Sometimes the legitimate acutely ill and injured patient may be erroneously thought of as another drama patient, or another chronic drug seeker
, thereby ultimately leading you to acquire a false sense of the patient's true history, injury, pain, or disease.
Let's use an example to illustrate each of these: If a patient comes to you asking for Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) because you froze actinic keratoses, your first instinct might be to think this patient is a drug seeker
and that he is not going to be satisfied unless you give in to his demand.
For example, a nurse would most likely not judge the behavior of a patient needing increasing amounts of medication to treat hypertension, yet he or she may label a patient seeking increasing amounts of pain medication to treat pain as a drug seeker
PLAINTIFF'S CLAIM The patient's doctor was negligent in prescribing large amounts of controlled substances when he should have known that she was a drug seeker
with a drug abuse problem.
Had he "built up a resistance to the drug" or was he anxious that he would be labelled a drug seeker
and be under medicated as usual?
"If you do all these things and are victimized by someone who is a drug seeker
, at least you have documented your efforts and have done everything you can do," she said.
The patient record is often unavailable, the caller is frequently unknown to the physician, and the drug seeker
usually has a very convincing story to support his or her request for a controlled drug.
I wouldn't have to worry about drug seekers
hitting me up, or dealing with the paperwork and pharmacy calls, or doing background checks on the state monitoring site.
This epidemic has caused quite a conundrum for providers wishing to compassionately and responsibly treat those patients who are in pain, while avoiding patients who are drug seekers
due to addiction.
Ostensibly, having a photo is a security feature: It allows us to positively identify a patient, thereby reducing the risk that we treat an imposter posing as that patient (a small but real problem with drug seekers
These misconceptions fuel abuse among young people in particular and drive them to the point where Larry and Jeff and Justin are dealing with drug seekers