The system, beginning at the recovery room, is broken. As the advocate for my father, I witnessed the "no pain is good" approach to recovery for everything from outpatient procedures to bypass surgery. Dad's recovery and ICU nurses were constantly offering him opioids for any post-op pain - much of which he refused because he was experienced. And, upon release from the hospital, he was always issued an opioid prescription to make sure he wouldn't have any pain at home. He never had these prescriptions filled, but there are countless patients who would follow doctor's orders because the doctor must know what he/she is doing, right? And, before you know it, they are dependent.