I have been a nurse for over 40 years. I have worked in Hospitals, Long Term Care Facilities, Home Health Care Agencies and Hospice, most recently I have a business as a Care Manager Certified. There have been many articles in the news and on television about the misuse of opioids and the rising risk of addiction/overdose. My concern is just the opposite, I worry that because of this overreaction to the use/abuse of pain relievers that individuals will suffer pain needlessly because society, lawmakers and some health care providers are more worried about addiction than pain control. As a registered nurse and a Hospice providers I have always been an advocate for clients and their pain control. I don’t understand why clients who are in pain have to suffer because some individuals have a dependency problem with Opiates. If a clients does become addicted/dependent on pain medications couldn’t we deal with that through Mental Health Intervention etc. Instead we make it harder for clients who are in acute/chronic pain to receive adequate pain control. That makes no sense and is unfair to those in severe pain. Treat the pain and if necessary provide intervention to individuals who become dependent on alcohol, opiates, nicotine etc, that seems like a reasonable approach.