Vet-shopping and potential controlled substance misuse in pet owners

Since the early 2000’s, states began to mandate the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to prevent “pharmacy shopping” and abuse of controlled substances.1 Pharmacy shopping is a term used for a person who will go to multiple pharmacies to buy controlled substances with cash. Now, pharmacists and prescribers use PDMPs to track who, where, and when a person has received a controlled substance. More recently, there have been reports of veterinarian shopping for the misuse of controlled substances. With vet-shopping, investigators believe that pet-owners are obtaining controlled substance prescriptions for their pets, then using the prescription for themselves.

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