A terrible injustice has taken place in the state of Florida, and we at DRCNet are asking you to take action today to help to fix it. You may have read in this newsletter last week about Richard Paey, a patient from New Port Richey who is facing a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for doing what he needed to do to get needed opioid medicine to relieve his severe, chronic pain. It took district attorney Bernie McCabe seven years to get his blood, and there is reason to believe he may have facilitated perjury to finally succeed after bringing Paey to trial a third time (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/332/paey.shtml).
Paey now faces sentencing, and we request that you contact McCabe's office in protest (information below), and to send a letter of protest to Gov. Jeb Bush. We have created an online web form to help you do so -- http://stopthedrugwar.org/floridainpain/ -- if you are from Florida then it will also send your letter to your elected members of the state legislature. In addition to asking that Paey be freed immediately, the letter asks the legislature to vote no on Gov. Bush's proposed Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill -- which would make it easier for McCabe and his fellow DAs to go after innocent patients and doctors -- and to repeal Florida's mandatory sentencing laws that may bring Richard Paey 25 years -- a sentence that would be absurd even if he were a truly guilty man.
In addition to sending your
letter online, please call McCabe's office at (727) 847-8158 and send him
a letter at P.O. Box 5028, Clearwater, FL 33758. The person taking the
calls will claim that you can only write and not leave a message by phone,
but we're pretty sure that McCabe will be informed if thousands of people
who are horrified by what he's done to Richard Paey tie up his office's
phone lines. You may also want to check out an editorial published recently
by the St. Petersburg Times, criticizing the Paey prosecution. Consider
sending a supportive letter to the editor:
The Pain Relief Network has an extensive section devoted to Paey at http://www.painreliefnetwork.org/default.asp?id=45&mnu=45 online. Visit http://www.PainReliefNetwork.org to find out more about their important work.
Lastly, if you're in the Washington, DC area, visit http://www.paincoalition.us for info on the pain patients' March on Washington, this Sunday through Tuesday, April 18-20.