This is an example of the increasing "Med Madness" that has all the good intentions but attacks the problem in the wrong way.
In the interview, the doctor, and the anchor, make only a brief mention that the drugs -- in this case pain killers-- end up on the street, which is where the majority of the deaths take place
The doctor, apparently a cardiac specialist, makes mention of options to medications in the case of heart disease, such as exercise and diet, but when it comes to the situation of pain, he has no "viable" option. He mumbles through it.
I am not at all in favor of taking medications as a cure, especially for anxiety/depression, but for some, at times, medication can be a life saver. No amount of CBT or ACT therapy is going to be effective is a person is being crushed under pain (which sometimes is the only symptom of anxiety and depression). The same can apply towards BZD's. A mind has to calm to rationally think and act. .
I only know one thing: when "war" is declared on a human action, such as the "war on drugs", it only makes matters worse. http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/3742901870001/dea-raises-restrictions-on-painkillers/?intcmp=obnetwork#sp=show-clips