The following items numbered 1 to 4 are the same for Acadia Hospital, Bucksport Regional Health Center, The Center for Family Medicine, Community Health and Counseling Services, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Health Access Network, Penobscot Community Health Care and St. Joseph Healthcare.
It has been explained to me that the use of opioid drugs (for example, methadone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine, hydrocodone, tramadol) leads to a higher risk of accident, injury, falls, car accidents, breathing problems (including not breathing), heart disease, accidental overdose and death.
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Dear [Patient First Name]
Our office is improving how we help patients manage chronic pain. We have learned a lot in recent years about how chronic pain can be better managed. This had led to a change in state law on prescription pain medicine. We will be working with you to improve your pain care. This may involve changes to your medicines or adding other treatments that you may not have considered.