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Local group holds rally against opioid prescription cutbacks

Posted at 7:27 PM, Sep 18, 2018

We've all seen opioid addictions rise over the years.

The Center for Disease and Control sets guidelines for doctors when prescribing medications for chronic pain.

About 20 people gathered in front of the state house for a "Don't Punish Pain Rally."

They say doctors are cutting back on opioid prescriptions and that this is affecting how they deal with their chronic pain problems.

"These people are not drug addicts, they're not looking for the next high. They're looking for the next relief," said Holly Agouridis

"They keep reducing my medicine. I have no idea what's gonna end up happening with me because I'm at a point where I can't walk from here to across the street and then I have to stop and take a break for 15 minutes," said Jeff McDevitt.

The CDC recommendations focus on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end of life care.