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Drug Crime Is a Source of Abused Pain Medications in the United States Joranson DE, Gilson AM. Drug crime is a source of abused pain medications in the United States. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2005; 30(4):299-301. To the Editor: The Internat

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extremely large number of transactions, little or no narcotic drugs are diverted from licit international trade into illicit channels. 1 Most diversion occurs within countries, where governments attempt to prevent diversion during the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances to the retail level (e.g., pharmacies and hospitals). In the United States, diversion occurs despite a closed distribution system of licensing, security, and record keeping. Public dialogue about prescription drug abuse in the United States focuses largely on inappropriate physician prescribing and patient misuse. 2, 3 National media reports and highprofile charges against physicians enhance th

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