A government study has revealed that more than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtain the drugs from friends or relatives. And here is the amazing part – usually it is given to them for free and with permission! The study also showed that about 2 percent of the U.S. population age 12 and older has abused a prescription pain killer within the past 30 days. The bottom line is that once the “pill mills” get shut down, and hopefully the feds will accomplish that, the next source is us regular docs. We need to stop liberally throwing pain pills at everything. The idiot experts who kept screaming that we weren’t doing our patients right because we weren’t controlling their pain were WRONG! Those ivory tower morons have run away and are hiding as we deal with the mess they left us. Now, we need to shut the narcotic train down. This study is for real. I can’t tell you how many times I have caught elderly patients trying to get narcs; not for themselves but because they want to help out a family member. It is sad but when it comes to prescription pain meds we must trust no one.
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