Who Profits from Opioid Crisis? Meet Secretive Family Making Billions from OxyContin

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by Thinker
Money is Power! Legal Drugs for Profits, Pain, and Stupidity?
President Donald Trump’s nominee for drug czar, Republican Congressmember Tom Marino, had to withdraw from consideration after a Washington Post/”60 Minutes” investigation found he led a drug industry-backed effort to pass a law that weakened the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to crack down on addictive opioids. Meanwhile, calls are growing to look at the major pharmaceutical companies that have fueled the opioid crisis.
A new investigation by Esquire magazine reveals how the secretive Sackler family, owners of the company that invented OxyContin, downplayed the risks of addiction and exploited doctors’ confusion over the drug’s strength. We speak with Christopher Glazek, the Esquire reporter behind the story.

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The OxyContin Cartel: Billionaire Family 16th Richest in the U.S.
Nearly four out of five new drug addicts say they started out abusing painkillers such as OxyContin. Prescription painkillers, according to NIDA, are the most commonly abused drug in the United States. It’s easy to get rich when healthcare providers write 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, enough for every American adult to have a bottle full of pills. We can thank these prescribers for generating much of the Sackler’s fortune. While we’re at it, we can also thank them for the 46 people who die from prescription painkiller overdoses each and everyday.

6 thoughts on “Who Profits from Opioid Crisis? Meet Secretive Family Making Billions from OxyContin

  1. BS, hundreds of thousands of Americans are in crippling pain because millions of Americans abuse pain killers. Once they can NOT git the pain pills then they go to Heroin and support the CIA/Afghan drug cartel!
    Make ALL drugs legal and put the derelict abusers who break laws into work farms that work, educate and treat drug addiction!

  2. Sixteenth richest family in USA, yet the picture of a young boy in a plaid-suspender-jumper, his sisters in 1950’s-era clothing, and Dad wearing out-dated clothing leads one to doubt the veracity of the entire article….this picture makes no sense.

  3. Gee, people, seekers, addicts can readily find, as much as they want/can afford, oxi on the streets quick enough. Where do people find those doctors rx’ing bottles full of them, even to patients in tremendous legit pain? I call bs. The goon squad would come down on those legit docs and pull their license and raid their office(s) ruining them calling them ‘pill mills’. They are afraid to rx for that very reason. Any insurance provider will not allow bottles of oxi to be given out like candy and they will only pay for so many pills per so many days.
    So, I repeat,
    Why so much available on the streets and then restricted from real patients with real physical pain and medical needs? Street availability and abusive addicts now dictate reality and who can have what rx’d by a Dr? Why do abusers & criminals dictate policy and heavy handed tactics to law abiding citizens?

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