Drug misuse study downplays doctor-shopping, points finger at family and friends

Illegitimate practices make up just 7% of sources

Doctor-shopping accounts for a fraction of drug misuse, with most misusers actually getting their supplies from family and friends for free, an Australian review shows.

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Almost two-thirds of the pharmaceutical opioids, sedatives and stimulants for non-medical use are sourced through friends and family, generally without money changing hands.

Illegitimate practices, such as doctor-shopping, faked symptoms and forged prescriptions are uncommon, making up just 7% of sources, according to the review on studies from Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK and the