My doc gave me some good advice. Do not tell others what you take. Do not say the name of the drug out loud at the pharmacy counter. And I pocket the filled prescription before I leave the store. I also keep all of my pain meds under lock and key. I have had to take pain meds since 1995 and have experienced all of the horror stories of being treated as an addict by the docs, pharmacist, family and friends. That is why I keep a med alert card with me, and only my doctors, pharmacist, and close loved one know exactly what I take.
I really wish that life could be different. That drug abuse was a thing of the past. That pharmaceutical drugs could not be abused. That there would be a sure fire way to tell between the abusers and the real patients. I know in the past 13 years that there have been many postive changes for the pain patient. I have experienced many of them. And I have to believe that in the next 13 years that the drug companies, docs, and pharmacist will become better educated on how to care for the pain patient.