Wednesday, March 21, 2018
This comparison is based on my personal observations over the years. It compares legitimate chronic pain patients with narc addicts. Let's compare:
Legitimate Chronic Pain Patient
* Brings in prescriptions ahead of time
* Ok to wait until "do not fill until" date comes and shows up hours after opening on that date
* Friendly, never in a hurry, willing to wait until the prescriptions are filled
* Never mentions anything about needing a specific color or manufacturer of the medication
* Lives in the neighborhood of the pharmacy
* If waiting for the prescription does so patiently in the waiting room or comes back hours later
* Picks up all medications (pain or non pain) at the same time
* Bathes on a daily basis
* Talks about new treatment options and wanting to get off the medication
* Takes the medication as prescribed and never runs out before the next due date
* Rarely (if ever) claims to be "shorted" on the medication
* Packs his or her medication first when going out of town
* Never loses his or her medication
* Locks up his or her medication to keep it from getting stolen or misused by others
* Argues about when the next fill will go through insurance
* Wants to pay cash if insurance doesn't pay
* If not paid by Medicaid, somehow comes up with hundreds of dollars to pay for it
* Asks for specific colors or manufacturers of the medication
* Asks if the medication can be dispensed in the original container
* If there is a "do not fill until" date on the prescription, shows up on that day right at opening
* Asks where the water fountain is located or takes a tablet at the register before leaving
* Frequently goes "out of town" and coerces his or her physician into authorizing an early refill
* Sometimes seen in town when supposedly supposed to be "out of town"
* Travels miles across town to a specific physician and pharmacy
* Stands in front of the pharmacy or the register staring at the pharmacist no matter how long they've been told it will take to fill
* When multiple prescriptions come in, only wants the pain medications; says he or she will pick up the others later. Sometimes they're never picked up
* Has the appearance and odor of not bathing every day
* Often angry, ready to argue about the dates to fill prescriptions
* Often takes the medication more than prescribed, runs out, and wants to fill early
* Often says "The doctor told me to take more"
* Routinely states "You shorted me last time"
* Talks about when the next refill will go through, never about getting off the medication
* Sometimes says the medication was lost, left on a bus, taxi, motel room, or was stolen at a party
Do you agree with my comparison?
What would you add to each list?