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Don’t Punish Pain Rally to take place in Coloma

NOW: Don’t Punish Pain Rally to take place in Coloma

COLOMA, Mich. – On Wednesday, chronic pain patients will gather in cities nationwide to bring awareness to a different consequence of the opioid epidemic.

The Don’t Punish Pain Rally will take place at Barker Park in Coloma from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Organizers of the rally believe pain patients are casualties of the war on opioids.

They say millions of Americans with chronic illnesses no longer have access to the medications for the pain relief they need after the CDC implemented guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in 2016.

The CDC says prescription opioids can be an appropriate piece of management, but the new guideline works to improve the safety of prescribing and reduce opioid use disorder and overdose.

Jesse Ray is the organizer of the rally in Coloma; he has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

“Burning, throbbing, tight pain. It’s 24/7, and doesn’t let up,” Ray said referencing the pain he experiences each day. 

He says pain patients are being tapered off medications and now struggle to get the relief they were once receiving from doctors.

"Due to CDC guidelines that were released in 2016, we feel like we’re being squeezed at every turn,” Ray said. 

Ray said it’s important for chronic pain patients to let their voices be heard.

“Us chronic pain patients for so long have been silenced, and they’re losing their medications.”

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Rocket 148 days ago
Thanks for the report. We need to leave legitimate citizens with chronic severe pain and their medical doctors alone! They are far from being involved in the folly of the illicit, inexperienced users of stolen prescriptions or street products.
AndrewInPain 148 days ago
Thank you ABC57 for airing this Rally. Tomorrow, May 23, the big rally will take place in Lansing on the lawn of the Capitol. We hope your station is able to send a news crew between 11 AM and 1:00 PM. We are expecting legislators and surrogates from the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General to be in attendance.
Congressman Upton is planning to attend.
On display will be dozens of paper angels, each with the name of someone lost to this misguided campaign to rid the nation of legal pain medication.
Please accept our gratitude for telling the other side of the “opioid epidemic.”
Andrew Hohenthaner, Michigan Don’t Punish Pain Rally Group
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