My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: IL
I have a question. I know an individual who is being prescribed pain relivers and muscle relaxers for at least 3 years now for a back injury. This indvidual has had 3 back surgeries in the last two years. A microdiscectomy, discectomy, and a spinal fusion.
Although I'm certain that the prolonged time factor helped formed the addiction by 90%, nonetheless this indvidual is now addicted to prescription medication. The orthopaedic and primary care physcian have been notified on several occasions about the abuse of the medication -- however the medication is still prescribed.
Individuals have expressed their concern to the prescribing parties personally, via written letter -- and at one point the individual with the problem even consented to signing a written letter acknowledging the problem and asking to be "cut off" of anything habit forming so to speak. Still the medication is being prescribed, and the physicans are taking a non-involved approach.
I don't know what to do, but watching this individual suffer is not an option. It is so difficult because although the medications are not being taken as prescribed, they are continuously being given to an individual with an addiction. What can be done?
I've contemplated calling a lawyer, contacting the IL Department of Professional Regulations, as well as having one last pow-wow with the physicans. I wish that this individual could be "black listed" at pharmicies -- so the medication will no longer be prescribed, but I don't know how to go about doing so. Any advice would be helpful. I'm more interested in helping rehabilitate this individual other than filing a lawsuit, but whatever works -- I'm willing to do.