M.E. patients need relief from the pain they suffer 24/7. What happens when they run out of their medication, and go to the ER? Normally, they would be treated like a drug addict who is looking for more drugs.
Controlled substances must be prescribed for 30 days, with 2 refills. Original prescriptions must be picked up at the doctor’s office and then hand delivered to the pharmacy. This puts a great hardship on the patient, especially when that patient has to travel many miles to see the doctor every 3 months, and the patient is disabled by the disease and/or other physical disabilities.
Chronic pain and opioid use is a fact of life with patients who suffer from different chronic illnesses; such as MS, Fibromyalgia, etc.
The video below discusses this topic in detail. A good listen.