As an internal strategy document put it, Purdue’s ambition was to “attach an emotional aspect to noncancer pain” so that doctors would feel pressure to “treat it more seriously and aggressively.” The company rebranded pain relief as a sacred right: a universal narcotic entitlement available not only to the terminally ill but to every American.

Found the pushers.

b_b - Regarding our (Lack of ) conversation on this post.

This is who I was referring to when I was talking about Pushers. Not the family per-se, but the people who profited from lying to physicians. These are criminals of the highest order.


I think that if Purdue or anyone else made fraudulent claims in their marketing or sales, then they ought to be held to account (and there are many pending lawsuits trying to discover that as we speak). However, I also think that the extent to which drug companies are responsible for this epidemic is vastly overblown. The vast majority of pain pill recipients don't get addicted, just like the vast majority of people who try any drug for any reason don't get addicted. There's a reason buttfuck towns in areas no one would ever choose to go willingly are full of addicts, while suburbs aren't. The opioid crisis is far more of a social/socioeconomic problem than it is a drug problem per se. They could sue all $14 billion out of the Saklers, but WV would still suck.

posted by OftenBen: 36 days ago