I am a chronic pain patient on opiods since 2010. I have never broken my contract with my pain management doctor. Never sold or bought my pills illegally, use only one pharmacy. Never tried other illegal substances. Suffice it to say that without sufficient control of my pain I would not be writing this reply today. I even spent 4 days in the ICU when my pain became impossible to be controlled any other way and I was afraid I might take my life out of desperation to end the pain. If those of us who depend on opiod pain management are not allowed to have opiods; a scenario that is not unimanginable anymore, I fear what might happen when my pain is at a level 10 and nothing works. I have nerve pain, neuropathy, Trigeminal and Occipital neuralgia all caused by toxic medications that permanently damaged my neurological system. There is no physical therapy, TENS units don’t work, psychotherapy will not make it go away, OTC meds are useless. Believe me, before my diagnosis, I tried every single thing I could out of desperation for relief. I ended up putting myself in a psychiatric unit before diagnosis because I thought I was going crazy. Turns out is was the Trigeminal Neuralgia. Opiods, taken in small doses, allow me to do more than I would without them. Still, I am permanently disabled but being able to cook a simple meal or sew or create my art are only possible when my pain is controlled by low dose opiods. I do not like taking them and do not want to take them but my other choice is to live in the ER or consider taking my life because I am in untreatable agony. Surgery is out of the question because I do not have a functional cause, just toxic damage. If the United States would make Medical Marijuana legal in all states for any chronic pain cause, some of the need for opiods could be lessened but there will never not be a need to treat chronic pain patients with opiod pain relievers. They give us quality of life, in fact for many, they keep us alive. Very few of us abuse them or misuse them or seek drugs illegally. We are the ones who are going to suffer if these new policies are implemented. The poor maligned addict will not suffer, they will always be able to find and buy illegal substances. Whereas most pain patients, including myself will not do this nor do many of us know how to buy illegal drugs. Many of us are afraid we would be arrested and end up in prison. So either way, take away our legal pain medications or make us learn how to buy them illegally, is not a choice for us. It is sad that we are being blamed for prescription drug deaths and inhuman that we even have to fear not having adequate treatement for our pain. I hope our drug czar and the CDC are listening.