Thanks to my Thanksgiving vacation, I caught a couple episodes of House during a day-long marathon. There was a lot of focus on a plot line involving House's use of painkillers and some cop's attempt to stop him.
It's good for popular culture to bring up the issue of law enforcement meddling in medical decisions. The cop's character was portrayed too favorably to rile up anybody not already morally outraged by the concept of doctors or patients being punished because some drugs are taboo, but at least the issue is brought to the attention of viewers.
If only Cindy McCain's money and John's political connections could protect everybody who has to treat their pain with medication.