“OPIATES ARE AMAZING. They make dentistry not a horror movie, make a broken bone something you can tolerate while waiting in the ER, and kept your great-grandpop from going into shock after being shelled in the trenches of Ypres. Opiates are also amazingly addictive. The government estimates that roughly 1.9 million Americans were hooked on opiates in 2013. Use and abuse in America has reached epidemic levels, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a new set of recommendations from the CDC to control how doctors are distributing the drugs.
The recommendations came out yesterday (see related article below), but this problem isn’t new: Opiates have always oscillated between medicine and drug. Their regulatory history reflects the precarious balancing act between help and harm—one that the CDC’s new recommendations will address, but never solve.”
Source: Wired.com – March 16, 2016