More than 15,000 people died from overdoses of opoid based pain medicines in 2010. There are claims of widespread abuse. Some in congress have pushed the agency claiming an epidemic The FDA proposes to reclassify the drugs in an effort to make them harder to get. The worry however is that this will increase barriers for patients with chronic pain problems such as those suffering from cancer.  Some feel that prescription abuse prevention could be accomplished by physician education, drug monitoring databases and monitoring of suspicious pain clinics. Once again the question how will the legitimate users be effected. One of the factors considered in evaluating your claim of pain in a Social Security claim is the medication that you are taking to relieve your pain . It is generally thought if your pain is severe then you will be taking prescription pain meds not tylenol.

Timothy J. Cuddigan
Omaha Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer With Over 40 Years Experience
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