Informed Consent for Controlled Substance Treatment for Pain
Nevada law requires a patient’s informed consent before a controlled substance can be initially prescribed to treat the patient's pain. I understand that attempting to reduce my pain is my responsibility, and that the treatment of pain with controlled substances carries with it some additional responsibilities which my practitioner has made me aware. The purpose of this agreement is to help both me and my practitioner comply with the law.
(Please initial each numbered paragraph and sign. Below to indicate your understanding of all parts of this document)
POTENTIAL RISKS AND BENEFITS OF USING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE TREATMENT OF PAIN INCLUDING RISKS OF DEPENDENCY ADDICTION AND OVERDOSE.
I understand there are potential risks and benefits associated with the use of controlled substances for treatment of pain, and I understand these risks and benefits regarding the medication that I am being prescribed. I may experience certain reactions or side effects that could be dangerous, including drowsiness or sedation, constipation, nausea, itching, allergic reactions, problems with thinking clearly, slowing of my reactions, or slowing or cessations of my breathing. When taking these medications, I understand it may not be safe for me to drive a car, operate machinery, or take care of other people. If I feel at all sedated, confused or otherwise impaired by medication, I will not do anything that might put other people at risk of being injured.
I Controlled substances also include a risk of tolerance, where my body may become accustomed to the original dosage of medication and may require increase dosage to obtain the same effect. This is a situation that must be discussed with my practitioner if it arises. I understand that I may become physically dependent these controlled substances, creating a situation where I may experience withdrawal symptoms, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, body aches, muscle cramps, runny nose, anxiety, and sleep disruption.
I understand that there is a risk of addiction to controlled substances. If I cannot control my usage of the medication, I may need addiction treatment.
I understand controlled substances carry a risk of fatal overdose. If too much of the medication is taking, or if the medication is combined with other medication that may alter my level of consciousness (including alcohol and marijuana), this risk is increased.
My practitioner has discussed with me a form of the controlled substance, if available, that is designed to deter abuse, along with the risks and benefits of using that form of the controlled substance.
My practitioner has discussed possible alternative treatments for my pain that do not include a controlled substance, along with the risks and benefits of the alternate medications or treatment.
It is our mutual decision that a controlled substance may provide some benefit for the treatment of my pain.
PROPER USE OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
My practitioner has discussed how to effectively use the controlled substance that is being prescribed, and I agree to take the medication as directed and to not deviate from the parameters of the prescription as written by practitioner.
TREATMENT PLAN AND REFILLS
I have discussed my treatment plan with my practitioner, and I have a good understanding of the overall treatment plan and goals of treatment. A main goal of treatment isto use the minimum amount of controlled substance to increase function rather than to remove all pain.
I understand my practitioner's protocol for addressing any request for refills.
If my treatment for pain with the controlled substance goes beyond thirty (30) days.
I understand I will be required to sign and comply with the prescription medication agreement. If treatment exceeds ninety (90) days, I realize that I will be required by Nevada law to complete further assessment regarding my risk of abuse, misuse, or diversion off the controlled substance.
SAFE STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
It is my responsibility to responsibility to store and dispose of controlled substances in the appropriate manner. I will store controlled substances in a secure place and out of reach of children and other family members. To safely dispose of unused medications, I may return the medications to a local pharmacy, a local police station, a "drug-take back day" station, or I may safely dispose of them by dissolving them in a "Dettera" bag, which may be available for purchase at a pharmacy.
FOR WOMEN IN THE AGES BETWEEN 15 AND 45
It is my responsibility to tell my practitioner if I am, or have reason to believe that I am pregnant, or if I am thinking about getting pregnant during the course of my treatment with controlled substances, are there is risk to a fetus of exposure to controlled substances during pregnancy, including the risk of fetal dependency on the controlled substance and neonatal abstinence syndrome (withdrawal).