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2017 Oct 21, 10:23am
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The descendants of Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, a pair of psychiatrist brothers from Brooklyn, are members of a billionaire clan with homes scattered across Connecticut, London, Utah, Gstaad, the Hamptons, and, especially, New York City. It was not until 2015 that they were noticed by Forbes, which added them to the list of America’s richest families. The magazine pegged their wealth, shared among twenty heirs, at a conservative $14 billion. (Descendants of Arthur Sackler, Mortimer and Raymond’s older brother, split off decades ago and are mere multi-millionaires.) To a remarkable degree, those who share in the billions appear to have abided by an oath of omertà: Never comment publicly on the source of the family’s wealth.That may be because the greatest part of that $14 billion fortune tallied by Forbes came from OxyContin, the narcotic painkiller regarded by many public-health experts as among the most dangerous products ever sold on a mass scale. Since 1996, when the drug was brought to market by Purdue Pharma, the American branch of the Sacklers’ pharmaceutical empire, more than two hundred thousand people in the United States have died from overdoses of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers.
Fuck the collateral damage.
They invented a damn good painkiller, if not the best. Usually with such great effectiveness comes great side-effects such as addiction. But it has been and is being used successfully for some of the worst temporary pains, so why shouldn't they profit from it.
I'm getting confused here: aren't access to moar drugs a good thing? I mean, it's fashionable to be against war on drugs now, so what's exactly the problem with opioids? People getting addicted, becoming unproductivea and (some of them) dying from overdoses? And this is different from crack/meth/heroin exactly how?
If you want to ruin your life by fostering your addictive personality you will find a way, legal or illegal, so prohibition does hardly work here and enforcement is extremely costly with little to none ROI.
opiods are extremely (if not the most) effective short-term solutions for pain management
Purdue took the profits, the taxpayers own the losses.
Total bullshit. Millions of people that would never have had a problem found themselves very unexpectedly addicted to an oxycontin prescription.
General anesthesia is the most effective short term solution for pain management. Purdue didn't advertise oxy for short term pain management. They advertised it for general pain relief like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. No one should have had more than a couple days prescription unless they were being managed by a pain specialist. Which is what is being done now. It will take many, many years to clean up the mess. Purdue took the profits, the taxpayers own the losses.
Why does America hate Free! Enterprise!?
Unexpectedly? lol what bs. If you happen to know a few that got addicted the history of addiction goes far back and they were never used in the prescribed quantity (but much more) and much longer than prescribed
Yes purdue underreported the addiction risk but that has been corrected.
It was never marketed as being equivalent to tylenol or ibuprofen, what hyperbole.
Far more people ruin their lives with alcohol and weed, gambling or anything else that can get people addicted, who is being held responsible for the "losses" to society? Can't have it both ways.
That has nothing to do with the topic of generally legalizing drugs or not.
How many prescriptions were written for alcohol, weed, gambling, or anything else that can get people addicted? Can't have it both ways.
You know this how? You have personally researched everyone that became addicted to oxy? That was ambitious. You will publish the results when? As of right now 4 out of 5 heroin users in the US started with prescription oxy..
You can get a prescription for as much weed as you want for quite a while now. I had one. Just walk into one of those weed MDs clinics and talk about pain for 2 minutes.
mell saysYou can get a prescription for as much weed as you want for quite a while now. I had one. Just walk into one of those weed MDs clinics and talk about pain for 2 minutes.Not for very long at all and not in that many states yet. How many people with a pot script are using heroin now? How much is heroin usage up in the legalized pot states? Drug (all drugs) and alcohol use in teens is down something like 20% in CO since pot legalization. You could try defending your position instead of just skipping from non sequitur to non sequitur. Just a thought.
mell saysWith very few exceptions there are no good and bad drugs. It depends on the use case and the dosis.With very few exceptions there are no good and bad cops.With very few exceptions there are no good and bad guns.With very few exceptions there are no good and bad people.With very few exceptions there are no good and bad religions. With very few exceptions there are no good and bad anything. It's only our perception and personal bias that determines good and bad.
With very few exceptions there are no good and bad drugs. It depends on the use case and the dosis.
You guys just stop being emotional and use logic instead. With very few exceptions there are no good and bad drugs. It depends on the use case and the dosis. Vilifying oxycontin and glorifying weed is asinine. Both should be legal and advertisable.