Jeff Sessions: Chronic pain sufferers should ‘take an aspirin and tough it out’


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During an address at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Tampa, Florida this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that people who suffer from chronic pain should simply “take an aspirin and tough it out.”
Sessions, whose opposition to medical marijuana is well known, attempted to tackle the subject of opioid addiction in the U.S., saying pharmaceutical companies are prescribing “too many opioids” — a sentiment that people from across the political spectrum would agree with.
But Sessions’ next statement demonstrated a profound misunderstanding and oversimplification of chronic pain sufferers.
“People need to take some aspirin sometimes and tough it out,” he said according to the Tampa Bay Times. “You can get through these things.”
Speaking to Tampa Bay Times, Academy of Integrative Pain Management executive director Bob Twillman said that Sessions’ comments prove that the Trump administration knows nothing about the subject of chronic pain.
“That remark reflects a failure to recognize the severity of pain of some patients,” Twillman said. “It’s an unconscionable remark. It further illustrates how out of touch parts of the administration are with opioids and pain management.”
In a speech at the Heritage Foundation this week, Sessions blamed the opioid crisis partly on marijuana in a rehash of the old ‘pot is a gateway drug’ theory.

“The DEA said that a huge percentage of the heroin addiction starts with prescriptions. That may be an exaggerated number; they had it as high as 80 percent,” Sessions said. “We think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs too.”While people’s first illicit drug is often marijuana, researchers have cautioned that there’s no solid evidence that marijuana use causes harder drug use. It’s possible, instead, that people use pot before other drugs simply because marijuana is more accessible than other illegal substances; after all, many people’s first drugs are alcohol or tobacco, which are both legal (for adults) and relatively easy to get, and we don’t assume that will lead to heroin use.

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42 Responses

  1. Barbara Fournier

    July 12, 2018 8:11 pm

    Mr. Sessions:
    How dare you say such a mean, nasty comment. If you had an ounce of the pain chronic pain many people experience in a day you would never be the miserable man. I knew you were a racist bigot but, I never thought a Christian (as you claim to be) could be downright evil too.

    I am one of those chronic pain patients that just need to “take an aspirin and tough it out”. I have had eight back and neck surgeries, two broken hips, several broken wrists, etc. and I am allergic to aspirin. What do you prescribe now Dr Sessions?

    I think your punishment of innocent children was as mean as a person could be but I guess that wasn’t low enough for you so now you feel it necessary to berate the disabled.

    When Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high”. Apparently, we don’t have to go too high as you are a person who has obviously gone as low as one can go!

  2. Cherylp

    July 13, 2018 10:47 pm

    It is now easier to get pot than my prescription Adderall XR! With the DEA and the pharmaceutical companies and the pharmacies and the insurance companies have made it almost impossible for an adult to get this medication for themselves. Every time I have to get a prescription filled it is so stressful for me I cannot believe how hard they have made it. If they don’t think we really need these medications, and they need to be afflicted with the diseases and the pain and ADD that we have. I was diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia at 49 years old. Looking back, my whole childhood now makes so much sense. I am a smart woman, and ADD has really taken it’s toll.
    I will be fighting and a higher level with Congress and the DEA you will be hearing from me thank you

  3. Lynn

    July 14, 2018 12:09 am

    Sessions, you are a ding bat. Marijuana is a plant given to us by God. So if you have a problem with marijuana, you need to have a personal chat with the Big Guy upstairs….

  4. Patricia Carnaggio

    July 14, 2018 12:41 am

    I wish an aspirin would take away pain. Let’s let him feel real pain and see if an aspirin takes him though the day. Another fing moron!

  5. Robert F Goldberg

    July 14, 2018 6:16 am

    Tough this out, you pseudo-Christian piece of shit! If there really were a God, especially your vengeful, mean POS god, he’d strike your monkey fetus ass dead just for a giggle. I honestly and with all my heart wish severe injury and pain on him, and hope he has to fight to get his relief. I don’t think he’s human, frankly. Anyone who’s experienced pain would condemn such a statement.

    • Barbara

      July 18, 2018 5:32 pm

      I completely agree and would add that my first reaction to his simpering evil comment was to think that he needs to have both knees taken out by a huge man wielding a sledge hammer. Maybe a little chronic pain would be good for him!

      • James Cook

        July 21, 2018 2:57 pm

        Dear Jeff Sessions: You are not a physician. Much less an Attorney General since you appear to have recused yourself from anything except being a pain in the ass to the USA. Resign. Go Home. You should be kicked in the nuts for saying this!!! You must have the good fortune to have perfect health. May it end soon. I mean that. May you have both knees and hips replaced without the aid of modern medicine. May you have crippling arthritis so you can’t sign or pursue anymore laws of any type. May you suffer the indignity of not being able to wipe your own ass because your joints hurt so much. May you not be able to walk up stairs or down stairs because your feet are curled up in pain. May you not be able to hold any insufferable children of your own. You are a sick sick person. You ignorance knows no end.

  6. Tonya

    July 14, 2018 5:08 pm

    An asprin will in no way touch even 1 of my disease including the 2nd most painful in the world at one time (dont know id it was this year) so you Mr. Sessions can pick an acre of my ass and kiss it.

  7. RUDY *B*

    July 15, 2018 1:55 pm


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  8. bonnie

    July 15, 2018 8:00 pm

    maybe u ought to have chronic pain to deal a aspirin a day doesn’t work lord knows I wish it did some people should have to walk in people shoes who really do have chronic pain I know alot of people play the system but there really are people who really do suffer from chronic pain

  9. Della

    July 15, 2018 8:28 pm

    Are you kidding me?!?! How about this you have osteoarthritis AND fybromalgia and the 2 decide to flare up together at the SAME TIME!! My arthritis is in my lower back where the nerves for the legs are located and then throw fybro which effects THE ENTIRE BODY and I’m supposed to take an aspirin and “tough it out” are you going to come take me to the bathroom bc I hurt so bad even the CLOTHES ON MY BODY HURT and I can bearly move!?!? No your not! Your an older man, do you have a y conic problems? I’m sure you do and what do you do for your conic pain? An asprin? I highly doubt it bc you don’t want to sit there in pain so let me ask this, WHY SHOULD ANYONE SUFFER IN PAIN!?!? You are a QUACK! I don’t take pills UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY! I manage my pain with WEED and ,et me te.l you it works BETTER than any PILL I have EVER BEEN GIVIN! I have been smoking weed for many years (20 at least) and guess what? I have NEVER done any other drug EVER!!!!!! Weed stops seizures weed helps kill cancer weed helps me talk problems like anxiety and
    depression! Weed is the WONDER DRUG BUT IF ppl start using it to replace pills the pharmaceutical companies and the doctors would be BROKE bc doctors get a cut of the money from the pharmaceutical companies for giving the pills out! Weed is also CHEAPER! I worked for a quadriplegic with MS who ONLY uses Rick Simpson oil to manage her MS. The Dr wanted to put her on ProLia for osteoporosiswhich is a JOKE! the co-pay for 1 SHOT WAS 1400.00! And it’s a big deal to get the shot. The Dr writes the script, you take it to the pharmacy, pick it up store it in fridge, call make Dr apt, take shot to dr office, get shot, done go home wait y mints and repeat. WHAT THE FUCK!! I will keep me weed than, you very much bc it isn’t going g to destroy my liver and kidneys and I do t have the side effect to deal with! Like headaches for me it’s a 3 day MIGRAINE nausea dizzy and some of the pills you get to treat things li,e vertigo the meds for vertigo CAUSE DISSY SPELLS! VIRTIGO IS FEELING DIZZY SO MY EDS ARE GOING G TO MAKE ME MORE DIZZY! FUCK YOU YOU TAKE AN ASPRIN AND TOUR IT OUT

    • LB

      July 20, 2018 1:51 am

      Sessions probably doesn’t have any chronic pains because he’s never done any real work, only sucking from the teet of the Federal Government at the expense of us the taxpayers and our tax dollars. Undoubtedly he has never experienced any type of pain or had a family member who did. I experienced several ruptured disc and at another time had neck problems, both resulting in surgery and plates and screws. I never in my life knew that my body could hurt so bad. As you know it destroys your personal and family life and nothing is fun any more. I’m ashamed to admit that I thought for years he was a good person and I have voted for him in the past and now i wonder how i could have been so stupid. I already had this feeling due to his lack of backbone in standing up for the President who appointed him and for what is good for this country. He is a spineless P.O.S. That should have to suffer just half the pain that a lot of Americans suffer every day and he would have the Government doctors give him some meds. Its best not to speak when you are ignorant of the subject..we all understand that there is a problem with drugs but they are not from people suffering from chronic pain. Hopefully doctors will stand up for their patients and the D.E.A. Will do their job and get the illegal dealers. I feel your pain and problems and wish you relief from both. All suffering from this problem need to work together to solve problems like Sessions by voting them out .

      • SoCalSteve

        July 20, 2018 9:14 pm

        Sessions IS a chronic pain. But don’t stop here. Vote ’em out, starting with the Republican Congress that shills for Sessions and his boss.

  10. Jeff

    July 15, 2018 11:06 pm

    You guys do realize he said “Sometimes” right? There is a prescription drug abuse issue. Pharmaceutical companies and ignorant people are the cause. But to co troll some much of someone’s life is just not within the scope of power given to the government.

    • Lee Thompson

      July 16, 2018 7:06 pm

      If that was an attempt to be rational, forget it. I put a real comment here and all I see are blathering idiots that do not pay attention to real news. I thought this would be a fun place but I was wrong.

  11. Jocelyn

    July 16, 2018 1:11 am

    Hmm I suppose if we cut your leg off and throw an aspirin at you that should do it then huh?
    What your fail to understand is that chronic pain is not a one size fits all diagnosis. You clearly have no idea what your talking Mr.
    Your statement is disgusting & completely arrogant!

  12. Kick you in your nuts

    July 16, 2018 1:58 am

    How about you let all the chronic pain sufferers kick you in the balls and see you tough it out with some aspirin. 🤬

  13. Ann

    July 16, 2018 5:30 am

    I hope you, or someone you TRULY care about gets to experience the pain in question. If it were you I am positive you wouldn’t last long enough to say the word aspirin, let alone use it. Since you are supposed to be a Christian, why don’t you pray about it…. Ask for the Lord to let you feel what many feel for 15 minutes….see how long you last…!! You are truly a JOKE!

  14. Sarah Jo Lorenz

    July 18, 2018 2:35 am

    My husband has chronic pain due to about 6 chronic health conditions- he cannot take aspirin because he lost a kidney to cancer and is at risk for kidney failure now. Tylenol is like candy against the tough pain. he tries not to take the prescription non-opioid medication as much as possible but even that wont remove the pain on his bad days. A bad day is him in pain from sitting, standing, laying, and even breathing. I pray Mr Sessions never has chronic pain and that is family and loved ones never experience it because he has damned them to suffer in pain or to admit that he was a hypocrite and someone unfit to call themselves a loving Christian individual.

  15. James Cook

    July 21, 2018 2:56 pm

    Dear Jeff Sessions: You are not a physician. Much less an Attorney General since you appear to have recused yourself from anything except being a pain in the ass to the USA. Resign. Go Home. You should be kicked in the nuts for saying this!!! You must have the good fortune to have perfect health. May it end soon. I mean that. May you have both knees and hips replaced without the aid of modern medicine. May you have crippling arthritis so you can’t sign or pursue anymore laws of any type. May you suffer the indignity of not being able to wipe your own ass because your joints hurt so much. May you not be able to walk up stairs or down stairs because your feet are curled up in pain. May you not be able to hold any insufferable children of your own. You are a sick sick person. You ignorance knows no end.

  16. Gail

    July 23, 2018 2:29 am

    Have just had my 5th joint replacement Mr. Sessions. I can’t take anti-inflammatories, I do not take opiods. I have toughed it out until so much damage has been done to those 5 joints that there was no option except total replacement. You apparently don’t understand chronic pain sir and for your sake, I hope you never do!

  17. Steven Lagung

    July 23, 2018 3:33 pm

    I wonder if he knows how many people are getting Stage 3 and 4 kidney disease from Nsaids: aspirin, Aleve, Ibuprofen?

    Perhaps he should visit a hospital and find out.

    • Sheila Walker

      July 26, 2018 3:45 am

      I’m one of those with stage 4 kidney disease from taking Nsaids for migraines. Dialysis is looming.

  18. Rachel

    July 23, 2018 9:23 pm

    I can tell you’ve never been in chronic pain in your life. I live a life in constant pain where opioids don’t even touch the pain. For your remark to “take an aspirin and tough it out”, honestly makes me sick. Not only am I sick physically but you are from my state and are representing it horribly. I’m shocked at your words with zero compassion.

  19. E

    July 23, 2018 11:53 pm

    Dear sir, please refrain on speaking unless you know what you are talking about. Reading things like this are very aggravating, because it is pure ignorance.

  20. Mary

    July 24, 2018 10:55 pm

    Where do I begin, wow, just wow !!! And you are seriously delusional sir !!!! You are a complete idiot to make such a statement !!!! Why don’t you try have numerous bones cut out of u and replaced and take an aspirin and see how you do !! God, help this man who has lost his mind may you grant him a brain !!

  21. rktect29

    July 25, 2018 5:14 pm

    So I am NOT a fan of Sessions at all, so I decided to watch the entire address to see for myself.

    He did NOT say anything about CHRONIC pain sufferers. The headline is fake news and an effort to create more panic.

    He was talking about after surgery and was joking about how General Kelly refused to take drugs after surgery. This link even cut out the full context of the video to prove their fake story.

  22. Richard

    July 25, 2018 8:53 pm

    Not to defend the pharma companies, who have their own complicity in this, but the statement that the companies “prescribe too many opioids” is false. I always thought it was DOCTORS who prescribed medications, not drug companies Not sure if this is Sessions’ error or that of the person who wrote the story, but if people “across the political statement can agree with that statement, we’re in bigger trouble than I thought.

    And yes, I’ll add to the chorus: Mr. Sessions, spend a day in my shoes and you couldn’t hack it.

  23. Joe Smith

    July 26, 2018 7:53 pm

    I would like nothing more than for Sessions to suffer debilitating pain and not have access to anything stronger than aspirin.

  24. Phoebe

    July 28, 2018 6:21 pm

    I hope this asshole develops arthritis and a pinched nerve. See how long he can “tough it out” when it’s happening to him. What a pathetic human

  25. Marianne Bradley

    July 29, 2018 6:54 pm

    I have had two lumbar back surgeries with discectomy and laminectomy. Then my arm hurt all the time and I ended up getting 7 more surgeries on my neck with titanium hardware. Before I even got out of the operating room, something heavy enough to break a titanium screw was dropped in my head. When I woke up in a tiny little room, I had two broken teethe, two black eyes and a split lip. I felt like If been hit by an 18 wheeler. Now, you want to take my pain medication and leave me unable to function, as in take care of myself and my 14 year old service dog?? This is insanity…


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