A talk with addiction specialist Dr. Casey Grover about behavioral indicators of so-called “drug-seeking behavior,” which is when people try to deceptively convince doctors to prescribe them drugs. Grover hosts the podcast Addiction in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care. We talk about: why Casey thinks “drug-seeking” is a bad, unhelpful term; what behavioral clues doctors use to determine if someone might be “drug-seeking”; why most behaviors aren’t that reliable; America’s drug problems (opioids, fentanyl, methamphetamines).
Resources discussed in this episode or related:
- Research paper How Frequently are “Classic” Drug-Seeking Behaviors Used by Drug-Seeking Patients in the Emergency Department? by Casey Grover et al
- Opioid risk tool discussed by Grover
- Paper by Jenny James: Dealing with drug-seeking behavior