Health care providers are always looking for a way to eliminate drug-seeking new patients. Consider putting up a sign in your waiting room that states there will be no opioid prescriptions on the first visit! Have your staff make your policy very clear on the phone during the first phone call for a new patient appointment. Do not give opioid prescriptions even on the second visit if the patient cannot remember their prior provider’s name so that you can obtain a copy of their medical records. Stick to this and before you know it, the word will get around among the drug-seeking community. They will go elsewhere.


Lawrence F. Kobak, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Frier Levitt
101 Greenwich Street, Suite 8B
New York, NY 10006