What’s the right approach to addressing the opioid abuse problem?

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What’s the right approach to addressing the opioid abuse problem?  Meaningful POLICY reforms – not lawsuits – should guide local, state and federal policymakers as they work to tackle this health care issue.

As reported by a joint task force of the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities, we’re seeing communities bring together health care professionals, drug makers, distributors, regulators, law enforcement and social service advocates “to break the cycles of addiction, overdose, and death.”

Still, when we see personal injury lawyers – many of whom got rich off contingency fees for lawsuits against tobacco companies – beginning to rush to the courthouse over opioids, there’s real concern that we’re seeing greed, not justice, at work. The fact is we can’t sue our way out of the complex opioid abuse problems.

This health care issue should be addressed by policymakers — not by lawsuits.

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