Explained: Doctor shopping

Doctor shopping is the practice of visiting multiple physicians to obtain prescription medications or medical opinions for the same ailment. Health care providers usually consider this negative behavior. Depending on various definitions of doctor shopping, methodology and patient sample, the rate of this activity varies extensively between 6.3 percent and 56 percent. It is a..

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: Vet shopping – a key contributor to opioid epidemic

Every year, more than 27,000 people lose their lives to opioid overdose in the United States. As statistics show rapid increase in fatalities over the last two decades, there is growing evidence that the opioid epidemic is possibly the worst drug crisis Americans have ever witnessed. Not created overnight, the epidemic has affected people regardless..

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Over prescription and less information on safe storage and disposal of opioids leading to misuse: Study

The United States is currently in the grip of an opioid epidemic with over 28,000 Americans succumbing to opioid overdose in 2014 alone, of which 14,000 deaths involved misuse of prescription pain relievers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Looking at the increasing number of affected people queuing up at addiction..

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Understanding prescription drug abuse among adolescents

Prescription drug abuse by adolescents and young adults has become a serious public health concern in the United States. After marijuana, prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are the most commonly abused drugs among adolescents. Teens and adolescents still do not fully comprehend the consequences of prescription drug abuse and they generally believe that prescription..

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Designer drug “Pink” temporarily banned across America

With at least 46 confirmed deaths across several American states, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned the synthetic drug “Pink”. Known as U-47700 in the medical community, the drug was legal in most of the U.S. states, including Arizona. With the ban on Pink, the drug will now be categorized under Schedule I..

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