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Went to my pain doctor end of June, no problem in getting my RX for Norco 7.5 for the next three months. End of September I know he will also give me three months of prescriptions, but before he issues me prescriptions for January I have to have a blood test. He informed me of a new ruling. If you are a smoker you will not be able to get narcotics for pain. I've been trying to quit, even bought patches before my visit to him not knowing about new ruling. End of December I must have blood test and if there is any nicotine in my blood, I will not be able to get RX for Norco anymore. Also, I take .5, very low dose of generic form of valium before bedtime for leg spasms. I have to stop with that also. Pain doctor informed me that they (not sure who they are,, Federal, State or Hospital Alliance) believe smokers abuse narcotic prescriptions and as far as the valium goes, its in the best interest of "safety" for patients. Has anyone else run across this new ruling? I've already started my quit smoking campaign, cheating at it at times, but with the patch have managed to go from pack a day down to cheating with one or two in a 24 hour period. Started July 5th. Now I have to work on the two I cheat with. I am giving myself plenty of time since nicotine is in your system for awhile even with cheating with a few puffs. I call my cheater my perpetual cigarette in that I only take a few puffs, put it out and save same cigarette if I get really bad with cravings. I figure it is a start. Will be going down to one cheater in a few days, then none. Hope I am successful, have to be, or no more Norco.
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