So, here’s this: http://static.latimes.com/oxycontin-part1/
That report catalogs a long-running con on the American public by Purdue Pharma, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the “Big Pharma” industry as a whole. It is a master-class in discovering how fucked up our healthcare system and our government are. I can’t think of a single reason for any individual person to not be angry and upset about this, unless you’re one of the people directly benefiting from this dishonesty on a grand scale.
I won’t rehash the whole thing; I really want everyone to read it and fully digest its ramifications. There were multiple levels of corruption, deceit, and flat-out fucking evil that played out over the course of decades. There is no acceptable argument, to me, to excuse this. This was a large corporation taking advantage of people’s pain and misery, using their money (re: power) to make sure any government red tape was ignored or broken, and then doing anything they can to keep the drug relevant, despite it’s shortcomings and obvious deleterious effect upon society.
This story is about OxyContin, an opioid pain killer that has long been associated with the scourge of pain-killer addiction in America. This story was preventable at multiple levels, and all of these levels failed spectacularly. Let’s recap that, just for clarity:
Every Level of Fuckup That Occurred To Allow OxyContin’s Perpetuation
- There was some evil fuck (or collection of evil fucks) that thought this up in the first place.
- The collection of evil fucks who continued this bald-faced lie.
- The many people (if we’re going to qualify them as people still, and not ice-hearted shitstains) who administered the initial clinical trials who fucking knew the shortcomings and dangers of this dangerous narcotic substance.
- The unfeeling, disgusting, black-souled shiteater at the FDA who approved this drug, who then months later became an employee of Purdue Pharma.
- The large swath of assholes who have and continue to perpetuate the allowance of money in politics that created this climate in the first place.
- The large swath of assholes who have and continue to perpetuate a crippling lack of regulation of corporations that created this climate in the first place.
- Whoever is responsible at Purdue Pharma for advising doctors to increase the dosage instead of frequency when the drug failed to meet expectations.
- All of us, everyone. For continuing to not give enough of a shit, thus disincentivising change.
I don’t think I have too many more words. I’m not a violent person, and I don’t normally wish violence or death on anyone. But the fact that we haven’t, collectively, gone to the offices of Purdue Pharma and dragged all those suits into the street and beaten them with tire irons sort of baffles me.
Most of all, it saddens me.