I brought this quote from @Sew Sumi over because it's about me, not Jed!2020:
To be honest, I don't care about the opioid crisis. It pisses me off that people with legitimate pain can no longer get actual pain meds b/c of other idiots and their doctors. My mom was in intense pain for 12 hours b/c the ICU doctor didn't believe in giving patients opioids, even though her regular physician prescribed them. It wasn't until he realized she was dying that he relented. Then, 2 days later the night doctor refused to allow her to have the morphine drip the day doctor had authorized because she felt there were less addictive ways to deal with her pain. And the day she died, the new duty nurse decided she had the authority to override the doctor's orders to refill the morphine because she felt we were over-using the button since "she was unresponsive and couldn't actually tell us she hurt". It took demanding that the doctor come and speak to us for that to change, and then the witch tried to deny what she told us.
Sorry to vent, I may be at the anger stage of grief. But, I feel the same way about the opioid crisis as I did about the meth crisis, the crack crisis, and the alcohol crisis - deal with the addiction and stop making demons where they don't exist. I'm pretty sure in 10 years or so we will have a new crisis for the politicians and news media to freak out about.