Oklahoma sues prescription painkiller manufacturers

How did I not see this sooner?

And what a flattering statistic: Oklahoma ranks number one in milligrams of prescription opioids handed out per adult resident.

What’s the correct position on this?  Are current pain sufferers even aware of the life-ruining potential of the drugs they’re being prescribed?  Are the manufacturers liable? If they are, then so are the doctors.  But there must be an alternative to opioid-based painkillers, and and they should no longer be prescribed.  Cannabis-based painkillers have proven to be equally effective, without turning the user into a helpless, emaciated addict.  Strains of cannabis vary in strength, why not let pain sufferers grow their medicine at home?