Hundreds of people who reached out to Fox News through emails, and messages on social media, following the publication of a three-part series on the nation's struggle to address its crippling opioid crisis caused mainly by illegal drugs, and the unintended victims – chronic pain sufferers who have relied on prescribed opioids for relief -- left in its wake.
The government has addressed the overdose epidemic with an aggressive focus on reducing prescribing practices, which has unintentionally led many doctors to cut down or cut off their patients’ pain medications altogether. This tactic has left many chronic pain sufferers undertreated, with some even contemplating taking their own life. Fox News spoke with numerous doctors, specialists and scholars to find out what the next steps should be to address these unintended consequences.
As federal and state agencies respond to the staggering rate of drug overdose deaths -- primarily involving illegal opioids like heroin and illicit fentanyl -- doctors who maintain they are responsibly prescribing opioids are getting caught up in the crackdown. This is their side of the story to the opioid crisis and how it has impacted -- and for some -- ruined their lives.