Doctor shopping is the term used for people who visit multiple physicians to get multiple prescriptions for drugs they are currently abusing. Doctor shopping is common among drug addicts and drug dealers. If a patient seeks out multiple physicians and multiple pharmacies they have the potential to receive a large amount of prescription medications.
Doctor shopping often occurs in urgent care facilities and emergency rooms. Addicts often choose urgent care facilities and emergency rooms rather than general physicians. Addicts are able to maintain a level of anonymity and deception, something they wouldn’t be able to achieve as easily with their general physician. Addicts that frequent urgent care facilities and emergency rooms often complain about specific symptoms in an attempt to receive the drug they are seeking. Individuals often use different tactics to avoid detection. Some individuals use a fake name and pay for the prescription using cash. By using a fake name and paying cash, the individual is better able to avoid detection.
While there are systems in place to help deter this from occurring, there are flaws in the system that still allow this to occur. Lacking a universal health record, Physicians often have to rely on what their patient tells them. “Doctor Shoppers” lie to multiple physicians and are able to obtain multiple prescriptions for the same drug. If an addict is able to obtain multiple prescriptions they are at high risk for developing physical and emotional dependence, addiction at are at risk for serious health risks, overdose and death.
People who are suffering from addiction will engage in risky behavior in order to obtain their desired drug. The cravings addicts experience consume the addict both physically and psychologically. Addicts generally are good manipulators, especially when they are desperately seeking out their drug of choice. Addicts often tell lies about their medical history in order to get a physician to prescribe a drug. Addicts often fabricate pain symptoms, anxiety issues and attention-deficit problems in order to seek out drugs. Addicts often lie about allergies to particular prescription medications in order to receive their desired drug. Addicts will often attempt to get refills of prescription medications claiming to have lost the prescription. To avoid detection addicts often use fake names and pay for prescriptions using cash.
– Codeine: various brand names
– Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze)
– Hydrocodone or Dihyrdrocodeinone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet)
– Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
– Meperidine (Demerol)
– Morphine (Duramorph, Roxanol)
– Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet)
– Oxymorphone (Opana)
Prescription Sedatives (Tranquilizers, Depressants)
– Barbiturates (pentobarbital-Nembutal, phenobarbital-Luminal)
– Benzodiazepines (alprazolam-Xanax, chlorodiazepoxide-Limbitrol, diazepam-Valium, lorazepam-Ativan, triazolam-Halicon)
– Sleep Medications (eszopicone-Lunesta, zaleplon-Sonata, zolpidem-Ambien)
– Amphetamines (Adderall, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Vyvanse)
– Methamphetamine (Desoxyn)
– Methylphenidate (Metadate, Concerta, Daytrana, Ritalin, Methylin, Quillivant, Focalin)
Prescription drug abuse is an increasingly growing issue in society today. Addicts often utilize a variety of methods in order to obtain the drug they are addicted to. Doctor shopping is just one method addicts utilize to obtain their desired drug. Doctor shopping is both illegal and a sign of a more serious underlying issue. Individuals that go to great lengths to obtain prescription medications are likely suffering from a serious problem. Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue and can lead to serious health risks including physical and emotional dependence, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, unintentional overdose and even death. Prescription drug addiction is just as serious as illicit drug addiction. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.