My question involves a person located in the state of: Washington. To be as concise as possible, I have been on a forced Controlled Substance Agreement for Oxycontin and Klonopin following interferon based chemotherapy. I have been cutting the opioid medications down from extremely high doses until last August. A pharmacist gave me the wrong primary medication, and mixed medications in two other bottles, which had been picked up Friday then locked in safe. I called the pharmacist who asked if I had enough to last till the next Monday, which I did.
Bringing all three bottles in as requested, the pharmacist then came around from behind the counter in front of numerous customers who became quite interested as he verbally identified the meds, and as they were generic, watched as I took the morning doses of which the Oxycontin was a different looking shape and color, and turned out to be nearly three times stronger, plus the other meds.
I had recently lost over 30% of my body weight in less than 6 months, and was placed on a very calorie-dense enteral supplementation that food coupons no longer cover, which required driving an additional 10 miles to the bank. On the way back I stopped at a grocery store feeling like another "fatigue attack" was beginning, and locked the car to hurry to the store. While in the store my car was broken into, and though hidden lost tools, painting gear, a camera, and most importantly my medications. This required me to get the store manager, call the police and though there were clearly finger marks where the window had been pulled back and door unlocked, no prints were taken. I took the police report to the clinic where my doctor was not there and saw an unfamiliar ARNP who cancelled my medications though I had never acted in any way in violation of this contract of adhesion, and my doctor (not knowing the ultimate effect of "referral to pain management."
After looking into pain management clinics, procedures and actions, I found that after an initial risk assessment is done, if blood or urinalysis tests show positive for opioids and benzodiazepines (as well as nicotine, cannabis [medical or otherwise] alcohol or any medication not on the "active medication list" the ONLY alternative (and this applies only to SSI, SSDI, or DSHS patients) is to be placed on Suboxone (which I had already voluntarily tried and had to be taken off of due to adverse side effects) and to have any benzodiazepines abruptly discontinued.
I am more than willing to get off the pain meds as I voluntarily cut myself from a maximum (during chemo) of 240 mgs of methadone to 75mg of oxycontin BEFORE this zero tolerance (any lost or stolen medications under any circumstances, including burglary, robbery, motel theft etc etc - and no recourse regardless of how many years of strict compliance) but having PTSD, severe general and social anxiety disorders as well as a prior history of seizures and being placed on Klonopin (a benzodiazepine 20 times stronger than Valium, for me equal to 80mg of Valium and over 20 years of responsible use, the effects of abrupt discontinuation (cold turkey) is deadly. Every medical book written about this medication sternly warns against abruptly stopping this med for causing seizures, potentially deadly, as well as up to seven years of protracted withdrawal that I can only describe as horrifying. A very large percentage of people forced into this nightmare have either killed themselves or been ruined as humans for the rest of their lives.
The published "reasoning" behind this anti-diversion program only being applied to those persons on SSI, SSDI, or DSHS (low income persons) is that they are "more" likely to divert these drugs. It would seem to me that this identification and treatment based on a person's income with the assumption of guilt, and no option to have accurate tests that can PROVE whether a person is taking them as directed would violate financial discrimination laws as well as other constitutional liberties and protections of the Federal Constitution. Unless my understanding of The State's Constitutions can affordMORE protections than the Federal, but they can never take away from those afforded under Federal law.
Is there any way to eliminate or modify these unconscionable results? An advocate? Anything? Until they checked for themselves, no-one believed this could actually be done to anyone, then my doctor apologized and my parents health started failing from the stress of having to helplessly watch as their only child withers away until the horror gets to be too much.
If anyone has any ideas on getting this resolved please let me know. There are now thousands of people caught in this trap where a victim of a crime becomes the punished party, and it is only getting worse.