If Big Pharma is going to settle out of court and is found guilty for opioid addictions, then there is absolutely no reason why big liquor shouldn’t be found guilty of alcohol addiction.
The overwhelming statistics regarding death caused by alcohol consumption speak for themselves. If we value justice and ethical standards that guide our moral conduct, then we need to negotiate and find liable the big business corporations which drive the industry of alcohol. Social justice should demand it. If not, opioid manufacturers should be left alone, and it should be determined that users are solely responsible for their actions and for any misuse that results in either sickness or death.