Tips on how NOT to appear like a Drug seeker - page 15

by WillowBrook

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Having read through some of the threads regarding Drug seekers in the Emergency Department I must admit I now feel quite nervous of being misperceived in this way. I take medication which causes some urinary retention and... Read More


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    Quote from ACRN06
    The mere title of this thread makes me want to hurl... and why the F has it made it 14 pages long?!? I can't even stand to read the whole thing...
    are all you other nurses seriously giving up our ways of knowing when someone's drug seeking?!
    The OP isn't even a nurse
    Why the F are they even allowed to be on this website?!?

    Ridiculous...

    Why don't we just start a thread of "How to fool the nurse!"
    I could not agree more with you. I have visited this site for few years and am always amazed at the # of nonnursing people on this site; and how those nonnursing people are always ready and loaded with their "I was treated so badly at er/icu/or/fill in the blank."
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    It never amazes me anymore how there are some nurses who can be the worst drug seekers I know. And such a pain to deal with in the ER.
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    Drug-seekers whether nurses, or anyone else drive me nuts with their entitlement mentality. I have chronic pain and deal with it, work with it everyday...and it never ceases to amaze me their ignorant ways of trying to fool the nurse and doctor...and for the OP (nonmedical/non-nursing) to post with such a question makes me believe they have drug seeker written all over them. Discusting.
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    There is no way that anyone isnt seen as a drug seeker. Your arm could be half chopped off and they will think you are looking for drugs to have a party. Its just sick. All this effort to keep some junkies from getting their kicks. While people suffer and if they complain, they get lumped in as a SEEKER for complaining! Its like the Salem witch trials...float you in water until you drown and if you sink, you were guilty. If you floated, you were innocent...but still dead. Its kinda like that kind of thinking...
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    Quote from grims_mom
    I beg to differ. My husband has ulnar neuropathy bilat and also has chronic pain from falling out of a 5-ton army truck with full combat gear (about 60 lbs) on at the time. He has has bilateral tib/fib stress fractures and feet problems from jumping out of planes -all thanks to time in the military. He is in constant pain. He is also a combat medic, paramedic, & law enforcement officer. He will probably have to retire in a couple of years b/c the neuropathic pain and symptoms have become so severe.

    Every time he goes to the doctor to discuss pain management he dreads it b/c he worries about telling the doc how much and how often he really hurts. He thinks that it makes him look like a drug seeker when all he really wants is to control the s/s. He is currently on hydrocodone 7.5 & Trazadone (both on his days off), Methacarbamol, Tramadol, 800mg Ibuprofen & Salsalate (when he is working). The Tramadol, Ibuprofen, & Salsalate don't help very much but at least allow him to function at work with only a few people know how miserable he really feels.

    Suggestions for him? He does worry about it & is not a drug seeker.

    My sympathies, but he has to stop reinjuring before the pain will improve. A desk job and physio will do great things, but he may choose pain over boredom.
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    Stop treating people like they are all a bunch of junkies waiting to score there fix. People in pain would be happy just to be able to walk to the bath room. Maybe take there child for a walk down the street. Seekers, sounds more like zombies you all are dealing with. So how can you honestly tell if someone is really in pain or faking? The person is in a controlled environment laying in be and has just waited 2 or 4 hours to speak with you. hospitals charge 7 times the regular mark up on narcotics in ER settings. So who is the neighbor hood drug store? Think about who are you helping.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 10, '12 : Reason: TOS/profanity
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    And who are we helping by continuing to give narcotics and benzos to people who are not following up on whatever it is that brings them to the emergency room? Prescription drug abuse is a real problem. When you have someone who is in multiple times for some subjective complaint of pain without any objective evidence of disease or injury then perhaps the problem that needs to be addressed is that of drug abuse.

    Once your million dollar ER work up comes back with all tests negative and the ER doc tells you to follow up with your PCP then that is what you need to do. If someone is having issues with chronic pain, they need to be followed by a PCP. The ER doc is not your PCP.
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    Quote from Dammin
    Stop treating people like they are all a bunch of junkies waiting to score there fix. People in pain would be happy just to be able to walk to the bath room. Maybe take there child for a walk down the street. Seekers, sounds more like zombies you all are dealing with. So how can you honestly tell if someone is really in pain or faking? The person is in a controlled environment laying in be and has just waited 2 or 4 hours to speak with you. hospitals charge 7 times the regular mark up on narcotics in ER settings. So who is the neighbor hood drug store? Think about who are you helping.
    Wow - you have some strong feelings. I think we way over treat some and way under treat others.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 10, '12
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    To dammin, we're talking about folks who come to get high. Either in the er with ivp/im narcs or for the road with a script. I administer what the doc orders no problem. But i do have an issue with the seekers who are known to us and abuse the system. And as for the markup, the people we're venting about probably aren't going to pay anyhow, so it's a moot point.

    Your post reads like a patient who didn't get what they wanted
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 10, '12 : Reason: non contributory
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    ...or, perhaps, needed...?
    Quote from emtb2rn
    To dammin, we're talking about folks who come to get high. Either in the er with ivp/im narcs or for the road with a script. I administer what the doc orders no problem. But i do have an issue with the seekers who are known to us and abuse the system. And as for the markup, the people we're venting about probably aren't going to pay anyhow, so it's a moot point.

    Your post reads like a patient who didn't get what they wanted.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 10, '12


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