Oh fer christ’s sakes, who did not know opioids were not addictive?
If Purdue marketed these opioid pain medications as “non-addictive” then YES, they are at-fault. I suspect this was confused w/not easily abused when using the extended release version of these drugs.
More people die per year in the US from alcohol than from opioids.
In the mid to late '90s after decades of mistreatment of pain (as in no treatment) by doctors the government opened the floodgates to allow for the prescribing of opioids for all types of pain.
However, there is plenty of blame to go around. One can start by looking at the social conditions that helped to create this mess: poverty, lack of opportunity, in addition to health conditions: work injuries, aging (sick) society, lack of health care, etc.
Then there were doctors in some states on the take (FL for one) who were running opioid prescription mills. Who flooded these clinics? Many “patients” that were not in pain but were seeking pain medications.
The people prone to abuse will just move on to the next easily available drug (legal or illegal) and in another 10 or so years the pendulum will swing back to treating people w/pain causing conditions once again.