I was listening to the radio (NPR) and there was a discussion about opiates used for pain. It was an interesting discussion because they were saying that back in the 80’s and 90’s doctors were aware that the patients would develop a tolerance for pain and then would have to be given more medication to decrease the pain. I guess they didn’t realize the major problem we would face today. Instead of regulating the medication, they just wanted people to not feel any pain at all. For instance, if the patient said their pain was at level 8, the doctor wanted to get it to zero. The NPR program discuss ways to decrease the drug dependency on pain meds by using electronic documentation. This includes working with the pharmacies. So if people decide to hop to many doctors, the system will show the number of times they are getting medication. I know this could be effective. Just last week, I didn’t pick up a prescription for my daughter but wanted it transferred closer to my home. The tech. saw that it was at another location and she assumed that I already picked it up. So if they can monitor where my medication is or a family member, they can monitor abuse.