A new government study finds most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or family - according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People who abuse prescription painkillers often doctor–shop, with more than one in four daily users admitting they got prescriptions from one or more doctors. But almost as many said they got the drugs for free from friends or relatives. Only 15% said they bought the drugs from dealers or strangers.
Experts say the new data shows a need to strengthen messages to doctors to look closely for signs of prescription abuse.