Who Is Telling The Truth About Prescription Opioid Deaths?

This all started with a post at Ace which linked to and quoted some of this article from which the subject above comes.

I just don’t get it. A newly-released 164-page report just issued by the DEA maintains that controlled prescription drugs are killing more Americans than any other type of drug (1); even more than heroin and fentanyl. But if you’ve been keeping up in this area this sounds very strange. Can it really be true that drugs like Vicodin and Percocet are killing more Americans, especially when one report after another lays the blame on illicit fentanyl and its scary analogs? What is going on? Are we seeing more of lying by omission or the use of intentionally misleading statistics, such as we’ve seen from the CDC and its advisors? [...link...] Is this claim legitimate?

The original comment from Ace seems relevent here:

I have been deeply suspicious of the neo-Puritanical drive to end the use of opioid pain medication in America. They are wonderful medications for otherwise intractable pain, and most people can use them without issue.

Because most people aren’t addicts.

Just like most gun owners aren’t criminals. And most drinkers aren’t drunk drivers. But as usual, America is on the insane arc of the pendulum and is over-regulating, using suspicious data and hysterical media manipulation.

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