Module 5: Monitoring and Evaluation

Lesson 2

Aberrant drug-related behaviour

What are aberrant drug-related behaviours?

Aberrant drug-related behaviours may indicate prescription medications misuse. Such behaviours may include:

  • Multiple unsanctioned escalations in the dose or inaccurate pill counts (too few pills or too many pills)
  • Alterations in the route of delivery (e.g., biting, crushing controlled release tablets, snorting or injecting oral tablets)
  • Engaging in illegal activities
  • Episodes of lost or stolen prescriptions
  • Frequent visits to emergency rooms or urgent care centres
  • Excessive phone calls to clinics
  • Concerns expressed by a family member/caregiver about the patient’s use of opioids
  • Unanticipated positive results or negative of random urine drug screening (UDS)