Many of these “traffickers” are physicians at your local family practice. Overprescribing is a major issue and why many folks from “normal” families become addicted after suffering something as simple as a broken bone.
It’s a lot more complicated than just saying no. Many addicts just want to quit but their brain chemistry has other plans. It’s a different type of hell that neither you or I can imagine.
I practice in the field and luckily it’s being more regulated but there are still plenty of bad physicians, especially where I was raised in rural Ohio.
Ultimately, a young life was lost and I pray for his family. My apologies for hijacking the thread.