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Your View: ‘Opioid crisis’ caused by those who take them, not companies

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Here we are again with the “opioid crisis.” The state of Oklahoma is suing Johnson & Johnson for flooding the market with pills. It’s not the users’ fault but the company’s.

Really? In the end, you are in charge of what goes into your body. I have never seen a pharmacist hold someone down and force a pill down their throat. Or a doctor either. It would be like me suing a motorcycle company for selling me a bike that went 150 mph and I wrapped it around a tree. Or the big burger chains because I ate too many Whoppers and gained 20 pounds and now my knees hurt because of the excess weight. Or big tobacco because they sold me the cigarettes that I shouldn’t smoke that cause me health problems.

Or maybe I could sue Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee, for letting me stand on the front row of too many loud concerts back in the 1970s and losing part of my hearing. People just refuse to take responsibility for their own actions.

If you become injured and are prescribed pain medication, then take it until you don’t need it anymore. Don’t continue shoving a pill in your mouth because you like the way it makes you feel even after the pain is gone.

I can’t blame the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association because I was umpiring a baseball game and took a 90 mph fastball off the mask and got a concussion. I knew the risk going in, and I assume the liability if I get hurt.

I wonder when all this garbage will end. I can assure you that if the Supreme Court of the United States ends up with a say, as they usually do, they will say, Johnson & Johnson is not responsible for your actions, you are. Rightfully so.


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