In reading your series on abuses of prescription drugs, I wonder whether you have thought of the negative consequences of repeatedly trumpeting this "crisis" on the front page. There is no question that some people are going to over-medicate themselves with both legal and non-legal substances, and I applaud those physicians who take it upon themselves to look twice at patients.
But whether all this adds up to a public health emergency that could be eliminated by Big Brother is doubtful. Meanwhile, studies have shown that many patients are under-prescribed pain relief because of physicians' fears of being investigated.
Causing hysteria about the dangers of what are in fact necessary medications is reminiscent of our war on drugs, and we all know how well that succeeded.