I wouldn't necessarily call this a downer article but it certainly gave me that cold feeling that only dire predictions about the future can. Whenever I see pieces about this topic I get suspicious about the ultimate causes and effects of the opioid crisis. Addiction seems to be worst in places that have been ravaged by economic collapse, and that's not gonna get better anytime soon. We'll almost certainly see similar issues in the coming decades thanks to this rampant hyper-concentration of wealth. It puts the recent anti-consumer legislation and tax reform in an interesting light, as both of those issues promise further steps to exacerbate the problem. Do we have a life raft? Will basic income pan out as a viable option, if it's even allowed to be tested? Is there a way for individual Americans to insulate themselves from the effects of this crisis? Or will we complete our descent back into feudalism, with the new knights and tradesmen being robotic and perfectly obedient to their hyper-wealthy rulers?
Sorry, I'll take off the sandwich-board sign now.