Is one family behind america’s opioid crisis?

Is one family behind america’s opioid crisis? By Taki Theodoracopulos.

A new article in Esquire focuses on the publicity-averse Sackler family, who’ve raked in billions peddling the opioid OxyContin since unleashing it on a pain-addled—and now drug-addled—American public 21 years ago.

The Sackler dynasty has an estimated net worth of $14 billion, much of it thought to have been reaped from sales of “hillbilly heroin.” According to the article, the Sacklers were able to foist the drug upon the American public by citing dubious research from the 1980s—which was later disavowed by its author—claiming that long-term opioid abuse presented a less than 1% chance of addiction. They also have repeatedly claimed that since the drug is time-released, it presents scant temptation to addicts who desire an immediate rush. However, one merely needs to crush the pill and snort it to experience its effects in one quick blast.

Since OxyContin’s launch, an estimated 200,000 Americans “have died from overdoses of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers.”

OxyContin is far more expensive than street heroin and is thought to be a primary factor in a rise of heroin addiction and overdoses, particularly in rural America. One could make a case that nearly a quarter-million Americans have been “Sacklered” while the family dynasty rakes in cash while standing on their corpses.