Docket Management
Docket: 01N-0256 - Use of Opiate Analgesics in Various Patient Populations, Including Pediatric Patients
Comment Number: EC -225

Accepted - Volume 4

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Bob Sadler Date/Time 2002-01-22 12:54:12
Organization Mr. Bob Sadler
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I recently have been diagnosed as a Chronic Pain sufferer, and was given the bad news that there is no chance the pain will go away. My injury is such that it is not operable, and therefore, I get to suffer for the rest of my life. I have been in contact with 3 doctors, 2 of which told me they would NOT prescribe anything stronger then Hydrocodone, and one that told me he wouldn't give me anything that had narcotics in it. My question is this, do the people who are making these rules, laws, etc., understand the amount of pain people are in? I live in a daily pain level of 6 to 7, and that is to start my day. It usually has gone up to 7 or 8 by the time I get home. Of course if all I wanted to do was go straight to be when finishing my work day, I guess that I could handle the idea of not being medicated. But instead, I have spent the last 15 years of my life volunteering for an organization known as Young Life, and that takes quite a bit of going here and there to do. I enjoy the time I spend with high-school kids, and enjoy being a part of their life. But all that might have to end, because some people believe that taking narcotics to relieve pain is a bad idea. Well, being someone that has the pain, and understanding there are stronger medicines available for me to take, let me speak openly. I would rather take a narcotic pain reliever (IF it reduced my level of pain) so I could continue my volunteer work, then have to sit at home in pain and not do anything at all! I urge everyone involved making these laws, rules, etc., to take a hard look at those that suffer and continue to suffer, and ask yourself if that was someone you loved, would you want them to receive medicine that could help them live a more productive life? I urge everyone to NOT block the Chronic Pain sufferers from needed medicine, but instead, trust us as adults to be responsible in the taking of our medication, and not look at us as some sort of weirded out drug addicts, but instead, as people who want to regain their lives. Thank You, Bob Sadler

EC -225