Pain management is an important element in a physician’s treatment of an injured worker. Although there are several options for treating non-cancer-related chronic pain (e.g., oral medications, injections, surgery), oral opioid analgesics are the most widely used. However, narcotic medications have a high potential for abuse and addiction. The misuse and abuse of narcotic medications have significant costs, both societal and economic. A 2011 study estimated a $42 billion loss in productivity resulting from the use of prescription painkillers.1 Moreover, approximately 50 Americans die each day from prescription painkiller overdoses.2 Specific to workers’ compensation, the use of long-acting opioid medications has been linked to a greater likelihood that a claim’s cost will exceed $100,000.3
Why do I have to monitor my urine?
For your safety, this clinic is complying with suggested Federal scheduled drug compliance monitoring guidelines. Many physicians feel that drug monitoring can ensure the highest level of patient safety. The drug-monitoring porgram will help the physician to:
• Understand the actual levels of drugs present
• Identify dangerous drug-to-drug interactions
• Monitor compliance with treatment plans utilized within this clinic.