In fact, the CDC reports that the number of ER visits by addicts has more than doubled in the last few years. Why? According to ABC News, it's easier for people to feed their prescription painkiller addiction by hitting the hospital than by finding a drug dealer. That's dangerous, because more people overdose on prescription painkillers than cocaine or heroin. So, how does an addict legally get drugs from hospitals? They simply go to the ER, lie about their symptoms, like back pain, and boom, they get a prescription for some of the most powerful drugs on the market. Insurance even covers it. In fact, studies show that even when ER doctors are told they're dealing with an addict, they often still prescribe the drugs like one woman mentioned in the article who tracked down her brother at the ER. She warned the physician that he was an addict, but he still got a prescription. So, why are hospitals letting this happen? They're too busy. Doctors have a lot more patients to see. In fact, the average wait time in the ER is over four hours. So, if someone complains their back hurts and they'd like a prescription for the pain, physicians are likely to say yes, no questions asked. Another reason addicts can get their fix in the ER? A lot of doctors would rather over-treat alleged pain than under-treat it, and send someone home to suffer needlessly. So, what's the fix? Doctors suggest establishing one, nation-wide electronic prescription drug monitoring database. That way, every time anyone is prescribed any drug, it's recorded in the database. Then, physicians can tell how often a patient is getting drugs, and if they're addicted just by glancing at the database. In fact, 38 states already have databases, but they're only state-wide, they're not networked together. This means an addict can get drugs in one state and cross state lines to get another fix - without being caught.