This is a very good story about how Oxycontin wreaked havoc on one of many communities:
The Minford High School Class of 2000, in rural Minford, Ohio, began its freshman year as a typical class. It had its jocks and its cheerleaders, its slackers and its overachievers.
But by the time the group entered its final year, its members said, painkillers were nearly ubiquitous, found in classrooms, school bathrooms and at weekend parties.
Over the next decade, Scioto County, which includes Minford, would become ground zero in the state’s fight against opioids. It would lead Ohio with its rates of fatal drug overdoses, drug-related incarcerations and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Worth reading the whole etc.
The vast wealth of the Sackler family was thrust into the spotlight Friday in Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy case, as two dozen states and the District of Columbia sought to block the family from winning a nine-month reprieve against OxyContin lawsuits.
Purdue Pharma last month asked the bankruptcy court to temporarily halt litigation against its Sackler family owners, a step that the company said is necessary to allow progress on a tentative multibillion settlement with more than 2,600 plaintiffs who have accused Purdue of deceptively marketing its blockbuster opioid pain pill.
States opposing the settlement strongly objected in a joint motion filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y.
“The Sacklers used the profits from their illegal scheme to become one of the richest families in the world — far wealthier than the company they ran,’’ the states said. “Now, the Sacklers seek to leverage Purdue’s corporate bankruptcy to avoid their own individual accountability.’’
Gee, I hope more billionaires enter the Democratic primaries.