Removing the stigma attached to drug addiction is a good first step. Many people who are addicted to prescription painkillers are not drug abusers – they are simply patients who took the medicines they were given for a medical condition or post op.
Regardless of how they became addicted, our job is to provide effective treatment, rather than judge. We collectively need to focus on drug safety rather than waiting until it becomes a drug addiction epidemic. Until then, the more we adhere to the non-judgmental, compassionate approach, the better.