Doctor shopping is obtaining a controlled substance from multiple doctors without informing any of the practitioners. For instance, a patient may take out a prescription for Xanax from a doctor. Afterward, they may take out another prescription for Xanax from a different doctor without telling the physician that they have already taken out a prescription from the previous doctor.
In every case of doctor shopping, the intent of taking out multiple prescriptions was to deceive all physicians involved. Although current pharmaceutical online networks and systems can prevent shopping, clients have figured out ways to get around the system. They may lie about their symptoms, deny receiving past medication or give false information about their identity or medical history. Many of these patients have a severe addiction and need professional help at an addiction treatment center for opioid abuse.
What Drugs Are Sought by Doctor Shopping?
There are two main types of prescription medications that patients desire, benzodiazepines and opioids.
Some examples of benzodiazepines include:
Examples of opioids are:
There are two main reasons why patients attempt doctor shopping. First, they are struggling with prescription drug abuse and are looking for any way to feed their addiction. They may have one prescription that is legitimate due to a mental health issue or chronic pain. Once they are addicted to the drug, they will explore multiple avenues to get the drug from various sources.
The second reason why a person may go to multiple doctors is that they are selling the drugs. Prescription drugs are often in high demand due to their euphoric effects. Doctor shopping gives dealers access to a wide range of drugs. Sadly, most doctors are unaware of the patient’s intent. They can go for months collecting drugs from different doctors before they are caught.
Current U.S. Laws Against Doctor Shopping
Using more than one doctor to buy prescription medication is against federal law. The Uniform Substance Act of 1970 prohibits anyone from obtaining drugs by concealment, fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit. Many states carry additional laws that require patients to provide accurate information before buying certain drugs.
These laws protect doctors and the pharmaceutical industry from people who commit drug fraud. However, some patients are unaware that they are breaking any laws even if they admit their behavior is unethical. They may continue this behavior regardless of the consequences because of their addiction.
Legal Penalties for Drug Shopping
Since doctor shopping breaks federal law, offenders may be charged with a felony. Many states impose stiff penalties for shopping, including fines, imprisonment, and mandatory treatment at a substance abuse treatment program. Treatment may include residential or inpatient rehab, therapy, and aftercare programs.
Anyone caught shopping may face several years in jail. Even when they get out of jail, they may have difficulty getting a job, buying a house, or going to school if they have a felony on their criminal record. Drug rehab centers provide extensive treatment programs to help individuals suffering from prescription drug abuse.
Get Help Now for Opioid Abuse at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
Opioids are highly addictive and difficult to put down. If you are currently struggling with opioid abuse and need professional help, contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat today. We offer a comprehensive addiction therapy program that guides you through the stages of recovery. You have full access to treatment such as inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and aftercare programs.
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