I see now Governor Bredesen is running ads criticizing Rep. Blackburn for her support of the opioid bill. I do not know enough about opioids to offer an educated opinion but I am pretty good in math. When the bill came up for a vote every Democrat in the House and Senate voted for approval. In addition, Eric Holder's DOJ signed off on it. Obama's DEA signed off on it and the President himself signed it into law.
A very legitimate question is the revolving door between retired Congress members, government agencies and the industries they supposedly regulate.
Another question regards the use of opioids for those who really need them. I have had about 10 kidney stones over the past 40 years. Before the abuse of pain pills my urologist would prescribe a few pain pills for me to carry around in the event I suffered an attack when I was not close to medical facilities. Now he will no longer do that, citing the new abuse laws.
"But what a weak barrier is truth when it stands in the way of a hypothesis," Mary Wollstonecraft