It is also unconscionable that drug makers MIX potent (useful) pain relievers with acetaminophen. Their idea is that it is less likely that someone would abuse the narcotic if its mixed with another, non-addicting drug. The fallacy in that logic is that people who truly need the pain relief are usually forced to consume acetaminophen with each dose. This is a problem for healthy people. It is a disaster for sick folks, especially those with pre-existing liver problems.
There is nothing inherently wrong with using “straight” narcotics. Mixing with a dangerous drug - acetaminophen - is unnecessary.