Some lawyers and political experts say that agreements, instead of ensuring security, encroach on patients` privacy and damage the trust needed for the doctor-patient relationship. Agreements may require patients to undergo blood or urine drug tests, to complete their prescriptions at a single pharmacy, or to refuse to take painkillers from another doctor. When patients do not follow the rules, agreements often stipulate that doctors can reject them from their practice. Courtney Caprara Manager 412-647-6190 firstname.lastname@example.org Others disagree. They say treatment agreements can be used as an educational tool and a roadmap for care. "It provides a framework for talking about the problems that appear in a treatment plan," says S. Hughes Melton, a family physician in rural Lebanon, Va., where addiction, including the search for painkillers, is a serious problem. A few years ago, her primary provider asked her to sign a treatment agreement for opioids and Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug she also took regularly. Every three months, she visited the doctor so that he could assess her condition and write her a new cycle of prescriptions. Sometimes he would do a urine test.
After working in the mining industry for 22 years, Jeffery Boyd has consistently developed back and leg pain. In collaboration with Melton, he manages his pain with an opioid and another medication. For Boyd, signing a treatment contract and closely monitoring Melton are secondary: most of the time, he`s just happy to control his pain. Wendy Zellner Vice President 412-586-9777 email@example.com In order to monitor drug use, some physicians ask patients to sign "pain treatment contracts" or "opioid treatment agreements" that clarify the rules patients must follow to take these drugs safely. Contracts are designed to deter people from taking too many drugs, mixing drugs or, among other things, sharing or selling them… Due to some high-level lawsuits from doctors due to the operation of "pill mills," some experts say, doctors are increasingly using pain contracts to protect themselves. The subjective nature of pain scares doctors from being deceived by unscrupulous patients, says Myra Christopher, executive director of the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo., who co-authored a recent article criticizing an article that criticizes pain contracts. . Everything went well until last winter. Crowley, 51, went to the emergency room with a heart attack, but turned out to be scared. There, she said, she was given anti-fear medication and other medications. .
The next day, she had a regular appointment with her doctor, who gave her prescriptions for her regular medication and took a urine sample. A week later, she said, she received a call from him saying that an opioid she should not take had appeared in her urine sample. The doctor gave her 60 days to find a new doctor, even after she had told him about her visit to the ER. "The pain will never go away," he says, "but [Melton] has brought me to where I can work and do things." But there is a catch: although very effective, these drugs are dangerous and addictive. The main danger is that they can cause respiratory depression: if you take too much, the breathing slows down and can finally stop. And because they cause euphoria, opioids are popular targets for abuse and abuse. In 2007, 11,499 people died from opioid overdoses in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.