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[WATCH] John Oliver Covers Opioid Crisis For a 3rd Time, Exposes Purdue/Sackler Family Connection

[WATCH] John Oliver Covers Opioid Crisis For a 3rd Time, Exposes Purdue/Sackler Family Connection

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, America’s opioid crisis shows no signs of slowing down. John Oliver dedicated Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight to Purdue Pharma, the company that developed the prescription painkiller, OxyContin. Oliver has covered the epidemic in two prior segments and is revisiting the topic as the CDC estimates there were more than 93,000 deaths from drug overdoses last year up from 72,151 deaths in 2019.

“We want to focus on just one company tonight, Purdue Pharma, whose rollout of OxyContin arguably fueled the opioid crisis,” he said.

The family that was behind Purdue are the Sacklers, the descendants of Raymond and Mortimer Sackler who inherited the business after their deaths. In recent years, both the company and the family have found themselves being investigated by the DOJ and facing thousands of lawsuits filed by state and local governments, Native American tribes, hospitals, and individuals. And they’ve spent years working with an army of lawyers attempting to negotiate their way out of all of it.

In a scorching and detailed 24-minute segment that’s well worth the time, Oliver outlines just how the Sackler family not only won’t be held accountable for their part in the hundreds of thousands of opioid deaths connected to OxyContin, they actually stand to be richer once they’ve finished “paying” off a $4.35 billion dollar settlement. Oliver savages the Sackler family for their overt greed and callous behavior regarding the massive amounts of deaths.

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True to form, Oliver also pointed out just how bad evil rich people are doing the internet. The Sackler Family created a website trying to prove their innocence, but wouldn’t pay for a traditional .com address and using a .info one instead. Last Week Tonight purchase a similarly named domain with the .com, which leads the user to a site full of information on just how awful the Purdue/Sackler alliance is. At JudgeForYourselves.com, actor Richard Kind portrays Richard Sackler to hilarious results.

Here’s the full segment about the Sackler family and Purdue from Last Week Tonight:

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