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Regarding the story featuring Dr. Shaun Kondamuri:

There are tens of millions of elderly Americans suffering from long-term, chronic pain for which there is no cure or treatment.

These people rely on opiate pain medication to manage that pain and live a reasonable quality of life when all else has failed. They have taken their medication as directed for many years or even decades without becoming addicted.

There is no law prohibiting doctors from prescribing the dose of medication people need. There are, however, guidelines set by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, and doctors are deathly afraid to exceed these limits for fear they will generate a visit from the DEA or that the state will pull their license.

Doctors need to know they can treat chronic pain without fear of reprisal.

Dennis Conklin, Chesterton

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Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.