Prescription Drug Abuse and Doctor Shopping


Prescription Drug Abuse and Doctor Shopping

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.

Doctor Shopping

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'.

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  1. Addict

    Hello, My name is Anna.
    I have been going to a methadone clinic for 2 years and was recently discharged. When I first went to the clinic in December 2009 it was my last resort I was using heavily and was tired of the life. I had almost dropped out of college, started doing all kinds of stuff that i could think of to come up with money so i could get my fix for the day. Anyway after starting the clinic and getting to a stable dose I finished college got my teaching degree and started teaching all these wonderful things started changing my life around. About 666 months ago due to the economy I along with 400 other teachers in the county got laid off. Now with no income i was struggling to come up with the weekly $100 cost of the clinic. Thankfully I have a great mother who has been paying for it for the past 6 months but I have also been down dosing due to wanting to live a life without drugs and due to the cost. The methadone clinic does not take insurance which for me really sucks because I have fantastic insurance. Anyhow about 2 months ago I went to see my regular doctor and explained to her my dilemma and she said that once I got down to 30 mgs at the clinic she would prescribe the methadone to me as a monthly rx instead of the weekly at the clinic. once at 30 mgs I returned to doc she prescribed the methadone to me she knew i was still at the clinic and that I was down dosing very quickly, she never told me that I was unable to fill the rx as long as I was still at the clinic I went to the clinic for 11 more days on my last day my discharge day the clinic informed me that the DEA have been involved and that I could face jail time and never have a rx given to me again. Now both my regular doc and my counselor at the clinic knew i was seeing both there at the very last week and a half of my treatment at the clinic and NOBODY told me that my whole life could be ruined. I mean everything i had just worked so hard for and accomplished in the past 2 years can now be taken from me. If I get arrested it will be felony charges and WILL NEVER TEACH again. AND THE NUMBER ONE THING I MAY BECOME A HEAVY USER AGAIN. I'm scheduled to have surgery this coming week and cant even imagine not getting a script for pain afterward. I'm seriously scared I DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO THAT LIFE. Please comment back with advice or similar stories i want to know what to expect. Also if anyone lives in or around southwest Florida and needs a friend or someone to talk too who really knows your situation I'm available. Thank you!

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