Billionaires Who Addicted the US to OxyContin to Make Opiate Addiction Treatment Containing Opiates

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 The Sackler family, the private owners of Purdue Pharma, announced  this week that Richard Sackler has obtained a patent to produce a new  drug, which will reportedly be a treatment for opiate addiction. This news is sadly ironic considering that Purdue is the company  behind OxyContin, an opiate-based pharmaceutical that was widely used  for many years leading to one of the worst addiction epidemics in  American history.

Purdue, along with several other companies who knowingly pushed opioids on people who did not need them, is facing more than 300 lawsuits  from city and county authorities across the country. To make matters  even worse, Purdue was well aware of the risk of addiction that their  products posed, but continued to target doctors who were known to easily  prescribe painkillers. 

As TFTP previously reported, Purdue Pharma, under the guidance of  brothers Arthur, Raymond, and Mortimer Sackler, began a propaganda  campaign to push their drugs, as described in The American Journal of  Public Health, “The Promotion and Marketing of OxyContin: Commercial Triumph, Public Health Tragedy.” 

An investigative report from the Daily Caller revealed that Purdue has given $2.3 million  to politicians to ensure that the drug pipeline for the “drug cartel”  stays open, further enriching the Sackler family—and that is just what  is traceable. Many people credit the Sackler family as a primary contributor to the  opiate crisis in the United States. Now this family who made billions  from peddling their opiates to the masses are positioning themselves to  make more billions off of selling more opiates—this time, however, they  are marketing it as the cure though. 

To temper the controversy against the company, Purdue has been  pouring large amounts of money into repairing their image, including a  $3.4 million donation to help develop a low-cost Naloxone nasal spray. Unfortunately, as with many other competing products on the market  today, the new drug that Sackler secured a patent for, is itself opiate  based, and really only works to slightly lessen the symptoms of  withdrawal so a person can more easily wean themselves off the drug. 

According to StatNews

The patent concerns a new formulation of  buprenorphine, one of the medications shown to help people with opioid  addiction. It is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration in  tablet and film form, but the patent describes a wafer that could  dissolve even faster than existing forms when put under the tongue.

The FDA has no problem allowing the family who got the country hooked  on opiates to begin selling another opiate-based prescription. While  creating solutions to the opioid crisis is an inherently good and  necessary move, the intentions of the company behind the epidemic that  claims 115 lives every day must be drawn into question. 

As the lawsuits against them allege, Purdue deceived patients and  doctors about the risks of opioids, pushed prescribers to keep patients  on the drugs longer and aggressively targeted vulnerable populations,  such as the elderly and veterans. 

“Their strategy was simple: the more drugs they sold, the more money  they made, and the more people died,”  Massachusetts state attorney  general Maura Healey said, and she’s right. 

Now, this same company will  sell even more opioids. Meanwhile, the FDA is attempting to criminalize Kratom,  a natural herb that has been known to help people get off opiates. It  seems almost as if the FDA is actually more concerned with keeping  people on opiates and protecting pharmaceutical companies than they are  with keeping people safe. 

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Thank you for bringing this to the conciousness.

“Their strategy was simple: the more drugs, cars, cell phones, microwave popcorn, beer, cigarettes, IKEA furniture, flat screen televisions, IV saline, bacon or water they sold, the more money they made, and the more people died,” Massachusetts state attorney general Maura Healey said, and she’s an idiot.

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"[T]he new drug that Sackler secured a patent for, is itself opiate based, and really only works to slightly lessen the symptoms of withdrawal so a person can more easily wean themselves off the drug."

Heroin was originally marketed as a "cure" for morphine addiction, if that provides a little more context to this. This approach as been tried and failed with methadone too. All switching someone to a different opioid does is shift a person's addiction from one drug to another but I suspect that is the point here. They can't sell their pain killers as easily as before with recent restrictions so they will repackage them and sell them as a "cure" for pain killer addiction.