Without or without a prescription, controlled substances can be obtained in many ways. Most common is simply stealing prescription medication from someone who was using it legally but no longer needs it.
Abusers also engage in doctor shopping, going to multiple physicians and requesting the same medications. They can also use runners, people who go to different doctors and pharmacies to gather drugs for the addicts.
Of particular concern is abuse by teenagers. Gatherings known as Skittles Parties are a growing trend.
Computers and insurance records help pinpoint possible abuse. Any suspicious activity is reported to the local drug unit or to the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency.