Prescription Opiods Case
Submitted by Josh Anderson on October 9, 2017 - 11:38am
Greetings, all! I'm hoping for any insight or wisdom you might have to share in this situation. Part of our program is 1:1 tutoring at libraries around the county. In one group, the learner was having trouble focusing and when the tutor asked, "Why?" it led to a discussion of his pain meds. He disclosed to his tutor last week that he is on a steady dose of morphine pills and explained the specific does to his tutor. I checked with a doctor friend of mine, and he said that dose would be high even for a dying cancer patient. Both for my learner's health and to improve his learning in tutoring, I'd like to have a conversation with the learner. I'd appreciate any thoughts, ideas or resources.
In training I encourage tutors to ask the learners permission before sharing any sensitive information with staff. Since the tutor didn't do that in this case, the first thing I'll do is ask the tutor to revisit the conversation with the learner and ask permission to seek support from staff.