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I have chronic pain and at times this is severe, but this is managed with opiates. I know the general public has a very perverted view of opiates because they think street addiction, heroin, drug smugglers. However, if prescribed correctly by doctors in the right dose for your height and weight and you manage it well yourself, I haven't increased my dose of 80 milligrams of morphine in the last 18 years. So that's a fairly good illustration, that no you don't double it every ten minutes the way the general public think. And also it's very well looked after by the government. I have to present myself to my GPs who all get to know me very well every 30 days, and they have to phone to Canberra to have authorization, and I get my monthly dose of opiates to keep me going till the next lot.
Question: What is the main idea that the speaker is trying to convey in her comments?
Incorrect: The dose of opiates needed to treat chronic pain is usually 80 milligrams.
Explanation: This response is incorrect because the speaker states that the dose of opiates needed varies with height and weight.
Incorrect: The rate of morphine addiction has not increased over the past 18 years.
Explanation: This response is incorrect. The speaker has not increased her morphine dose in 18 years.
Correct: Governments can play a key role in chronic pain management.
Explanation: This response is correct because the details in the recording support this idea. The speaker also states that her opiate use is “very well looked after by the government.”
Incorrect: Authorization for the prescription of opiates is required every thirty days.
Explanation: This response is incorrect because this detail is a supporting point. Although the speaker states that her GP must obtain authorization for her prescription every 30 days, this is not the main idea the speaker is trying to convey.