While substance abuse is both a personal, as well as, a social tragedy it should be weighed against the number of individuals effected. More specifically, there are millions of patients who suffer daily with "chronic pain" conditions. These individuals, through no fault of their own, suffer greatly with intractable pain that limits them and what they can do. These are not people who can merely take a few Advils and "suck it up." These are patients whose pain is so severe and limiting that suicide becomes a realistic consideration for ending their suffering. It is most unfortunate that in the greatest Country on earth, millions of patients must suffer from a condition that can be helped with the appropriate use of narcotic pain medicines. These drugs can return a level of functionality to a pain racked patient. 20 years ago, before the "opioid crisis" pain medications were used to help these patients-and the efforts were SUCCESSFUL. Unfortunately, the hysteria of addiction has greatly changed the landscape to causing pain patients to be treated as "drug addicts" when they speak to a doctor or go to a pharmacy for medication. The insane policies being put in place are an overreaction to a isolated circumstance. Hysteria at the risk of killing pain patients. While it is unfortunate that substance abuse occurs (having had significant experience with it) it is a tragedy effecting millions who suffer, for the actions of a few drug-seekers. The vast majority of doctors use these medications judiciously, those who do not are the exception, not the rule. We need to move from hysteria back to treating patients suffering from chronic pain. Those who are addicted are not dissuaded by limiting the number of pills prescribed. Access to narcotics is too easy to find on the streets, doctors (unless they are crooked) are unnecessary. Don't kill more pain suffers. Be reasonable in lawmaking.