Working With Patients

Working with patients on the issues of pain medication misuse, abuse and diversion is probably one of the most challenging parts of your job. Ameritox helps you meet these challenges with more than just urine drug monitoring. We provide tools and resources to help you assess your patients’ risk of pain medication misuse or abuse.

Many patients don’t understand the dangers and risks of not adhering to their chronic opioid therapy, which may help explain why many of them may not be taking their pain medications as prescribed1.

Ameritox’s premier laboratory testing and proprietary methods of analysis help you to determine if a patient is taking his or her medication as prescribed, yet this is just part of our comprehensive pain medication monitoring solutionsSM. Ameritox is also committed to helping you prevent medication misuse or abuse and work with non-compliant patients.

  • Sample Pain Treatment Agreements that clarify your expectations of your patients during their pain medication treatment;
  • Ameritox Rx GuardianSM results report indicators and other steps to assist you in determining whether a patient may or may not be taking their medication correctly;
  • Suggestions on how to talk to your patients about suspected medication misuse, abuse or diversion;
  • Informative articles on pain medication monitoring, prescription abuse and opioid addiction.

If you need help assessing a patient’s results, you can always speak to an Ameritox Toxicology SpecialistSM. Simply call (866) 287-7584 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday. For additional assistance, call your Ameritox Account Manager or (888) 494-2165.

1Couto JE, Goldfarb NI, Leider HL, Romney MC, Sharma S. High rates of inappropriate drug use in the chronic pain population. Popul Health Manag. 2009;12(4):185–190.