The opioid crisis was not cuased by anyone family that is patently ridiculous, but each individual who first took the opioids into their bodies in the first place and became addicted. If anyone group is to be blamed it would have to be the do-nothing or Knee jerk politicians. Whether they planed this or not The Politicians we elect are so inept so out of touch they would never have done a thing unless a few of their kids had died. If anyone other than the individual is to blame, the problem is not with the legal manufacturers of the drug but the politicains who whether out of ignorance or insidious planning allowed it to happen in the first place. How did the politicians cause it you may ask well let me tell you. Opiates come mainly from the poppy a PLANT and used for pain releif. People are always going to want to have pain relief from plants it is their GOD GIVEN RIGHT if you believe in that kind of thing. But what actually happened was legal prescriptions from legally certified government oversighted manufacturers, were becoming easier and easier to get through again “legal channels” ie the Dr’sthe the manufacturers and the pharmacies this is a good way to dispense potentially dangerous substances that millions of people need and want and is their Right to be able to obtain. When you buy a prescription at least you know what your getting and exactly how strong it should be and that is great and the way it should be. But about 10 years ago the politicians around the country decided too many people were getting too many prescriptions and they the politicains and their cronies who own the prisons weren’t getting their cut. The few overdose deaths that were happening were usually caused by mixing the drugs with other sedatives and alchohol was just too much according to the politicians. They realized they could fool everybody byt the small number of overdoses blow it comlpetly out of proportion through the media. Declare a new war on prescription drugs and simply start arresting more doctors and kicking hundrdsof thousands of people off the Dr.’s clinics and closing clinics around the country state by state. So what were the millions of people who were kicked off the legal pain clinics to do? Simple start buying cheaper stronger heroin on the streets.With the Heroin on the streets you never know how strong it will be one day its weak the next day its much stonger or not cut at all and is pure the user takes what they think is the same amont and with no real way to test it ends up dying form a n overdose. So why would the politicians cause a problem like this. There are several reasons for this #1 being money and control they now can arrest these people for trying to relieve pain or addiction thereby putting more people in prison for nothing and thusly more money in their buddies pockets The United State s has the largest prison population in the world even larger than china or india put together. And al ot of politicians are partners with or have their friends who own private prisons. It just basically puts more control in the hands of a smaller minority of people. Plant based substances it is your god given right to be able to grow or take into your body any plant substnace you would like as long is it does not infringe on others rights or society is the exact opposite of that it is totally negative and just bad in general.