From Sussex Patch:
Fed up with patients that don’t have legitimate reasons for taking prescription pain medications, emergency room physicians in southeastern Wisconsin will soon be giving large doses of tough love to patients who are doctor shopping.
Nationally, narcotic prescription medication abuse, including abuse of oxycodone and oxycoton, is on the rise. So within the next few months hospitals in Milwaukee County are going “Oxy-free” and a Racine-based emergency department is also looking into doing the same. The information-sharing group includes officials from Froedtert Hospital, Wheaton Franciscan, Columbia-St. Mary’s, and Aurora Health Care.
“In the Oxy-Free ED environment, we want to advertise to patients that we are not going to provide intravenous pain meds for chronic pain; that we won’t refill lost or stolen prescriptions for oxycodone and oxycoton, and we don’t provide methadone or suboxone therapy.
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