There has been a lot of press lately about opioids(60 minutes, CNN, NY Times etc.); They are still focusing on the prescription pills(Oxycontin etc.); HOWEVER: in the last few years, the main causes of overdoses have become the illegals: heroin, and the illegal pills(primarily from China, fentanyl analogues: carfentanyl etc.): people obtain the illegal pills off of the internet.
This has made it terrible for pain patients(only 8% of pain patients misuse, to an serious extent, the pain meds: the other 92% are punished for this); there is a “war” against pain patients(and doctors); it is very difficult to be a pain patient, who may need opioids, and also n=tough for providers as well…..very unfair…..L.Robbins,M.D.