Solstas Lab Partners® Prescription Monitoring Program can help
assess prescription drug abuse.
Read our pamphlet below or download
the PDF here.
Why Monitor Prescription Drugs? What is the Issue?
In a period of nine months, a tiny Kentucky county of fewer than
12,000 people sees a 53-year-old mother, her 35-year-old son, and
seven others die by overdosing on pain medications obtained from
pain clinics in Florida. In Utah, a 13-year-old fatally overdoses
on oxycodone pills taken from a friend's grandmother. A 20-year-old
Boston man dies from an overdose of methadone, only a year after
his friend also died from a prescription drug overdose.
These events are not uncommon. Drug overdose death rates in the
United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been
higher. In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses,
and most of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs.
When a physician is about to prescribe a potentially addictive
or mind altering drug, whether it is a central nervous system (CNS)
depressant or stimulant, is it valuable to know what else the
patient has not told you? Here are some interesting points to
- Should a pain reliever be prescribed without a complete picture
of the patient's health history, including knowledge of the
potential presence of other prescription drugs?
- Do patients always tell you the truth about what antibiotics
and other drugs they are taking?
- Do patients always tell you the truth about their alcohol
- Do patients always tell you the truth about any possible drugs
they take that might give them a "good feeling"?
What are the consequences of patients giving you
incomplete information and you never realizing it?
Patients frequently are not willing to share some practices or
behaviors with their physicians. The physician needs to perform
some investigative work to identify potentially unhealthy
practices. What happens when a patient is using one or more CNS
depressants and it is not identified by testing? Here are some
facts to consider:
- There were nearly 2.1 million Emergency Room (ER) visits in
2009 for misuse or abuse of drugs.
- Misuse of pharmaceuticals was involved in 1.2 million ER visits
- In 2009, nearly 200,000 medical emergencies resulting in ER
visits were for drug-related suicide attempts.
This is a list of CNS depressants that may be present with the
drugs routinely prescribed. Are you ignoring Oxycodone,
Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Carisoprodol, Meperidine, Ambien,
Buprenorphine, ETG (4-5 day alcohol biomarker), Tramadol, Nucynta?
What are the consequences of not knowing?