According to a recently-concluded study, out of 240,000 long-term patients suffering from chronic pain, 77 percent did not follow the instructions of their physician.
The study, by Texas-based Ameritox, revealed that 75 percent of the patients were either taking excessive medication, inadequate medication, no medication or some other medications that were not originally prescribed to them. These extra medicines were illegal or were not recommended by the doctor.
According to the study, even the consumption of legitimate drugs might inflict a sort of addiction or substance abuse. More than 90 per cent of cases related to the misuse of prescribed drugs are not revealed until the patient discloses it.
Ameritox performs urine analysis for physicians’ patients in order to provide better information about what medications patients are taking.