The nurse is preparing to discharge a 43-year-old male client who has received treatment for a fracture of the right tibia. The nurse provides the client with a prescription for a narcotic analgesic to be used as needed for pain, along with information about the medication. The client states, “I don’t need the prescription. My cousin just had surgery and didn’t take all of his pain medicine. I can just use his. That will be cheaper for me, anyway, since I don’t have insurance.”
1. a. Discuss the legal and therapeutic implications related to the client taking narcotic analgesics that have been prescribed for another person.
b. With these implications in mind, how should the nurse respond to the client?
2. How should the nurse respond to the client’s concern about the cost of his medication?