Assigning Blame in the Opioid Crisis

Theodore Dalrymple comments on the recent Oklahoma court-imposed fine of over $500 million on Johnson and Johnson for the company’s involvement in the American opioid epidemic over at Law and Liberty.

I do not, as I said, hold a brief for any drug company. But the action against such a company, and it alone (apart from against a grossly corrupt doctor or two), suggests scapegoating more than it suggests justice. It does not seem like scapegoating only because the company is an impersonal entity, and no individual suffers by it, at least for the moment, except infinitesimally. But the contributory negligence of many different parties—including, dare I say it, patients—was, in aggregate, very considerable.

One thought on “Assigning Blame in the Opioid Crisis

  1. James M. Wills

    Having spent nearly forty years in medicine before retiring, I have developed a great affection for physicians and nurses, and an abiding distaste for lawyers and politicians. My insight on the opioid crisis runs along the same line as yours.

    All best,
    James Wills, MD
    Farmville, VA USA


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