Your editorial of April 11 missed the target completely ("Prescribe fewer painkillers"). The overuse of prescription medications and small amounts of marijuana should be of little concern for law enforcement officials, yet, this is where our tax dollars are being focused in a misguided and mismanaged attempt to control this public health issue. Strong arm tactics and incarceration do nothing positive for the afflicted and their families.
To seek and apprehend those in the business of illegally peddling these substances is a proper law enforcement activity. But, the harassment of health care professionals and their patients is completely out of the purview of the police. Prescription drug abuse suspicions should be referred to health care agencies for discernment, treatment, and counseling of those involved.
Quite opposite of overprescribing pain relievers, doctors are almost afraid to prescribe them to patients with intractable pain. Pain that only narcotics can relieve.
The entire notion of a "metro narcotics strike force" existing and being tolerated by citizens demonstrates what sheep the public has become. Such police units are gifted by our funds as taxpayers to acquire military tools and training to combat a problem that they have no business prosecuting. We all too often read about or witness the consequences of stumblebum strike force units falling all over themselves in efforts to apprehend an individual suspected of possession of prescription drugs or a few marijuana plants in their peaceful home.