Yes, Congress is protecting drug makers and failing to help the public with the current opioid epidemic. Most lawmakers are swayed by the most persuasive lobbyists and special interest groups and less so by their constitutents and citizens of thei country. Pharmaceautical lobbyists and interest groups have been much more influential than they should be for a long time, and Americans are literally suffering for it.
Yes, Congress is protecting drug makers and failing to help the public with the current opioid epidemic because drug makers give a lot of money to politicians. Congress only cares about the money in many of these situations. Therefore, it will often sacrifice the people its meant to represent for its own sake.
If you look at the amount of money that goes into lobbying for drugs, as opposed to research, you will see where the money lies. The drug companies are making so many profits on drugs, it is unbelievable. Yes, I think Congress is failing to help the epidemic because there is so much money involved in the drug profits. These drug companies are able to pony up the big bucks in order to protect themselves.
Congress is not helping or protecting anyone. It is my opinion that we have entrusted this government to do more than it was ever willing to do for it's citizens and we need a new approach. We have invested billions of dollars in fighting the "war on drugs" and research indicates that this was the wrong war to fight to begin with. There is evidence to suggest that the people who are using drugs need connection, not detention. We need to be investing in helping these people to connect with the rest of the world again by putting them into social situations, such as new jobs, churches, anywhere that these folks can create a safety net. What has happened in this country thus far has created a much bigger problem. We are locking up drug addicts and spending taxpayer dollars on their incarceration when it is the big pharmaceutical companies that are knowingly endangering our citizens. We need to take back our government and it needs to happen fast. We need to stop entrusting criminals with our health and safety.