Poll: Majority Of Chronic Pain Sufferers Feel Treated Like ‘Drug Addicts’ By Pharmacists
GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The majority of people who suffer from chronic pain feel they are treated like drug addicts during their pharmacy visits, and nearly one-third of pain sufferers showed concern they are being embarrassed by their healthcare provider.
The National Pain Foundation, a Golden, Colo.-based non-profit that aims to “transform the way pain is fundamentally understood, assessed and treated,” conducted a survey of over 300 people afflicted with chronic pain to assess treatment they receive from healthcare providers.
More than half (52 percent) stated that they “are concerned that they will be treated like a drug addict by their pharmacist”. And an additional 29 percent said that they “are concerned that they will be embarrassed by their pharmacist”.
The survey found that nearly 1 in 5 (17 percent) reported they were “treated poorly or very poorly” by their pharmacist, and many respondents said they had been degraded, humiliated and even been accused of being a drug addict taking “enough meds to kill an elephant,” one comment alleged.
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