Good points made too about people living longer and using medications in senior years...BD
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - People in the United States are living in a world of pain and they are popping pills at an alarming rate to cope with it. The amount of five major painkillers sold at retail establishments rose 90 percent between 1997 and 2005, according to an Associated Press analysis of statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The DEA cites 108 prosecutions of physicians during the past four years; 83 pleaded guilty or no contest, while 16 others were convicted by juries. Eight cases are pending, and one physician is being sought as a fugitive.
“People with cancer are surviving longer, elderly people are living longer,” Charles said. “So, physicians are walking a fairly fine line. We’re walking a narrow path. And I think we’ll continue to see it for a while.”