How to stop the drug seeker?

  1. Is there any opinion?how to stop those drug seeker? Every time they came, we warned the doctor to not giving what they want but end-up with prescribed inj.peth,or T.mida..

    if not the patient...how about the doc?

    ..I just don't love them- the drug seeker...
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   That Guy
    Its a sick cycle. If they dont give them what they want, they will complain to the hospital, hospital will come down on doc for not making pt happy. Since, thats what it is all about anyways. Have to make the pt happy.
  4. by   JessiekRN
    That's like asking how do you stop sick people from coming to the ER. You can't. Until science comes up with a cure for addiction, there will always be drug seekers in the ED. Think of it as job security.
  5. by   lagalanurse
    Unless the docs all ban together and refuse, it won't stop. And even then, they will probably continue to come.
  6. by   hodgieRN
    If you can figure that out, you will worshiped worldwide.
  7. by   thelema13
    Inapsine and benadryl.
  8. by   Novo
    Addiction is a powerful thing that will make people do almost anything to get a fix. Even if docs were to say no I'm sure they would still find a way and that could put you in danger.
  9. by   Poochiewoochie
    How to we stop nurses and other medical professionals from thinking that everyone that presents to the ER in pain is a drug seeker?

    I just don't love them-nurses like that.
  10. by   hherrn
    Quote from Poochiewoochie
    How to we stop nurses and other medical professionals from thinking that everyone that presents to the ER in pain is a drug seeker?

    I just don't love them-nurses like that.
    Poochiewoochie- What do you do? Why are you here?
  11. by   DeBerham
    Quote from Poochiewoochie
    How to we stop nurses and other medical professionals from thinking that everyone that presents to the ER in pain is a drug seeker?

    I just don't love them-nurses like that.
    I certainly don't, but there are a couple of things that we can do. For example...

    We can see what your last visits were for and we notice patterns...

    If you come in with a preprinted sheet of the drugs that you want administered...

    If you consistently leave right after receiving your narcotic without being dispo'd...

    If referrals are made to treat the underlying source of your pain but you can't bother to keep them...

    If you get mad when I hang a narcotic in a 50ml bag of saline because I have noticed the above...

    There are people who present to the ER with pain issues, and their pain is treated quickly and effectively... There are also narcotics addicts who cannot be bothered to treat the underlying source of their pain or their addiction... we deal with both.

    Thanks though for voicing your persecution complex here though
  12. by   DeLanaHarvickWannabe
    You can't save the world. If it's ordered and you want it, I'll give it. My energy is devoted to other things in my job.
  13. by   kalanel5
    Good question...I have not been able to discourage any of my patients that are drug seekers. They come in telling me in my admission assessment they want dilaudid and if not that Demerol IV. You can make the MD aware that the patient is a frequent flyer. Otherwise if it's ordered give it as prescribed to give yourself a couple of hours peace from them. I never can understand the nurses who withhold pain meds when it has been more than enough time with stable BP and mental status. It just makes your job so much harder.
  14. by   morte
    getting docs to stop medicating the KNOWN seekers, would help. But, figuring that out would be a mission unto itself. Who really wants to miss that sick person...?
    Quote from Poochiewoochie
    How to we stop nurses and other medical professionals from thinking that everyone that presents to the ER in pain is a drug seeker?

    I just don't love them-nurses like that.

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