Medication Contracts

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by sugar_crystal, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. sugar_crystal

    sugar_crystal New Member

    Since I like lively conversation and am a night person anyway, this came to mind around 0400 this morning.

    Patient's Rights are a big issue right now. How many of you have had to sign Medication Contracts and how do you feel about that? The cancer patients don't sign them, but many physicians require them of their chronic pain patients and some I have been told are so stringent that the patient must have a drug test everytime they see their doctor. This is supposed to be evidence that they are not diverting their medications.

    Has the DEA brought us to the point that legitimate patients are not to be trusted? Most of my sons' friends are in their early 20's and can tell me the easiest way to get anything I want. Since most of my family is in law enforcement and I am a nurse, this puts me in a dilemma but is very educational.

    Our Great War on Drugs seems to be having the effect that the patients have become the bad guys. I know the contracts are supposed to protect the physicians but the sword cuts both ways. Any suspicion that the contract is broken and the patient loses a doctor...they are so paranoid about the DEA. And this is not from ignorance. Some of my husband's military exploits including working task forces with the DEA and Customs. I don't see the war on drugs making any headway. He and I have lively conversations about this topic (at least until he has to go to the sandbox). But he feels, like me that the more you prohibit a drug and advertise it in the media as something evil (such as Oxycontin...which he has seen has turned my life around), the more the street users want to try it.

    Just curious,
    Crystal
    [This Message was Edited on 02/05/2003]
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    The War on Drugs is a bust--pun intended. It has been a spectacular failure and another example of government bureaucratic waste. It's a panacea to the masses to make people believe something is being done to stem the flow of drugs. I believe we should be looking at why people feel the need to take drugs in the first place. That puts me in the currently politically incorrect category of being a liberal. We are great at putting band aids on our problems in this country instead of spending our money on prevention. This is a very costly and ineffecient system.

    As for the contracts, I signed one at the pain specialist's office stating I would not abuse or transfer the medication. They have a rule that you must bring in your prescription bottles, but they didn't enforce it. In fact, I probably could have gotten pretty much what I needed. My pain specialist knew more about CFS/FMS than all my other docs put together.

    I'm not against having someone sign a contract like this, but it should be for everyone to sign, not just some patients with certain conditions.

    Love, Mikie