Author Affiliation: Intercede Healthcare, Houston, Texas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To the Editor: The Commentary by Drs Volkow and McLellan1 contained a number of proposals that I believe are unrealistic in dealing with patients addicted to narcotics. It is widely known, for example, that narcotics are restricted substances and capable of being abused, so educating patients to keep their prescription narcotics under lock and key will have little effect.
Fitzgibbons S. Reducing Opioid Abuse and Diversion. JAMA. 2011;306(4):381-383. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1040