Prescription pain medications are a blessing for many patients.
Unfortunately, they're also dangerous if used incorrectly.
If you are a patient in chronic pain, you rely on your doctor to treat you appropriately. In turn, your doctor trusts you will use your medication responsibly. Together, you share a responsibility to protect against the abuse and illegal diversion of these medications.
These important obligations belong in writing. In keeping with national guidelines, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia encourages doctors and patients to use written opioid treatment agreements to clarify these joint responsibilities.
Sample Opioid Treatment Agreement for use by doctors
Useful reading for doctors on opioid agreements and chronic non-cancer pain
Contacts for doctors
Contacts for patients
"Good Pill, Bad Pill" poster for doctors' offices
"Why Only One Month Refill for Pain Medication?" poster for doctors' offices
For more information about "Good Pill, Bad Pill"
Contact Information: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia