The opioid crisis

Yikes

“But there are were people alive in 2016, so it’s not that bad.”
-probably some fucking pharma mouthpiece on television at some point

Some good news:

Sort of. Good for opioid epidemic, bad for the Hippocratic oath

For what? For a little bit of money.

/margegunderson

and tail…

Drug pushers found guilty:

Dude was a billionaire, but it wasn’t enough.

It’s not enough until they spend the rest of their life in a non-cushy prison. And that probably won’t happen, so it’s still not enough.


https://news.yahoo.com/five-u-states-sue-purdue-pharma-over-opioids-145229558--finance.html?ncid=twitter_yahoonewst_sjwumo1bpf4

Update on Insys Theraputics:

Opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections Monday, just days after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges and agreeing to pay $225 million to settle civil and criminal cases alleging it used kickbacks, bribes, and even a lap dance to sell its extremely potent painkiller.

Insys may be the first major opioid maker to go down in a deluge of lawsuits over the opioid epidemic—it faces more than 1,000 lawsuits from municipal governments. But the bankruptcy throws into question just how much the company will actually pay the federal government from the $225 million deal it made on June 5. Bankruptcy documents show that, as of March 31, Insys had just $175.1 million in assets and $262.5 million already in debt.

Phew, I guess all the profits made it safely to the offshore havens!

When Judges are complicit:

In a 2004 ruling, Judge Stephens rejected Purdue’s motion that he dismiss the case and sided with the state’s assertion that the material could convince a jury that Purdue’s sales pitch was full of dangerous lies.

But Stephens sealed the evidence on which he relied in that ruling. And when Purdue and the state reached a settlement that year, before the case went to trial, the evidence remained hidden, out of sight to regulators, doctors and patients. Over the next few years, as OxyContin sales and opioid-related deaths climbed, more than a dozen other judges overseeing similar lawsuits against Purdue took the same tack, keeping the company’s records secret.

Too much of America is utterly broken.

Just le me know when we start assembling the guillotines.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/08/22/753114950/tales-of-corporate-painkiller-pushing-the-death-rates-just-soared

Corporate bonus’s were based on how many narcotics they could push, regardless of the rising death toll they were well aware of. As I recall, drug pushers/dealers spend a lot of time in jail. These people should too.

We really have to do away with the fiction that the criminal acts of corporations were committed by the corporation rather than the executives / management who made the actual decisions. Start throwing executives in jail for their evil, pour encourager les autres.

Hasn’t Jared solved the opioid crisis already?

Courts can and have pierced the corporate veil for criminal acts. Enron resulted in 20+ guilty verdicts for individuals. I don’t think the legal fiction is the issue. It’s just a subset of the general principle that rich people with great lawyers rarely see prison.

Record dump on Purdue coming per Ky Supremes:

J&J gets hit with huge fine. Sets up precedent for every state to sue them for a combined total of tens of billions.