If you know or have known a junkie, I suggest reading this piece. So much of it rings true for me as my son died of these addictions. And, many of the pharmaceutical companies are getting quite wealthy off of addiction. My son used methadone regularly in addition to his heroin/oxy/valium/etc. use. My question is why the US Gov. spends so much time trying to keep pot and cocaine out of the US while subsidizing and promoting opiates, a much more addictive and harmful set of drugs? I wonder how many lobbyists big pharm employs. I wonder if south-of-the-border drug lords should get some lobbyists.