How do doctors track narcotic abuse?

Narcotic abuse. The dea tracks this as narcotics abuse implies illegality. Doctors track opioid misuse, abuse and addiction as they risk stratify each patient and closely monitor medication use. The dea is also interested in this area as well.
Narcotic abuse. Careful documentation of suspicious things like early refills of prescriptions, frequent requests for increasing dosages, claims of losing prescriptions, signs on exam do not warrant upping dose, erratic behaviors during followup visits, info. About patients refilling similar medications from other physicians concurrently, etc.