Opioid Prescription Resources
On February 13, 2017, The Medical Quality Assurance Commission restricted Dr. Michael Travers from prescribing opioids or benzodiazepines. Although Dr. Travers is still in practice, until the charges are resolved, patients with opioid and benzodiazepine presctiptions will have to find another source of care. The Chelan-Douglas Health District is working with regional providers and local and state partners to ensure the continuity of care of Dr. Travers' patients during this time.
- If you're struggling with your pain and are feeling hopeless or distraught, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
- If you are in Chelan or Douglas county, you can call the the Crisis Clinic Line at 1-800-852-2923 or 1-509-662-7105.
- All counties in Washington State have a crisis clinic line, find a crisis clinic near you.
- If you are experienceing severe pain or withdrawal symptoms, go to the Emergency Room of your local hospital or an urgent care clinic.
- If you think you may need substance use treatment services,
Filling Your Prescription
- If you have an unfilled prescription that was written by Dr. Travers before February 13, 2017, your prescription may still be valid, however, insurance may not cover it. Contact your pharmacy to find out.
Accessing Pain Management Care
- If you have a primary health care provider, contact them for care or for a referral for care.
- If you do not have a primary health care provider, contact your health insurance company. Call the number on the back of your insurance card for assistance.
- If you do not have health insurance, find out how to get insurance from the WA Health Plan Finder or call 1-855-923-4633.
Getting Your Medical Records
It may be easier to get care from a different health care provider if you have your medical records. If you are a patient of Dr. Travers, call 509-293-6809.
- If you stop your pain medications suddenly, you may get withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from opioids can be difficult, but it’s not likely to cause harm to your body. Symptoms can include severe anxiety, restlessness, nausea, diarrhea, muscle pain, or insomnia.
- If you’ve been taking a benzodiazepine such as Xanax, Valium, or Ativan for a long time and stop suddenly, you may have more severe, even life-threatening problems.
- If your pain or withdrawal symptoms become severe, go to the Emergency Room of your local hospital or an urgent care clinic.
Getting to Your Appointment
- If you have Medicaid insurance, People for People can help arrange transportation to and from your medical appointment. For assistance call them at 509-765-9249.
MDs, DOs, PAs, ARNPs - Regional partners are working to develop clear guidance on caring for displaced patients - please check back soon for these recommendations. Below is a list of resources on chronic opioid therapy for practicioners:
For the safety of patients, please continue to honor unfilled valid prescriptions written by providers before the date of their restriction (Dr. Travers = Feb. 13, 2017).
- If you question the validity of a prescription, please contact the insurance plan or Pharmacy Commission for clarification before rejecting the prescription.
- Chelan-Douglas County Substance Abuse Resources
- Email us for questions and concerns, and to give us information on the impact of this situation on clinical practice and resources. Please don't hesistate to contact us.
Hospitals & Emergency Rooms
Be prepared for an increase in patients who may be experiencing withdrawal from opioids, benzodiazepines, or other controlled substances.