Reader's View: Hold users of opioids accountable, too

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An article in the News Tribune July 29 wondered who is behind the opioid crisis. It spent time criticizing Walgreens for filling legal prescriptions and criticized drug companies for manufacturing legal items. But never did it take doctors to task for prescribing these opioids. Worse still, the article relieved the individual of any responsibility for taking the drugs. Where is the responsibility of the user?

We are so focused on victimization that we never hold individuals responsible for their own behavior. It is easier to go after "deep-pocket" drug companies and pharmacy chains than individuals who beg their physicians for pain relievers and then take these pills.

Let’s at least put some responsibility on the end user.

Jim Gerdes

Sturgeon Lake


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