Please watch John Oliver deliver a harsh rebuke of the pharmaceutical industry for its dishonest marketing of opiate-based pain medications. But the problem is even bigger than that. The healthcare system our doctors work in only permits seven minutes per patient visit. How could our doctors do anything else but prescribe a pill with so little time? Our medical system is the most expensive in the world, and, simultaneously, delivers the least value for that money when compared to other first world nations.
Be forewarned that he does get political and is crude at times. I think these issues do deserve attention, however.