Whos is going to dispute him. The US government created this epidemic when it allowed pharmaceutical companies to push out hillbilly heroin a few years ago, wlagreens and cvs popped up on every corner replacing your local drug dealers and then the government pulled back, over regulating the pain medicine market, making it extremely difficult for people like me with legitimate chronic pain injuries to get the pain relief they need.
They have scared the shit out of legitimate doctors who now won't prescribe pain medicine long term unless you're dying of cancer. Many people have turned to illegal ways of getting it, including heroin use.
Thats it in a nut shell. What to do at this point?
Decriminalize, deregulate, treat users as patients not criminals, take away the black market and the cartels will follow.
But the biggest cartel won't allow that, the corporate run banks and their enforcement arms the alphabet agencies.