Controlled Medication Policy
Nonnarcotic means of pain control should always be first-line, instead of opioid medications, to ensure patient safety as well as to minimize diversion or abuse.
Our office policy is to not prescribe opioids and, instead, refer our patients to a pain management specialist if they chronically need pain medication. If narcotic controlled medications are being prescribed for acute needs, then the goal is to use narcotics for the shortest term possible and to utilize other non-prescription means for control.
For any controlled substance prescribed at Bear Pond Family Medicine & Pediatrics, a controlled substance contract will be provided. The patient will need to sign this contract to have any controlled medication prescribed. In addition, a urine drug screen will be administered for the first prescription as well as every other prescription given by Bear Pond Family Medicine & Pediatrics.