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NPR: Purdue executives acknowledged that their prescription opioids are far more addictive and dangerous than the company was telling doctors. At the same time, company directives pushed sales representatives to get even more opioids into the hands of vulnerable people, including seniors and veterans.
Lawsuit Details How The Sackler Family Allegedly Built An OxyContin Fortune
This increased transparency represents a big shift in the way opioid lawsuits are being handled. "We've done something that hasn't been done before," said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who appeared in February on NPR and WBUR's program On Point.
Massachusetts is suing Purdue, like dozens of other states, and Healey fought successfully to make all the documents her office had uncovered public, without redactions. "What Purdue's own documents show is the extent of deception and deceit. What's important to me is that the facts come to light, and we get justice and accountability," Healey said.
Purdue Pharma declined to speak with NPR, but the drug industry has fought these disclosures at every turn. They describe the information in these documents as proprietary, asserting that it should be viewed by the courts as corporate property. For years, governments pursuing these cases mostly went along with those arguments.
In past opioid settlements, companies paid fines but insisted on gag orders. "The way it usually works is the language in the settlement requires either that the records be destroyed very quickly after the settlement or that they physically actually return the records to the drug company," said ProPublica's Armstrong.
Even Without Purdue Pharma, Sackler Family Is Worth Billions. For all of the troubles swirling around Purdue Pharma LP, the family that founded the maker of OxyContin is still worth $13 billion.
The Guardian: The Sackler family that owns the company making the best-known opioid prescription painkiller paid family members involved in the pharmaceutical giant $4bn in just over a decade from 2007, as overdose deaths soared in the US, new court filings claim.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone or called Vicodin, codeine, morphine, and many others. For the past decade a few of these drugs fentanyl, vicodin, and oxycodone have skyrocket in use, and abuse. I myself have used these drugs in the past, but never got hooked on them. A few people I know including one vet wasn't as lucky as I was.
If you visit the pages above all of the links including the one under the picture of the pills has info your family needs to know about. The picture is a real view of what the drugs look like. You need to know how to recognize these drugs because the abuse of these drugs is very high. Suspect drug use if a family member has a prescription but it's not in their name, or the pills are in a baggie instead of the pharmacy bottle. Or they are carrying them around in their pocket and you never have seen a pharmacy bottle.
I know one person that asked her friend if she has a pharmacy bottle for it. But you need to know many people are hiding the fact they are even taking them because of theft. The one person above did ask her friend and found out she did have a prescription for it and kept it locked in her safe. She showed her proof. So be nice when you ask but be a best friend or family member and don't sweep it under the rug, this is no joke and if you have to get nice and nasty do it because their life may depend on you. Tell them you are not a drug addict you care about them.
As for the Purdue executives. If I could file charges on them tomorrow for everyone that died needlessly I would. They would be charged with murder, reckless endangerment, and anything else I can come up with, and their bonds would be a billion a piece too. Plus I would sue them for a few billion and take their Patents away. In other words I want to put those ugly cockroaches into the poor house where they belong.