Not sure why doctor are always at the top of the list for blame. Certainly they're are a part of the problem, but marketing and distribution practices coupled with the WHO's emphasis on pain as the "fifth vital sign" have also fueled the epidemic.
I also like how you leave duplicitous "patients" off the list of culpability. We've had mire than one poster here brag about abusing prescription drugs, tricking "stupid" doctors, etc.
I think your uncertainty might stem from that fact that the doctor was not at the top, the drug companies were, and then unscrupulous doctors, not all doctors, but the small group of them was all it took.
Patients are not off of the list, but there is plenty of data to show that the dramatic increase has an origination, and while I give them a small amount of empathy, I also (perhaps wrongly) dont really care if people cull themselves on their own, let them die.....
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