Meet the family that made billions on the opioid epidemic

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If you read that article, it's so sad how doctors are complicit. Not that doctors were trying to ruin people's lives. Just that a lot of doctors had patients with chronic pain, and wanted to help them. Doctors bought into this idea that Oxycontin could be the solution, because they badly wanted there to be a way to help their patients. This drug company knew this and figured out how to market it to doctors, mostly through lies and misinformation. It was striking to me how similar this family was to the other famous billionaire family of the moment:

- Largely made their money lying and scamming decent people
- Sued anyone who spoke bad about them and fought all lawsuits extremely hard
- Settled lawsuits only on terms when they would not have to admit any guilt
- Any concerns that people raised about their products were fake news
- Profiting off spreading addiction and blaming the addicts (gambling vs drugs)
- Broke all kinds of laws but were never held accountable
- Once the USA market didn't do as much for them any more and many people had caught onto their scam, they started looking overseas for opportunities
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heyzeus wrote:
Freed Roger wrote:
Joe Shlabotnik wrote:
Freed Roger wrote:
lukethedrifter wrote:In Paramedic school (1995), had an ER physician as guest instructor who said that pain was the most under treated disease today. It’s fascin to me that this was just prior to the introduction of OxyContin etc. Had the propaganda $$$ machine already started up?
what was the most common drug for pain prior to this?
Alcohol. Probably still is.
in 1990 - after surgery etc, what did people get after surgery etc.
Probably hydrocodone which was approved by the FDA in 1943. Vicodin came out in 1978, which is hydrocodone and acetaminophen. I think OxyContin is just stronger, but they're not dissimilar.

The article talks a little about a drug called MS Contin, which was a predecessor to Oxycontin. MS Contin was a slow-release morphine pill. But Oxycontin is "up to twice" as powerful as Morphine, according to the article. The drug company marketed it as being *less* powerful than Morphine, though.
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