Chronic pain – pain lasting more than six (6) months – is a growing problem in our country. As our population ages, more and more patients are experiencing chronic pain. Chronic pain is difficult to treat because treatment often consists of highly addictive medications. These medications – such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, or morphine – are so addictive that they are frequently sold, traded, or stolen instead of being used for their original purpose.
Arkansas is facing increasing problems with medication misuse, addiction and overdose. Because of these problems, regulatory agencies are increasing their surveillance of physicians and other licensed providers who prescribe these medications. In the state of Arkansas, a physician or provider who over-prescribes these medications or inappropriately prescribes these medications can lose his or her license, thereby ending that physicians or provider’s career.
To ensure the safety of 1st Choice Healthcare patients, and to ensure that our organization is in compliance with state recommendations and rules, we have established additional guidelines. 1st Choice Healthcare currently has a “Medication Agreement & Refill Policy” that all patients are required to sign. This agreement addresses many issues regarding narcotic medications, including the additional guidelines. If you have misplaced your agreement, or would like another copy, please notify the front office staff.