It's addiction

03/17/2014 9:03 AM

03/17/2014 10:36 AM

Re "Go after doctors who over-prescribe painkillers," (Editorials, March 11): The editorial board writes, "As it happens, more people die of prescription drug overdoses now than from traffic accidents." What the board neglected to state is that almost twice as many people die from alcohol overdoses each year as compared to prescription opioid overdose. Addiction is the problem, not prescription pain medication. I've witnessed over the many years how journalists will sensationalize stories about prescription pain medication deaths, but never mention a far greater threat of alcohol poisoning. As long as journalists and society continue to focus on the wrong issue, the real problem will never be properly addressed. It's addiction, stupid.

-- Mark Collen, Sacramento

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