Pain pill crackdown hurts many

NC_painkillers0329_700x394Tampa, Fla. — (WFLA) State and federal crackdowns on prescription drug abuse have led to unintended consequences for chronic pain patients who rely on narcotics to function, patients and doctors tell NBC News affiliate WFLA.

Patti DeSalvo called 8 On Your Side when her Walgreens pharmacist recently cut her off, refusing to fill any prescriptions for Oxycontin and Morphine – at any Walgreens location.

Without the medication, DeSalvo says she can barely get out of bed.

“Pain like you would not believe,” she said. “I mean, my whole body aches.”

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