I have a friend who is really struggling with her son. He became an addict to pain medications at the age of 30. This guy has absolutely no background of drug or alcohol abuse. He had a surgical procedure and his doctor gave him a controlled substance for pain management. Now he is hooked, and that's all he seems to care about! His wife has left him, and he has moved in with his mother. She is watching him destroy himself! Why do doctors prescribe cancer-strength pain meds for minor surgeries?