Another point the lawyer missed is all Rx are now wriiten on computer and any drug store or any doctor can pull your name to see what you take.
Not so. At least not in the states in which I practice. There are plenty of doctors here who still write paper prescriptions. And only the pharmacy that fills the prescriptions will see the prescriptions sent to it — pharmacies owned by a different company will not have access to those prescriptions and thus won't know what drugs you've gotten elsewhere.
You can not doctor shop any longer.
Unfortunately it is still possible. The DEA still busts people for it.
Anytime the law requires something and insurance pays the bill it will lead to abuse,
The law doesn't mandate the exact schedule of testing. What the DEA requires is that doctors and pharmacies, including pain clinics, have sufficient procedures in place to help curb abuse. If they don't, they can lose their DEA license, which they need to prescribe and dispense drugs. The pain clinics have to be extra careful because the volume of narcotic pain killers that they prescribe puts them under more intense DEA scrutiny.
Yes, it's inconvienient and may be costly to chronic pain patients to have to go through the testing. But like it or not, that's the present state of things. The practice of testing is not illegal (nor is it really new). As I said before, I think the DEA has gone a bit overboard in some of the policies it uses. The present polices I think makes it difficult for patients with chronic who truly do need these drugs to get relief. The problem is the many people who abuse it — they are the ones who have pushed the DEA, doctors, and pharmacies to into the restrictive measures they employ. It wasn't primarily money from the testing industry that lead to this.