It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by drock905
Obviously some people do need to be medicated but oddly enough the people with serious conditions never look or act the way addicts do even if they have been on the meds for years.
It's the doctors. Narcotics are insanely addictive and the doctors don't want to or refuse to admit it. I deal with people all day long who look 20-30 years older then they are because of pain med addiction. These people got addicted because they were prescribed them without proper education to the addiction risk. Not to mention the government and health care pays for it so it's virtually free for them to keep using.
people trust their doctors. People often have multiple doctors. My wife has a lethal combination of prescriptions at this very moment. She could walk into her medicine cabinet, take each of the prescribed medicines that doctors have given her over the past month
Originally posted by RealSpoke
You try living in constant pain and see how quick you'll be begging for opiates. I'm pretty sure you'd be insulted if people called you a drug addict because you needed pain pills to have any quality of life.
If they would just treat the people properly who need help there wouldn't be such a huge underground business in dealing pain medications.