FWIW, I have never filled a prescription for narcotic pain meds... 800mg ibuprofen is the strongest I have taken. I am unsure of why others do what they do, but I had 2 reasons. I've seen too many folks get hooked too easily, and I lose what few filters I have when under the influence of anything... I'd be unemployable, but maybe fun to watch for a while. Starting 2008, I have 3 compromised discs in my neck and 2 in my lower back. Prior to that, I had several years of shoulder problems... I've always known I could get pain meds. Its really disturbing how hard I had to work against getting them, the easiest way has often been just tossing out the prescription slip. Dad has severe R/A, I don't seem to be having his symptoms, but it scares me how screwed up that can make you.