How drug warriors made the ‘opioid epidemic’ deadlier

Source Chicago Sun-Times
Original Load Date July 28, 2021, 11:01 a.m.
Last Updated July 28, 2021, 11:01 a.m.
Original URL https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2021/7/28/22597967/opioid-epidemic-pain-management-war-drugs-jacob-sullum

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According to lawsuits that four drug companies [ agreed to settle ][29] last week, the “opioid epidemic” was caused by overprescription of pain medication, which suggests that curtailing the supply of analgesics such as hydrocodone and oxycodone is the key to reducing opioid-related deaths. But tha...