How might you spot someone misusing opioids?
Here are some behaviors patients exhibit that suggest misuse:
–Consulting physicians from multiple practices for prescriptions.
–Calling their physician’s office to be seen without an appointment — “The pain is much worse”.
–Frequently calling the physician’s office for early refills.
–Requesting an extra prescription, reporting the first one was lost or stolen.
–Frequent emergency room visits for prescriptions.
–Increasing the dose without approval.
–Refusal to reduce or discontinue medication when there is no pain relief.
–Using the drug for non-pain symptoms i.e. sleep.