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One of every 50 prescriptions for addictive prescription painkillers in the United States is filled for so called "doctor shoppers" who obtain the drugs for recreational use or resale on the street, a new study finds.

By Dennis ThompsonWEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) Nike Zoom Hyperrev 2014 Kyrie Irving

Although doctor shoppers make up less than 1 percent of all patients who bought painkillers in 2008, they purchased an estimated 4.3 million prescriptions for opioid drugs such as Oxycontin or Vicodin, the researchers found. That amounts to about 4 percent of all of this class of narcotic sold by weight that year. "Lacking a universal health record, doctors have to rely on what patients tell them about what they've been prescribed by other doctors."

Abuse of prescription medications has become a serious threat to public health in recent years. Opioid overdose deaths rose from about 4,000 in 1999 to more than 16,600 in 2010 and are now twice as common as heroin and cocaine overdose deaths combined.

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These monitoring programs also rely on doctors to access the data and use it when writing out a prescription. "The existing system relies on physicians adding that extra step to their fast paced work schedule."

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In the study, he and his colleagues analyzed a nationwide sample of more than 146 million opioid prescriptions dispensed during 2008. Besides Oxycontin and Vicodin, opioids include morphine, Percocet and Dilaudid.

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That means that "doctor shoppers can get multiple prescriptions for the same drug if they lie to their physician," he said.

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"I could have gotten a prescription in Portland yesterday, and then come to Connecticut and get another prescription," Pasierb said.

One of every 143 patients who purchased opioid painkillers received a suspiciously large number of prescriptions from multiple prescribers, researchers found. On average, these patients used 32 prescriptions from 10 different doctors to obtain painkillers.

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Pasierb said for a prescription monitoring program to truly be effective, it will have to be a nationwide network receiving prescription data from all states in real time. In addition, doctors would need to be legally required to use it.

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Shoppers simply go from doctor to doctor and pharmacy to pharmacy until they receive the prescription they want and have it filled, Pasierb said. And because the monitoring programs function at the state level, all they have to do is cross state lines to avoid detection.

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"It is a public health epidemic, and we don't really have a system in place to mitigate this or prevent it," McDonald said.

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