I keep hearing about the opiate drug epidemic and my best friend's son died of an overdose, so it has touched my life, indirectly. It seems like everything above all blames first the pharmaceutical companies, and secondly, doctors. I am not pro-big pharma, or pro-doctor necessarily, but it does seems to me that the patient has to take some responsibility for themselves. I mean, if the pharmaceutical people are actually selling these drugs on false premises, ok; but I think everyone has known pain killers are addictive for a very long time, so it seems like a cop-out to say "well they didn't tell me." And it's hard to believe that a lot of doctors are deliberately over-prescribing to kill people, especially with the liability situation. I just think that a lot of folks are not taking the pills as prescribed. I mean, granted, if someone has a 30 day prescription and they are back in 10 days for more, no doctor should be giving it to them. So perhaps in some cases, that could be blamed, in part, on the doctor. I was in a serious accident recently and was prescribed pain killers and I was extremely careful how many I was taking. I always considered whether over-the-counter something would suffice before taking the prescription stuff, etc. And guess what? I didn't get addicted. I saw a documentary a while back about people in prison "simply for prescription drug use", and it seemed like the narrative was that these people were all blaming their doctors for their problems, but turned out they weren't in jail for using prescription drugs, but for buying drugs on the street or for collateral crimes to obtain money. It just seems to me that it doesn't help drug abusers (of any type) to give them an out to abdicate responsibility. Does anyone else feel that we are all, in the end, responsible for taking care of ourselves?