Leslie visited her pharmacy to refill her prescription
Leslie, a 49 year-old woman with 2 teenage boys, visited her local pharmacy to refill her monthly prescription of Vicodin, which she had been taking for severe osteoarthritis. Noting that Leslie was more than a week early for a refill, the pharmacist checked her file, which showed a pattern of increasingly early refills over the previous 5 months. In response to the pharmacist’s questions about adherence, Leslie proudly explained that she takes her medicine as prescribed, never deviating from her doctor’s instructions. Thinking out loud about why her pills had not lasted through the entire month, Leslie revealed that her one of her sons had recently been skipping school and socializing with older boys who had been in trouble with the law. When the pharmacist asked about access to the pills, Leslie answered that she kept all her medicines in an unlocked cabinet in her house’s only bathroom. Raising the possibility that Leslie’s son or his friends might be diverting the Vicodin pills, the pharmacist suggested that she keep them in a more secure place, and Leslie agreed.
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