House Hearing on DEA's Regulation of Pain Medicine
- Joseph T. Rannazzisi
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Department of Justice Washington, DC
- David Murray
Director of Counter Drug Technology, ONDCP, The White House Washington, DC
- Edward J. Heiden Ph.D.
Heiden Associates Inc., Washington, DC
- Valerie Corral
Founder of WAMM, Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana Davenport, CA
- Siobhan Reynolds
President, Pain Relief Network, Santa Fe, NM
- John Flannery
Attorney, Campbell, Miller, Zimmerman, PC, and Author of Pain in America and How the Government Makes it Worse Leesburg, VA
Thank you for asking me to speak on the current situation facing patients in chronic pain. We come to you seeking your protection from the Drug Enforcement Administration, an agency out-of-control, an agency that has demonstrated no respect for the rights of ill Americans, nor for the rule of law itself…
It's time we got the DEA off the backs of pain doctors so the 75 million Americans who live in chronic pain can get some relief.
The goal of the Pain Relief Network:
TChris and I have written a lot on this issue and feel strongly about it. I hope you'll tune in to see the gravity of the situation.
We are here to abolish the Controlled Substances Act so that society will have to rationally regulate these important medicines, ensuring that those who need them can get them without fear of prosecution. The criminalization of doctors and patients must stop. The doctor/patient relationship must be restored to the privileged position in society it once enjoyed.
It is time to put the medical needs of the vulnerable ahead of the political aspirations of the powerful.
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