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Sophree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:57 PM
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Good Friday Candlelight Vigil (Tampa Area)
This poor man with advanced MS is sitting in jail and could stay there for 25 years. If you live near Tampa, please go and show your support for Richard Paey, Doctor/Patient privelege and Privacy rights.

Just Say NO to draconian drug laws.


April 7, 2004 Siobhan Reynolds 917-432-4295

NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA- Supporters of people in pain and privacy advocates join together this Friday, April 9th at 7:00pm for a candlelight vigil calling for the release of Richard Paey and an end to law enforcements focus on medical practice. Two bills in the Florida Legislature, House Bill 397 and Senate Bill 580, would allow more government intrusion into medical privacy, further chilling legitimate pain management and allowing prosecutors to attack yet more people in pain like Richard Paey.

Who: Family and Supporters of Richard Paey, Pain Relief Networks Siobhan

Reynolds and privacy advocates.

What: Candlelight Vigil calling for an end to the prosecutions of patients in pain.

Where: The Criminal Court at 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey, Florida,

In the Parking Lot Near The Main Entrance

When: Friday April 9, 2004 at 7:00pm

Richard Paey was prosecuted three times in the very same district that is represented by Senator Mike Fasano, the sponsor of Floridas Prescription Monitoring Bill. Sen. Fasanos claim that prosecutors wont use private medical information gathered in government computers against patients in pain, is exposed for the hollow assurance it is, Pain Relief Networks Founding Executive Director Siobhan Reynolds said.

Law Enforcement already looms over medicine to such an extent that patients with the highest dose requirements, those with the most severe pain, cant find medical help. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs only ensure that the undertreatment of pain will continue to plague our most vulnerable citizens and their families.

Richard V. Paey sits in jail, in his wheelchair, with advanced Multiple Sclerosis and a morphine pump sewn into his ruined back, awaiting the outcome of his court hearing on April 16, 2004. The judge will hear Paeys motion to acquit based on the perjured testimony of the physician, Dr. Stephen Nurkeiwicz, who had been trying to treat Paeys pain, himself under threat of criminal prosecution. The judge will also hear the Paey familys pleas for mercy, as Paey faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in Florida prisons.

If Paeys attorney Robert W Attridge Jr. wins, Paey will return home to his wife Linda, an optometrist and their three children. If he loses, Paey will live out-what for him is a death sentence-in a Florida prison for possessing the medicine that he requires to survive.

For more information please visit: Pain Relief Network (PRN) Breaking News

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Sophree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:45 PM
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1. a kick before I leave work
Please forward to any friends in the Tampa area.
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