Times-Tribune reporter Terrie Morgan-Beseker’s three-day series of stories about legal efforts to address the region’s opioid-addiction epidemic highlighted the difficulties and unintended consequences of get-tough, minimum-mandatory sentencing involving cases of drug-related deaths. Setting aside the differences on state and federal penalties, it seems that laws intended to catch the “big-fish” drug dealers often ensnare hapless addicts or first-time offenders.