Reselling drugs nonexistent

In a study of 952 people with chronic non-cancer pain recruited at pharmacies, only 4% reported ever supplying prescribed opioids to another person. Only one person reported getting paid for doing so, and there was no evidence that ‘fossil pharming’ – the practice of elderly patients selling prescription opioids illicitly – was occurring.

Participants who offered or supplied the drugs to others were significantly younger, with only 11 over the age of 65. But the propensity to supply to others was unrelated to gender or income.