Can you go to jail for doctor shopping?

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Can you go to jail for doctor shopping?

Asked on November 22, 2010 under Criminal Law, Arizona

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

In what context?  Getting second and third opinions on an ailment or illness?  Or are you doing what some do by going to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances?  That latter is illegal.  The former is not.  States have enacted laws that deal with disclosure to a doctor that you have had the same medication prescribed by a different doctor within the last 30 days.  This is for a controlled substance that many people will attempt to sell to others.  The basis for the criminal charge in fraud.  If this is what you are referring to then I would seek legal help immediately.  Good luck.


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