The CDC attempted to address the opioid problem in the US five years ago by curtailing the prescription of opioids. The result was that deaths are as high as ever and people with chronic pain are suffering.
Many people have had severe pain or know someone who does. Back pain is something that can spring up at almost anytime for some people and when it does, it can be debilitating. Some people cannot move or get out of bed when the pain strikes.
Others, like veterans, suffer every day. They know pain and feel it as a result of severe injuries earlier in their lives. However, these people have been suffering severely for the past few years.