The government has been considering a ban on this drug. It is generally considered one of the most effective pain killers on the market. Those that use it responsibly are horrified at the prospect of losing access to this protection from chronic and acute pain. But there is such widespread abuse of this drug by opioid addicts that the probability looms large that it will be banned.
I argue that the drug should remain available and that we should address the misuse of it as a public health issue but the government continues to respond from a law enforcement position. When Canada declared that heroin use was a health issue and not a criminal issue, the US government suggested closing the border with Canada.
Or maybe we can limit the problem to a bunch of Appalachian nobodies who are barely citizens anyway and a few dead hill-billies is an “acceptable collateral loss”.