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City Sues Purdue Pharma, Makers of OxyContin, for Flooding Streets with Pills

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 13:34
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target="_blank">Alex Pietrowski
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target="_blank">Waking Times 

The abuse and misuse of prescription, non-prescription, and
illegal opioid drugs is devastating North America, and as
municipalities and communities struggle to deal with the many
causes for and approaches to resolving widespread opioid addiction,
the city Everett, WA is suing the makers of OxContin for their role
in flooding the streets with pills.

“Everett’s lawsuit, now in federal court in Seattle, accuses
Purdue Pharma of gross negligence and nuisance. The city seeks to
hold the company accountable, the lawsuit alleges, for “supplying
OxyContin to obviously suspicious pharmacies and physicians and
enabling the illegal diversion of OxyContin into the black market”
and into Everett, despite a company program to track suspicious
flows.” [ ""

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Everett has spent millions of dollars in combating the epidemic,
and Mayor Ray Stephanson believes that "" target="_blank">Purdue Pharma,
the maker of OxyContin, a powerful opioid which is perhaps the most
abused pharmaceutical medication on the planet, should bear some of
the burden.

The city alleges that Purdue Pharma
knowingly helped questionable doctors and pharmacies in
flooding the black market with product.

“Everett is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid pain
medication OxyContin, in an unusual case that alleges the drugmaker
knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and
the city of about 108,000. Everett alleges the drugmaker did
nothing to stop it and must pay for damages caused to the
community.” [ ""

This scheme is reminiscent of the "" target=
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, in which suspicious
establishments, which were clearly running illegal sales
operations, were supported by the pharmaceutical corporations to
sell product and expand market share. ""
target="_blank">Purdue was forced to pay $630 million in legal
penalties to the federal government in 2007
, for their willful
misrepresentation of the safety risks of their drugs.

A statement about the lawsuit says the City of Everett holds
Purdue accountable for, “supplying OxyContin to obviously
suspicious pharmacies and physicians and enabling the illegal
diversion of OxyContin into the black market,” even though the
company claims to have an effective means of tracking and
accounting for their pills.

Mayor Stephanson states:

“Our community has been significantly damaged, and we
need to be made whole.”
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target="_blank">Mayor Ray Stephanson
, Everett, Washington

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Purdue is planning on fighting this lawsuit, and it is
not yet known how much Everett is seeking.

How long before we can officially call this epidemic a
bona fide conspiracy? 

In December of 2016, ""
target="_blank">6 pharmaceutical executives were arrested in
for conspiring to over prescribe the dangerous
opioid, fentanyl. Makers of ""
, the quickest and most effective
antidote for opiate overdose, have been jacking up their
prices in response to rapidly increasing demand for their product,
which may be considered price gauging. And pharmaceutical companies
are planning on ""
target="_blank">globally expanding the market for opioids
potentially triggering a world-wide crisis of overdose and

Meanwhile, the effective, natural plant medicine "nofollow" target="_blank" href="/r2/?url=" target=
, which is known to interrupt both the physical
symptoms of addiction, and the psychological and href=
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, is banned
by the DEA as a schedule I drug, in spite of overwhelming evidence
of its effectiveness.

The documentary film ""
target="_blank">The OxyContin Express
sheds more light on
how the current opioid crisis began, and how it is being sustained
with the help of doctors and pharmaceutical companies.

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About the Author

target="_blank">Alex Pietrowski
is an artist
and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic
freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for and ""
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. Alex is an avid student of Yoga
and life.

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