Regulatory Issues & Addiction

Case Snippet

 Case Snippet 

You are managing a patient on chronic opioid therapy. The patient often misses appointments and appears disheveled when he comes to the clinic. No improvements in functional goals have been made despite several increases in opioid dosage. Today, the patient called and left a message with clinic staff asking for an early refill.

   

What would be your best response to this patient?

Return the call and confront the patient about his addiction
Refer the patient to an addiction specialist
Schedule an early clinic appointment to reassess the situation
Instruct the clinic staff to call the patient and tell him/her to report to the Emergency Department