Prescription drug abuse is a staggering problem in the United States. Some wind up addicted to painkillers they were prescribed following surgery, others use sedatives too often and too long. Young people abuse prescription drugs because they are easy to get and have an aura of safety. Older people can become dependent simply because they have trouble remembering when and how many pills to take. But there is another group of people who have a problem with prescription drug abuse – the doctors who prescribe them.