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Members of the multibillionaire philanthropic Sackler family that owns the maker of prescription painkiller OxyContin are facing mass litigation and likely criminal investigation over the opioids crisis still ravaging America.

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Naw, it's only been clinically proven to be 20 to 50 times more addictive than heroin, depending on the study.

A trillion dollars was the low end estimate for damages. The high end was $500 billion a year. And the quotes in the article... "you can run but can't hide" type stuff.

Every part of this article is gold, but I especially loved the quotes.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-11-22 02:47 PM | Reply

This is a Corporation we're talking about here. So a fine will suffice, always less than the profits. If an individual does the same thing or even a minixcule fraction of the scale of this crime, its prison when you're caught.

#2 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-11-22 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

We're finally going after the real drug dealers...

#3 | Posted by hoser at 2018-11-23 09:24 AM | Reply

I agree with Bayviking, these criminals won't even suffer a negative profit year. They'll negotiate a fine and hey, run for Governor of Florida like Rick Scott, now Senator Rick Scott. Biggest criminal ever to serve in our government and hey, lots of folks who post right here cheered for his victory in the crooked election.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-11-23 09:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Producing something that benefits millions of people and making a few dollars while doing it isn't criminal. This stuff isn't over the counter it must be prescribed by a doctor.

#5 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-11-23 10:24 AM | Reply

Producing something that benefits millions of people and making a few dollars while doing it isn't criminal. This stuff isn't over the counter it must be prescribed by a doctor.

#5 | Posted by visitor_

Conservative corporate bootlicker drops in to defend life-ruining sociopaths. Big surprise.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-11-23 02:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sadly, Oxy is soon to be old news...

FDA approves opioid painkiller 1,000 times stronger than morphine
USA Today NetworkAshley May, USA TODAY Published 6:18 a.m. ET Nov. 5, 2018 | Updated 11:44 a.m. ET Nov. 5, 2018

www.usatoday.com

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-23 04:46 PM | Reply

#7 that should be required to ship with a dose of Narcan.

#8 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-24 06:45 AM | Reply

She added: To the extent they [the Sacklers] made their fortune on the backs of sick and vulnerable people, then they should turn it over. I have no sympathies for them."

Relatives of Arthur Sackler, the older brother of Raymond and Mortimer, who died before OxyContin came to market, are not suspected of any wrongdoing in relation to the drug.

The American art photographer Nan Goldin almost died from an addiction to OxyContin and is now in recovery. She leads a campaign to persuade cultural institutions to reject Sackler donations, and to shame the Sacklers into paying for treatment facilities for opioid dependency instead, not "reputation laundering" as she and other critics dub their philanthropy.

She said the prospect of any criminal charges against family members was "great" and called the family "complicit" in the opioids crisis.

"I'm sick of these people behind the scenes, controlling companies and getting away with murder while their faces are never shown," she told the Guardian.

The Mississippi lawyer Mike Moore, who helped secure the Big Tobacco settlement and the $20bn settlement against BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, is involved in the federal case in Ohio and state cases. He said it was right the Sacklers should be targeted.

"They've been hiding behind a corporate structure and it's high time they paid a price," he said.

Arthur lost his crown!? How unfortunate.

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-11-24 07:10 AM | Reply

Producing something that benefits millions of people and making a few dollars while doing it isn't criminal. This stuff isn't over the counter it must be prescribed by a doctor.

#5 | POSTED BY VISITOR_ AT 2018-11-23 10:24 AM | REPLY

The allegations are that drug company executives knpwingly misrepresented key facts about the drug, its addictive qualities, its ceiling dose and more. Try reading before you reflexively bootlick.

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2018-11-24 10:06 AM | Reply

#5, visitor is oblivious to the fact that Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to a West Virginia town with a population of 2,900 of hydrocodone and oxycodone. The out of control regional drug wholesalers are Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith. Obviously they knew what was going on and didn't care. One black man caught on the street in Florida with one prescription bottle written to his wife was charged with distribution and sentenced to 10 years in prison even though he should be presumed innocent and just bringing it home legally to his wife.

#11 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-11-24 11:34 AM | Reply

Producing something that benefits millions of people and making a few dollars while doing it isn't criminal. This stuff isn't over the counter it must be prescribed by a doctor.

#5 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-11-23 10:24 AM | Reply | Flag: Demonstrably Clueless

#12 | Posted by cbob at 2018-11-24 02:02 PM | Reply

The only satisfactory solution an obvious failure in the regulatory system is to write some big fat checks to the Democrat party and its highest officials.

#13 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-11-24 04:00 PM | Reply

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