To the editor:
Making and selling illicit drugs to the poor vs. making and selling opioids to patients is an interesting subject. One goes to prison, the other continues to operate with very few pushers being arrested. Why?
I suggest it is because the pharmaceutical companies are the largest lobbyist in Washington D.C. and have successfully convinced Republicans and Democrats alike to give them a blank check. Those selling illegal drugs have no lobby.
The pharmaceutical industry has been successful in keeping Washington off their backs and also successful in convincing millions of doctors to prescribe and over-prescribe opioids and a large variety of drugs, most of them toxic in one way or another.
It appears that politicians have responded to the shocking pollution of last year in Florida. Apparently 272,000 people dying of opioids (not to mention all the other toxic results of medication) are not shocking enough to our Washington politicians.