Forbes August 5, 2019
Stewart Southey

Prescription medications are dangerous. Yes, they can cure certain infections or control chronic conditions, but there is a reason some pharmaceuticals cannot be bought over the counter. Regulation is key and processes exist to protect patients from adverse events. It is an ever-evolving landscape and continuous improvement and vigilance is crucial. That said, no system is perfect, and we have much to fix.

It is by no means an exaggeration to say there is an opioid crisis in the U.S. More than 42,000 deaths in 2016 were as a direct result of overdose of these drugs  – 40% of those involving a prescription. A 2017 survey on drug use and health estimated 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids. The Centers...