My greatest vexation is the “opioid epidemic”. People lack the moral character to take responsibility for their addictions, so they expect the government to step in and relieve them of that responsibility. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are more than happy to oblige for the PR points, which has led to the systemic persecution of doctors who prescribe opioid pain medicines.
The media turns a blind eye to the disgusting tactics being employed because they were largely responsible for manufacturing this “crisis” in the first place. (Hell, they make martyrs of these cretins!)
Nobody gives a shit about the people for whom these drugs (many of which are indeed safe for long-term use) are medically necessary.
But I suppose illness and infirmity are ugly, whereas addiction has become fetishized by pop culture.