In mid-August of this year, fans were stunned by the death of 38-year-old Matt Roberts, former guitarist of 3 Doors Down. Alabama physician Dr. Richard Snellgrove was arrested November 16th for allegedly providing the rocker with drugs outside the course of his professional practice. Snellgrove prescribed some five different medications, including methadone, hydrocodone, lorazepam and fentanyl — all prescribed in the names of different individuals, but intended for Roberts.

Slated to perform at a charity event for veterans, the rocker’s father, Darrell Roberts, who often traveled alongside the star, learned of his son’s death the morning following rehearsals. The elder Roberts was informed his son was “either asleep or passed out in the hallway of his hotel” by authorities. Roberts’ father indicated that his son had been fighting a prescription medication addiction to combat his anxiety since joining the band.

A Serious Issue Beyond Over-Prescription
While Roberts’ father noted that he didn’t have any bitterness or anger toward the doctor, he drew attention to the seriousness of the issue in the medical community across the U.S. Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing, with opioid painkillers the most common culprit. Roberts is among a string of stars over the past decade, including Prince, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy, Heath Ledger, and Anna Nicole Smith – alongside thousands of other unnamed “average” Americans – sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, brothers, sisters, and friends – all lost to the prescription drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation, unheeded by age, race, gender, or income level.

Re-Thinking “the Norm”
In chronic pain treatment, particularly where opioids are concerned, there seems to be a disconnect between a drug’s approval for use and its potential for harm, leading to over-prescription and deadly drug interactions. This is why ANS developed its unique pharmacotherapy review program, the only drug utilization review system in the industry with a hands-on, state by state jurisdictional approach. Sometimes to help an injured worker, “it takes a village”, and the ANS face-to-face collaborative process uses locally based legal nurse experts to bring doctors, patients, insurers, and legal representatives all onto the same page. Other drug utilization processes act superficially and fail to follow up, but the ANS process consistently achieves the most impactful patient outcomes while producing the lowest MSA’s and most improved loss ratio’s in the industry. All this while offering a risk free “No Fee Assurance” guarantee for WC payers who wish to try the program.

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