By Ann Brown
The opioid crisis in America was already bad, and during pandemic has only intensified it. Cities from Washington to Arizona and Florida are reporting an increase in drug fatalities this year, according to data collected by The Wall Street Journal. Most experts expect it will be higher the last year’s record number of deadly overdoses, with more than 72,000 people killed, according to federal projections.
At the center of the crisis is the popular painkiller drug OxyContin. The makers of the drug Purdue Pharma, which is run by the Sackler family, a family that has come under fire for hiding the riches they made off the drug.
There are three doctors — brothers Arthur (d. 1987), Mortimer (d. 2010), Raymond Sackler — who founded Purdue Pharma in 1952 after taking over a small, struggling New York drug manufacturer. In the mid-1990s it began selling OxyContin, a long-lasting, narcotic pain reliever, launched in 1995. By 2003 Purdue was selling $1.6 billion of the product annually, Forbes reported.
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