There are several myths about the opioid epidemic in particular about pain medication. Popular media claims that a majority of opioid addicts started with their rx pain meds. Actually, people who are rx'd pain medications are not likely to become addicted. Yes, Big Pharma saturated the market, and there are areas with pill mills, but a course of treatment --post-op for example--of oxycodone is not likely to turn a person into an abuser. I am hearing of doctors cutting off elderly pain patients who have been on vicodin for years with no problems. There is a spike in suicides in this population, as they contemplate a life with chronic pain. I can provide sources for this if you like.