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Thank you, Dr. Jeffrey Singer, for your Sept. 29 guest column in The Times, giving your experienced opinion on who is actually dying from opioid overdoses.

I agree that current policy is driving desperate people into the black market. Our policymakers are not grasping the entire picture about chronic pain and who needs medication to control it. Tying doctors' hands from prescribing it for their patients is only making matters worse.

We already have common-sense reforms in place, as only 30-day scripts for opiates are allowed. Shorter doses than that only drive up costs for doctor visits. Most physicians already are on board, speaking to patients about the dangers of addiction.

Punish the bad apples, but don't make us all suffer needlessly.

Cynthia Harbin, Cedar Lake

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.