Why is our Government not addressing the truer and much larger problem of drugs that are smuggled into our country from other countries? FENTANYL, HEROIN and CARFENTANIL, a large animal tranquilizer that is fairly new to our streets and spreading like wildfire! Where are these illicit drugs coming from? Why is there so much and why is it so easily obtained? Why is our government, who has been fighting this so called "war on drugs" which has been a complete failure, now so focused on LEGAL prescription pain medication? Is this all to make it look like something is being done? But meanwhile the heroin epidemic is rising! Why is that? Who is really behind the heroin coming in so easily into our country? These are what the FDA, DEA and CDC should be fighting but instead they have written "guidelines" that have turned into a witch hunt, on who and how much can be prescribed to patients, which includes people that live with chronic pain and have been taking medication for their pain for years. Patients are being dropped by their doctors, are being cut back or denied the medication that they need in order to make it through each day in order to get a bit of relief. People that have taken their medications responsibly. It has been estimated that about one percent of the chronically pained population have abused their prescriptions. I would like to know what the statistics are on patients who have died from being denied their medication. Patients who suffer from debilitating pain caused by injuries from accidents, malpractice, spine injuries, Cancer, autoimmune diseases, TBI's, injuries sustained during war (yes, our Veterans too) and so much more. I join with my Chronic Pain brothers and sisters which also includes children. We are over a million strong. We live with chronic pain, meaning our pain never goes away. We rely on our medications to give us enough relief so as to be able to participate in our lives with our family and friends even if it is for a few hours at times. Some of us rely on our medication just so we are not suffering 24/7. We do not get "high" from our pain medication! We do not crush, smoke, snort, inject or whatever it is that is done in order to "get high" we just want our medications back, or we want to stop having to worry if we will be next! We just want our healthcare back where it belongs, between us and our doctors!