As a medical provider, you’ve taken an oath to do no harm. You want to do what’s in your patients’ best interests, so they can go on to live full, fulfilling lives.
Unfortunately, the opioid epidemic put a halt to prescribing the medications that many people need to handle chronic or severe pain. Now, if you want to prescribe them, you need to be extremely careful. You have to limit how much you give to a patient and monitor them for signs of addiction, dependency and tolerance.
There are varied ways to treat pain
While there are a number of options for treating pain, the reality is that opioid drugs are a good option for some people. Depending on the kind of pain they’re in, these drugs may be the only ones powerful enough to eliminate or reduce the pain. That’s why they’re still used after surgeries and are considered a reasonable choice for those in severe pain from cancer or other terminal illnesses.
Prescribing too liberally could lead to trouble
You should know that prescribing these drugs too liberally could end up leading to trouble. If you’re accused of overprescribing or causing one of your patients to overdose by giving them too many pills, you could quickly find yourself in trouble with the board and at risk of losing your medical license.
If you’re accused of running a pill mill, you need to defend your practice
Sometimes, medical providers are unfairly accused of running pill mills and being too liberal with these controlled substances. You have a right to defend yourself if you’re facing action from the medical board. A good defense may help you protect your license and resolve challenges such as disciplinary hearings, administrative hearings or problems with regulatory compliance.
Your defense may help you avoid the loss of your license
You do what you can to help others, and you should not be penalized for that. A solid legal defense may help you protect your license and reaffirm that what you’re doing is not only legal but also necessary based on the patients who you serve.