My 2 cents worth ignore if you like. The war on drugs is a two sided sword.
One thing thats being overlooked here is; the FDA, DEA & the bubbas in Washington are in bed together on this war. Too much money would be lost, to shut down the drug problem totally. The FDA is not about to stop lining the pockets of the bubbas in Washington, so give them enough money to line their pockets and they look out & make promises to the FDA, some will be fulfilled & some won't, same with the DEA. Then the bubbas also have to look like they will cooperate with DEA on this war. It boils down to one thing they all talk out of both sides of their mouth. Money motivates these people.There will be plenty of medications available 5 yrs from now, because the FDA will not stop the pharma. from mfg drugs too much money to be lost and research money. What will happen is finding a dr who will be willing to prescribe these drugs. There will be a shortage of pain medicine drs you can count on that. We will have an overage of drugs at that time and you will not be reading anywhere about a shortage of any drug.
I understand more & more why pain mgt drs are getting out of the business. They have to evaulate and make a decision on each & every patient that walks in the door as to what medication this person may need. If it opioids, then he best have his medical evaluation and records up to snuff to warrant prescribing said drugs. He/her really do not know if some these people coming in the door for the first time, if they are real or drug seekers wanting the meds for other than their own needs. The UA also tells if a patient is taking their medication or not, or it will tell if they are over-medicating themselves. The Contracts & UA's done by these guys are what his malpractice insurance company requires him to do. Its a CYA thing and I do not blame the drs for putting these items in effect for their office. If a person is a true & honest CP patient, then he/she should never be offended by having to sign or give a urine test. I took 2 UA's in 4 yrs, it was after my pump was implanted. Familys lose loved ones to overdosing on drugs every day. Many of these family members want to sue the dr that prescribed the medication, by having a Contract in effect on that patient, that is the drs proof the patient was given warnings about their medications and potential of problems stemming from taking the medications. Also the patient's family may not even be aware the family member could have had a problem with drugs. But the bottom line is the family is quick to want to hang the dr from the highest tree. I am also thinking the DEA requires this of drs too. Yep, I can see why we have so many problems. I don't have a clue as to what it would take to make things better either. Then the DEA is forever a monkey on that drs shoulders just waiting like a vulture.
Anyway just something to throw out & read.