If anyone thinks they see a vast governmental conspiracy to provide this country with more heroin, perhaps they should reconsider.

In 2007 Purdue Pharma, maker of MS Contin and Oxycontin, was fined $600 million for misleading the public about the addiction risks associated with these drugs. This was the one of the largest fines in U.S. pharmaceutical history. Some of their executives were fined a total of $34 million and some got community service.

When they first introduced the drugs they presented a paper that said the risk of addiction was less than 1 percent. That would prove not to be quite true. The "fix" for the drugs' high addiction rate was to make it more difficult to abuse. This included making the pills useless to addicts because they couldn't crush them into powder, therefore they were not injectable. This was supposed to be the case with the original production, but didn't work.

So now you have a highly addictive drug prescribed by naive doctors that, when crushed and snorted or injected, gives a high that rivals heroin.

So they finally fix it, but it's too late. Now you have an enormous number of individuals, we the people, you might say, who are craving a heroin-like high. Oxy can cost as much as $30 a pill, and a hit of heroin can be had for as little as $6. Instant and enormous bunch of heroin addicts. So, if you'd like to point a finger at the source of the heroin addiction problem, don't point it at our soldiers. Point it at the real source.

DAVID CROWLEY

Bennington