Jacob Sullum for Reason.com, on how the opioid crisis is not only killing addicts but also “leaving pain patients in agony”:
Contrary to the impression left by most press coverage of the issue, opioid-related deaths do not usually involve drug-naive patients who accidentally get hooked while being treated for pain.
On the other hand, in fresh science news, the evidence is mounting that opioids are no better than non-opioids for easing common types of chronic pain (see Krebs). More about that in an update to my opioids article.
Nothing is obvious or simple. Nothing. Ever.