This is a result of the liberal narcotic dispensing policies of the last 20-30 years. When I was in nursing school
, 22 years ago, I was told the mantra "Always believe your patient's pain". We were taught to NEVER doubt. I knew back then that people were prone to addiction, and opiates were powerful, and made folk 'feel good'. I inwardly questioned the wisdom of doling out narcotics like candy, but went along with the status quo, of course.
Now we know that what our forefathers and foremothers said was true. We need to control these substances because, they can ruin lives! People need to find other ways of dealing with pain, and be ever so conservative with opiates. Children need to be protected!