Opioid-based medicine has come under attack in recent years, even though it has been used to treat pain since the 1700s. NSAIDs, Acetaminophen, Alcohol, Antidepressants, Benzodiazepine, and a host of other medicines kill many more per year and send far more to emergency rooms than opioids, but for some strange reason, there is no “War” on these drugs.
Could the marijuana lobby be pushing to take over the opioid business? Whose pockets are being lined by these attacks on opioids?
In the end, the only ones hurt by this “War on Opioids” are the people with intractable chronic and acute pain, those who have legitimate reasons to take the medicine. Like gun control, the innocent, law abiding citizen is hurt by this mis-guided war against opioid-based medicine.