The subject that I am about to encroach upon may be considered as extremely controversial, yet it seems to be one of the biggest issues that is facing our society today. Prescription medication, more popularly known as pain medication has this country and many others in such a grip that I doubt we could ever get out from under it. I wrote an article some time back about the abuse of pain medication and you would not believe the amount of negative feedback that I encountered. While I did expect that some would disagree with my thinking, I am willing to bet that the ones who would prefer this subject not be touched, are the ones who depend on pain medication themselves.
Anywhere you turn, someone is being arrested for the use of some medication. While some choose the legal avenues to use and abuse, others follow the path of most resistance and put their legal perspective in jeopardy. Medications such as Oxycodone, Percocet, Soma, just to name a few are being served up like candy by doctors who are more concerned about losing their patients, than they are about their health or losing their license, or worse, spending time in jail. Patients become so hooked on these mind altering drugs that they consistently apply pressure to their doctor, who eventually gives in, rather than lose another patient.
It is true that many terminal patients do actually require such strong narcotics, however those are the exception to the rule. The majority of patients that are introduced to narcotic medication, usually find it impossible to remove themselves from it. If they fail to get their doctor to prescribe their much needed fix, because that is what it is, they turn to the streets, where they are quite willing to pay top dollar for this mind altering fixation. Some start on prescription drugs then they graduate to the higher street drugs, because in many cases, even though it is illegal, it is easier to come by.