Published by The Washington Times

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The country’s gone head-over-heels nuts on opioids, the drug of effectiveness for long-time pain sufferers.

As if cracking down on producers, distributors, insurers and sellers will cure the underlying roots of addiction — the psychological and emotional factors that lead to a practice of self-destruction.

The death stats are impressive, true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were tied to 42,249 deaths in 2016, a stat that’s five times higher than the ODs recorded in 1999. West Virginia is the worst, followed by Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. For comparison purposes, tobacco smoking was linked to 480,320 deaths between 2005 and 2009; alcohol, to 33,171 in 2015; and driving, to 40,200 in 2016. Even aspirin use carries a risk. More than 3,000 deaths were attributed to aspirin ingestion in the 2016-2017 time frame, researchers said, the Huffington Post reported.

But that doesn’t mean regulation from the feds is the way to go — the way to stop any of these deaths.

Strictly common-sense speaking: If regulation and law truly did their jobs, the country would be crime-free. After all, illegal drug use and distribution is already outlawed.

So what’s the predictable fallout from all this madcap politicized response to the admittedly sad opioid abuse?

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