A notice to our patients regarding new opioid regulations

Dear Patients,

The following link is to a commission the White House has established, to investigate and recommend Federal guidelines for opioid management in the Untied States. It will supersede most if not all, County or State statue or regulations.


Right, wrong, just or not, you as our patients and we as providers will be held to different standards than the past. The TriState Pain Institute is your advocate, but we are also bound to respect and follow all recommendations and laws. What you may have experienced recently is but the first step, to support continuing your pain medication use. We also no longer can treat anxiety or sleep disorders at the same time, in most cases. You will need to see your primary physician, mental health provider, or specialist, for that.

To continue opioid use, you also must have a specific diagnosis supported by recent imaging or other diagnostic testing. You will be monitored through urine drug testing and by reviewing the prescription databases in Arizona, as well as Nevada and California as needed. You have signed an opioid agreement with our practice, that clearly states only we can provide you prescriptions for opioids medications. Please inform us if for whatever reason, this is not the case. Should you be admitted to an emergency room or hospital in Arizona, or any other state, ask the staff to contact us, even if we are not on the medical staff. Request your medical records from any treating facility and bring them with you to your next appointment. Notification you received opioids elsewhere is also part of your opioid agreement with us, and all facilities must respect this.

Finally, a form is available for you to provide us with your current e-mail address. In the future, we would like to send you periodic updates on this and other related information on your pain care. Please ask our staff to provide this to you.

Thank you very much,

The Staff & Providers of the TriState Pain Institute

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