Sacklers Deny Personal Responsibility for Opioid Epidemic

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Sacklers Deny Personal Responsibility for Opioid Epidemic

Members of Congress on Thursday heard testimony from two members of the billionaire Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Both insisted that while they regretted the role the drug had played in the opioid epidemic, they did not bear personal responsibility.

You apologized for the pain people have suffered, but you’ve never apologized for the role that you played in the opioid crisis. So I’ll ask you again, will you apologize for the role you played in the opioid crisis? I have struggled with that question, I have asked myself over many years, I have tried to figure out, is there anything that I could have done differently, knowing what I knew then, not what I know now. And I have to say, I can’t. There is nothing that I can find that I would have done differently based on what I believed and understood then and what I learned from management in the reports to the board, and what I learned from my colleagues on the board. And it is extremely distressing. Far too many lives have been destroyed by addiction and abuse of opioids, including OxyContin. There are many lawsuits that have blamed Perdue and my family for the opioid crisis. While we deny liability and are vigorously contesting these claims, we want to respond to the opioid crisis because a prescription medicine that our company manufactured and sold, which was never intended to harm anyone, ended up being part of a crisis that has harmed too many people.

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