8/22/2014, DEA Restricts Narcotic Pain Drug Prescriptions
“If you’re treating someone with a condition so painful they require treatment with a highly addictive drug, that’s someone who should be monitored closely,” said Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer for the nonprofit addiction treatment organization Phoenix House, who campaigned for the change for five years.
No, I don’t believe that’s correct — Kolodny has been campaigning for longer than five years. (See Wired article of 2005.) And of course Mr. Kolodny thinks patients should be “monitored closely” — that’s how doctors (and Phoenix House) make money.
Part of the reason for treatment is so that people are free to live their lives the best they can — not to become addicted to the medical industry and doctor bills.