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WASHINGTON — In the final hours of public input on a controversial new rule limiting opioid prescriptions, a last-minute coalition emerged on Monday to oppose it.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule would restrict opioid doses to Medicare patients to the equivalent of 90 milligrams of morphine per day.


But a vocal group of doctors, pain patients, and public health experts — including three who contributed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s own prescribing guidelines — emerged near the Monday deadline to voice their opposition via comment, letter, and social media.

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  • Each individual is different. Some are naturally healthy until say 60 years and over but then the health insurance and drug insurers look at you dot as different individuals but one group of Senior Citizens that are all the same in comparison and the government takes over the job of the doctors. They make decisions on what and how much of medication can be prescribed suppose to be for our own good. I am 69 and I know my body better then anyone else . I know what helps me and what doesn’t and so does my doctor but her hands are tied because of these restrictions on Seniors over 60 my quality of the best quality of life has been compromised and now I can not control or manage the pain I have in my body or enjoy my kids and grandchildren I stay in my bed room in pain and depression. I have been going to pain management for 10 years and the pain was manageable and I was able to have a somewhat normal life. I have RA, Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis I have been living with this for 20 years but it was under control. I am judged by my age alone not by my needs for the best and longest quality of life I can have I feel I am among the million of us baby boomers that has been forgotten about that had kept this country strong in the work fields breaking down our bodies the country owes us excellent health care and providers and help us maintain the best quality of life possible and because Medicare starts at 60 doesn’t mean our quality of life should be forgotten an be judged in a category of Seniors we are human people should be equally treated. God Bless all Americans

  • I am truly sorry for the last comment that I posted. I did not mean to push my meds on anybody. I do have medical problems and do have problems with the way that they are or are not given to patients who really need them. Again, I am sorry.

  • I could have written this except they should stay in pain and not sleeping for a couple of weeks to see how it is to cruise through the day with severe brain fog. I am 61 and since I’ve been taken off my meds I don’t want to live to be 80 either! I’m so sick and tired of pain and trying to fight depression. I also have had an anxiety disorder and I’m Bipolar. So of course they took me off of my mild anxiety meds way before I was taken off pain meds. Nothing decent for pain now, nothing for sleep, and nothing for anxiety. I just want to live a HALFWAY normal life. 😥

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