A woman in Texas is hoping to avoid a hospital emergency when she goes to her doctor to get her prescription for the painkiller OxyContin.
Karen Boudreau, 48, says she was prescribed OxyContin on Friday.
The drug is used to treat chronic pain and is used in treating the pain of arthritis and other ailments.
She says she has been having pain for a few months, but the pain is very mild and the pills aren’t too powerful.
“It’s a little bit frustrating because it’s the only thing I’m taking and I’m having it in the emergency room,” she said.
Boudreau says she had been prescribed a combination of oxycodone and hydrocodone, and she didn’t know that it is also available in pills.
She had never been given a prescription, and there was no other doctor nearby who could give her the medication.
Boutique pharmacy Care Pharmacy said that they have OxyContin pills available, but there are no prescription drugs available.
They’re in a different store in a neighboring town.
Bouillon, a nurse practitioner in the Houston area, said she is now using a doctor-prescribed painkiller.
She said that she is seeing doctors and nurses in the area who are also prescribing OxyContin because they can’t find other painkillers that are as potent.
She said that patients in her practice are getting pills from the pharmacy, but she said she’s seeing a few patients who are not getting the medication in the prescribed form.
“I don’t think there’s an emergency,” she told ABC News.
“It’s really just not something that we have an immediate need for.”ABC News’ Andrew Jansen contributed to this report.