How One Company Started the Nationwide OxyContin Epidemic

If you don’t know the name of Purdue Pharma, then you should.

The company responsible for putting numerous amounts of people under the care of a sober living house, and for creating a nationwide OxyContin epidemic, Purdue Pharma has recently come under fire.

When OxyContin originally came on the market, it was marketed as a 12 hour-release pain medication, which promised to revolutionize pain relief for people who really needed it. However, it ultimately ended up doing just the opposite.

As of today, the OxyContin epidemic has claimed the lives of over 190,000 people. Part of the reason for this? The fact that Purdue Pharma marketed the drug as a 12-hour pain relief medication to doctors and patients, even though they were well-aware that it wore off after eight hours.

After an investigation by The Times, they uncovered over three decades worth of information which point to why so many people have needed to seek help from a sober living house. Purdue Pharma originally made their money from MS Contin, a morphine pill for cancer treatment, but needed a way to make money once their patent ran out. The solution to this problem came in the form of OxyContin.

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a criminal investigation into the OxyContin epidemic. This resulted in three top executives pleading guilty to fraud charges, and Purdue Pharma being ordered to pay $635 million.

Regardless of how much the settlement was for, it still does not remedy the thousands of people who have had lost someone close to them due to the OxyContin epidemic.

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