Title

Veterinarians’ Attitudes and Practices Regarding Opioid-Related Vet Shopping in Tri-State Appalachian Counties: An Exploratory Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-22-2020

Publication Title

BMC Veterinary Research

Volume

16

First page number:

1

Last page number:

8

Abstract

Background: The opioid crisis continues to grow in the United States with 46,700 drug overdose deaths due to opioids in 2017 alone. Vet shopping, the practice of soliciting veterinarians for prescription medications, has been receiving national media attention in recent years. A 2014 review of Prescription Monitoring Drug Programs found less than 10 veterinary shoppers nationwide. Still much is unknown about the role of vet shopping and the opioid crisis. This study sought to understand the practice of vet shopping through the eyes of veterinarians practicing in Appalachian counties within the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, United States. Results: Fourteen veterinarians were asked a set of 13 questions related to vet shopping. Results indicated that 13 veterinarians in the study had heard of the phenomenon of vet shopping and eight veterinarians had personally encountered vet shopping in their practices. Qualitative analysis of the interviews identified six key themes including a need for interprofessional communication and how important a valid veterinary-client-patient-relationship is within the profession. Conclusions: The study hopefully sheds some light on the how often vet shopping is encountered in practice, concerns of veterinarians regarding vet shopping, and potential areas for improvement.

Keywords

Vet shopping; Opioid; Veterinarians; Attitudes; Practice; Prescription drug misuse

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Veterinary Medicine

Language

English

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