It's difficult for me to fathom the meaning of Laura Elder's editorial concerning the Galveston County Commissioners seeking to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of opioids ("Suing can be habit forming with serious side effects," The Daily News, Nov. 12).
She argues for personal responsibility. I remember the lawsuits against the tobacco companies. And I believe one of their arguments was personal responsibility.
On a personal note, I bought my first pack of Camel non-filters when I was 10 years old. I smoked openly for the first time in front of my parents when I was 18. I quit in late 1984 when nicotine gum came into the market and I have lived to age 67.
Elder writes that "it should be very difficult to persuade courts that that it's someone else's fault when someone abuses drugs or anything else." Earlier, however, she states that "pharmaceutical companies aren't blameless. On the contrary. They know opioids are highly addictive but saw profits. It's that simple."
While a tobacco product has no medical use (except of course cannabis) and an opioid does, profits and addiction are realities.
File the lawsuit.
Jose L. Ochoa