Ameritox or something along that line is the name of the company doing that testing, if that helps anyone. I did some reading on their website, and it is a bit frightening since it advertises itself as a way for doctors to protect their practice first and foremost, and does testing for many things that you wouldn't expect an ordinary drug screen to look for.....
I do understand your feelings about your friends and pain management Tom. I would hate to think that someone in pain can not be treated properly for it as well.
I have seen both sides of the fence when it comes to PM. The abuse side of it, far too often, even with legit pain patients, and those who just abuse the system period to get drugs.....it's scary and it's sad. I have seen those who come into the office limping and groaning, and then see them outside, with a huge smile, walking across the parking lot to their cars, and the limp and grimicing is all gone. I've been there, when someone who is obviously taking too many of their meds, comes in, cursing and swearing because they "ran out" or "lost them", or "someone stole them", and the doctor won't replace them.
I understand it from the point of view of the patients, but I also understand it from the point of the doctors as well. Those who do abuse their meds, create problems not only for themselves but for every other patient in that office.
I know that some PM's have contracts that are strict and they do not tolerate any deviations from their contract, and I know others who will have some flexibility in their contracts and their interactions with their patients.....
There has to be a balance, in being able to treat patients who really need pain meds, and preventing those who abuse the meds from getting them.
I don't know what the answers are, but I can see things from both sides.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..