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People With Chronic Pain Scared by Ohio's New Opioid Rules

"We are being punished for being in pain," said patient Amy Monahan-Curtis

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    People With Chronic Pain Scared by Ohio's New Opioid Rules
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    OxyContin pills are arranged in this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo.

    People dealing with chronic pain say recent moves by Ohio's governor to fight the plague of opioid overdoses could leave them suffering, NBC News reported.

    Gov. John Kasich restricted how many painkillers may be prescribed to patients, but people who rely on the drugs say the rules could force them to go underground to find relief from their anguish.

    "We are being punished for being in pain," said Amy Monahan-Curtis, 44, who has been living in agony since 1993 due to a condition called cervical dystonia, which causes her neck muscles to contract involuntarily.

    She doesn't believe assurances from officials that the rules only apply to acute pain, not chronic pain.

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