No, even more than you were already.
--Blame it on the War On (some) Drugs. If you're on meds for chronic pain, expect delays: one big drugstore chain has started double-checking prescriptions for often-abused medications and doctor's offices -- already in a paperwork crunch, already being "run lean" by the P.C.s and hospitals that operate most of them -- can't keep up. Result? Both addicted talk-show hosts and chronic pain patients are having to wait a longer time, days in some cases, for prescription refills.
If you have chronic pain, better get refills while you still have a couple day's supply -- and get ready for one more entity all up in your business, asking personal questions of you and your doc.
As someone who has (comparatively mild) chronic pain, and who has had worse and been on the stronger stuff for it, I will once more point out the obvious: in general, these drugs are not addictive when they are taken for pain; it's after the pain is gone and the patient has some left that the trouble can start: without pain to dull, a Vicodin (etc.) has pretty much the effect of a couple of highballs, a nice warm glow. (The stuff'll stop you up worse than a block of government cheese, too, a side-effect rarely mentioned). It can be insidious.
Is it so dire a threat that making your great-Aunt with trigeminal neuralgia writhe in pain for two-three days is an okay price? As it turns out, neither the pharmacy nor the drug warriors much care. Caring isn't their job.
Naturally, the news report managed to dig up one (1) case of an actual abuser being actually caught by an actually suspicious pharmacy -- and what's the modern mantra, class? "We all have to be punished for the bad acts of individuals." Guns, drugs, impoliteness, doesn't matter; somehow Paula Deen, Adam Lanza and Rush Limbaugh are everybody's fault and we have to stay after and write "I will do as I'm told by my leaders" on the blackboard five thousand times to keep it from happening even more. Hasn't worked in the past but hope springs eternal in the shriveled hearts and tiny minds of social engineers.
(Me, I gave up the prescription stuff long years ago; I didn't like being mentally fuzzy or the other effect and OTC stuff worked almost as well. Recent developments have me swapping ibuprofen for acetaminophen, which is not quite as effective; I keep a log of how much/when and take it very sparingly, which means, yeah, I'm hurtin' rather more than I'm used to. Seems to be a lot of that goin' around, all of a sudden, but at least mine's by choice.)
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