Week 3 of orientation and I have seen so many drug seekers its ridiculous. All they seem to be concerned with is Vicodin and xanax. Its getting pretty scary. One doc that is training me does not write for controlled substances at all and another doc writes for them all day long no questions asked. A third doc makes everyone give a urine drug screen and checks online to see where they are getting their narcotics from. If they are positive for any other substances or are going to more than one place, he will not prescribe the medication.
It makes it really hard to manage other aspects of care when the pt could care less about their abnormal labs and imaging reports. Today I would not give a lady her scripts until I got her mammogram results faxed over because the last note said she needed a MRI of the breast. Of course she had no clue of what I was talking about
. I always wanted to do family practice/primary care while I was in school, but this is not what I expected. Maybe they will let me see the peds and GYN pts only. LOL, that would be very nice. At any rate, has anyone else experienced this in their practice? I am in Detroit so I know it occurs more here. But every pt?? Sheesh.