"One must question how so many Americans get their hands on these drugs. To be transparent, most are obtained through the health care system. While we are diligently working on the culture of patient safety, we have created other realms as well: a culture of trust and a culture of catering. Generally as prescribers, we take patients at their word. It can be difficult to discern people's tolerance of pain. When they state they need medication to control it, we trust that they are truthful. In the medical-education system of decades past, little time was spent on recognizing and managing drug-seeking behavior. This is evident in the fact that many of the current drugs are prescribed by longtime health care practitioners."

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