Our Opioid Therapy Statement
Pain Doctor is here to change your life by reducing your pain and improving your daily functioning. We do this with safe and effective comprehensive treatment plans that reduce risks and maximize benefits. We go to great lengths to protect our patients from the significant risks that are associated with opioid therapy, which are also known as narcotic medications. We stringently follow DEA recommendations regarding prescribing opioid medications. Further, we only prescribe opioid medications if we determine that a patient’s pathology warrants their use, the patient satisfies specific criteria, and the patient has failed other, lower risk treatment options.
We typically do not prescribe high doses of opioid medications as research continues to show that this regimen has much greater risks for patients with few long-term benefits as compared to lower doses.
We believe that if you suffer from pain, we can help you. We successfully treat all types of pain with our comprehensive treatment plans and adherence to our Opioid Therapy Statement and 12 Step Compliance Checklist. Our treatments are safe, minimally-invasive, and clinically-proven to be highly effective.
At Pain Doctor, we are passionate about treating those who suffer from pain. We empathize with chronic pain’s burden on you and those closest to you. We provide life-changing, intelligent, and comprehensive pain treatments.
Opioid Therapy – 12 Step Checklist
For opioid use, patients must have:
- Assessment of pain (0-10 scale)
- Current and updated medication list
- Review and documentation of patient’s social history, including substance abuse history
- Review of recent Prescription Drug Monitoring report
- Physical examination of painful areas
- Discussion and documentation of risks and benefits of opioid therapy
- Established goals of opioid treatment and reviewed goals (e.g., patient wants to have an increased ability to function)
- Clear documentation of rationale for opioid use (e.g., chronic lower back pain or degenerative disc disease)
- Clear documentation of beneficial clinical response to opioid use (e.g., decrease pain or increase function)
- Current and consistent urine drug test based upon patient risk stratification
- Prescribe Naloxone (rescue medication for opioid overdose) to all patients who receive a script for an opioid
- Patient has signed a Controlled Substance Agreement within last six (6) months
Read more about the long term effects of opioids use.