate pain issues are denied relief, drug abusers will always find away to abuse drugs. Making opioid pain relievers even more difficult for pain patients to obtain will not stop drug abusers from becoming addicted and in some cases overdosing and dying. Again, PEOPLE are the problem here, not the medications. When prescribed appropriately and monitored carefully, opioid medications can greatly improve quality of life. In the Decade of Pain, let's not take any steps backward; we need to keep pushing forward to educated physicians, nurses, pharmacists and the public on the benefits of opioid use in pain management. To make it more difficult to obtain relief from pain would only cause more unnecessary suffering and do nothing to decrease the number of drug related addictions and death




EC -217