There are few controlled studies on "drug-seeking behavior." Although it is known that approximately 10 percent of patients seeking treatment for drug addiction identify a prescription drug as the principal drug of abuse,20 there is no statistical documentation of the problem in the ED. The spectrum of drug-seeking patients includes those who have chronic pain and have been advised to avoid taking narcotics, the drug addict who is trying to supplement his or her habit, and the "hustler" who is obtaining prescription drugs to sell on the street. Patients may move from chronic pain patient to addict to hustler as their social and financial support deteriorates.
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