Yea, fabricated was the wrong word. It's definitely misconstrued to make it seem like people are dying because of prescription drug overdoses alone. The statistics are fudged and the prohibition crowd cherry picks. Most people who OD have a mix in their system, primarily street drugs on top of prescription opiates. You can verify all of this by looking at legitimate DEA/FBI statistics. Canada and the UK don't have problems to this level because they have social medical systems so addicts can get methadone instead of needing to glug down an immodium milk shake.
Prohibition just doesn't work no matter how you skin that cat. In WA state, plenty of the OD deaths over the years were due to the state skimping on opiate costs. Our medical board wanted to patients to use less costly drugs like methadone for pain (Oxy was more expensive) causing elderly people to stop breathing.
The issue is complex but punishing the majority because of a minority is not the answer. It certainly doesn't pass my ethics radar.
In Alaska, our homeless Indian population drinks mouth wash (like Scope) for the Alcohol content. Does that mean we need to restrict the sale of Scope? Nope, it's absurd when you think about it from that perspective. Are the millions of legitimate Scope users more important than a a few abusers who die of alcohol poisoning from drinking 10 bottles of Scope? I think so.