Drug Laws, Pharmacists
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