Very well written story. But the author carefully avoids asking why so many people seek painkillers. Why so many get addicted?
Pain is a part of life. Raised knowing this, I am so often shocked that medical care in the United States is so focused on muffing pain. Pain is not the problem, pain is a signal that we have a problem somewhere. In order to stay healthy, we need to find and fix this problem, not to suppress pain.
Is not telling that the epidemic hit the hardest the poorest among us? As Trecia Kimes-Brown dully noticed no one was forced under the gun to start using opioids. Hence, one should ask why so many Americans pursue happiness by turning to narcotics? Yes, the bad guys facilitated this, but there were so many takers. I bet that there are millions of Americans who can have these opioids in their medical cabinets but never abusing them. Why so many took the wrong path? What is wrong with our society?