Studying the Prevalence of Opioid Diversion by “Doctor Shoppers”

A study published last month in the journal PLOS ONE found that the vast majority of patients who were prescribed opioid analgesics did not abuse the medications or engage in “doctor shopping” to obtain greater quantities. But a small proportion—one out of every 143 patients—got an average of 32 prescriptions from an average of 10 different prescribing sources. Read the study report here.


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