Medical professionals should address the wide scale addiction to painkillers. The number of doctors prescribing and writing prescriptions for painkillers has increased the use and availability of such drugs. Pharmaceutical companies further market such drugs aggressively and make their use acceptable increasing the continued use of painkillers, leading to addictions and associated deaths.
Headlines everywhere are showing that painkiller addiction is becoming more widespread. Our over-medicated society may be to blame - and the medical profession is the likely root cause. Medical professionals should take a holistic approach to treating pain, such as addressing stress and other environmental factors, rather than simply writing a prescription.
Yes, it is my belief that medical professionals could offer alternatives to pain medication to prevent the chance of addiction. Those alternatives should start with advocating a healthy lifestyle and proper fitness as a way of preventing the need of pain medication in the first place. If pain management is required for a medical situation, there are additional alternatives that can be explored such as herbal treatments, acupuncture by a trained physician, massage therapy, and others. While pain medicine has its place in the care of patients, medical professionals should take care not to over prescribe -thereby creating a dependency.
Medical professions should do all they can to prevent the addiction to painkillers. However, no additional burdens should be placed on it to accommodate other people's weaknesses relative to painkillers. The government already extensively regulates the medical profession and its disposal of painkillers. How much more can they be expected to take?