(Quoted here.)

Purdue Pharma, opioid epidemic, 2014:

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.

I know. They’re not really the same thing. Business practices have evolved since 1982. The Sacklers alone make money at both ends.

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2 Responses to “Bathhouse owner, 1982, AIDS epidemic, to an AIDS doctor: “We’re both in it for the same thing. Money. We make money at one end when they come to the baths. You make money from them on the other end when they come [to the hospital].””

  1. dmf Says:

    “Purdue was advised by global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. on strategies to boost the drug’s sales and burnish its image, including how to “counter the emotional messages” of mothers whose children overdosed.”

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    dmf: Yup. That story’s going to get bigger.

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