I believe that doctors are "NOT" the cause of people overdoseing on any medication. The doctor did not put the pill in the patient mouth. Doctors always go over the doseage prescribe in how you are to take your medication each time you get a prescription from the doctor! Its the patients responsiablity to take as directed if your not sure you should call the doctor or pharmacy to ask questions.
I totally agree with your assessment. It appears to be cyclic with government intervention into the practice of medicine. My memory takes me back to the middle sixties early seventies. When I was coming of age. My sister-in-law was prescribed both amphetamines and barbiturates during both of her pregnancies! My mother was offered amphetmines, just to drop ten pounds. My stepfather had a alcohol addiction he was offered antabuse and valium upon being released from detox at Ignatius Hall located at St.Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Shortly after I graduated from high school (1972) both amphetamines and barbiturates were taken off the market by the FDA in conjunction with the AMA. Doctors at that time were being arrested for over prescribing both of the aforementioned medications FBI and AFT were doing the raids as the DEA, was in it's infancy. The street drugs to replace the pharmaceuticals were crank, and something called 714's. But,this current fiasco implemented by PROP, and pushed by the CDC and social media has caused death and needless suffering to so many innocent victims. Unlike the amphetamine and barbiturate drug raids in the sixties and seventies. By 1979 Antabuse was no longer prescribed as a deterrent to alcoholism. It's also the year, that AMA guidelines were put in place for in patient treatment centers and given the IC codes for billing insurance companies. How did I come upon this information? I married my stepfather's outpatient counselor. Which in today's transparent system he would have been fired.
I really don't think none of these ppl in office or CDC, FDA President Trump, his wife, Eric Bolling etc. Know what the word means by chronic pain patient's and them suffering at the hands of Doctors because their scared to help patient's its illegal not living in the United States someone is turning it into a world they can run and control everyone, it's absolutely insane! I voted this man in office but I bet you i wiIl do everything to not get him re elected if he doesn't know that the problem is at the boarders etc. Not our dr patient status!
But they are still doing absolutely jack to stop the illegal drugs that are the REAL issue. Patients simply having surgery or injured in an accident are being rationed pain meds at inhumane levels. This is on top of the additional challenges chronic pain patients and terminally ill face. Continuing reducing the supply, when hospitals are already dealing with shortages is irresponsible. Go after the illegal drugs coming over the border. Go after the cartels, leave honest people following the rules alone - imposing yet more rules on those who already follow the laws does nothing about those who don't care what laws they break - it's political grandstanding on the backs of suffering patients.
Until such time that studies can show that opioid prescribing is harming long term chronic pain or cancer patients, the Guidelines must be withdrawn. It is causing an enourmous amount of suffering throughout the chronic pain and cancer patient community.