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Not content with billions of dollars in profits from the potent painkiller OxyContin, its maker explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the drug’s popularity — treatment of opioid addiction, according to previously secret passages in a court document filed by the state of Massachusetts.

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  • Watching the feeding frenzy of media stoking feelings of indignancy – pearls clutched hard, panties twisted tightly – over the NERVE of a company (that is majority owned by a large family, like many others) to suggest tactics to increase the profits of it’s company and it’s shareholders. In all of the “OMG aren’t they terrible and they should all die horrible painful deaths and their company should go out of business (despite all of the patients that rely on all of the medications they make)” sentiments I’ve seen about Purdue and the Sackler family under the articles and on social media sites, I’ve not seen anything they’ve done that is illegal – that they haven’t paid fines for already. Maybe I’ve missed something. All I’ve seen of all these recent accusations is standard business procedures. They may be immoral or unethical but that is capitalism.

  • Physicians should have never prescribed pain-killers for a sustain period of time. They should always try to wean their patients appropriately. What has happened is the complete unethical/unprofessional and even unlawful behaviors of many doctors.
    The government is blaming the pharmaceutical companies while leaving the biggest threats-The doctors.

  • I knew something fishy was going on when last year I saw my pain specialist and he reduced my pain meds by more than half. No tapering just immediately cut. I’m a chronic pain patient of 18 years with many bad surgeries and with my pain meds reduced dramatically my ability to do even simple chores has become impossible. Let the pain specialists do their job of treating the true people that need these meds to live a happier life please.

  • “People who will shift their loyalties rapidly under stress and temptation can become a liability from the owners’ viewpoint,” he allegedly wrote.
    To whom are the Sackler’s and their ilk loyal? Follow the money. This organization is responsible for DEATH and ADDICTION. That is their modus operandi in the collection of monies to feed their own greed.

  • Actually, Richard Sackler has four U.S. patents that refer to “junkies”: 9,861,628, 9,763,931, 9,370,512, and 9,101,625.

    • T,trust. I agree with you. Patients don’t get addicted from taking oxy for 5 to 10 days. Its the 30 to 90 day oxy prescriptions with refills that are at the heart of the issue. Why are the prescribers not being held to account. Every prescriber knows that opiods are addictive and can destroy lives. States need to modify narcotic prescriptive authority from providers.

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