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Sacklers deny personal responsibility for opioid epidemic
Members of Congress heard testimony Thursday from two members of the billionaire Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin. Both insisted that while they regretted the role drugs had played in the opioid epidemic, they took no personal responsibility.
You have apologized for the pain people have gone through, but you have never apologized for your role in the opioid crisis. So I’m going to ask you again, will you apologize for the role you played in the opioid crisis? I struggled with this question, I wondered for many years, I tried to figure out, is there anything I could have done differently, knowing what I knew then, not what I know now. And I have to say I can’t. I can’t think of anything that I would have done differently based on what I believed and understood at the time and what I learned from management in reporting to the board, and what I learned from my colleagues on the board. And it is extremely painful. Far too many lives have been destroyed by addiction and abuse of opioids, including OxyContin. Many lawsuits have blamed Perdue and my family for the opioid crisis. While we take no responsibility and vigorously dispute these claims, we want to respond to the opioid crisis because a prescription drug our company made and sold that was never intended to harm anyone has ended up making part of a crisis that has done too much harm. people.
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