To all DEA officials:
Do you recognize the image to the left? It was the cover image of a document issued by the FDA in August of 2004, Prescription Pain Medications: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals, and Law Enforcement Personnel.
The FAQ was also very abruptly withdrawn without any comment. Then in November of 2004, there was a statement in the Federal Register that said, in part, "...chronic pain is a serious problem for many Americans..." and, "...DEA plans to address the subject of dispensing controlled substances for the treatment of pain in a future Federal Register document..."
Here's a reminder for you people at the DEA. It's been more than two years, and you have yet to address the subject in another issue of the Federal Register. You have yet to address the epidemic of people who are in pain, many of whom can't get adequate care because doctors are in fear of persecution and prosecution.
Shame on you! You are supposed to serve the American people. Instead, you are doing us a great disservice. It's far beyond time for the DEA to get it together and replace this FAQ, and I challenge you to do so.
For more information on the DEA FAQ and its withdrawal, see: