Doctor Shopping for Prescription Drugs Affects Us All
Today the amount of people abusing prescription drugs is higher than it's ever been and the use of these drugs are destroying the health and lives of people throughout the United States. Prescription drugs are not only abused by young and older adults, many adolescents and teens are abusing them too.
The fact that they're legal medications makes it easier for some people to justify their abuse to prescription drugs even though they may have never been prescribed the drugs for themselves.
Part of the reason prescription drugs are so widely abused has to do with the availability of them. Even though many states now are monitoring them, people go to great lengths to obtain prescription drugs and one way is through 'doctor shopping'. Some people obtain prescription drugs by doctor shopping for their own personal use and others with the intention of selling them to drug dealers or drug users.
Prescription drugs are commonly abused by many young people and adults today to get high and by some to medicate their own symptoms of depression or anxiety. Many people who abuse drugs or alcohol will also abuse prescription drugs to counteract symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, or depression brought on by substance abuse. Some people become addicted to prescription drugs like painkillers due to injuries, illness or surgery and now doctor shop for their drugs or get them from someone else that does.
When a person obtains prescription drugs like Vicodin, OxyContin, Dilaudid, Xanax, and Valium for example by doctor shopping, they go to many different doctors to obtain prescriptions for their drugs. They choose doctors in different medical practices that have no knowledge of prior prescriptions that are being written for that patient. People will go to several different doctors, urgent care centers, and emergency rooms to obtain as many prescriptions as they can for painkillers, stimulants, or depressants.
Many individuals that doctor shop for prescription drugs actually do research on the internet so they understand the physical or emotional symptoms to describe to the doctor in order to obtain the drug or drugs. It's also common for a person that wants to obtain prescription drugs by doctor shopping to learn the symptoms and behaviors needed from someone who legitimately suffers from pain, ADHD, depression, or anxiety. People go to great lengths when doctor shopping and will choose doctors and pharmacies not only in their own area but in other cities as well.
The risks associated with doctor shopping are extremely dangerous for prescription drug abusers. They're risking medical complications, serious drug interactions, overdose or death when they abuse prescription medications whether they doctor shop for them or someone else does. Many people have died from combining different prescription drugs like Vicodin, Valium, OxyContin, Xanax or other medications together and Corey Haim is one of them.
Doctor shopping doesn't just affect the person that abuses prescription drugs it eventually affects us all due to health care costs. Many people end up in the emergency room due to overdose or medical problems associated with abusing prescription drugs and they don't have health insurance and the medical and health care costs are outrageous. For those that to do have medical coverage going from doctor to doctor or entering emergency rooms due to overdose or medical problems associated with prescription drug abuse just keeps the cost of health care 'steadily rising'.