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Letter: Don't blame legit drugmakers for opioid crisis

| Monday, June 26, 2017, 1:15 a.m.

What a statement we get from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filing a lawsuit against drugmakers ( “Ohio attorney general sues 5 drugmakers over opioid abuse crisis” ). He says drugmakers mislead patients on the dangers of painkillers.

I'm amazed people are this misinformed or ignorant about what they take, because pharmacies provide detailed instructions with every prescription.

Our system forces doctors to put patients' medication information into a database, creating more work for doctors. So, they tell their patients to use extra-strength Tylenol. That's like throwing a chair off the Titanic: It won't help.

Pain medication has a real place in our society. Diseases, surgical pain, chronic pain and other ailments require relief. Now, we have paranoid doctors not prescribing needed pain relief while liberal judges slap the hands of drug dealers.

Why not make it a “risk all” for dealing drugs? Some countries give life sentences or death to first-time drug dealers. Here we give them the Life of Riley, with amenities some citizens don't even have.

Drugmakers provide a quality of life for people with pain.

No, I'm not affiliated with a drug company, but I have had a real need for pain medication in my lifetime, and it is borderline stupidity when the word “Tylenol” is mentioned.

Jack Juris

Buffalo

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