Legal Drug Abuse!
ScriptWise spokesman and AMA WA council of general practice chair Dr Steve Wilson said the violence and crime that flowed from methamphetamine addiction may be dominating the national agenda but prescription drug abuse is killing more people. "Drugs like ice get the most media attention because they are so devastating and it's on the rise and so catastrophic when it does occur, because it often involves police, major emergency centres, multiple doctors, paramedics and so on," he said.
"This is a quiet issue you might say, but it's a bigger issue even than ice." MORE INFORMATION HERE.
Elsewhere on this site I have stated patients need to take responsibility for their own actions/demands, and NOT to pressure their doctor into offering unnecessary medication or surgery. Nonetheless, no one is usually holding a gun to the doctor's head and demanding surgery or drugs. Therefore, the doctors in question also have to take responsibility for this drug abuse, an abuse causing more harm than 'ice.'
Addicts are not responsible, if they were they would not be addicts.
I think most people understand that the Pharmaceutical companies are much more interested in lessening your wealth, rather than increasing your health. They are a multi billion dollar business where one drug alone, the anti cholesterol drug statins (also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors), reaps them a nice little earner of $27 billion a year. However, the doctor is a health professional, and are committed to our health. It is their responsibility to find ways to limit the influence of the Pharmaceutical business model.