Some use re­spon­si­bly

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I read an ar­ti­cle in your paper ti­tled “Suits be­set opi­oids’ mak­ers, distrib­u­tors.” I am a 77-year-old woman whose doc­tor has pre­scribed an opi­oid for arthri­tis pain. With­out these pills, I would be un­able to walk.

I am ap­palled at the num­ber of deaths from over­dos­ing. How­ever, I want our politi­cians to re­mem­ber that there are many pa­tients like me who use opi­oids re­spon­si­bly.

If politi­cians at­tack phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies and drug­stores they must use the same logic and at­tack brew­eries and liquor stores since thou­sands are killed an­nu­ally by drunk driv­ers.

Surely no one wants one per­son to be in pain be­cause oth­ers abuse the painkillers.

I know it is un­rea­son­able to ex­pect to­day’s politi­cians to think ra­tio­nally or log­i­cally, but re­duc­ing the avail­abil­ity of opi­oids to those who are helped by them is not the an­swer to the over­dos­ing prob­lem.

At­tack the il­le­gal mar­ket of opi­oids—not the le­gal mar­ket!

NONA DU­MAS

Hot Springs

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