Part of my medical treatment for ghronic pain as related to my permanent disability
, my physician prescribed an Intrathecal Medication Pump. I have had it since 2003. One of the medications it delivers id Morphine. Intrathecal delivery, is via a surgically implanted pump and cath system, the catheter inserts into the IT Space, or spinal canal, at the lumbar level. It is a closed system; the physician is the only one to insert or withdraw medication, as well as adjust the dosage of medications. The most IMPORTANT reason to change to this system, is I was able to discontinue oral narcotics (which have their obvious side effects) to a system, where there is NO cross of the system across a blood barrier so there is NO effects/side rffects which prevent activities daily living; most specifically--driving. About 6 years ago, the local police department learned that I had this cath/delivery system. As far as they are concerned, in no uncertain terms, I have a "Morphine Pump". They act, speak of it and treat me as if I am "mainlining" morphine as I drive down the road, that I control the dosing, to the point of being able to take extra "hits" of it at will
. Over the last 6 yrs, I have have greater than a dozen "encounters" with them. I have been charged with DUI >6 times, the charges have been dismissed, thrown out, gone away 4/6 times. My blood draw is clean, neg., each and every time. A few of the officers have "let me know" anytime I am driving in their city, I will be considered, treated and charged as-DUI. The DMV Medical Review Board, has cleared me each and every time they have been involved. The officers (ring leaders) don't want to know the specifics etc about the pump, as far as they are concerned, it's IV Morphine and driving, period. Again, as I said, I don't even have to be driving. I have been outside the car, sitting in the car (running or not); I have been told by Public Defenders that I should file a civil suit against the city, that this is "harrassment/discrimination
" re: disability as it is the treament of choice for my disability, thus I am being discriminated against because of my disability etc. I realize that I have tried to be quick in explaining, and it may take much more discussion, however, is there enough information to determine if I would be right in going the harassment/discrimination route legally; do you have enough info to steer me in the correct direction?