WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – Most Americans who abuse
prescription pain killers get them free from friends or family,
but a new study released on Monday shows that addicts who use
these opiates most frequently gravitate toward doctors or
dealers to get their fixes.
U.S. government researchers found that nearly one in three
“high use” abusers – people who take opioids between 200 and 365
days a year – obtained a doctor’s prescription for the drugs,
compared with about one in five of those who used the drugs less
than 30 days over the course of a year.