Purdue Pharma Pleades Guilty for Instigating the Opioid Crisis

Purdue Pharma, Inventors of Oxycontin, Take Legal Responsibility for Instigating the National Opioid Crisis and Plead Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges

The Department of Justice announced that Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges that identify their company as criminally responsible for promoting a drug that has caused the nation and worldwide opioid epidemic. The drug, Oxycontin, is responsible for causing a surge of addiction that sparked the still current nationwide heroin addiction problem. The drug Oxycontin is also what has contributed to countless accidental overdoses as a result of the habit.

Because Purdue Pharma invented and then promoted Oxycontin as safe, they are now identified as a critical constituent of the nationwide opioid addiction crisis. They have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws.

Purdue Pharma, Inventors of Oxycontin, Take Legal Responsibility for Instigating the National Opioid Crisis and Plead Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges

Purdue to Pay Big Money for Opioid Epidemic

The current position of Purdue Pharma is that they will pay more than $8 billion in fines and most likely close down the company. Part of the $8 billion will fund opioid addiction treatment programs. Purdue Pharma has agreed to pay a $3.5 billion fine and forfeit an additional $2 billion in past profits and the $2.8 billion they agreed to pay in civil liability.

CNN reported that because Purdue does not have $8 billion in cash available to pay the fines, 

They will dissolve their company, and the Purdue Pharma assets will be used to create a new ‘public benefit company’ controlled by a trust or similar entity designed for the benefit of the American public. The Justice Department said it would function entirely in the public interest rather than to maximize profits. Its future earnings will go to paying the fines and penalties, which in turn will be used to combat the opioid crisis. (CNN, 2020)

Over a decade ago, the National Institutes of Health researched prescription opioid medications’ influence and analyzed Purdue Pharma and their drug Oxycontin in 2009. Like the federal court findings that investigated Purdue Pharma, the National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health, clearly defining the negative impact Purdue Pharma marketing of Oxycontin caused, thereby causing the opioid epidemic. 

When Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin in 1996, it was aggressively marketed and highly promoted. Sales grew from $48 million in 1996 to almost $1.1 billion in 2000.1 The high availability of OxyContin correlated with increased abuse, diversion, and addiction, and by 2004 OxyContin had become a leading drug of abuse in the United States. (NCBI, 2009)

What is Oxycontin Made by Purdue Pharma?

The drug Oxycontin is an extremely potent synthetic opiate similar to morphine. Oxycontin is prescribed for persons who are suffering from moderate to severe levels of pain. Cancer, fibromyalgia, and nerve damage are examples of medical diagnoses for which Oxycontin is typically prescribed. People who become addicted to Oxycontin who are not diagnosed with severe conditions usually can manipulate doctors into prescribing it to them by falsifying their pain levels. The opioid addiction crisis found many individuals addicted to Oxycontin and then switched over to heroin because it does not require a doctor’s approval and is easy to get on the streets.

Additionally, people who are addicted to Oxycontin suffer from debilitating withdrawal symptoms forcing them to use the drug every day to avoid getting violently ill. Addiction to Oxycontin and other opioids such as heroin, Fentanyl, and other prescription opioid drugs is extremely dangerous. The programs that are now available help individuals first detox from the opioids and then provides evidence-based forms of treatment proven to end addiction to opioids long term and often for good.

Opioid Addiction Recovery Helpline

Oxycontin addiction can be overcome with the right support and recovery program. The first step in ending this addiction is to be admitted into a medically supervised Oxycontin detox and treatment center. The opioid detox programs, we connect clients to, they work directly with specialized treatment programs. The opioid addiction treatment programs are available for men, women, and young adults. The most successful formats in helping people get off opioids like Oxycontin for good include inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and long-term residential treatment. To learn about the Oxycontin addiction treatment programs available right now, please connect with one of our representatives.

Purdue Pharma, Inventors of Oxycontin, Take Legal Responsibility for Instigating the National Opioid Crisis and Plead Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges

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