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Old June 16th, 2018, 09:26 AM   #1
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Lawsuit Targets Billionaire OxyContin Family for Causing Opioid Epidemic

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Members of the Sackler family, who’ve made billions pushing their deadly OxyContin drug on the masses are arguably responsible for more deaths than any Mexican drug cartel. Instead of being hunted down at their plush mansions by DEA agents, they are rubbing elbows with members of Congress. Now, however, for the first time, the family is being targeted by a landmark lawsuit for the damages they knowingly caused with their products.

On Tuesday, the state of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against the multi-billionaire Sackler family over the role their drug OxyContin has played in sparking one of the worst addiction and overdose epidemics in history. The lawsuit accuses the company, Purdue Pharma, and its heirs of spinning a “web of illegal deceit” which fueled the deadly crisis in which America currently finds itself.

What sets this lawsuit apart from the numerous other lawsuits targeting opioid manufacturers — including several against Purdue — is that it has taken the landmark step of personally naming the company’s executives.

According to Maura Healy, Massachusetts state attorney general, the suit names 16 current and former executives and board members, including the chief executive, Craig Landau, and eight members across three generations of the Sackler family that wholly owns Purdue.

“Purdue Pharma and its executives built a multi-billion-dollar business based on deception and addiction. We’re suing,” Healey tweeted Tuesday.




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They're also responsible for me being able to get out of bed and functioning like a normal human being due to the chronic and constant acute arthritic pain in both my (replaced) knees and my lower back. Without Oxy, I would be bedridden.

Fuck people if they abuse the drug. I don't believe the manufacturers intended to create a drug which was a street drug.
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They're also responsible for me being able to get out of bed and functioning like a normal human being due to the chronic and constant acute arthritic pain in both my (replaced) knees and my lower back. Without Oxy, I would be bedridden.

Fuck people if they abuse the drug. I don't believe the manufacturers intended to create a drug which was a street drug.
They advertised is as the non addictive replacement to Vicodin. The reps then convicted the medical community that over prescribing was basically impossible flooding the market w/ a synthesized heroin creating tens if not hundreds of thousands of addicts. Now pharma is lobbying the judges in some areas to sentence people to take their "cures".

This family (or their company at least) is a major financial backer in keeping weed illegal as if people have a natural option that they can produce on their own that is money out of their pockets. They are also a key backer in the push to schedule kratom.
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Every booze distiller, brewer and vineyard, as well as all liquor stores are in deep shit too, now I guess.
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I also use Kratom. I hope the scheduling goes through, because the price will drop dramatically. As it is, it isn't covered by insurance and is quite expensive. I'll be happy when they make it a covered drug.

I take the recommended dosage for Oxy ... I am not "addicted." By which I mean, I can not take it for a day or two and I don't go into withdrawals or anything. However, I also can't get out of bed much and can barely walk to the bathroom (this happens periodically when my prescription runs out and I've forgotten to renew it before the weekend).

Vicodin does NOT have the same pain relief that Oxy has. Neither does Kratom - but it helps. (Even if they ARE freakin' horse capsules. They're like swallowing a damn hot dog LOL)
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They're also responsible for me being able to get out of bed and functioning like a normal human being due to the chronic and constant acute arthritic pain in both my (replaced) knees and my lower back. Without Oxy, I would be bedridden.

Fuck people if they abuse the drug. I don't believe the manufacturers intended to create a drug which was a street drug.
Well, there are cigarettes and alcoholic beverages and we know both of them can be addictive. Coke used to be addictive too because it was made with coke and thought to be a good substitute for alcohol during the prohibition. All caffeinated drinks can be addictive and so can sugar be addictive. Soda pop is largely responsible for the huge increase in childhood diabetes 2 in the US and poor South American countries. I would take strong measures to stop exporting this sugar poison and reduce the consumption of in our own country. I think we should tax all alcohol and sugar products and use the revenue to support health care, and taxing possibly addictive medications may increase awareness of the risk and encourage making different choices.

I think it is a hard line to draw between protecting people and the freedom we value. Suing people for a product made for good reasons, when possible problems were unknown, does not seem right to me. Perhaps we should move forward by having people sign agreements saying they are aware of the risk and will not sue, and leave the past in the past?
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I also use Kratom. I hope the scheduling goes through, because the price will drop dramatically. As it is, it isn't covered by insurance and is quite expensive. I'll be happy when they make it a covered drug.

I take the recommended dosage for Oxy ... I am not "addicted." By which I mean, I can not take it for a day or two and I don't go into withdrawals or anything. However, I also can't get out of bed much and can barely walk to the bathroom (this happens periodically when my prescription runs out and I've forgotten to renew it before the weekend).

Vicodin does NOT have the same pain relief that Oxy has. Neither does Kratom - but it helps. (Even if they ARE freakin' horse capsules. They're like swallowing a damn hot dog LOL)
Kratom is expensive? In what world? I pay around $100 kg

You think that things would get less expensive if bureaucracies got involved. That is insane.


I understand all of that. The point is that they advertised it as the non addictive replacement whereas it is far, far more addictive.
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They're also responsible for me being able to get out of bed and functioning like a normal human being due to the chronic and constant acute arthritic pain in both my (replaced) knees and my lower back. Without Oxy, I would be bedridden.

Fuck people if they abuse the drug. I don't believe the manufacturers intended to create a drug which was a street drug.
here, here! without ms contin (time released morphine) and percocet (same as oxycontin only not time released), i too would be unable to get out of bed and have a life. why should the people who really need the meds and follow the directions be punished because of the junkies who take wayyy too much.????? it's not the manufacturers fault that people abuse their meds! are we going to sue the people who make penicillin and benzos and any other type of med???
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They advertised is as the non addictive replacement to Vicodin. The reps then convicted the medical community that over prescribing was basically impossible flooding the market w/ a synthesized heroin creating tens if not hundreds of thousands of addicts. Now pharma is lobbying the judges in some areas to sentence people to take their "cures".

This family (or their company at least) is a major financial backer in keeping weed illegal as if people have a natural option that they can produce on their own that is money out of their pockets. They are also a key backer in the push to schedule kratom.
I have done training for home care and for a period of time, there was a denial of any addiction problems, and everyone was instructed to give people as much medication as they wanted. I did not think this denial of addiction was a smart thing, but I was not in a position to oppose decisions made by the federal government. It was not about just one drug, but the word was, give people as much of whatever medication they wanted.

It might be interesting to see the records of lobbying done to assure most people have paid insurance for drugs and that gave us a period of denial of addiction risk?

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A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and “60 Minutes.” The DEA had opposed the effort for years.
If there are lawsuits we should also sue the members of Congress who are part of the problem. Perhaps suing the Congress members would be most effective in counteracting the lobbying that is not in our best interest?

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Every booze distiller, brewer and vineyard, as well as all liquor stores are in deep shit too, now I guess.
When you do to the doctor do they say here is a case of vodka. Drink two oz in the morning. Two oz at lunch and two before bed. Try that for a couple of weeks and let me know how you feel?


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