Go after doctors to solve opioid crisis -- Michael Reichert

April 17, 2018

So Dane County is going to sue drug manufacturers and wholesale distributors “ for their roles in causing and fueling the opioid epidemic in Dane County.

Last year, 4.1 million prescriptions were written in Wisconsin for opioids -- more than two prescriptions for every three people in the state -- and this is actually down a million in the last three years.

If you want to know where the drugs are coming from that are killing people, you don’t have to look any further than this obscene number of prescriptions. And the manufacturers and wholesale distributors didn’t write one of them.

The hard truth is that we have an opioid crisis in Dane County -- and in Wisconsin and across the nation -- because doctors and pharmacists are making big money writing opioid prescriptions for whoever wants one, without asking questions. And their professional associations look the other way.

I’ll believe Dane County is serious about the opioid crisis when I see a few of the prescription pushers arrested or professionally sanctioned. I’d even be happy with a public list of doctors with the number of opioid prescriptions they’ve written. But suing the manufacturers lets public officials posture and strut, which is designed to con voters.

Michael Reichert, Madison