Actually, the real solution to the opioid crisis is to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions. However, this is currently being done irresponsibly: patients who have become dependent on opiates are being cut off without recourse and often wind up seeking dangerous street substitutes out of desperation. I see a lot of these desperate addicts in my practice. Increase funding for non-chemical pain management and re-educate our prescribers! There are many viable solutions for pain, without opioids! RN, Addiction Medicine.