BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - An opioid crisis is sweeping the nation and doctors are cracking down, but some people have said it's impacting them.
Micah Kengle, who almost died in a car accident in 1993 now struggles to get the medication he needs.
Kengle severely damaged his back, intestines, and was not conscious for about four minutes after the crash.
After multiple surgeries, he was told he could not have a physically demanding job.
Kengle said he wanted to go into the military but that dream was shattered after the accident. After multiple different jobs he went into law enforcement.
"I was an actual floor officer, we did intakes, dealing with actual housing, walk in the housing units every 50 minutes," Kengle said.
He said while he worked as a prison guard he was attacked by an inmate. He ended up retiring due to his medical issues and deals with that pain every day.
To help Kengle cope, his doctors had prescribed him opioids.
As the DEA cracks down on opioids, Kengle said Butte County is cracking down even harder.
"The DEA said 'no you can only get 90 milligrams a day now'," Kengle said. "Butte County because they have such abuse of opioids Butte County pain management has put a 40-milligram cap on their patients."
Kengle said the hardest part is mental, being in pain and not being able to help the family as much as he would like.
His wife Beckie said it's been hard for him to step away from the role as a provider.
"Sometimes I do need to remind him he has a pension," Beckie said.
Doctors have told Kengle to try medical marijuana, for the pain but he said it did not work.
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