My state has many laws in place to prevent ODs from opiates.
You have to present an ID to get your prescription, which means you can't have it delivered. (Unless a friend or loved one picks it up).
All your meds that are controlled are visible to all doctors through a special database. It's annoying for them, but I do think it's important.
To protect themselves my PCP has me on a pain medication contract. They can request drug testing at any time (which they do apologetically because they trust me).
I can only get the prescription exactly on the date that is 28 days after I got the last one. Because you know, we are all able to go to pharmacies easily. (Thankfully I finally got on the 28 day cycle. I used to be in the pharmacy all the time).
I can't get my meds synced because too many are controlled, so they can't adjust the prescriptions so I get them all at once.
I'm seeing a pain specialist, and a pharmacologist who keep track of everything.
Today is the latest in the whole drug saga. Because I have more than one prescribing doc, for other medications, none of which are controlled, my doctor's office has to call the pharmacy to verify they know I'm on all the things I'm on. Thankfully I caught the fact that they were delaying filling my medications before I needed them.
This is the drug that lets me do anything other than weep in pain.
I get it. I get that doctors were stupid about prescribing synthetic opiates. I get that there are addicts. And I get that the government is trying to do what they can to save people.
I just question if this is saving anyone.
I understand fully the need for comprehensive care, the need for pharmacies to be involved. But I'm so tired of how hard it is just to get what I need to get to the pharmacy. Especially with my Lyft deal no longer being valid.
People with chronic pain need consistent dosing. We need to be protected just as much as the potential addicts out there. And it's not happening.
(It turned out to be a pharmacist that wanted to make sure my doctor knew the risks of the medication. I've been on it for a year. I'm glad this pharmacist is looking out for me, and many doctors don't check on all the consequences - but it's still very frustrating.) #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Opiates #DrugLaws #pharmacist #Fibromyalgia
I often ask myself after two years of sobriety, who I am? Who do I want to be? Just newly turning 35, having regained custody of my daughter just over a year ago, breaking up with my partner of three years....I am struggling to decide on where I belong in this world? See, I own a successful six figure salary painting corporation, but my dreams are much larger. With just two years shy of being sober, I have everything it seems I could ask for. A beautiful home, my daughter back, a successful business, a life I only once dreamed of. But my true dream is helping addicts like me. Helping them get access to Vivitrol, which was the only thing that stopped my uncontrollable cravings after thirteen years of a viscous cycle of opiate abuse. It was a complete game changer for me. I also want to work building a safe haven for people to myself to be able to come home to from jail, treatment or prison and eventually bring their children at some point. Help with their employment skills. At this point, I know that I am living the wrong life. I know this is my true calling. I have given so many hope wig my story of success. For after all, I was that hopeless case....
#opiateawareness #wedorecover #successfulrecovery #Opiates #opiateabuse #vivitrol
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I've been taking coedine as and when needed for about 6 years. I noticed it would make me feel better if I felt agitated, depressed or couldn't sleep. Recently I started looking for research on Google about any links to opiates and Bipolar. I am amazed to find quite a few, and more recently a book.
Why is it that men are allowed to own their pain and women are not? Men receive opiate prescriptions for severe chronic pain but women are viewed with suspicion. Women are still defined by the fact we have an uterus and therefore are more inclined to hysterical and emotional responses to pain. This is so preposterous as to be unbelievable in this day and age. Unfortunately many doctors still cling to this view. I watched my son change as he progressed through medical school and residency.