OxyContin Producer Pleads Guilty in Court

Opioid Crisis in the USA

Opioid Crisis in the USA

Oliver Atkins, Writer

Purdue Pharma, A producer of OxyContin, a highly addictive opioid, is pleading guilty for charges alleging they have created the opioid crisis we are facing.

The company will be fined 8 billion dollars and close down, the money going to opioid treatment and recovery centers. Opioids are a huge problem in America, and as an employee of the drug administration put it “Purdue Pharma actively thwarted the United States’ efforts to ensure compliance and prevent diversion,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Administrator Tim McDermott. “The devastating ripple effect of Purdue’s actions left lives lost and others addicted.”

The company does not have enough money to pay the fines, so with its assets a new public company will form that is working in public interests, not so much for profits. The new company will continue to produce opioids such as OxyContin, but with a better mission and based on people’s health. The founders and owners of Purdue will most likely face federal charges and have jail time. Purdue deeply regrets and accepts responsibility for the misconduct detailed by the Department of Justice,” said Purdue Chairman Steve Miller, who joined Purdue’s board in July 2018. “Purdue today is a very different company. We have made significant changes to our leadership, operations, governance, and oversight.”

Sources: CNN