Re ""Living up to their name, painkillers are placing too many victims in the morgue" (Editorials, Nov. 25): While some distribution should be regulated, and observed more by physicians and even pharmacists, some painkiller abuse is inevitable.
Doctors can only do so much in preventing their patients from becoming addicted and overdosing on medication. After the patient leaves the pharmacy, who knows what they will do; they could use the medication as instructed, they could sell it, or maybe become addicted. It can be easy for the patient to lie, and maybe get more or a stronger dose when they run out.
-- Catherine Atkinson, Dixon
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