Pain patients are being cut off from their drugs. Pain management doctors are refusing to fill their patients prescriptions and cutting them off cold turkey.
Many people experience severe pain related to injury or surgery. Patients who are suffering can be prescribed a vast spectrum of pharmaceutical aids including hydrocodone, oxycodone, and hydromorphone (Morphine) by their doctors, surgeons, or pain management clinics.
Unfortunately, even patients who have never had any substance abuse or addiction problems will most likely become physically dependent on opioids while managing their pain.
The only solution to stopping pain pills is to medically detox.
WHY ARE DOCTORS CUTTING PATIENTS OFF OF THEIR LEGALLY PRESCRIBED DRUGS?
With increasing opioid use disorders, overdose, and deaths the drug enforcement agency, CDC and governmental agencies came together to design tighter controls over opiate prescriptions. As a result of the new recommendations, many doctors are stopping their patient's prescriptions with little or no warning and no instructions on how to handle the withdrawals.
These controls impacted physicians providing opiate prescriptions. 1 As a result providers started asking patients to sign “opioid contracts” or “pain contracts,” patients agree to random urine drug screens, opioid pill counts, and other conditions. Violation of the terms resulted in patients being cut off by that medical professional. Other providers began to “clear their books” of patients on existing opiate medication, by referring them to “pain management” doctors. Even more doctors have conversations asking patient to start tapering their pain medication on their own. This situation places all the responsibility on the patient and often the patient is unable to taper properly due to the body going into withdraw.
SO WHAT SHOULD PATIENTS DO IF THEY ARE CUT OFF?
The answer to this growing problem is simple; Patients need to medically detox from the opioids. Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use. It is a simple process that few people know is necessary when stopping opioids.
Relieve Medical Detox sees many patients who have been in this situation. Injured, placed on pain medication, cut off abruptly and now using fentanyl. They have never had any substance abuse issues in the past, but now find themselves physically addicted and in need of detox.
If you feel like life revolves around the next dose of medication, afraid of getting “cut off”, or if you are trying desperately to cut back or go just a little longer between doses and are experiencing detox symptoms; reach out for help! You are not alone.
Relieve Medical Detox has specially tailored programs for a safe and comfortable detox from pain medications.
-Melanie French, RN Relieve Medical Detox