We can't say for sure, of course; lacking mind-reading prowess we'll have to judge the regulatory powers-that-be by what they do and say.
But currently the government is trying to clamp down even harder on the distribution of the painkillers that some of us actually require (in my case, only occasionally, thank God). Their stated reason is that when patients are prescribed narcotic painkillers, and the government makes it harder to get narcotics, many of these patients then turn to heroin, because it is more readily and cheaply obtained. Then, many of these sufferers become heroin addicts, which in turn causes harm to their families, their communities, and themselves.
The government regulators bluntly state that this process means there should be more restrictions on prescription painkillers. Try, for example, this google search.
So, they know that as they restrict access to painkillers, and make use of heavy doses of painkillers more dangerous and harmful, they are actively driving pain sufferers towards illegal heroin use. They know this, and they say so. So the response is to increase restrictions on painkillers? Judging them by their actions, these people have a strong desire to do harm, specifically by pushing people suffering extreme pain into the heroin trade.
Either that, or they are incredibly, dangerously stupid.