While I usually am not one to scream “racism” I detect a note of treating opioid abusers as victims. SeeOpioid Addiction: Signs & Treatment.Crack users, perceived to usually be people of minority races, are perceived very differently. I think that doctors that feed addictions should be treated as pushers. People who need pain relief should be able to get it without a “five pill” restriction. But time to call doctors to task, criminally, for running pain reliever mills.
This may make politically powerful drug makers unhappy. SeePolitics of pain: Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis. But treating white students from Appalachia different from minorities in the ghettos is deadly as well as morally wrong.
And this post justifies my description as a “left-wing Democrat.”