Purdue Pharma Targeted ‘Attractive Market’ Of People With Opioid Addictions: Report

Purdue Pharma pursued a business plan, “Project Tango,” in which the company sold both addictive opioid drugs and drugs to treat “attractive market” of opioid addiction, while Purdue’s owners, the Sackler family, made billions in profits, according to a lawsuit by the attorney general’s office in Massachusetts, reports ProPublica:

Richard Sackler received a patent last year for a drug to treat addiction, according to the complaint. The patent application states that opioids are addictive and refers to people who suffer from substance use disorders as “junkies.”

The Massachusetts lawsuit claims that Purdue and the Sackler family engaged in a decade of deception to push the opioid painkiller OxyContin on doctors and patients, while internal Purdue documents showed they privately knew that their highly addictive drugs were causing overdoses and deaths, notes “CBS This Morning.”

(Sources: CBS This Morning/YouTube, ProPublica)

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