Patients who suffer from chronic pain have rallied for medical respect after the CDC placed regulations on the prescriptions that doctors could write, according to WLOX. In 2016, the CDC decided that fighting the opioid crisis would best be served if the doctors would limit the number of prescriptions that they gave to patients who complained about chronic pain.
This limitation led to a public outcry from individuals who felt the restriction disrespected their need for assistance and help. “I have a damaged sciatic nerve, which causes pain, constant pain and without pain medication, it’s hard to get up out of bed and function,” said Joetta Berghman, 73, who joins other patients in their fight to change the regulation. To ensure a proper balance, the CDC has instructed against discontinuing pain medication to those who suffer from pain for fear of creating more further medical harm or severe withdrawals.