The fire extinguisher is not just for show
Didn't we also have a major Opioid overdose epidemic in the 90s?On the other hand, chronic pain is a common and growing problem. Ironically, it is linked to the dramatically increased reliance on opioids that we saw start in the late 1990's. These people don't always look like you expect them to, in terms of the way that their outward behaviors.
The other issue we have is all the talk about linking reimbursements to patient satisfaction numbers.... so if the patient wants narcotic pain meds, and gives you negative numbers when they don't get it (despite not being indicated in the providers opinion), you lose money, which could have systemic consequences....