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the following story probably explains why benzos are becoming so difficult to get from docs, especially if the anxiety sufferer seems obviously nervous, and is thought to be a drug addict in withdrawl

it would be wise to stress to the doc that you arent a benzo or herion addict, and that you dont see any other docs, for meds
also remind doc that anxiety sufferers seldom have addictive type personalitys, volunteer to undergo a drugs test, perhaps



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Doctor-shopping addicts cost $30m
By Ian Gerard and Michael McKinnon
15may04

TAXPAYERS are footing a multi-million-dollar bill for the prescription drug of choice for thousands of "doctor-shopping" heroin addicts.

Up to 22,000 so-called doctor shoppers - who go from GP to GP in search of prescriptions - are among the hundreds of thousands who use benzodiazepines - a class of drugs that includes Valium, and older sleeping tablets such as Xanax.
Last year, 6.4 million scripts were issued nationwide for 18 different forms of the drug, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $30 million through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. While the drugs have a limited clinical value, benzodiazepines are the top choice for people who "doctor shop" and are popular with heroin users, many of whom also inject benzodiazepines.

A Medical Journal of Australia study of more than 200 young Victorian people who died of a heroin overdose showed their doctor visits became increasingly regular in the years preceding death from overdose.

Benzodiazepines were the most favoured prescription drug.

One patient in the study secured 600 prescriptions from 286 different GPs in just 14 months.

In 2002, the federal Government cancelled the "doctor-shopping hotline" because of patient privacy concerns.

The hotline was a service physicians could use to identify and stop doctor shoppers before they could be prescribed benzodiazepines.

It was replaced with a system where patient permission was required for doctors to get access to prescription records.

"We have a scenario where someone can sit in front of a computer and if we follow them for four years, we can predict that this person is going to die of a heroin overdose," said one of the study's authors, Melbourne GP Raymond Martyres.

"And what are we doing about it? Nothing."

He is one of several GPs contacted by The Weekend Australian who called for the doctor-shopping hotline to be reintroduced.

The Health Insurance Commission last year identified 22,000 prescription or doctor shoppers.

First marketed as miracle drugs for anxiety, sleep disorders and depression in the 1960s and 70s, benzodiazepines have since been proved to be extremely addictive, even in short doses.

A study obtained by The Weekend Australian under the Freedom of Information Act has identified the central coast of NSW as an area with high numbers of people with low socio-economic status who are at risk of substance abuse.

Wyong GP Margaret Evans believes benzodiazepine use is linked to socio-economic status.

"Basically, it's the poor that have these insoluble problems and patients are looking for some relief from their anxiety and depression," she said.



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