This article is the best thing I have read in 2017. Disturbing in it's consequence, reports that the true economic drag of the opioid epidemic has reached $500bn or 3% of GDP, don't take into account the personal loss and political ramifications. Much of the blame needs be laid at the feet of aggressive sales tactics from OxyContin manufacturer, Purdue Pharmaceutical. It is broader than one drug company but with the Sackler family being lauded across museums around the globe, the source of their philanthropy must be questioned.
Unbelievable story :
“Their name has been pushed forward as the epitome of good works and of the fruits of the capitalist system. But, when it comes down to it, they’ve earned this fortune at the expense of millions of people who are addicted. It’s shocking how they have gotten away with it.”