Give it a read for a behind the scenes look at US drug policy. And perhaps social control, and budget control. And if I was cynical I might say read Animal Farm - George Orwell again.
From this article it's difficult to tell exactly what the DEA is in 'charge' of. : DEA Boosts Painkiller Supply and People Die
And from the White House : National Drug Control Strategy Too long and convoluted for me to analyze for the couple of gems, anyone else?
"It’s well known that narcotic prescription drugs sold in the United States must first be approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they can be legally mass produced and marketed. Less known is the fact that the DEA – and specifically, the Office of Diversion Control – then has the power and responsibility to decide how much of a particular drug can be legally manufactured and sent to market each year." Diversion control means the control of what is being diverted from legal use, usually by limiting supply.
One DEA officer when asked about the oversupply replied : "“I can assure you that there’s no collusion between the drug companies and the DEA,”
There's politics in drug addiction, it seems.
Any relevant and informed posts, or personal experience are welcome.