Senator John Cornyn just asked a health professional in US Senate committee hearings, about the connection between heroin deaths and opioid prescription regulations.
The federal committee testimony establishes that it is state regulations limiting patients from getting proper care & oversight of their health challenges, that leads to desperate patients turning to the cheaper street opioids, HEROIN & FENTANYL.
Our Oklahoma state legislature is ramping up more restrictions on prescriptions. More doctors are turning their backs on desperate patients, effectively cajoling them to turn to the streets for continuity of pharmaceuticals which the doctors have effectively gotten the patients hooked on.
It is this kind of mentality in our legislature which makes for failed prohibition policies. We criminalize our most fragile and ill citizens. The failure to understand... the complete lack of empathy... the obsession with the use of law enforcement to force ill people to get well on their own... IS KILLING TOO MANY OKLAHOMA.
Manufactures don't produce prescriptions. Physicians do. And it is essential to having affordable meds, that a solid supply be available to the public.
It is the regulatory oppression of government, which creates a black market.