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    I take MsContin for my main med and was taking Dilaudid 8 for breakthrough. Well, I could not find it anywhere and had to go back to the pain clinic only to find out that at least 30 people had come back with their script to get something else because they could not get Dilaudid either. I asked a Pharmacist what the deal was with the Dilaudid shortage. She told me that Florida has been cracked down by the government on the sales of Oxycodone. So now that it is impossible to get the junkies have Their Oxycodone they have turned to Dilaudid so hence, no Dilaudid for we fools who actually need it. I'm pissed because I am stuck with Morphine 30 IR for breakthrough which is like taking nothing. I don't know why they crack down on one drug because the junkies will just move to something else. Is there a reason to this madness?
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    well just a few years ago doctors in florida prescribed 80% of the nations yes NATION'S oxycodone because there wasn't a prescription drug monitoring program in place so the DEA took a lot of people to prison and took away a lot of doctors and pharmacists licenses so everyone there is afraid to treat chronic pain patients i'm in cali probably the most liberal state now
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    What is interesting is I have no problem switching from vicodin to oxycontin at my pharmacy, and when I took my script in I was worried because they had just posted a notice that they had no oxycodone based pills in stock and any oxycodone would have to be special order.

    I was surprised when I handed her the script and she said it would be ready in 20 minutes. She told me they had a lot of non residents bringing scripts from Florida in, since we are a vacation spot not too terribly far from Florida. She said it was a new policy to prevent pill shopping and also to deter theft. The pharmacist knows me by name, and I have been using them and no one else for years.
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    I'm going to move this to the appropriate regional forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylor_105 View Post
    I take MsContin for my main med and was taking Dilaudid 8 for breakthrough. Well, I could not find it anywhere and had to go back to the pain clinic only to find out that at least 30 people had come back with their script to get something else because they could not get Dilaudid either. I asked a Pharmacist what the deal was with the Dilaudid shortage. She told me that Florida has been cracked down by the government on the sales of Oxycodone. So now that it is impossible to get the junkies have Their Oxycodone they have turned to Dilaudid so hence, no Dilaudid for we fools who actually need it. I'm pissed because I am stuck with Morphine 30 IR for breakthrough which is like taking nothing. I don't know why they crack down on one drug because the junkies will just move to something else. Is there a reason to this madness?
    Once all the oxy users switch to Dilaudid the govt will just crack down on that too. Either they'll make it really hard to obtain or they'll just make that abuse proof too. Just look at how quick they killed Opana once everyone and their mother switched to it that after OCs went away.

    Quote Originally Posted by laschenova View Post
    What is interesting is I have no problem switching from vicodin to oxycontin at my pharmacy, and when I took my script in I was worried because they had just posted a notice that they had no oxycodone based pills in stock and any oxycodone would have to be special order.

    I was surprised when I handed her the script and she said it would be ready in 20 minutes. She told me they had a lot of non residents bringing scripts from Florida in, since we are a vacation spot not too terribly far from Florida. She said it was a new policy to prevent pill shopping and also to deter theft. The pharmacist knows me by name, and I have been using them and no one else for years.
    A lot of pharmacies will do something similar around where I live too (not because of out of state pill shoppers obviously), but if you call up and ask if they have a rather desirable pill in stock they will usually say no even if they have it as a way to try to prevent robberies.
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    I donno what part of fl u r I am swfl fort myers area an had same problem 2weeks ago. I had to drive to naples fl then bontia springs to get my 180 8mg an 80 4mg dilleys. An now to get roxices an 100mg morphine I have to use a mailing services but theirs an up side. Even w/o insurance the pills are dirt cheap like a doller an change for roxies
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    I get hydros along with my fent patches now but used to be the extended morphine idstead of the patches. But outta everyone I know no one has ever been prescribed dilaudid of any fashion around here. They are my favorite but I never see them ever. They work great. Lucky Florida folk.
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    Memphis Tennessee is flooded with dilaudids so the shortage isnt national
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    This is my 50post! Love dilleys love BL I love life right now woooooo!!!!!
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    Just thought I'd point out that there is a nationwide (even global) shortage of morphine injectable. These was an 8 minute piece about the morphine shortage on CBS News last Sunday. People are suffering all over Africa, the USA, Europe---the entire world. And it's all because the US Drug War is destroying all the crops of opium poppy. Opium poppy is needed to manufacture morphine; it's not just for heroin.

    I have been a chronic pain patient for over 3 years, and had NEVER had a problem getting my script for morphine filled until this month. There is a HORRID shortage of morphine, but my pharmacy didn't even know about it!

    My pharmacist first waited a WEEK to tell me that she couldn't get my regular dosage of morphine sulfate. So I went to my doctor's office in terrible pain and picked up a new script for a different dosage of morphine.

    The pharmacy then made me wait 2 WEEKS before telling me that they couldn't get my morphine. (They had PROMISED that they could get it. I never would have driven to my doctor's office in so much pain unless I thought they had my medication). The pharmacist also gave me some kind of B.S. about my FIRST script, telling me that she couldn't even ORDER the morphine until I brought in a NEW prescription from my doctor. For the record, my pharmacy ALWAYS orders ALL of my C-II meds well in advance, and they do NOT require that I bring in a script, since I am a long-time customer.

    After waiting a total of 3 and a half WEEKS, I was at the end of my rope. Without my morphine, my pain levels go through the roof! I was going crazy!

    After making SEVERAL calls to the pharmacy asking about the status of my order and not getting a straight answer, I finally went to the pharmacy IN PERSON and explained the SEVERE PAIN I was in. Finally, the pharmacist gave me back my prescription. (She should have done that WEEKS ago. You can't expect a chronic pain patient to go nearly a MONTH without her most effective pain med!)

    Thank goodness that pharmacist gave me back my script. I took it to several other pharmacies and even called a few. I FINALLY learned what was going on! For starters, the "revised" dosage that my doctor wrote out didn't even EXIST, so it's no wonder my pharmacy couldn't get it. But it took the kind fellow at the OTHER pharmacy ONE MINUTE to tell me that this strenghth of morphine did NOT even exist. WHY didn't my pharmacy know this? They strung me along for 3 weeks, PROMISING that they could get the morphine.

    I also learned that there is a nationwide (most likely worldwide) SHORTAGE of morphine sulfate, so this ALSO explains WHY my pharmacy couldn't get it.

    I had to call my pharmacist and give HER this information! Is that backwards or what? The patient needs to know more than the pharmacist!

    I finally got a script from my doctor for Dilaudid today. I had forgotten just how SEVERE my pain is when I don't have access to injectable pain meds.

    Thank goodness Dilaudid injectable is avialable! Nobody can get morphine, so people are switching to Dilaudid. I worry that there may soon be a shortage on Dilaudid, too. I only HOPE this morphine shortage gets cleared up SOON. I NEVER want to go through another MONTH of HELL like I just endured.

    I'm sorry for all the problems that people like you are having in Florida---I've read a LOT about it. I hate the way that the DEA is cracking down on some (presumably) innocent doctors, all in the name of the "Drug War". This hurts legitimate chronic pain patients more than I can describe.

    I also live in California, so I'm glad to hear it's probably the most liberal state in the nation. I'd HATE for Florida's and other states' crackdowns to ever spread to California. In Calif., we DO have a statewide database available to doctors via the internet, so people really can't "doctor shop" in California these days. Soon all 50 states will have an online database. Florida has got to be getting one soon. Maybe then life will be easier for legitimate chronic pain patients. Good luck with your problem.
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