Newsweek. This should be the top headline in every major media outlet that’s been covering the painkiller/heroin/fentanyl epidemic. The only solution to the opioid problem is the simplest solution imaginable: legalize marijuana. Give people a safe, natural alternative for pain relief and they’ll stop buying black market heroin. To repeat: legalize the drugs the US has been at war with for the past 70 years. Drug Prohibition, by limiting the choices of people who want to get high for one reason or another, has created the opioid epidemic, in the same way it created the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980’s. Conscripting doctors in the War on Drugs won’t work; blowing another hundred billion in tax dollars won’t work; further militarizing the cops won’t work. Only liberty will correct the State’s screw-ups.