RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - Some patients of an arrested Richmond Hill doctor claim they still can’t find a new pain management doctor.
It’s been about six months since drug agents arrested Amy Pearson, accusing her of operating without a license. Investigators with Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, or CNT, said the investigation started when someone forged a prescription in Pearson’s name.
Given the scrutiny over opioid prescriptions, one doctor said pain management doctors are wary about bringing on new patients, but you do have a few options for help.
Myra White is one of dozens of patients who’s been forced to find a new doctor. She says she struggles with chronic pain due to a long list of medical issues. To say that’s been difficult would be an understatement.
“I’ve gone through five doctors, and nobody has wanted to take me. They’ve read my files, and then they call back and say, 'I’m sorry, we can’t take you,” White said.
White believes they won’t take her due to her medical history. She says she had to quit the medication cold turkey because pharmacies wouldn’t fill the prescriptions.
Dr. Dan Deloach serves on the Georgia Medical Board. He said the opioid epidemic is absolutely impacting doctors’ willingness to take on new patients.
“Physicians are lot more careful about bringing on new patients in this environment because of the factors we spoke of,” Deloach said.
If you’re somebody looking for a doctor, Deloach recommends reaching out to your county medical society or the state medical society for recommendations for specialty doctors.
As for patients who may be dependent on opioids and need a pain management doctor, Dr. Deloach says rehab is actually a good solution.
“There are rehab facilities that you could go to that will help you in the short term. They have resources where they can refer you for a more long-term solution,” Deloach said.
He understands that may have a negative connotation to it, but he says it’s a great place to get help if you can’t get the medicine your body has grown to depend upon.
White isn’t quite ready for that, but she hopes to highlight the difficulty in hopes it helps her find a new doctor.