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