P2P and The Mess with Pain Medications

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.

 

 

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