Chronic pain is not good for the heart, lungs, endocrine system, musculoskeletal system and it can also cause depression and emotional problems. Responsible use of opioids is crucial to managing the pain of millions of Americans. Hospice programs and “comfort care” options are of a key part of any health care system. Individual human beings need to know that when they get very sick and are dying that their pain will be controlled. We are going to make it harder for these individuals to get adequate pain control. There are many elderly people who aren’t actively dying but have chronic pain who need to be able to sleep comfortably at night. We need to let them have access to opioids. We can’t deny pain relief to suffering people because we’re worried about drug abuse! I don’t know if the ‘War on Drugs’ is working or if it’s a failure but I do know that chronic and acute pain cause an awful lot of pain in our society, not only for those who suffer directly from the pain but it also affects their loved ones and family. Pain is not natural and it needs to be controlled. Let’s not confused adequate pain control with the ‘War on Drugs.