January 31, 2019
Human Filth

Consider this revolting bit of news from Pro Publica:

Not content with billions of dollars in profits from the potent painkiller OxyContin, its maker explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the drug’s popularity — treatment of opioid addiction, according to previously secret passages in a court document filed by the state of Massachusetts.

In internal correspondence beginning in 2014, Purdue Pharma executives discussed how the sale of opioids and the treatment of opioid addiction are “naturally linked” and that the company should expand across “the pain and addiction spectrum,” according to redacted sections of the lawsuit by the Massachusetts attorney general. A member of the billionaire Sackler family, which founded and controls the privately held company, joined in those discussions and urged staff in an email to give “immediate attention” to this business opportunity, the complaint alleges.

…which calls to mind a filthy old poem of the people, slightly adapted here:

There once was a whore named Purdue
Who filled her vagina with glue.
Said she with a grin,
“They paid to get in,
And they’ll pay to get out again too.”

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 31, 2019 06:59 PM
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