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Work is, aside from a means of providing for one’s financial needs, an activity that ennobles the spirit and provides meaningful connections to others. Is our medical welfare system making it easier for millions of men to live stoned (if they don’t die a premature death)?

“By 2013 … more Americans died from drug overdoses (largely but not wholly opioid abuse) than from either traffic fatalities or guns. … In our mind’s eye we can now picture many millions of un-working men in the prime of life, out of work and not looking for jobs, sitting in front of screens—stoned.”

“Oxycontin is not cheap. [O]ne main mechanism [of paying for it] today has been the welfare state: more specifically, Medicaid, Uncle Sam’s means-tested health-benefits program.”