Unknown to most Americans is the Sackler family.
The Sackler family – owners of Purdue Pharma, the drug manufacturer widely accused of helping launch the opioid epidemic – joined the ranks of Forbes wealthiest Americans in 2015. At a $14 billion worth and twenty family heirs, how has this family not made more headlines? Maybe it’s because the heirs never comment publicly on their wealth. And they have done a decent job of staying out of the spotlight.
But not for much longer. A quick Google search of “Sackler family” brings up numerous articles with dark headlines about the family’s responsibility for the opiate epidemic.
This family is an All-American Drug Cartel.
And it’s true. The Sackler family is responsible for more Americans deaths than Osama bin Laden. They are more directly responsible for the opiate epidemic than El Chapo.
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According to Forbes, Purdue Pharma paid more than $600 million in 2007 to settle charges with federal prosecutors that it had misbranded OxyContin as safer and less addictive than it was. In December 2015 it settled a similar lawsuit with the state of Kentucky. Some had said the case might yield more than $1 billion in damages; the company agreed to pay $24 million and admitted no wrongdoing.
Several more states are currently in legal battles with the family business over similar reasons.
I am a firm believer in good always conquers evil, it just takes a long, long time. The slow drip of bad press for the Sacklers is coming out. Americans are starting to wake up to the opioid crisis, and they will soon learn more about the responsibility this family has in it. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
The more power and more money you have, the harder and longer the fall. Look at big tobacco in the 60s. McDonalds in the 90s. How powerful they seemed. Everyone thought they these companies were untouchable.
Nobody who perpetrates death ever gets away with it, especially in America.
It’s time we wake and realize that Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family are not untouchable.