As 60 Minutes convincingly demonstrates, Big Pharma and the United States Congress are the cause of the problem. Watch the investigative report, here. Learn how legislation was passed to permit Big Pharma to push their drugs—including shipping 11 million pills to a town of 5,000 residents with utter disregard for how those pills would later be distributed on the black market. (No wonder Big Pharma opposes marijuana legalization: they want the drug market all to themselves.) Meanwhile, local prosecutors get to bully drug users and small-time drug “suppliers,” while the courts allow the police to trample our Fourth Amendment rights in the name of crime prevention. Yeah, nice work; prosecutors and judges get to sleep well, pretending they’re “tough on crime.” In reality, money and influence rule the day, while the poor sap (who relies on an overworked public defender) is made the scapegoat. Kudos to all involved. Big business and big government have created and perpetuated a problem that the citizenry pays for while executives and government fat cats reap the benefits. But don’t take my word for it – watch the episode, do your own research, and reach your own conclusions. P.S., I also like the episode’s reference to the Marquette Law Review (where I toiled away for two credits) and Quarles & Brady, LLP (where I sometimes toiled, and sometimes surfed the web, for much greater compensation).