Many prescription opioid addicts engage in 'doctor shopping' before overdose deaths

Terry Reith and Briar Stewart, CBC News, Feb 11, 2017

When Leslie McBain's son Jordan Miller died from an opioid overdose, it wasn't from fentanyl or another substance he had bought on the street — it was from legally prescribed drugs he had obtained after visiting several different doctors.

The source of the drugs he took is far more common than most would imagine. New Alberta figures show nearly 40 per cent of those dying from an overdose had been prescribed opioids by at least three different doctors in the year before they died.

Many prescription opioid addicts engage in 'doctor shopping' before overdose deaths