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Doctor shopping in Virginia: What to know

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2022 | Criminal

You’re in pain, so seeking some kind of relief is understandable – but you’re encountering trouble finding anything that works.

Worse, it’s even harder to find a doctor who is willing to give you actual pain medication, especially at the doses you need. The last decade has been kind of rough on both pain patients and their doctors. A lot of pain doctors and clinics are terrified of being labeled a “pill mill.”

Can you seek a second opinion for your pain?

You have every right to seek a second – or third, or fourth – opinion from another doctor whenever you want.

What you cannot do, however, is lie to those providers about who you are, what other medications you are on and what prescriptions you already have in your possession. That’s called “doctor shopping,” and it’s an end-run that drug addicts sometimes try to use to get more pain medication than is allowed.

It’s also illegal. In fact, it’s a Class 6 felony, which means that you could be facing both fines and prison time in addition to any social consequences, like the loss of your job or professional license.

Doctor shopping to obtain narcotics used to be easier until the state created its Prescription Monitoring Program. That allows doctors to check what prescriptions you’ve recently filled. It led some to slip over the state lines and see doctors in North Carolina or elsewhere. Now, however, there’s interconnectivity between the databases in adjoining states.

Don’t let a mistake ruin your future

Maybe you were simply desperate for relief, or maybe a doctor misinterpreted your motives when you were looking for a second opinion. Either way, you deserve an experienced defense.