You can't judge a person's pain level based on whether they're sitting in a recliner watching TV, talking on the phone, laughing, eating, etc. I have had to have numerous orthopedic surgeries, including two total knee replacements on opposite sides of one year. Following those surgeries, I was prescribed Percocet. During the time of the knee surgeries, I was on Percocet following the meniscus removal and until many months following my 2nd total knee...so over a two year period. I never took more than I was prescribed. I was able to do all the things that patients do that nurses accuse of lying about their pain level. I'm also a RN and have heard many nurses being so judgmental. Life does go on, even while in pain. I suffer daily with chronic pain and am currently on no pain medication (my choice because I want it to work when I have another surgery), but I can't just crawl in a corner and let life pass me by because I hurt. Also, because I never took it more often than prescribed, I never took it if I could tolerate the pain, and I never took more than was prescribed, I never became addicted to it. So, instead of the GOVERNMENT cracking down on pain medications and leaving those who need it have a tough time getting any relief, I think it should be left up to the doctor to prescribe if they feel a patient needs it. As others said, it's not your job to judge.