Drug Addicts, Dealers Are 'Doctor Shopping' for Pain Pills

Fraudulent claims of pain, few checks and balances mean the practice is rife, study authors say

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"They need to do a better job screening, but they don't have the tools," Pasierb said of physicians. "Most doctors get no education in medical school about addiction. Their oath is to help this person, but they don't want to be the inspector general. They are time-challenged and they are loath to challenge patients."

More information

There's more on addiction to prescription painkillers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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