opioid addiction

At some point, we're gonna run out of people to deny opioids. What to do?? There are many anti-opioid zealot mouths to feed. New victims are needed. How about cats?
While it remains popular to attribute the opioid‐​related overdose crisis to doctors prescribing pain relievers to patients, the evidence shows there is no correlation between prescription volume and non‐​medical opioid use or opioid use disorder.
Regulations regarding the use of buprenorphine to help with opioid addiction do not hinder care - they are designed to protect patients and train physicians who did not have formal education in addiction management. 
To sports fans, it wasn't even that big of a story when it broke in late July. But for those keeping tabs on the medical machinations of professional football, the retirement of Eugene Monroe -- the NFL's only active player calling for the league to allow marijuana as a pain-reduction option to opioids -- was a noteworthy event.
It is no wonder that the "war on drugs" has been an abject failure. There are multiple reasons. Here's a new one—using sophisticated pharmacology to make the anti-diarrheal drug Imodium into a substitute for heroin. Very clever, but deadly.
An article recently published in the British Journal of Pharmacology discusses the synthesis of a molecule, PnPP-19 and its ability to block pain perception and potentiate erections. So as it turns out, not all spider venom is bad – in fact, it can be pretty great.