LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Chronic pain patients rallied at the State Capitol today to fight against new opioid restrictions.
The Arkansas chapter of Don’t Punish Pain wants lawmakers to know they’re also victims of the epidemic.
Many say opioids are the only drugs that help them live without constant pain.
One of the speakers now walks with a cane after a snow plow crashed into her car.
She told the crowd this was the first time she’s left her house in two years for anything other than a doctor’s appointment.
“Hear us out. Find out we’re not the stereotypes you think we are. We’re not drug addicts looking for our next fix. We’re patients who deserve compassionate treatment,” says Annette Croy.
Arkansas has the second-highest rate of opioid prescriptions in the country.