I wrote President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, both my US Senators, and my US Congressman. Its insane what is happening. What's next, no more insulin for diabetics? No more high blood pressure for those with the disease? No more antibiotics so we just die off?
Don't we have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness under the Constitution?
What about the ACLU suing the DEA for this?
Have you ever considered going public with your story? I know that many people would not be comfortable with that, but some people are. The blog Pain News Network regularly publishes first-person accounts of how people's lives are being affected by the opioid hysteria. ( https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/
) - if you felt like you wanted to share, it would be a great place to do it.
I personally believe that the only way the tide is going to turn on this is for the general public to get a more balanced view about this subject. We need to get the media to start covering the stories of people who are being harmed by these changes in policies. I listen to NPR a lot and even they are extremely biased on this subject. Every week I hear stories about people who have overdosed or who are addicted, but I have yet to hear any stories about pain patients who use their medications appropriately (or those who have committed suicide when their doctor decides they won't prescribe to them anymore).
The thing is, no one cares about this until it affects them or close family member. Everyone thinks they are safe. They never imagine that they might one day be living with chronic pain that incapacitates them and prevents them from working, going on vacations, doing activities with their kids, etc.
Anyway, that is great you've made an effort to reach out to politicians... every little bit helps. I am in the process of working on a letter to my local NPR station to highlight their extreme bias on this topic and to urge them to start telling the other side of the story.