EVERYBODY'S HEARD OF VICODIN - a small white pill that makes Dr. House tick and is tattooed on Eminem's left arm. The reason so many people love Vicodin is because it's a painkiller - not just any painkiller, an opiate painkiller. That means that it works very similar to opium and heroin - and that, in turn, means that it makes people who take it feel really, really, ridiculously good. Of course, these drugs were developed to help people who suffer from severe illness to cope with attendant pain, but they quickly began appearing on your local drug dealer's menu. No wonder opiate painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin quickly became household names - in any household that wants to rid itself of all sorts of pain and get high in the process.
Now, here's the juicy part. These drugs are available only through prescription. You, as a pain management doctor, would hold the keys to bliss for a multitude of recreational drug users (and a few of the ones who legitimately need Vicodin or Oxycontin for pain). Your goal is to walk the thin line between personal enrichment and being raided by the government for over-prescribing tightly controlled narcotics. Be careful - and always err on the side of personal enrichment.