Has that happened anywhere else? Not worried because I don't abuse but thinking about how long each appt. is going to take for people like me, on a dozen meds? Ugh! Doesn't the DEA have anything better to do than mess with pain pt's???
Cupcake I recently had to take a drug test ordered by my Dr. I was shocked when I called to pick up a prescription for my Percocet and the nurse said I needed to go to the lab first. I had to make the appointment for that day or the next day. I went the next day went to the lab (urine test) then I could get the prescription. So now we will have to make an appointment each month and bring all your medicine bottles or just the pain medicine? I suffer enough than go to the Dr. each month with a bag of bottles(16). But the good have to suffer with the bad. :(
To answer your last question first, no the DEA is too lazy to worry about the illegal drugs. If they left us alone, they might be able to stop all the illegal meds coming into the country. Doctors and patients leave a paper trail so their war on drugs is easier to wage. I'm sure its just the controlled medications you are on, the DEA doesn't care about the others. Once again they aren't using their heads, just harrassing us. What difference does it make if you bring in a medicine bottle. You can leave the meds you have at home and they'd not be able to tell. As far as making an appt. Those of you who got your prescriptions by calling in were lucky. The reg actually wants the doctor to physically see you every month.
I haven't even heard about this. Is it supposed to be nationwide or just certain areas? I"m not an abuser so them prying into my pill records won't bother me. It's their time they are wasting. With any Schedule II narcotic, like my pain patch, it's the only Schedule II I'm on at the moment and my Dr requires that we pick that script up in person to get the physical paper script. No calling in that one. What is the DEA's reasoning behind this? Just to catch Rx abusers? Catch them and then what? Not allow them their meds?
We've had to bring in our meds at my pm dr since I've gone there. It's not a DEA requirement, but part of our narcotic contract. Plus it gives his office the documentation they need for when the DEA does come in to review his practice. Most scripts must be picked up monthly, but some can be faxed in directly to the pharmacy.
You might double check with your Dr to see if you have to bring all your meds, or if you can just bring in those that are controlled substances. I doubt that it's a DEA requirement, but probably more of a CYA thing and a way to monitor his patients. If you're going to a pm dr, the documentation (and dismissal of patients who don't comply) benefits the Dr with the DEA spot checks and monitoring.
Been following this. What states are you all in? I know they cracked down on Florida pill mills and new rules were developed to sort out the illegal from the needed. Forms are always the answer. Lol
Now they are doing the same in Georgia as pill mills are showing up. Saw it on the news last week. So am wondering if there is any corollary between the two. Karen
Hi cupcake, I've not heard about this, but will let you know if I'm asked to bring my pain meds in on my next appointment.
I too, have no problems bringing in my meds, as I never abuse them either. I do think some people may find themselves in hot water, if they take too many than are prescribed.
Kaismama has brought up such a great point!! IF the DEA would fight the real druggies, and not us, the legit pain patients, they would better spend their time that way and possibly catch the big fish in the pond of drug abusers and sellers! Oh this makes me so mad.
Are WE all to end up on the streets, trying to stop our chronic pain?
Hi! I'm new to the site so I hope I'm responding in the correct area.
I'm from MI. & recently they also made us start doing drug test. The way Dr. explained it to me was they are making certain when it comes to controlled drugs that you are indeed using it. They are cracking down on Dr.s' writing out too many scripts & the patients that are getting scripts filled and selling them on the street, or passing them on to someone else, who they are not intended for.
Some of my pain meds., I take only as needed and if the test did not show any in my system, I would not be getting a refill. Trace amounts of the drugs are enough, to qualify for refills. I suggest to anyone who has an appointment for refills, or anytime before you go to Dr. office make sure you have taken all your medications the night before (4 hrs. before appointment is idea) to ensure you will recieve the proper refills. Most drugs stay in your system for approx. 72 hrs.
P.S. If you fail to show positive on your drug test, you can complain and they will comply and give you another test. (just make sure you go home first, then call to complain, then reschedule). and you can always take your meds. while in waiting room if you forgot to take any. Just make sure you bring someone with you & let them do the driving.
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