... consent to a drug screen before you saw the doctor. It is not. Is this legal?
While no, it's not a federal law that I've ever heard of, Kaismama is right. They have every legal right to request a urine test prior to prescribing you medication. These days doctors have to be extra careful to protect themselves from getting in any type of trouble with the DEA. So don't get insulted by this. It's pretty much a regular practice for most doctor's offices and Urgent Care Centers.
I agree with DzooBaby, Lisa01, and Kasamomma (hope I got those right - sorryif I didn't) - anybody these days having any issue with a doctor requiring a drug screen before prescribing any kind of pain med is WAY off! It's amazing anymore to find doctors that will even consider prescribing opiates - there is SO much paperwork the doctor needs to do to keep their butts out of jail! Shoot, even my pharmacy has to access my prescription records EVERY time I get a pain med filled (three Rxs per month) to verify I am on an opiate medication. Yes, the pharmacy clerk accesses it, prints it out so the pharmacist can verify it before they even print out a label!
So yes, the doctor can and SHOULD require drug testing before even writing for the mildest pain med. And you should be happy they are - that's a practice that is likely to stay in business if the DEA does an audit (which happens all the time). You want your doctor to require you to sign an opioid contact with you, to do urine testing, to see you every month - the works. It is nothing against the patient - it is them keeping their practice in business!! EJ23
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