Some use responsibly
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!