For lack of a better term, I will call this newest attitude towards pain meds a witch hunt. I don't often have a need for pain medication but it is getting next to impossible to obtain it because of a growing problem with abuse of these drugs. I read about it in the papers, about people overdosing and dying, etc. If you come in to your doctors office and complain of pain and ask for help, you are treated like a career drug addict! I have a bottle of Tramadol sitting around that was prescribed last summer. I find that it does very little for acute pain. The one thing that does help is Oxycodone, and in very small doses at that. Last night I had to visit the ER because of a severe pain flare up brought about from our recent moving house activities. I was reluctant to take the Tramadol because one, it is expired as of last July and two, because it doesn't work anyway. So after a grueling four hours of contrast dye CAT scan, Ultrasound to look for blood clots, blood work, urinalysis, and suspicious questions, I was given a prescription for 5 Hydrocodon tablets and a lecture about how this wasn't a long term solution. Ya think? They made me wait for two hours before giving me anything for the excruciating pain, and then they gave me Valium! It was the first that I heard that this is a muscle relaxant. What I do know about it is that has an incredibly long half life. When I explained that while I now feel relaxed, I was still in pain, they gave me Morphine which oddly enough makes me feel drunk and doesn't seem to give much pain relief either. I wonder if there are certain receptors in the brain that prefer Oxycodon? I usually find that about two doses of about 5 mg of Oxycodone will usually have a significant effect on my pain levels, and in a day or two I am usually back at my normal level of pain (the ones that I have learned to live with.) It's a crazy world we live in when we are denied pain relief just because others choose to abuse drugs. I have never had addiction problems; dependency yes! And I have never used recreational drugs at all. I was too scared to, since I tend to be very sensitive to any drugs at all. Just a rant.