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



(4) comments

Gary Scoggin

These companies are making a product with a legitimate medical use. Unless they actually abet misuse of their product, they should not be liable. Doing so puts the County in the same group as Buzbee’s 50,000 thieves.

Ken Hufstetler

Recently read where two Pharm CEOs were paying doctors to overprescribe their pain pills. Is that abetting?

Gary Scoggin


Jim Forsythe

If the lawsuits are successful, no one will manufacture opioids for pain (except for illegal manufacture's) .
Are the Commissioners going after the wrong group?
Is the flood of opioids coming from the legal manufacture's , or other sources?

One example.
Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for issue and abuse in the United States.
However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose, and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl. It is sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine as a combination product—with or without the user’s knowledge—to increase its euphoric effects.

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