1. Why don’t you prescribe Suboxone?
a. Inadequate reimbursement for time and effort involvement = 1 (4%)
b. Not enough time to take in addiction patients = 6 (24%)
c. Believe that treatment is not beneficial = 0 (0%)
d. Non-compliant patient population = 11 (44%)
e. Rules and regulations doctors are required to follow when prescribing opioids = 5 (20%)
f. Other: please specify = 1 (haven’t yet taken certification course) (4%) 1 (don’t have patients who need it) (4%)
2. Do you prescribe other opioid medications to your patients?
a. Yes = 23 (92%)
b. No = 2 (8%)
3. If yes (to the previous question), for what diagnoses, and how do you monitor these patients?
a. Do not prescribe = 2 (8%)
b. No response = 1 (4%)
c. For acute and chronic, severe pain
d. Postop surgical pain
g. Chronic conditions with medical backing
h. Back pain and cancer patients
i. Knee, hip, shoulder pain
j. Musculoskeletal disorders
- Urine testing and drug screening
- Random drug testing
- Monthly visits
- NYS Prescription Monitoring program
- Random medication counting
- Frequent follow up appointments
4. Do you think you have substance abuse in your practice?
a. Yes = 16 (64%)
b. No = 7 (28%)
c. Prefer not to answer = 2 (8%)
5. Do you screen for opioid dependence in your practice?
a. Yes = 18 (72%)
b. No = 6 (24%)
c. Prefer to answer = 1 (4%)
6. Do you think the insurance coverage of Suboxone is a problem for the patients?
a. Yes = 12 (48%)
b. No = 7 (28%)
c. Don’t Know = 6 (24%)
7. Where would you send your patients if they wanted to seek treatment for their opioid addiction?
- No response = 4 (16%)
- Drug rehabilitation facility
- Pain clinic
- Cornerstone Family Health Center in Newburgh, NY
- Turning Point Rehabilitation
- Orange Regional Medical Center
- Active detox center
- Catholic Charities