A clinician shares her perspective on prescribing sleep aids, stimulants, and other controlled substances in a sleep medicine practice with Clinical Advisor.

I recently had an experience involving a prescription for an 84-year-old patient. Normally, we are of the mindset that an individual of an advanced age would not be misusing controlled substances. However, I discovered that the patient was receiving the same stimulant from both me and his primary health care provider. When I confronted him about this situation, he had little to say in response. He then returned to my office 2 weeks later demanding his prescription.