You should look into John Oliver's story about the opioid epidemic. It goes beyond a mere addiction problem (which is an illness, not a crime). It is a Big Pharma problem. If you want to deal with this epidemic, go after the industry responsible for it. They advertised OxyContin as "a completely harmless, nonaddictive pain management." And the very woman they used as their poster child, went on to lose everything because she became a junky. It additionally, marijuana has been shown to help with both pain management, and opioid addiction, with a truly nonaddictive plant.