6 indicators of drug-seeking behaviour

Recognising that a patient has a dependency problem with prescription drugs is not always easy, with many presenting as socially advantaged, well-educated people with adequate social support and good jobs.

Typical requests and complaints to be aware of include:

  • Aggressively complaining about a need for a drug;
  • Asking for specific drugs by name;
  • Asking for brand names;
  • Requesting to have the dose increased;
  • Claiming multiple allergies to alternative drugs; and