“Doctor Shoppers” Bought 4.3 Million Prescriptions for Opioids in 2008: Study

“People who “doctor shop” bought an estimated 4.3 million prescriptions for opioids such as Vicodin and OxyContin in 2008, a new study finds. Doctor shoppers, who visit multiple health care providers to obtain prescriptions, represented almost 1 percent of all buyers of addictive pain medications in the United States that year.

The study, conducted by the think tank Abt Associates, is the first national estimate of doctor shopping in the country, the researchers said.”

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/healthcare/doctor-shoppers-bought-4-3-million-prescriptions-for-opioids-in-2008-study?utm_source=Join%20Together%20Daily&utm_campaign=57f201c974-JT_Daily_News_Doctor_Shoppers&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_97f4d27738-57f201c974-221281549

Source: DrugFree.org – July 17, 2013

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