NORMAN J CLEMENT RPH., DDS, NORMAN L.CLEMENT PHARM-TECH, MALACHI F. MACKANDAL PHARMD, IN THE SPIRIT OF JOSEPH SOLVO ESQ., IN THE SPIRIT OF REV. C.T. VIVIAN, JELANI ZIMBABWE CLEMENT, BS., MBA., BEVERLY PRINCE MD., FACS., WILLIE GUINYARD BS., IN THE SPIRIT OF BRAHM FISHER ESQ., JAY K. JOSHI MD., MBA, CYNTHIA B. JEFFERSON RN., JOSEPH WEBSTER MD., ESTER HYATT PH.D., MICHELE ALEXANDER MD., BERES E. MUSCHETT, STRATEGIC ADVISOR
“IF YOU EVER THINK YOU ARE TOO SMALL TO MAKE A CHANGE, THEN YOU HAVE NEVER SLEPT WITH A MOSQUITO”
Mr. President Sir,
How many thousands of American daughters and sons are we willing to subject to this War on Drugs. Already we have children whose great grandparents were subject to the abuses of the DEA’s drug war.
After 50 years and trillions of dollars spent and wasted. 3 million of our people are housed in prisons, families destroyed, neighborhoods in every city, town, village decimated and with no reasonable expectation of a different outcome we should end this war and begin a clinical war of treatment. Seek to abolish the DEA in 2 years. We’ve known for a very long time that building more prisons is not the answer.
We are now criminalizing medical care, incarcerating our licensed healthcare practitioners which is further undermining our healthcare delivery in the time of a pandemic; where we have enormous shortages of hospital care and healthcare workers. People with chronic intractable diseases such as sickle cell anemia, terminal cancers, are made to suffer needlessly.
We ask you to put an end to the war on drugs. Move to change enforcement to treatment and some of that treatment will be lifelong. Getting Help is the answer and treating all seeking treatment with dignity and respect.
CRIMINALIZING PATIENT MEDICAL CARE
According to Jeffrey A. Singer and Josh Bloom, for Philadelphia Inquirer Published Aug. 16, 2021:
” It has been becoming clear for years that all attempts to control overdoses by reining in opioid supply and prescriptions have been abject failures. The government’s own data, collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, show no association between the volume of opioid prescriptions and the nonmedical use or addiction in persons over age 12.
Although the reduction in opioid prescriptions has had no impact on the overdose deaths from medically used opioids, the same cannot be said for opioids as a whole.
It is now widely accepted that as the supply of relatively safe prescription drugs was slashed, both users and abusers have turned to heroin and, more recently, fentanyl, which is responsible for 87% of the 30,000 spikes in drug overdose deaths in 2020. (Cocaine is responsible for the rest.)
In recent years, the press, the general public, and healthcare professionals have begun to acknowledge that illicit fentanyl and its analogs, not prescription painkillers, are responsible for the surge in deaths. But the horrific story of how steep reduction in opioids for medical use has impacted pain patients is not routinely a part of the collective opioid story. It is here where Agnoli’s study and Whelan’s reporting have the greatest impact. When patients have their medications tapered, the results are horrific — steep increases in both severe mental health crises as well as overdose deaths.
The study also provides empiric evidence of what healthcare providers have been seeing ever since policymakers began pressuring them to taper or discontinue prescribing opioids to their patients in pain: tapering the opioids that were controlling their pain was associated with a 68% increase in overdoses and doubling of mental health crises, which can be subdivided into depression (up 346%), anxiety (up 79%), and suicide attempts (up 430%). How can we possibly even consider, let alone implement, policies that result in such damage? This is a question that all policymakers and healthcare professionals must ponder very seriously.
This tragic finding is the result of policymakers refusing to reassess their assumption that the overdose crisis was caused by doctors overprescribing opioids to their patients in pain. And this is aside from the fact that there is no clear definition of overprescribing. Yet, policymakers keep doubling down on a misguided mission to reduce or eliminate opioid prescribing, putting patients back in miserable pain, mental anguish and sometimes driving them to the black market. All the while, overdoses soar among the population of nonmedical users who long ago moved on to heroin and fentanyl, provided cheaply and efficiently by the black market generated by drug prohibition.
Given the growing body of evidence of an abject policy failure lasting more than a decade, it should be more than obvious by now that our pursuit of drug prohibition has succeeded only in fomenting death and misery. This shameful chapter in our history must end.”
TO BE A MEMBER OF THE DRUG ENCOURAGEMENT ABUSE ADMINISTRATION (DEA)
To be a member of the Drug Encouragement Agency (DEA), you must meet a high standard for joining this agency. This standard requires an agent to practice and accept a Group Think focus to unite as one to subordinate the truths of justice.
The members of this agency learn and practice that crime has a biological rather than a social basis. Because of their beliefs, they practice theirs believes that African Americans cannot work as medical professionals.
Replying to @urwithinthenorm
“My doctor/doctors are the sources of NO opioid medications (or pain management) & profiling due to strict guidelines from the CDC, DEA, & stigmatized opioid use. Illegal opioids are found on the streets where many patients turn 1/2”
Federal regulations do not define the term legitimate medical purpose nor do they set forth the standards of medical practice. However, the DEA does whatever they can, by any means necessary to undermine the laws just to achieve their hidden objectives.
Over the past years, the Drug Enforcement Agency has morphed into the Drug Encouragement Agency.
“Someone needs to do something!! People are dying out here! Law-abiding citizens are being forced to live in unrelenting pain!”
“This is ridiculous when you can go to a local methadone clinic and basically get any amount of opiates that you need as long as you show up every day but you cannot be treated by your Doctor with a minute amount of pain medication so that you can continue to have somewhat of a normal life!!!!
Make it make sense PLEASE!!!“
DEA: A ROGUE AGENCY OF GOVERNMENT, ARMED WITH BADGES, GUNS, AND PROFOUND STUPIDITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE
When the agents executed a warrant, of a certified pharmacy, with a licensed pharmacist, the agents had guns drawn. The agents escorted the licensed pharmacist, the owner, out the door. The licensed pharmacist was forced to stand outside while the agents executed their warrant.
“The DEA, Andrew Kolodny, & others who ignore science & choose 2 propagate agenda-driven falsehoods about Intractable pain have much blood on their hands. Real Dr’s accept evidence, not discard it. 1000’s w/rare incurable & progressive diseases r taking their own lives.”
“Shame on em”
The agents disabled and removed the security camera systems and seized all of the pharmaceutical narcotics. The agents permanently secured and sealed the pharmaceutical narcotic safe.
Preventing any future use of pharmaceutical narcotics safe. Upon reentry, the licensed pharmacist discovered monies missing from his cash register.
“The DEA has now threatened and scared doctors to the point they no longer can do what they were trained to do. Pain management doctors are being targeted for prescribing pain meds to people with legitimate chronic pain. When did that become part of the DEA’s duties? This needs to stop!”
“Is torturing Americans now acceptable?“
Are you ready to be part of an elite law enforcement group that operates at the cutting edge of criminal investigations?
First, you need We need people who measure up physically and mentally to enforce our nation’s drug laws and make a difference in our fight against drug trafficking. Special Agents also need to be willing and able to handle and carry firearms, and willing to relocate anywhere in the U.S.
“GOD HELP US ALL IF THIS AGENCY IS NOT DONE AWAY WITH AND ALLOWED TO PREVAIL OVER THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING PAIN“
Mr. President, you must do what’s right for America, the World, and Healthcare, Abolish the DEA.
YOU ARE WITHIN THE NORMS