US opioid epidemic: it’s harder to get the painkillers I legitimately need

BMJ 2017; 356: j784
Author: Kelly Young
“The crackdown on misuse of prescription drugs has had unfortunate consequences for people with legitimate needs in the US. Stricter laws have made access to controlled medications more difficult. Patients wonder whether restricting their access is necessary to reduce illicit drug use when the misconduct of physicians running for-profit ‘pill mills’ has been responsible for most misuse.”
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