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According to this press release, DEA wants U.S. sucker taxpayers to think we can reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths by reducing the amount of pharmaceutical grade opioids legally produced in the U.S.
In fact, what this restriction will accomplish is an increase in prices, increase in diversion, and decrease in safety of available opioids while putting more money in the pockets of the cartels.
We need reduced demand -- not reduced supply -- to effectively address this problem. DEA's continued failure to grasp the simple economic principles in operation here will continue to kill Americans every day. Prohibition causes more harm than good.
The best way to save lives in this debacle? Flood the market with the safer opioid: buprenorphine, and shut down DEA.