Medically reviewed by Neil Chatterjee, MD
A controlled substance agreement (often called a pain contract or opioid agreement) is a written agreement between a patient using controlled substances and their prescriber. These agreements usually cover the risks and expectations of their medication, and are signed by the patient and the provider. Common sections of a well-designed controlled substance agreement include:
Controlled substance agreements are not about punishing patients or doctors suspecting abuse. Put simply, these agreements exist to keep patients safe. Controlled substances are risky, and agreements help patients fully understand the risks, options, and safeguards that are essential for responsible substance use.
Patients can complete Scriptulate's opioid contract at home--or download a template--on our controlled substance agreement page.
Have a question about opioids, benzos, stimulants, or other prescriptions? Ask away.