More Doctors Drug Testing Chronic Pain Patients

rxdrugabusespectrumThe Wall Street Journal featured an article last week that addressed the topic of drug tests for chronic pain patients. Doctors are becoming more cautious about their involvement in prescribing narcotic painkillers since the number of people abusing the drugs and overdosing on them has continued to rise.

By requiring a urinalysis prior to giving out any prescriptions the doctors can usually tell if people are taking elevated levels of the drug as well as whether or not they’re using other drugs. The practice serves as a cautionary measure for both the patient as well as the doctor.

On one hand it can help save a patient’s life by helping to catch a possible substance abuse problem while also hopefully preventing more overdoses. On the other hand it helps protect doctors from a liability standpoint, since they also usually have patients sign declarations that they’re not abusing the drugs or getting the same prescription from multiple doctors.

Treating chronic pain patients with narcotic painkillers while also trying to avoid substance abuse problems can be a very fine line at times, often because of the tolerance factor and high potential for abuse these drugs have.

If you have a family member struggling with prescription drug abuse and want more information about intervention services, contact us today.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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