Office of National Drug Control Policy

ONDCP Excel Twenty-Sixth Row

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Assist States To Address Doctor Shopping and Pill Mills
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Criminal organizations have established a thriving business of transporting individuals from parts of the country with strong prescription-monitoring programs to less well-monitored areas populated by “pill mills” that distribute prescriptions indiscriminately.

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This is an extremely difficult problem for state-level law enforcement to handle, due to resource constraints and difficulties navigating cases across multiple State, local, and tribal jurisdictions. It also creates significant problems for prescribers trying to determine whether a patient is doctor shopping. HIDTAs and DEA continue to work with State, local, and tribal officials to suppress this aspect of the drug trade through training provided by the National Methamphetamine and Pharmaceuticals Initiative and DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squads.

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