If you are prescribed any type of controlled substances from a physician, your name is on a database somewhere – pharmacy, insurance company, possibly a state database. When you start filling more prescriptions for controlled substances than average, your name may just have a little asterisk at the end of it.
Even insurance companies are getting more involved in preventing narcotic addiction and or diversion.
Below is part of a letter I received from Blue Cross regarding a patient who had received narcotic pain medications from more than three different physicians.
Don’t know if the insurance companies will impose any consequences on patients who exhibit what insurance companies consider to be “drug seeking” behavior, but keep in mind that you are being watched when you fill those prescriptions for controlled substances. States like Tennessee may just put you behind bars for trying to game the system, too.