Purdue Pharma Was Aware Opioids Were Widely Abused

A confidential Justice Department report obtained by The New York Times shows drug maker Purdue Pharma knew about “significant” OxyContin abuse in its first years on the market, but claimed it wasn’t aware of widespread misuse until long after it was released.

Following a four-year investigation, the DOJ found that Purdue got reports that the pills were “being crushed and snorted; stolen from pharmacies; and that some doctors were being charged with selling prescriptions. Internal notes from the company show it knew about Oxy getting snorted and sold on the streets as early as 1997.

DOJ prosecutors wrote in the 2006 report that Purdue continued to market Oxy as “less prone to abuse and addiction than other prescription opioids” while knowing about the reports of abuse. They also recommended that Purdue executives be “indicted on felony charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States,” but top DOJ staff during the George W. Bush administration “did not support the move” and settled with the pharmaceutical company in 2007.

The documents come as the growing opioid epidemic has gotten worse in the United States, with the prescription opioid overdose death rate rising more than 10 percent in 2016. The 120-page report also cited emails showing that Purdue Pharma’s owners, members of the wealthy Sackler family, were sent reports about abuse of OxyContin and another company opioid, MS Contin.

“We have in fact picked up references to abuse of our opioid products on the internet,” Purdue Pharma’s general counsel, Howard R. Udell, wrote in early 1999 to another company official. That same year, prosecutors said, company officials learned of a call to a pharmacy describing “OxyContin as the hottest thing on the street — forget Vicodin.”

Over the past two decades, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses involving prescription opioids. States and cities continue to file a wave of lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Reference: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/29/health/purdue-opioids-oxycontin.html?platform=hootsuite
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  • Is this news surprising to anyone???
  • Of course they knew. I don’t usually get caught up in conspiracy theories however I’ve seen first hand how addicts are look down at by many people, almost could even say by society as a whole... population control?? I wouldn’t be surprised honestly... maybe a little jaded lately but it truly is bothersome that the media covers nonsense like Kardashian’s & Rosanne’s comments, although terribly disgusting, took away what actually is going on Globally. They always do it, try to distract from reality. This comes out as “news” however it’s ridiculous to even half believe they didn’t know. They make money off other’s suffering... and who cares right, we are only junkies!!! So many a**holes with too much money & power.
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