Why do people take opioids? The group that kills themselves take them to get high. They feel lousy most of the time so they take drugs to induce a state of euphoria. It doesn’t last long so soon they take some more. Then, they find that they need more to get the desired effect. They bounce around from doctor to doctor, a little script here a little script there, it all adds up. Some foolish people blame the doctors — they shouldn’t. Addicts become very slick when it comes to getting what they want. A history of kidney stones they never had will work. If they run out of painful symptoms, they will take to robbing pharmacies. They know they’re on a downward trek, one that might lead to jail — but it doesn’t matter, the drug is the thing, only the drug.