• What do you do when pain management medication becomes hard to find due to a crackdown on drug abusers?

    Asked by FreeBird on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    What do you do when pain management medication becomes hard to find due to a crackdown on drug abusers?

    Pharmacies carry a small amount of morphine here, and hesitate to dispense it. I end up having to drive hours to find someone who sells it, or has it in stock, because they are prohibited from discussing it on the telephone. Then they want me to load dad with advanced cancer into the car and drive him there with his photo i.d., and they look at you like you're a criminal. Eventually Hospice will take over the meds, and we won't have to worry about it. It's just frustrating.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      I invite the powers that be to come dispense it one-pill-at-a-time directly to the person who needs it and explain to them and the whole family why you cannot if you refuse.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      The intent is to stop drug abusers from doctor and pharmacy shopping in order to get multiple scripts for narcartics filled by different doctors and different pharmacies. By driving to around to different pharmacies, you are fitting that profile. Controlled substances are tracked so even if you go to a pharmacy and the script is not filled, there is still a database entry, accessible to other pharmacies, indicating that you have tried to get controlled substances from multiple locations.

      The solution is get it prescribed by one and only one doctor, and filled by one and only one pharmacy. Your doctor can advise the pharmacist how often and how much of the medication your Dad needs, so they can have it ordered and in stock for him. They will also then have knowledge and a record of you as his caretaker, so picking them up on his behalf shouldn't be a problem. Another option is to have them delivered by mail.

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      For a narcotic pain killer, we have to go to the cancer center to pick up the prescription, and renew it each month, because they cannot do an electronic prescription for it. When taking into account the insurance and co-pay, by the time we're ready to renew, it could cut it close with mail order, and not being sure we'll have it in our hands. As I get more experience, I'm getting better at timing it so it's not last minute. It's just very inconvenient on top of everything else. The last two times, we went to another county for the meds. With our usual pharmacy, they can't keep it in stock, because they limit the amount available at each store, and other people need it also. The pharmacy where we found it wants us to transfer all of his prescriptions over before they will fill it again. It might pay for someone in the future to consider finding a cancer center with its own pharmacy that can dispense narcotics.

      over 4 years ago

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