Thanks to being trampled by a horse and a couple of other unfortunate (if less dramatic) incidents I have not had a pain-free day in 9 1/2 years. I have been on prescription pain killers that entire time. To avoid addiction my doctors cycle them between 4 or 5, switching about every 6 months. To me the real problem with opioids (aside from constipation) is habituation; it isn't so much that you get addicted as that your body gets accustomed to a certain dose of a certain product, and you risk addiction (or overdosing) in the quest to get the relief you are used to.
The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania also alleges that Gosnell's former office staff at Family and Women's Medical Society (WMS) ran a prescription "pill mill." From June 2008 through February 18, 2010, Gosnell allegedly engaged in a continuing criminal enterprise by writing and dispensing fraudulent prescriptions for thousands of pills of the frequently-abused tablets OxyContin , Percocet , and Xanax , and the frequently-abused syrups Phenergan and Promethazine with Codeine . Authorities further allege that Gosnell and his staff allowed customers to purchase multiple prescriptions under multiple names. For the first office visit, Gosnell allegedly charged $115, but that increased around December 2009 when he allegedly increased the initial office visit fee to $150. Staff at the clinic went from writing several hundred prescriptions for controlled substances per month filled at pharmacies in 2008 to over 2,300 filled at pharmacies in January 2010. Gosnell, with the assistance of his staff, is said to have distributed and dispensed more than 500,000 pills containing oxycodone ; more than 400,000 pills containing alprazolam; and more than 19,000 ounces of cough syrup containing codeine.