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

    <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/19/who_profits_from_the_opioid_crisis"><img alt="_s2_sackler-fortune" src="https://www.democracynow.org/images/story/73/39073/w320/_S2_Sackler-fortune.jpg" style="float:right; padding-left:5px;" /></a>This week, President Donald Trump&#8217;s nominee for drug czar, Republican Congressmember Tom Marino, had to withdraw from consideration after a Washington Post/&#8221;60 Minutes&#8221; investigation found he led a drug industry-backed effort to pass a law that weakened the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration&#8217;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&#8217; confusion over the drug&#8217;s strength. We speak with Christopher Glazek, the Esquire reporter behind the story.

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