Many Drug Abusers Use Family Members to 'Opioid Shop'

BY ROBERT PREIDT

People who are thwarted in their attempts to "shop around" for prescription opioid painkillers at doctors' offices and pharmacies may try to get the drugs via relatives as a last resort, researchers report.


Some people who misuse opioids go to numerous prescribers and fill prescriptions at multiple pharmacies to avoid detection. But states are cracking down on such "shopping," forcing them to find other ways of getting the drugs.


The new study suggests some try to get opioids from family members who are prescribed the painkillers. University of Michigan researchers said it's the first study to examine doctor and pharmacy shopping within families.