The Controlled Substances Act is the statute establishing federal U.S. drug policy under which the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of certain substances is regulated. It was passed by the 91st United States Congress as Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and signed into law by President Richard Nixon. After watching the recent edition of "60 Minutes," I have to agree with the "whistleblower, Joe Rannussis. The Controlled Substance Act was an easy system of accountability to follow the purchase of, distribution of, and prescribing of Schedule I through V pharmaceuticals. A simple form, DEA 222, was used to order and account for all Schedule I and II drugs. At least one copy of this form ended up in the accounting arm of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

If anybody was responsible for even looking at these forms, it would have been very evident where and to whom, either the maker of the drug or the distributor (drug wholesaler) these drugs were ending up. The licensed pharmacy and medical profession also had responsibility and were governed by laws pertaining to the dispensing and prescribing of these schedule controlled substances. Yes, we can blame Big Pharma, the three big drug wholesalers, the doctors and pharmacists, but we also have to blame the enforcer of the law, the DEA, and state licensing boards. In my opinion, while this law and other similar laws passed since the 1970s may have good intentions, if they are not enforced, what good are they? Of course, we cannot condone the people who have also contributed to the opioid problem by shopping for the doctor or pharmacist who looks for a quick buck. I also believe that when a small town in West Virginia gets millions of doses of a Schedule II drug, it appears the fox is guarding the hen house.

Dean Davis

retired pharmacist

Baton Rouge