I agree with Rep. Scott DesJarlais concerning the debate on this issue. I think it needs to be debated under a microscope not just on the House floor. When your representatives in Congress want to end the payroll tax cut instead of extending it another year when they have done absolutely nothing to create jobs and their president, George W. Bush, is the one responsible for this economic debacle in the first place? What does that tell you about the Republican Party? It tells me they put the rich taxpayer above the workin man/woman and I can never support that no matter what.
Unfortunately, the problem sometimes goes much deeper than the person or their doctor. Sometimes the doctor simply doesn't know what else to do. I had a bad infection following surgery some years ago. I was taking college courses online and my professor refused to give me a break when I told her that follow-up surgery was necessary to correct the problem but threatened to give me a zero if I did not complete all my work on time. So the doctor kept me on antibiotics changing them periodically so I did not build up an immunity to one particular drug until corrective surgery could be performed. We need to make sure that we tackle such problems from all angles and don't just always blame the doctor or patient.
I agree with dt4c. My wife had cancer and the pain management clinic out at Vanderbilt did a Wonderful job supplying her with the right pain medicine. They do require a physician's signature for all narcotics. The problem is not the law abiding clinics. It is when pills get stolen by some scumbag that the law works against the patient. My wife was in terrible pain yet could not get more pills before the 30 days was up. Fortunately; she had some left from a previous prescription that she hadn't taken all of because they changed her medication or I would have been suing somebody!! This has GOT to stop!! Sometimes, folks just can't stop thieves from stealing. It happens!