Thanks for posting the link. Unfortunately this story is the truth for so many American and Canadian families. There's always several similarities that remain constant;
1. The opioid/opiate/s were prescribed by a doctor to treat something.
2. The doctor cuts the patient off after they've become addicted.
3. The individual sources drugs on the streets which leaves them with the danger of picking up counterfeit pills or heroin with fentanyl in them.
I live in the UK but I've been researching the opiate crisis in the states incessantly. The US government panicked once they knew the true scale of the problem and the DEA started raiding the shady doctors and restricting the amount of specific drugs that pharmacies could hold. Some stopped stocking opioid painkillers all together due to armed robberies etc. Chronic pain patients who actually needed the drugs found it difficult to get them.
It was a ridiculous response to a health crisis. Almost like someone thought if they got places to stop stocking the drugs and started restricting the prescribers that the problem would go away.
This left a lot of addicts (the number must be in the tens of thousands if not more) with no other option than to either get clean or start buying stuff off the streets. They cut off so many people and didn't think of the consequences or put any measures in place to help people.
It's an absolute tragedy that so many families have been affected by this crisis. The counterfeit pills are coming from mainly Chinese labs and a lot of seized shipments have contained fentanyl. Heroin was always dangerous but the addition of fentanyl is one more nail in the coffin for most users.
I've never read such a well written article. It approaches the subject from multiple angles and in explicit detail. Hopefully it helps some of the people who read it.