Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura writing for the New York Times, Amid Opioid Overdoses, Ohio Coroner’s Office Runs Out of Room for Bodies.

In elementary school, the DARE program taught me that a friend might try to give me marijuana and that’s a gateway drug that will ruin my life.

They were wrong. Turns out, the gateway drugs are painkillers that your doctor prescribes liberally and you get from the corner drugstore.

From the CDC

The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.
Opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

In 2015, marijuana killed zero people.

When I was around twenty, I had my wisdom teeth out. The dentist gave me a month worth of Vicodin that I went through in ten days. I went back as soon as I was out, and he gave me another month’s supply. Didn’t blink an eye that I had went through it so fast. Once that was up, had I had better connections for drugs, I’d probably have sought out black market Vicodin.

When I had my vasectomy, I didn’t get my pain medicine filled for the same reason. Better to suffer a week than toe addiction.

The friendly DARE officer should have warned me about doctors.