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“Vet Shopping” Underscores the Lengths People Take To Obtain Opioids

Owners are injuring their pets and then taking them to different veterinarians, also known as “vet shopping,” to use the opioids prescribed for their animals. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have electronic databases known as Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, where physicians can track controlled prescription drugs that are prescribed to patients; however, most states do not require veterinarians to report the prescribing and dispensing of these medications. Though veterinarians say it is a relatively small problem, it is a problem they want to get ahead of. Read more here.

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