It is an observation of which events repeatedly remind me, that humankind is like the drunkard who falls off the right side of his horse, and then, resolved not to repeat that mistake, proceeds to fall off the left side of his horse. There was a recent article in Slate about cutting down on prescribing opioids, which may have been too widely prescribed in recent years. Now, however, patients with severe and chronic pain are in misery, sometimes committing suicide, and sometimes buying illegal narcotics from drug dealers.

Oh, and last week the Washington Post published an opinion column by Mike deWine, Ohio's attorney general, who is suing the pharmaceutical companies for inflicting the scourge of excessive opioid availability on his fair state. Leaving aside the legal merits the case, has he thought about the likely results of cutting down on the availability of legal narcotics manufactured in carefully monitored conditions?

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