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Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin

Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin

This week, President Donald Trump’s nominee for drug czar, Republican Congressmember Tom Marino, had to withdraw from consideration after a Washington Post/”60 Minutes” investigation found he led a drug industry-backed effort to pass a law that weakened the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to crack down on addictive opioids. Meanwhile, calls are growing to look at the major pharmaceutical companies that have fueled the opioid crisis. A new investigation by Esquire magazine reveals how the secretive Sackler family, owners of the company that invented OxyContin, downplayed the risks of addiction and exploited doctors’ confusion over the drug’s strength. We speak with Christopher Glazek, the Esquire reporter behind the story.

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How Big Pharma & Cartels Got America Addicted to Heroin

The heroin addiction epidemic in America is explored, from the influx of Oxycontin and the push from big pharma to expose patients to the opiate derived drug, to the Mexican drug cartels that have flooded the black market with heroin to a conditioned population. The similarities in business models between Purdue pharmaceuticals, the Slacker family, and “El Chapo” Guzman, plus how corporate liability is harder to prosecute than their criminal counterparts is illuminated with author Jason Smith, in this uncensored Lip News interview, hosted by Jackie Koppell.

GUEST BIO: Jason Smith is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, whose work has been published extensively in both online and print media. Jason Smith is also the Creative Director of, an online community that allows addicts and their loved ones to publish their stories of addiction and recovery. Jason is heavily involved in the recovery community in Northern California, where he frequently shares his experience, strength, and hope in getting out of the hell that is addiction. He currently lives in northern California with his wife Megan and two children, Jaden and Isabella. Read more: Big Pharma / FuckDaPolice

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