Oxycontin's Maker Now Selling Drug to Curb Opioid Addiction

Leslie Hanson
September 12, 2018

The Sacklers are the owners of Purdue Pharma, which created the addictive opioid painkiller OxyContin.

The Sackler family was also recently found to be behind a new drug aimed to help treat opioid addiction known as Buprenorphine-water, the Washington Post reported.

The CDC reportedly claims that of more than 63,000 drug-related deaths in the U.S.in 2016, sixty-six percent were caused by prescription and illegal opioid drugs.

The lawsuit states that Purdue Pharma "downplayed the risk of addiction associated with opioids", "exaggerated the benefits" and "advised health care professionals that they were violating their Hippocratic Oath and failing their patients unless they treated pain symptoms with opioids", according to the statement from the Colorado attorney general's office. "While no amount of money can bring back loved ones, it can compensate for the enormous costs brought about by Purdue's intentional misconduct".

Richard Sackler and his billionaire family, which owns the Oxy-making Purdue Pharma, also runs Rhodes Pharma in Rhode Island - one of the biggest producers of generic opioids, which had never before been linked to the family, the Financial Times revealed. The Washington Post highlights a statement by Luke Nasta, director of NY addiction treatment center Camelot. He adds that Sackler's family "shouldn't be allowed to peddle any more synthetic opiates-and that includes opioid substitutes".

Fortune offers a little more description on the new drug that has been approved for opioid addiction treatment. Since 2013, an complete of larger than a hundred seventy, 000 folks private died from overdosing on opioids, collectively with heroin.A Purdue spokesman declined to solution questions about the patent, calling the FT document "a fable constructed on speculation".

Last month VTDigger reported that Purdue Pharma had given a $1,000 contribution to Scott's campaign that led Terje Anderson, the chair of the Vermont Democratic Party to say that Scott "might as well accept money from a drug dealer on the corner".

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