Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

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The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes OxyContin.  For years the narrative surrounding the family, one of the richest in America, has been that they were removed entirely from the day-to-day business operations of the company.  However, this article- written by Barry Meier for the New York Times- sheds light on the possible roles member’s of the family had on the marketing of OxyContin according to a recent court filing.  Here is an excerpt from the article, it’s available in its entirety at the below link, what are your thoughts?

When evidence of growing abuse of the drug became clear in the early 2000s, one of them, Richard Sackler, advised pushing blame onto people who had become addicted.

“We have to hammer on abusers in every way possible,” Mr. Sackler wrote in an email in 2001, when he was president of the company, Purdue Pharma. “They are the culprits and the problem. They are reckless criminals.”

Barry Meier