States are treating drug makers like street dealers to address the US opioid epidemic

Drug dealers expect to deal with law enforcement scrutiny and take calculated risks that they may end up in court for pushing illegal product on the streets. Less so, prescription pain-pill makers. But now, some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are getting a taste of the medicine street dealers deal with every day.

On June 15, the chief prosecutors of at least 13 US states (including Massachusetts, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania) announced a bipartisan nationwide...

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