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Research Article

Estimating the Prevalence of Opioid Diversion by “Doctor Shoppers” in the United States

  • Douglas C. McDonald mail,

    doug_mcdonald@abtassoc.com

    Affiliation: US Health Division, Abt Associates Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Kenneth E. Carlson

    Affiliation: US Health Division, Abt Associates Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: July 17, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069241

About the Authors

Douglas C. McDonald, Kenneth E. Carlson
US Health Division, Abt Associates Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: doug_mcdonald@abtassoc.com

Competing Interests

Prescription LRx Data, 2008 was obtained by Abt Associates under license from IMS Health Incorporated; all rights reserved. Both authors are employed by Abt Associates Inc. There are no further patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DM. Analyzed the data: KC. Wrote the paper: DM KC.