Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. Where there is a market, someone will supply it.

When alcohol was the national crisis, we tried prohibition. Someone supplied the market – Al Capone.

Then methamphetamine was our national crisis. A fairly crude form of it was manufactured from sinus pills containing pseudoephedrine. We passed a law that limited the amount of pseudoephedrine you could buy. Problem solved, right? Not quite. Mexican cartels stepped in to supply the market. Now there is more methamphetamine out there, stronger and cheaper than ever.

Does anyone actually believe that the same people who can manufacture methamphetamine on a very professional level could not manufacture hydrocodone, OxyContin or fentanyl? Given that it would be no more difficult to smuggle a pound of fentanyl than it would a pound of other drugs, we will very shortly have a much worse problem than we do now. You think a lot of people are overdosing now? Just wait until fentanyl hits the streets en masse.

People take drugs to alter their reality. For a person suffering a painful medical condition, that is just fine. Other people take drugs to alter some unpleasantness in their realities. Until those unpleasant realities are dealt with, they will continue taking whatever is available to them. This is where the problem has to be solved.

Tighter controls won’t help at all. They’ll just make it more difficult for people with legitimate needs to get their medication. - Andy Bagley, Sioux City

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