My pet monkey is in a little bit of a pickle. He has been suffering from chronic pain due to two herniated discs in his lower back, for which his medical provider has him enrolled in the chronic pain management program and doctor prescribes him 60, 325/10 hydrocodone
every 30 days for pain. My pet monkey also has been a heavy marijuana
user for a long time. Coming from a family which has a history of anxiety and extreme OCD, he finds that marijuana greatly helps with his own anxiety and stress, as well as helps him fall to sleep at night. This monkey also has been suffering from night terrors which wake him up minutes after first falling asleep, and then it takes an hour or two to calm down and go back to sleep. The marijuana helps greatly here as after having a night terror, a small amount can be smoked and decrease the amount of time it takes to fall back asleep, as well as prevents another night terror from occurring. So today my doctor send me the dreaded pain management contract to sign, which also outlines their request that I take a urine drug
test. From what my pet monkey has discovered in researching, these tests are used to confirm that the prescribed opioid
pain reliever is being used and not sold on the street, as well as looking for any other non-prescribed substances which may indicate drug abuse, etc. If one was to fail these tests, then the medical provider can refuse further treatment and refuse to prescribe any future opioid medications. During the chronic pain management classes he took, someone asked about medicinal marijuana for pain relief and the answer given was that they do not recognize it as a viable treatment for any ailment, and that depending on your doctor, you may be refused future treatment if you are a marijuana user.
So my pet monkey has a decision to make. He does not have a set test date or time, they leave it up to my monkey to come in at his own convenience and test as long as it is done within the next 6 weeks. He is not sure whether to suck it up, and get clean just to take the test (most likely if he tests clean, he would not be required to test again). Or to basically be straightforward and honest with his doctor and explain his concern that he has used marijuana and if this doctor would refuse treatment should the test come back positive. If so, then this monkey will not come in and test for a couple of weeks until he is clean. If they don’t care, then this monkey is willing to come in and test today. If you were in my monkey’s shoes, what would you do? Mind you, this monkey’s test needs to come back showing positive for opioids
, but negative for everything else.
Again, this monkey uses marijuana quite successfully for stress and for sleep aid. He prefers this to taking prescribed medications for sleep or anxiety. In fact he has told his therapist about his marijuana use and his anxiety and sleep issues, and the therapist prefers not to use medications but rather let him try to correct without them. It does make this monkey quite angry that they assume that just because an opioid patient uses marijuana, then he is abusing drugs
and will cut them off, but yet are still allowed to consume alcohol
which is far more dangerous mixed with opioids.