The issue of doctor shopping -- visiting numerous doctors to fraudulently get prescription drugs -- has been raised in numerous celebrity deaths, including Haim obtained doses of Vicodin, Valium, Soma, Oxycontin and Xanax from seven doctors, filled at seven pharmacies, said California Attorney General.
"There are doctor shoppers, who see 15 doctors and pharmacies or more by deceiving physicians for professed pain and other disability that would cause prescribing these drugs," he said. "If doctors know they are obtaining drugs from other prescribers, they might be really reluctant to prescribe.".
(CNN) -- Former child actor Corey Haim had prescriptions for as many as 553 dangerous drugs in the last year of his life, and it's the result of "doctor shopping," California's top law official said Tuesday.
"This is the addiction epidemic of our time," Longo said.
Misuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem.
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