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  • Submitted: Sat, March 08, 2014
  • Updated: Thu, April 17, 2014

  • Reported By: TampaITEngineer — tampa Florida
walgreens
6818 North Armenia ave tampa, Florida USA

walgreens walgreens at 6818 North Armenia ave tampa FL, 33604 lindsey shaw "pharamcist" Lindsey shaw discriminates against you based on what you look like and hides behind corporate policy. tampa Florida

*General Comment: re translation

*Consumer Comment: And what a typical reponse it was...

*General Comment: response.

*Consumer Comment: Justification

*General Comment: i doubt the two comments so far even read more than the first paragraph and then did the same thing the guy is reporting discriminating on 0 evidence.

*Consumer Comment: You are aware, aren't you that pharmacies and doctors are under intense pressure from the FDA to scale back on narcotic painkillers?

*Consumer Comment: You sound like an addict...

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Went to fill a prescription and the only thing i said was, "can i leave these perscriptions with you to fill" and the "pharmacist" Lindsey Shaw took a look at it doesn't go to the computer or anything and tells me it failed their good faith policy and I could not fill at any Walgreens. There was literally no reason given, the whole time from the time I handed her my scripts till the time she told me that was less than a minute. Afterwards i asked her why and she said and i quote, "According to our policy i don't have to have a reason and i don't have to give it to you".

Realizing i was at a dead end i left and sure enough I go to another Walgreens and a flag has been put on my account. The second walgreens pharmacist did a search and said she had no idea why the pharmacist would do that as she would have filled it without a second glance. I was told and i quote, " she must not like you" and she had heard similiar complaints from other customers but none so severe.

 I had filled at that Walgreens for years. never complained and was not given a reason for the flag by the "pharmacist" the store manager or when I complained to corporate other than when I went back to ask why she told me it was because my medicines where from 2 different dr's and they could not be mixed despite the fact I've been on the same medication and the same doctors for 8 years and have filled at that pharmacy for 6 of the past 8 years. Lindsey then went on to tell me she made sure to do the flag so that i could not fill at any other walgreens this month as no one looks at flags older than 30 days which of course corporate walgreens said was not accurate as did the other walgreens i went to.

I called both my Dr's to ask and both laughed and said whatever the reason for her saying that it was not medically motivated.With that information i went back to the second walgreens to see if they could do anything and they said no that they cannot remove the flag only the pharmacist that wrote it can and it stays on your account for a minimum of 6 months. The second walgreens also confirmed that it is completely normal for two different scripts to come from 2 different doctors considering they were from different specialties and she also confirmed that thier was absolutely no conflicts with the medications.

The pharmacist at the second walgreens went on to state that the company policy is if thier is a conflict that the pharmacist should check my medical history and see if i've been on the same medications (i have been for the past 5 years) and if thier is still a question to contact my doctors and find out if the need for the perscriptions outweighs the risks but neither is reason to deny filling for someone but even if she felt strongly enough to not want to fill it it was certainly not a reason for flagging your account so you can't fill at any walgreens.

I have to say this is not the only Walgreens where the "pharmacists" treat you like crap because they prejudge you based on what your taking or your appearance. I avoid 2 other walgreens because they treat you like your a drug dealer or a junkie for filling controlled substances. I get that thier is a problem in florida and that the DEA is giving all pharmacits a hard time but taking a bad situation and making it worse for patients, for patients that need thier medication so they are able to work are able to play with thier 1 & 2 year old children.

I contacted Walgreens district office and filed a complaint which I was told that i would be updated on what the outcome was within 2 days. at the time of this filing its been 6 days and have not heard back from Walgreens corporate. I am not wholly surprised by this because the women taking the complaint was defending the pharmacist and said she said that they get alot of complaints like this if one of the medications are a controlled substance and went on to add that they do not need to give a reason for why they would not fill for you but it generally has to be a really important reason for her to flag my account. She also further stated that it was not the pharmacist's fault she acted this way but it is all the DEA pressure on them.

IF you don't want to risk being banned from every Walgreens avoid this location at all costs. heck if you don't want to get treated like crap for getting a perscription don't go to 90% of walgreens. over the years i have been asked by various walgrens pharmacists to bring in MRI's, Copies of my report from my Neurosurgeon, various medical records, drug tests reports, urine analysis reports (my doctor fandomly does these tests to make sure that only the people that need this medication are perscribed it, etc etc), confirmation of injury from a second doctor as one doctor's diagnosis is not enough to fill my perscriptions and so on and so forth. I have even been asked by walgreens pharmacist if i have tried IBprofen or Tylenol instead of my perscription to which i told him i spent years taking 8,000mgs of ibprofen & 2,000mg of Tylenol a day for years until a blood test pointed to problems with my liver and kidney's forcing me to go on this medication in the first place.

I'm an IT Network Engineer & a small business owner and am always well dressed and respectable every single time i go to walgreens simply for the fact i don't want to be prejudged on my apearance.  I am assuming that something in my apperance or demeanor makes the pharmacist want to judge me and think for some reason. I wish that it was a law that they had to check our medical history before making assumptions that i don't really need this medication and a dozen other doctors and several dozen therapists must all be wrong but they don't care what other people think because they are protected by corporate's policies to treat you like dirt if they are in abad mood or have a personal adgenda or for whatever the reason. Walgreen's pharmacists hide behind a company policy and treat whoever they want like crap. based on their own personal beliefs and opinions.

I wish that Walgreens pharmacists would take to the time to ask and find out that according to my doctors i'm 20% disabled and am elligible for disability but don't because my medication alllows me to work. That i'm a small business owner that works though agonizing pain to provide for his 1 & 2 year old. That without medication i can barely pick my children up, that i can't sleep for more than an hour without having to wake up in extreme pain and change positions because it hurts so bad, that because the 4 herniations i have in my neck are so close to my brain stem that i constantly get migraines and that the other herniations i have in my lower back hurt so bad and cause the muscles in my back & neck to knot up so much so that one of my legs gets shortened by an inch if i don't have regular therapy to correct it. that i have been diagnosed with RA &/or Fybromyalgia in addition to the herniations or that the damage i did to my kidney & liver from having to take OTC medications like Tylenol & ibprofen because of the crusade of pharmacists against patients that they "feel" shouldn't have the medications.

The ripoff in all this? Discrimination of patients on a gut feeling by the "pharmacists" who then don't have to tell you if they are being racist, or prejudice or don't like you or are simply having a bad day or they don't like your clothes or that you didn't bribe them. Not enough? Then these "pharmacists" are defended by corporate and complaints like mine swept under the rug. The law should be changed that the pharmacists have to have a medical justification for denying you & they have to have a real reason for flagging your account so you can't fill any perscription at any other walgreens.

But until the day that this is a law thankfully we have other people that help right wrongs like the people at RipOffReport.com. Thank you all for reading and keeping me in your prayers. And anyone that is suffering and is treated like dirt simply for suffering my prayers are with you.


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#1 General Comment

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AUTHOR: ezioauditorethementor - ()

- Translation, I have nothing to add and can't defend my position.  After all if you continued to go
down this road you would have to come up with some valid reason that an addiction to heroin is bad but
an addiction to prescription medications is good.  Even though there is proven documentation that they
both have PHYSICAL addictions which you said is okay.

I have nothing to add and am not going to engage you because that is not the issue. you want a reason why heroin is bad and addiction to pain meds is okay? simple. 1. heroin is illegal, perscriptions are not. 2. we are not talking about street drugs where they are cut with who knows what we are talking about a person is disabled/handicap, is in constant pain from being disabled/handicapped who has no choice but to live in constant pain.

I think the major point you are getting confused on is this. there are two classifications of addictions mental addiction and physical addiction. Mental addiction means your mind craves it, you have to have it and will do anything to have it. this is the most dangerous kind of addiction as it leads to people being junkies and worse.

Physical addiction is your body builds up a tolerance and if you suddently go off it your body goes into rapid detox which is dangerous. Physical addiction cannot be controlled because it is a curse of the medicine.

The university of columbia did a study and found out that 99.9% of people that took pain medication strictly for the sake of relieving pain and not to "party" did not get mentally addicted and could wean themselves off the pain meds without assistance when the source of the pain was removed. While still dealing with physical addiction none of the people that went into taking the medication with the proper mindset did not use the medicine longer than the pain presented.

I will not defend and whole heartedly agree with you and the dea when it comes to heroin users (99.9% of people that take street drugs suffer from mental addiction) what i am arguing about and hope you see the point of is someone that is disabled, someone in legitimate chronic pain that has no choice but to take pain medication to play with thier kids or go to work these are the people that so often get profiled as drug addicts when they are not. People in pain, chronic pain legitimate chronic pain should not get treated like this person was treated. Pharmacists need to learn the difference from a person who is a drug addict seaking a fix and someone that is legitimately in chornic pain and does not deserver to be treated like crap by bloggers, or pharmacists or people who cannot make an educated decision. the point of our system is that a doctor who is authorized to distribute those medications takes all the information and gathers it up and determines if the person needs the medication, how much they need for thier injuries and how long they should be taking it. Do i think that doctors give way to much medication to way too many people? yes & no. i'm sure their are people getting it that don't need it and probably sell it but since we don't have an effective way of knowing who is and who legitimately needs it how can we justify hurting patients for the 1% of people that don't need it?

 

again not talking about people that want to party or use street drugs only talking about people that are in chronic pain and only take thier medication to relieve thier pain.

http://www.thecleanslate.org/myths/addiction-is-not-a-brain-disease-it-is-a-choice/

 

I underlined the part that may be of interest to you.  So if he is judged on appearance I guess being
 well dressed makes you a "junkie"?  No?  Okay then again for the 3rd time I will ask..what does a
drug addict look like?  Oh and sadly you will never get the logic behind that question.

and for the 50th time i keep saying i agree, thier is no way to look at someone and say are really in pain and they are not. I assume what the guy is saying that he prefers to dress properly so he does not get judged on his physical appearance. (i would assume if you went to go fill pain meds looking like a crack whore or a drug dealer you would be less likely to get it filledd). but in the end you could have someone that likes to dress in flashy bling and looks like a drug dealer but is really a good person in alot of pain that simply needs the meds to be able to work.

i have no idea why you keep bringing this up when the whole point the guy is complaining about is that the pharmacist looked at him and the medications, did not check his background or medical history and made a snap decision based on appearance. then you bring up thier is no way to tell by appearance if someone is an addict. (which being an addict is not the issue (see above where we define mental vs physical addiction as a chronic pain patient who has no choice but to take it. ) the main issue again is this person got discriminated against by appearance not medical need. Medical need should be the deciding factor NOT personal judgement of the person's manner or appearance.

The Boston Globe posted on On-Line article on Feburary 20th, 2014, Titled Study: 1 in 3 Medicare patients
prescribed painkillers from multiple doctors.  By Globe Staff Writer Deborah Kotz.

again this is talking about people that are dealing drugs. not legitimate pain patients.

It was a very interesting article that looked pretty well balanced and since you are so obsessed with
overdosing and how pain killers are not as bad as heroin you may find it quite interesting, especially
this fact...

your the one obsessed with heroin, i keep trying to steer the talk back to legimate chronic pain patients not drug dealers or Party people. talking about pharmacists not street dealers.  your not going to find a news article agreeing with anything i say, the only place your going to find the articles supporting what i'm saying is medical journals and case studies as what i'm saying is very controversial because most people like you assume all drugs legal or illegal are bad and anyone that takes them is bad. This is a stereo type bred from the media and the dea who want to air on the side of caution. once you know someone who is dying of cancer or is disabled for life and is in constant agony you will understand what i'm saying. until you know someone that is in agony every second of thier life and they fight the constant urge to commit suicide so that they will be out of pain you will understand. But until you talk to these people and see how people treat them like crap for taking pain meds you will not understand. these are the people i am raising my voice for not someone who wants to party for the sake of partying

The study found that only 3.6 percent of narcotic abusers went on to try heroin over the five-year
study period.

Keyword thier is "narcotic Abusers". for the 100th time i agree with you on people that abuse drugs. what i don't agree with is your assumption every person that is disabled, handicapped, dealing with cancer, or in constant chronic pain is a junkie and a "narcotic abuser" I will not speak up for people that party with any drug, I am only speaking up for legitimate pain patients.

 

 

http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/rxbrief/

 

In short if you read that report you will see perhaps the most intersting statistic...17.3% of drug
abusers got their drugs from a prescription from one doctor.  So yes this statistic is from 2010 few
years old but seems to be the most current.  So if you have something more current from the government
that proves in the years following they went from 17.3% to 0% please...please..post it.

 

k this report says that 17.3% of people that Abuse the drug. what % of those 17.3% are simply pain patients not trying to party but simply get out of pain? how do you tell the difference? you can't. (back to the appearance thing). so even if you have 17.3% of people abuse the drug is is ok to discriminate against the other 82.7% and treat them like crap? because the other 82.7% of people are not legitimate pain patients. spend some time googling and look for something that talks about how many legitimate pain patients die from overdoses. i have yet to find one because it does not happen.

 

the bottom line is people that want to party with these drugs are the problem and are ruining it for people that are in legitimate pain and need these drugs. i wish thier was a way to tell them apart but it requires the DEA to better educate doctors who are doing the perscribing but instead of doing that the DEA puts strangleholds on the pharmacists and the supply chains, forcing them to perscribe less to everyone NOT to determine who needs it and who doesn't. which again is the point the guy was making. There is no way for a pharmacist to look at someone and in 2 seconds determine if they really need the perscription. if they have doubts they should check with the doctor, find out why they need the medication, ask to see an mri something other than flaggin their account so they can't fill at any walgreens. I don't know how you can even argue that is appropriate behavior. its like pushing a disabled person down the stairs because they aren't walking fast enough.

if this guy was like oh the pharmacist flagged me because i was talking about getting drunk and partying with these then your responses are justified. But when it is a disabled/handicapped person who is frustrated and in constant pain and has had to live like that for a long time and will have to live like that for the rest of thier life how can you justify your anger against them? I certainly don't want to be a disabled person on the stairs with you behind me.

 

http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/feds-investigate-walgreens-privacy-concerns-8823379.html

 

http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/walgreens-secret-checklist-pain-meds-8821775.html

 

Here you can see that walgreen's violated the law by not seeking additional medical information to justify the pharmacist's opinion of the person or of their appearance.

 

http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wthr/PDF/WalgreensGFDdocuments.pdf

 

the checklist they obviously did not follow.

http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/31/fda-action-on-vicodin-may-mean-more-pain-not-less-addiction-or-overdose/

more about legitimate pain patients not getting addicted.

However, according to numerous studies and government statistics the majority of those who become addicted to opioids don’t get hooked after receiving legitimate prescriptions from doctors for pain treatment.

Similarly, most fatal overdoses do not seem to involve people taking their medications as prescribed for pain — one study in hard-hit West Virginia analyzed medical examiner records and drug treatment data and found that 95% of victims had signs of addiction, such as snorting or injecting drugs meant to be taken orally and combining these prescriptions with illegal drugs.

(again i'm not defending people wanting to party just legitimate pain patients)

Another chronic pain patient wrote, “[W]ithout the medicine I am being prescribed, I would not be able to work and would end up on disability. A third pleaded simply, “Nonono. This does not help all of us who deal with chronic pain. I am sick and tied of addicts screwing up MY health care. Find another way!”

Finding another way, is, unfortunately, exactly what addicts tend to do when faced with these kinds of barriers, which may lead them to take more dangerous illegal substances. A recent letter in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when a substance was added to Oxycontin to deter abuse, only 13% of prescription drug abusers continued to rely on the drug as a primary high, down from 36%. Heroin use among them, however, doubled.

And some who opposed the changes noted in testimony to the FDA panel that Oxycontin, a stronger painkiller containing oxycodone, which is similar to morphine, has always been subject to the stricter Schedule II prescribing rules, yet it is widely abused and credited with launching the opioid prescription drug epidemic. While we don’t know what effect the new restrictions will have, we do know that the changes alone won’t address the reasons why some people seek opioids in the first place.  Chronic pain patients should not have to suffer to fight other people’s addictions.

 

Chronic pain patients should not have to suffer to fight other people’s addictions.

Chronic pain patients should not have to suffer to fight other people’s addictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR: Robert - ()

 i'm not going to waste my time arruing with the heroin as i agree it is dangerous. what we are talking about is if a person should be judged on a 2 second appearance instead of medical fact

- Translation, I have nothing to add and can't defend my position.  After all if you continued to go down this road you would have to come up with some valid reason that an addiction to heroin is bad but an addiction to prescription medications is good.  Even though there is proven documentation that they both have PHYSICAL addictions which you said is okay. 

By the way there is NOTHING in this report that says he was judged based on appearance..unless you don't believe him when he stated....

"I'm an IT Network Engineer & a small business owner and am always well dressed and respectable every single time i go to walgreens"

I underlined the part that may be of interest to you.  So if he is judged on appearance I guess being well dressed makes you a "junkie"?  No?  Okay then again for the 3rd time I will ask..what does a drug addict look like?  Oh and sadly you will never get the logic behind that question.

secondly yes thier is a vast differeance between physical and mental addiction. you want a link? university of columbia has done exhaustive studies on it.

- Yes I do want a link.  You are here supposedly to "convince" people that your way is right.  Telling people that some university did some study without proof is not the way to do it.

you want links for the rest? spend some time googling and see if you see any references for overdoses from people with a long term perscription.

- I never once said that the OP was in danger of overdosing, so why keep bringing it up.  Again...You are here to convince right?  Telling people to go look it up themselves says one thing...that you are full of hot air.

every fact you will find supports non perscription people have the issues not the pain patients. 

- But you know what..I figured I would humor you and do a bit of research to see how in your words "every fact" would show that the pain patients don't have issues and I found some very interesting things. 

The Boston Globe posted on On-Line article on Feburary 20th, 2014, Titled Study: 1 in 3 Medicare patients prescribed painkillers from multiple doctors.  By Globe Staff Writer Deborah Kotz.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blogs/daily-dose/2014/02/20/study-medicare-patients-prescribed-painkillers-from-multiple-doctors/deyR0NjOJVvNacQO9uZdMM/blog.html

It was a very interesting article that looked pretty well balanced and since you are so obsessed with overdosing and how pain killers are not as bad as heroin you may find it quite interesting, especially this fact...

The study found that only 3.6 percent of narcotic abusers went on to try heroin over the five-year study period.

- You see you can argue that the percentage is low, but it is not 0...so that blows your "every" out of the water doesn't it...Oh wait of course you will try to tear that apart for some reason as to why it is not a valid report.

Okay so how about a report from the CDC entitled "Policy Impact: Prescription Painkillers Overdoses"

http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/rxbrief/

In short if you read that report you will see perhaps the most intersting statistic...17.3% of drug abusers got their drugs from a prescription from one doctor.  So yes this statistic is from 2010 few years old but seems to be the most current.  So if you have something more current from the government that proves in the years following they went from 17.3% to 0% please...please..post it.

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AUTHOR: ezioauditorethementor - ()

i'm not going to waste my time arruing with the heroin as i agree it is dangerous. what we are talking about is if a person should be judged on a 2 second appearance instead of medical fact. 

secondly yes thier is a vast differeance between physical and mental addiction. you want a link? university of columbia has done exhaustive studies on it. 

you want links for the rest? spend some time googling and see if you see any references for overdoses from people with a long term perscription. every fact you will find supports non perscription people have the issues not the pain patients. 

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AUTHOR: Robert - ()

So interesting how just like most addicts you try to "justify" their actions, not even realizing that they are admitting to the same thing they say they aren't.

The only reason this law is not enforced is that the people that are supposed to be enforcing that law
is the DEA who instead are cracking down on pharmacies despite the fact that thier own press releases states that they now believe that less than .01 percent of pain management patients are selling thier perscriptions. the number of overdose deaths from people that are perscribed pain meds last year? 0, the number of overdose deaths from people that bought the pills from a dealer? 15,000. the number of deaths
last year from overdosing of alcohol? 135,000. the number of overdoses last year from cocain and other illegal street drugs? 85,000.

- Umm..No where did I say the OP was selling their prescriptions.  No where did I say that the OP was in danger of Overdosing.  No where did I even hint that the OP was using any other "illegal" drugs.  I said that they sounded like someone who has an addition.  So what is the point of all of this..oh yea like most addicts as a way to deflect the true issue hoping people won't notice. By the way I would love to see this press release you are talking about.  How about posting a link?

but because he made his point based on the medical side of it he is called an addict.

- No, I said he sounded like an addict because of the comments he was making and his actions. 

which the most recent report of the DEA is that 99% of all pain management patients are legitimate patients as they have effectively elimininated the ability for just anyone to get pain meds without a battery of tests to prove thier injury.

- Again...please post where you are getting your Statistics.

second Its obvious anyone taking pain medication long term is physically addicted, not because they are a junkie or whatever but because they have a permanent injury. If you have a permanent injury that will never heal and you will always be in alot of pain then your always going to need alot of pain meds. The difference between a "junkie" and an "addicted Pain management patient" according to the university of columbia is that 99.9% of people that are prescribed an addictive medicine but whose focus is to relieve pain and thier focus isn't to "party" don't ever get mentally addicted.

- A physical additction is STILL an addiction. So now you are just playing "Word Games".  You can play the "word game" and try to justify how a physical addiction is okay because they are not "mentally" addicted.  An addiction is an addiction...end of story.

You still say that it is different.  Okay let me leave you with this about the "Physical Addiction" of Heroin, which I bet even you would agree is a dangerous drug.  And NO I am NOT saying the OP is a Heroin Addict(they never said what the drug was).  

With repeated use, heroin causes the person to need higher and higher doses of the drug to get the same effect (tolerance). It also causes the person's body to need the drug to function (physical dependence), which leads to withdrawal symptoms within a few hours if the person stops using it. Physical and psychological dependence can develop within a few weeks if the drug is used daily.

Unlike you I will provide a link you can even verify it yourself from WebMD.

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heroin-topic-overview

If for some reason the link doesn't work, just go to the WebMD site and search for Heroin..

By the way my question still stands...what does an addict look like? 

 

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i doubt the two comments so far even read more than the first paragraph and then did the same thing the guy is reporting discriminating on 0 evidence.

AUTHOR: ezioauditorethementor - ()

The 2 people that have comment so far seem like stereotypical stereotypers and are assuming because he is upset about pain meds he must be a junkie and make everything else fit that theory. do you think that people that take these kinds of meds don't get upset? or that they don't get treated differently by stereo typers? or that he is even talking about pain medication because he does not say anywhere that is the medication he is talking about. Even if he is talking about Pain med's the whole point of what i have read is that the guy is 20% disabled which is equivalent to being handicapped that has been verified by dozens of docotrs & therapists and some pharmacist who either had a bad day and screwed up or is pushing her own agenda on people in pain didn't just say no we don't have this or no we can't fill this for you but flagged his account so he could not fill at any walgreens. Either way walgreens should not assume the worst about the patient simply because of what medication he is taking neither should anyone else.

I have a friend who has an injury that leave his leg's unable to carry his own weight and used to require crutches and over the clotches leg braces or a chair until he got a set of under the clothes stabilizers that help him walk without them but he is still in considerable pain. he tells me that he is treated vastly different when he uses his crutches and the external braces vs the internal braces when dealing with pharmacists. it all boils down to this. pharmacists should not have the right to judge someone based on anything but medical facts which is the LAW. The only reason this law is not enforced is that the people that are supposed to be enforcing that law is the DEA who instead are cracking down on pharmacies despite the fact that thier own press releases states that they now believe that less than .01 percent of pain management patients are selling thier perscriptions. the number of overdose deaths from people that are perscribed pain meds last year? 0, the number of overdose deaths from people that bought the pills from a dealer? 15,000. the number of deaths last year from overdosing of alcohol? 135,000. the number of overdoses last year from cocain and other illegal street drugs? 85,000.


so why in the world is the dea cracking down on pharmacists who believe that less than 1% of people are selling. All the dea's pressure is doing is giving people like this pharmacist a free pass to discriminate against whoe they want without consequances and the majority of the public are like the 2 people that commented and are prejudice to believing everyone that takes pain meds is an addict.

I am passionate about this topic because i strongly believe that all forms of racial bias, prejudice in all forms should be eliminated. not just from bloggers who don't take the time to empathise before writing words that probably hurt the guy posting. you have someone in pain that gets treated like dirt even though he is a professional, who works through being handicapped and just wants to play with his kids and hte moment he gets upset and voices his opinion he gets torn down and labeled a junkie or addict. its not just this poster that deals with this on a daily basis as every single person that takes medication for pain is treated like this. you would think that someone who lives thier life in pain, constant pain, would get a modicure of understanding instead of judgement or bias.

Our society on a whole is just not where it should be when it comes to prejudice but it is taking strides. If the person came out and said hey she treated me like this because she is a racist he may have gotten more respect. but because he made his point based on the medical side of it he is called an addict. someday i believe less and less of prejudice of any form will be allowed.

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You are aware, aren't you that pharmacies and doctors are under intense pressure from the FDA to scale back on narcotic painkillers? He stated that in his complaint.

Most of those, including you, react in a negative, hostile manner to being denied their drug of choice. Again if you read the problem is NOT the fact the guy could not get the medication he wanted but the fact the store flagged his account so he cannot fill at any other walgreens.

You better wean yourself soon or have even more trouble filling your prescriptions.  The pharmacists aren't going to violate FDA regulations for you, you may not believe it, but YOU'RE not worth it. The penalties for supporting your addiction are very severe, including loss of license. Even though you feel you should get special treatment, you won't.

First of fall its not FDA that regulates what the pharmacists do at least in regards to this complaint. What he is talking about is the DEA cracking down on pharmacists and telling them to root out DRUG DEALERS. which the most recent report of the DEA is that 99% of all pain management patients are legitimate patients as they have effectively elimininated the ability for just anyone to get pain meds without a battery of tests to prove thier injury. i would love to see how this commentor expects someone to wean themselves off being disabled or handicapped that would be quite a feat.

second Its obvious anyone taking pain medication long term is physically addicted, not because they are a junkie or whatever but because they have a permanent injury. If you have a permanent injury that will never heal and you will always be in alot of pain then your always going to need alot of pain meds. The difference between a "junkie" and an "addicted Pain management patient" according to the university of columbia is that 99.9% of people that are prescribed an addictive medicine but whose focus is to relieve pain and thier focus isn't to "party" don't ever get mentally addicted. its only people that take addictive medicaiton to "party" that get mentally addicted. physical additction is a given in all of these people regardless as tolerance builds over time. But this is another thing that is prejudice, "oh that much medication means he is a junkie" when if you gradually build up tolerance over the years you need more and more of the medication to alleviate the same amount of pain. its the same with tylenol or advil, if you take it daily you need to take more and more to get the same pain relief.

third i'm pretty sure he isn't asking for special treatment or for anyone to break the law he is asking for the so called pharmacist to NOT break the law and stop giving him special treatment. According to the LAW doctors & pharmacists and people commenting on ripoffreport are not supposed to judge a person's medical needs based on appearance, race, creed, ethnicity, & etc etc. the person could be black and the pharmacist could be racist. Without the pharmacist giving a real reason for flagging his account we have no idea what her reasoning is which is the point the person is making. It may have nothing to do with the medication and because of a lame company policy the pharmacist can get away with being a racist, or bigot, or narcissist or whatever her brand of crazy is. and yes assuming everything this person is saying is true thier is something that crawled up her ass for her to flag his account at ALL Walgreens and especially if walgreens hasn't contacted him back yet that usually means they don't know what to say or need more time for the answer.

 You sound like an addict...

you sound like a moron. you could be incredibly smart but i'm taking a 2 second interaction of you and judging you. that is what the whole ROR was about is the fact that the pharmacist didn't bother to verify with the doctors, or look him up in the system or anything. according to this ROR she looked at the scripts looked at him and told him he banned at all the walgreens. that is the definitiion of prejudice which apparently you share.

 There is one thing in this entire report you left out...What were these 2 medications from 2 different doctors that you were trying to have filled?

Based on your report my guess is that at least one of them is a Schedule 2 drug...perhaps both of them are.  Which would bring up a question as to why you need 2 different doctors writing you prescriptions for your "condition".

I love how this person says that being disabled or handicapped is a "condition" or did he simply not read where the guy pointed out he was 20% disabled. my friend who is permanently on crutches is considered 15% disabled. if your still not quite clear i'll make it even simplier, 20% disabled means that 1/5th of your body does not work the way its supposed to.

I'm an IT Network Engineer & a small business owner and am always well dressed and respectable every single time i go to walgreens simply for the fact i don't want to be prejudged on my apearance.

- So if appearances are so important to you, can you tell us what a drug addict looks like?  Can you tell us what type of jobs a drug addict holds?   The answer is you can't...because a drug addict can be anyone...even an IT Network Engineer who tries to "dress up" so that no one suspects that they might actually be an addict

This guy just spent his whole comment calling the poster an addict and then ends with making the same point. The guy is complaining that he is getting treated like an addict instead of people making a medical decision based on medical facts. the fact that anyone feels the needs to make sure thier appearance is a way that they won't get prejudged by biased, racist prejudice people is wrong.

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You are aware, aren't you that pharmacies and doctors are under intense pressure from the FDA to scale back on narcotic painkillers?

AUTHOR: Ken - ()

Most of those, including you, react in a negative, hostile manner to being denied their drug of choice.

You better wean yourself soon or have even more trouble filling your prescriptions.  The pharmacists aren't going to violate FDA regulations for you, you may not believe it, but YOU'RE not worth it. The penalties for supporting your addiction are very severe, including loss of license. Even though you feel you should get special treatment, you won't.

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You sound like an addict...

AUTHOR: Robert - ()

 There is one thing in this entire report you left out...What were these 2 medications from 2 different doctors that you were trying to have filled?

Based on your report my guess is that at least one of them is a Schedule 2 drug...perhaps both of them are.  Which would bring up a question as to why you need 2 different doctors writing you prescriptions for your "condition".

You also are probably leaving out other important facts, or do you really want us to believe that you said 9 words to the Pharmacist and from those 9 words for no other reason other than she must "hate" you, she denied to fill the prescription.

Oh and one other thing...

I'm an IT Network Engineer & a small business owner and am always well dressed and respectable every single time i go to walgreens simply for the fact i don't want to be prejudged on my apearance.

- So if appearances are so important to you, can you tell us what a drug addict looks like?  Can you tell us what type of jobs a drug addict holds?   The answer is you can't...because a drug addict can be anyone...even an IT Network Engineer who tries to "dress up" so that no one suspects that they might actually be an addict.

 

 

 

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