OxyContin Nation: Meet The Billionaire Family Who Helped Spark America's Opiod Crisis

Unbeknownst to many, the Sackler Family, with assets of $13 billion, the nation’s 19th wealthiest family is one the top players in philanthropy. You can find the Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. or visit the Sackler wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Sackler’s even have a museum at Harvard, Guggenheim, and dozen of universities around the country. If it’s art— the Sackler family has it.

Participating in the art game takes money and a lot of it. So, where does the Sackler money come from?

According to Forbes, the “Sacklers continue to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from the businesses in 2016– some $700 million last year, by Forbes’ calculations - from an estimated $3 billion in Purdue Pharma revenues plus at least $1.5 billion in sales from their foreign companies”.

Forbes outlines a brief history lesson of how the Sackler family got started in the world of medicine-

The family fortune began in 1952 when three doctors — Arthur (d. 1987), Mortimer (d. 2010) and Raymond Sackler — purchased Purdue, then a small and struggling New York drug manufacturer. The company spent decades selling products like earwax remover and laxatives before moving into pain medications by the late 1980s. To create OxyContin, Purdue married oxycodone, a generic painkiller, with a time-release mechanism to combat abuse by spreading the drug’s effects over a half-day.

 

The FDA approved the medication in 1995 and it soon took off. By 2003 OxyContin sales hit $1.6 billion as the drug helped drive a huge nationwide spike in opioid prescribing. At its peak in 2012, doctors wrote more than 282 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers, including OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet  — nearly enough for every American to have a bottle.

 

Now opioid prescriptions are declining amid increased scrutiny over drug addiction, down 12% since 2012 according to data from healthcare information firm IMS Health. OxyContin (which is also beginning to face competition from authorized generics while fighting to protect its patents over tamper-proof, extended-release oxycodone) saw prescriptions fall 17%.  

It wasn’t until the 1980’s, as explained by Forbes, the Sackler family through their family-owned drug company called Purdue Pharma created OxyContin. Then in 1995, the FDA approved the medication and sales exploded. Sales hit $1.6 billion in 2003, as a nationwide spike in opioids was seen. By the peak in 2012, doctors wrote more than 282 million prescription for opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. Good times for the Sacklers from 1996- 2012, as the family drug business exploded.

According to The New Yorker, Oxycontin ” has reportedly generated some thirty-five billion dollars in revenue for Purdue” since 1995. OxyContin’s sole active ingredient is oxycodone, a chemical cousin of heroin, which makes it highly addictive.

The New Yorker further says Purdue used marketing techniques to deceive the American public of the drug’s true addictive characteristics.

Purdue launched OxyContin with a marketing campaign that attempted to counter this attitude and change the prescribing habits of doctors. The company funded research and paid doctors to make the case that concerns about opioid addiction were overblown, and that OxyContin could safely treat an ever-wider range of maladies. Sales representatives marketed OxyContin as a product “to start with and to stay with.” Millions of patients found the drug to be a vital salve for excruciating pain. But many others grew so hooked on it that, between doses, they experienced debilitating withdrawal.

Oddly enough, around the time OxyContin was approved, prescription opioid deaths across the United States surged. Fast forward to more relevant times, where heroin and fentanyl deaths are exploding.

Diving into the opioid crisis onto the streets of Baltimore. It’s very common to see local citizens shooting up heroin on city streets. In this video, I asked a man how did this addiction start? Guess what he said?... It all started with legal painkillers, such as OxyContin. 

As a few parasitical elites make billions flooding America’s streets with opioids. We the every day American citizen have to deal with the consequences, as President Trump outlined in yesterday’s opioid crisis speech:

  • In 2016, more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids.
  • Since 2000, over 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids.
  • Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States, outnumbering both traffic crashes and gun-related deaths.
  • In 2015, there were 52,404 drug overdose deaths — 33,091 of those deaths, almost two-thirds, involved the use of opioids.
  • The situation has only gotten worse, with drug overdose deaths in 2016 expected to exceed 64,000.
  • This represents a rate of 175 deaths a day.

Bottomline: It’s time for the American people to learn the truth about the opioid crisis and the very few elites who have profited. The question You should ask: why did our government allow this to happen?

Comments

Pitchman Oct 30, 2017 2:26 AM Permalink

  "POTUS Out to fight Opioids in US. Please! Stop them at source, Afganistan /Pakistan! 60min farce!" "The Whistleblower"https://twitter.com/Cobleone/status/921545346785869824
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haruspicio Oct 30, 2017 12:03 AM Permalink

Fucking parasites. You just know the FDA staffers have been bribed to approve this POS and then to look the other way as millions became addicted.

SPQR 70AD Oct 29, 2017 10:47 PM Permalink

I tell you what. the comments here show that 90% here are pain pill junkies. I have said this before that 70% of adults are opiod addicts. I have framed houses did roofing and concrete for 45 years got in 500 fights in bars and in boxing rings fell off roofs cut a finger off got countless injuries on the job and NEVER asked for or got a pain pill. Man the fuck up

SPQR 70AD Oct 29, 2017 10:33 PM Permalink

what else do you expect from demonic inbred jews like sucklers? they have been killing and robbing goyim for 3000 years. killed 66 million in russia caused and financed the slaughter in both world wars

Free Man Oct 29, 2017 4:33 PM Permalink

This is a deflection from the bigger issue.The laughable "war on drugs" is merely a huge scam by wasteful government agencies & fake 'law enforcement' for billions in taxpayers money ... every year.People want drugs hence they will get them.Does anyone know of a person who wants drugs but cannot find them? No.The assinine 'war on drugs' simply makes it more profitable to make, ship, distribute & sell what the public wants.Why? Because they are illegal.You can buy a huge jug of vodka for $10 that will kill you cold, but we see no 'war on alcohol'.Absurd hypocrisy.Prohibition has never worked, never will.

Mariner33 Oct 29, 2017 2:32 PM Permalink

A typical Jewish twofer:  Make a lot of money and destroy or inflict morbid damage on the Goy and his Western Civilization, setting up the Browning of Wester Man and their eternal supine servitude by the Chosen.

Xena fobe Oct 29, 2017 10:45 AM Permalink

The Sackler family must have forgotten their annual campaign contribution to their congressman for them to be singled out this way.Their product has helped billions.  What are we supposed to do, drink a fifth of booze and bite on a rag to allieviate pain? God put these plants on earth for our use. 

SirBarksAlot Oct 29, 2017 10:22 AM Permalink

We didn't have a government. That's how it happened.

From the inception of the corporation, aka USA in 1871, when the government defaulted on the Revolutionary War debt because the people refused taxation, until last May when the corporation defaulted on a payment for Puerto Rico, this place was run by a corporation, who was having to sell us out to more and more people, trying to keep all the plates spinning, until they finally defaulted.

Last Man Standing Oct 29, 2017 10:15 AM Permalink

These medications work for those in severe pain but they must be taken as perscribed and not taken more than prescribed. The idea behind them is to manage or ease pain. They weren't made to completely eliminate the pain or don't always eliminate the pain, they make it manageable. If a person decides to take more of these types of medication they can become addicted. If a person is getting high off of the medication then they are taking too much. People in severe pain need these type of medications it is when they abuse it that it becomes a problem. I have seen many people take these meds and be fine and able to go about their business normally and I have seen those who abuse it and like the high they get, they are the problem. These medications should NEVER be used recreationally. The problem with going too far one way is that the people who need pain relief will truly suffer if the medication were to be banned. What is need is for testing not only for the type of drugs in the person but the amount in their system. Those who are abusing these medications will have a high than prescribed amount in their bloodstream and can be removed from pain management and put into rehabilitaion, those who are following the proper dosages should be able to continue taking their medications. When newer less addicting or non-addicting meds come along then they can be switched on to them to see if they work for the patient. Those addicted and abusing these medications will, if not treated, go on to using and abusing illegal drugs after a time and buying them on the street where they will end up taking things like Herione, Fentanyl or even worse carfentanil an elephant tranquilizer.

shankster Oct 29, 2017 9:35 AM Permalink

Everything is fine. Watch more TV, listen to your music, play games on your phone, drink more beer,call an attorney from the TV, take pharmaceuticals, watch TV ads, go shopping, spend money, pay your taxes, go to work...everything is fine, watch more TV, listen to your music, call an attorney from the TV, play games on your phone, drink more beer, take pharmaceuticals, pay your taxes.......

RSDallas Oct 29, 2017 9:31 AM Permalink

Prescription opioids kill around 15000 people per year not 64000. Folks, this is again, a front for the government to take control. In time, it will become clearer.

Old Pecksniff Oct 29, 2017 9:17 AM Permalink

During World War I, opium was unavailable in Germany because of Britain's naval embargo.  Opium was used to manufacture morphine.  The German pharma company Bayer developed OxyContin as a treatment for pain relief for German soldiers who were wounded in battle.  Chinese pharma factories are now openly producing fentanyl by the ton and shipping it to Mexican drug cartels who are mixing it with cocaine or heroin.  Illegal drugs in huge quantities are flowing across the border with Mexico.  Until this situation is dealt with, nothing is going to change.  This is one of the consequences of globalism.  Globalism is evil.

Arrest Hillary Oct 29, 2017 8:27 AM Permalink

Why focus on the abusers and losers .... for many people in pain .... Oxycontin is a blessing .... when I go to my female Mexican dentist, Lupita .... I want two things: I want her to wear a flimsy summer dress, I want her to gently rub her tits on my arm and I want her to shoot me up real good ?

Pitchman Arrest Hillary Oct 30, 2017 2:27 AM Permalink

"POTUS Out to fight Opioids in US. Please! Stop them at source, Afganistan /Pakistan! 60min farce!" "The Whistleblower"https://twitter.com/Cobleone/status/921545346785869824 “Uranium One is #AwanContra: Weapons, Drugs and Humans!” https://twitter.com/Cobleone/status/921545346785869824 "An event that changes the way we think and act." - Inflection Point  

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bluecollartrader Oct 29, 2017 8:22 AM Permalink

The other day, I was watching a Utoob interview with Eric Clapton, who has had well-known battles with addiction of many types; alcohol and heroin chiefly. interviewer asked him if his first drug use was marijuana. He quickly and emphatically said no. He stated his first addiction was sugar... he remembers chugging it down when he was only six years old, putting sugar on bread, etc, because it made him feel different/altered.People have been using whatever substances they can get their hands on to numb their pain, as far as I can tell, for all of recorded history. Blaming various races, corporations or gubmints is convenient, but ignores the fact that demand continues in the absence of supply... and there will always be someone wiling to meet the demand. Ultimately people have to be responsible for their own behavior and their own plight. It is short-sighted ignorance that blames the gun or gun manufacturers for gun murder or suicide or vehicle manufacturers for deaths by fanatical muslims running down innocent people. It's not Walmart's fault that people choose to shop there instead of Billy-Bob's General Store and Bait Shop on Main Street USA. 

Tzanchan RealityCheque Oct 29, 2017 8:43 AM Permalink

....and is a gateway drug to contracpeption, porno, heroin abuse and voting Democrat. Oh yeah and the worst part is that it is flourishing because of State's Rights, while the federal government doesn't make a nickel in taxes unlike such good drucs as alcohol, tobacco, gasoline (kinda sorta a drug). Besides our little gremlin Attorney General could neverget laid while sharing a blunt with a chick in college oranywhere....

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pc_babe Oct 29, 2017 7:38 AM Permalink

Got have a boogeyman.

the other day on these very pages it was the Chinese who were fingered in a reverse Opium War scam.

Make up your minds.

Next we will read Waters or the black cowgirl blathering on about it being Trump's fault.

godiva chocolate Oct 29, 2017 7:25 AM Permalink

Opiates have been around and prescribed since forever.  Look for changes in society instead of changes to the drugs to find the reasons for the increased drug use and addiction rate.

XBroker1 Oct 29, 2017 7:03 AM Permalink

One solution I don't see n the comments is urine therapy. Your body makes its own medicine. Yes, I drink some of my urine at least weekly. Also great topically. Drug companies use urine in many meds and charge you for piss. lolI was doing some sealing around my home w/ that spray foam stuff. Almost impossible to get that stuff off of your hands w/o taking your top layer of skin w/ it. I put some of my urine on there and the stuff came right off.Of course the drug companies don't want you to know this. They tell you it's foul and you should wash your hands after you piss etc.  Yet they sell you urine inside of many meds."Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well."

The New Feudalism XBroker1 Oct 29, 2017 8:37 AM Permalink

Humans have been practicing self-urine therapy for thousands of years.  It's based on the Vedas.  Urine is essentially sterile and if done properly gives the body essential feedback as to the state of one's health.  They have also utilized cow's urine for delivering medication to people.Here in the West, essential wisdom and life-supporting techniques from the ages has been deliberately disappeared from the knowledge base.  Truly sickening, literally and figuratively.

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XBroker1 FredGSanford. Oct 29, 2017 7:52 AM Permalink

Did you read what I wrote? Are you hard of reading? Do you need a baby sitter? Did at least look at the link? Sometimes I think the west if trashed bc it needs  or deserves to be trashed."Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."

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FredGSanford. Oct 29, 2017 6:42 AM Permalink

At one time I was taking pain meds for my bad back. I took them for several months and found myself taking more than I was prescribed. I had to go to a pain management place every month where they would count my pills and take a urine sample. They saw I was taking more than I was supposed to so after a couple of warnings they dropped me and told me not to come back. I thought about finding another pain management place but it is a hassle Also I was afraid of becoming addicted to the stuff. I had developed a tolerance anyway and they no longer worked as well. So I stopped taking them and haven’t had any in over a year. And I am glad now. There is no future in being hooked on pain meds.

fangulos Oct 29, 2017 6:08 AM Permalink

Nothing new here, Opium War 3.0, only difference is Chinese understood drugs ruin society back then and went war twice with the 'British' (East India inc and jew oppenheimer family the real master), this time amerikwan won't be so lucky

moonmac Oct 29, 2017 4:14 AM Permalink

Bottomline: why did our government allow "Socialism" to happen?Socialism replaced God and Free Will. You are in control of your own destiny. When the State interferes bad things always happen. Nobody shoved pills down your throat! You made the decision to become an addict. If you're in physical pain then maybe being a functioning junkie is better than the alternative. Banning vice has caused so much death and destruction. We added welfare to the mix and now everything is f*cked! I'm 100% convinced Nanny-Socialism was created by Satan.

OliverAnd Oct 29, 2017 4:13 AM Permalink

Oxycodone/Oxycontin is derived from Heroine. Heroine is derived from Morphine and Morphine is derived from Opium.  Where is this opium coming from?  Opium is grown primarily in Afghanistan and the major key trafficking countries are Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Albania.  Pakistan has nukes.  Iran wants nukes.  Turkey and Albania are dreaming of nukes.  It is also believed that Kim is also involved with trafficking opium to fund his nuclear ambitions as well. Pakistan has radical Islamists.  The most hard core ISIS members are Pakistanis...  don't forget Osama Bin Laden lived literally next door to the largest Pakistani military base for years...Iran is the home of the Muslim brotherhood which wants to form a coalition among nations based solely on radicalized Islam with nuclear capabilities.  Trump is right about a poor treaty with Iran.  It seems opium money found its way directly and indirectly into pockets of many US politicians...Turkey is currently being governed by Erdogan whose party is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.  This is how Erdogan became a billionaire funding his palaces and the aspirations of all his family members while 75% of his people are illiterate and poor.  Heroin seizures from Turkey in European waters a common event.Albania is a country that is run by the Muslim mafia.  It is a European nation where the majority of the population are Muslims.  It is along with Kosovo known to harbor ISIS cells that plan to attack Europe.  Recently the right hand of Edi Rama was caught in his involvement with the Albanian mob and trafficking large amounts of various drugs including heroine and cocaine.Follow the trail of Opium and it will take you directly to the countries harboring radical Islamists.

tangent Oct 29, 2017 3:40 AM Permalink

This is a strange story. First I'm shown a chart showing 3,000 deaths annually from opioids. Then I'm told 50,000 people die of drug ODs in 2015. How did the other 47,000 die?! It seems there are other drug epidemics I don't know about that are much bigger than the opioid epidemic.All I can really know for sure is we all have a god-given right to grow, create, or consume, any substance we want up to and including crack cocaine and its big-pharma equivilents (that are just as bad but legal like Ritalin which is basically crack lite, and Aderall, which is really just meth), and anyone who interferes with that right needs to immediately be sent to prison.

foxenburg tangent Oct 29, 2017 4:08 AM Permalink

You might change your mind if you watched your teenage daughter get prescribed this poison for a sports injury and then over the next couple of years spiral down into a hopeless junkie. I know we are supposed to take responsibility for our lives but isn't it playing with fire to recklessly put loaded pistols into peoples' hands? 

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Xena fobe foxenburg Oct 29, 2017 10:00 AM Permalink

Yes and I'm sure this actually happens to.00000000001% of the population.First, the injury would have to be very severe to require months of prescribed opiates.Second, if that patient continues taking drugs when they are not needed for pain, they would have ended up using drugs anyway.  Which may be a perfectly fine choice for them if they use responsibly.

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