Prescription drug abuse in the United States has been a growing problem in recent years. What if it is being aided by doctors that are worried about NOT prescribing drugs for pain? That is what a recent opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine pondered.
Anna Lembke, a M.D. and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University delved into the problem One of her major points, Americans' have an attitude that "all suffering is avoidable" and that treatment of pain has become the Holy Grail of of compassionate medical care.
Substance Abuse 411 delves deeper into this opinion piece with the author Anna Lembke on this edition.