OK, at times it is important to keep a moral foundation towards the actions we take. Some people (the non-Germans) were hesitant to be named a recipient by Adolf Hitler. There are Africans that did not consider accepting any honours from Idi Amin Dada; there was opposition by some towards the grants from Muammar Al Gadhafi, even if he looked like Jeffrey Ross. Many have been in a place where question marks are held high. Yet I think that we have taken the left to a whole new level (of stupidity) when we see: ‘Austerity forcing arts institutions to accept gifts from billionaires‘ (at https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/mar/22/austerity-forcing-arts-institutions-to-accept-gifts-from-billionaires). The setting here is: “More than £100m of government cuts to annual arts funding has forced the nation’s top art galleries, theatres and opera houses to accept gifts from billionaires, including the controversial Sackler family, which made a fortune from the deadly opioid painkiller crisis“, I am not in a financial happy place, so when the Sackler family gives me a £5 million grant, I will bow, smile and say “Thank you very much!” You see, the question is not what their morality allowed for, the question becomes, were criminal acts done?
It is important to take another look at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/21/sackler-family-500-cities-counties-and-tribes-sue-oxycontin-maker, where we are introduced to: ‘Massive lawsuit says Sackler family broke laws to profit from opioids‘, even as we see the word ‘lawsuit’, that does not imply that the law was broken. There we see: “accusing members of the Sackler family, who own the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, of helping to create “the worst drug crisis in American history”“. I am also very aware of the state of accusation that is given with: “Court documents accuse the eight family members of purposely playing down the dangers of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which is more potent than heroin or morphine. They are accused of deceiving doctors and patients and directing sales and marketing techniques that drove huge over-prescribing and ever stronger doses for many patients who should never have been prescribed the pills in the first place“. In that text the two words that matter are swept under the carpet. The part ‘prescription painkiller‘ is at the centre of that part and there we see a clear shift. In this he first issue becomes the GP, or medical professional that prescribed the painkiller in the first place. Then we get the FDA (the US Food and Drug Administration) who should have put an initial stop to the issue if there was one. Was this done? As we now see the claims like ‘House Democrats Want More Information On Sackler Family’s Role In Opioid Epidemic‘, and a whole range of other accusations, we need to take a larger look. The FDA gives the direct part: “Get emergency help right away if you take too much OXYCONTIN (overdose). When you first start taking OXYCONTIN, when your dose is changed, or if you take too much (overdose), serious or life-threatening breathing problems that can lead to death may occur. Never give anyone else your OXYCONTIN. They could die from taking it. Store OXYCONTIN away from children and in a safe place to prevent stealing or abuse. Selling or giving away OXYCONTIN is against the law.”
In addition we find information like: “Oxycodone is used for managing moderate to severe acute or chronic pain when other treatments are not sufficient.” again we see ‘when other treatments are not sufficient‘, now we see the crying of a collection of bitches whilst the direct investigation on these patients has optionally not been done. When we look at the history of these people and to what was initially prescribed we are likely to find a whole range of crying whiners who shouted and screamed for the strongest painkillers neglecting other alternatives, I feel certain that with all the data I would be able to find well over 10% failing the case from the very start. There is documentation on OxyContin going back to 1996, and NOW we see an optional case? 22 years later? I believe that there is a much larger issue in play. I believe that responsible parties have given in towards whining patients for decades, so is the Sackler family to blame for any of that? I do not believe that to be the case.
In addition we see: “Among the eight Native American tribes suing the Sacklers are parts of the Cherokee, the Chippewa and the Sioux, the Oneida Nation and the Blackfeet. Drug overdoses now kill more than 72,000 people in the US a year, according to government figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 49,000 of those are caused by opioids.” We see the facts, yet who prescribed these drugs? The direct and simplest of questions and none of the articles give a correct or decent answer, the direct application of the failing of the Unites States through lawsuits that will not go anywhere ever. I am decently certain that when the doctors are called to testify and they describe the harassing and badgering patients that needed more and more and stronger painkillers, we will see a prescription failure to a much larger degree. In this light it is important to take the Native American Tribes into view as well. From my point of view there is a whole different range into the need of medication between rural (Native American or not) and metropolitan medication needs. That too must be taken into account. In addition, such an overload of opioids also puts the pharmacies into view. They have a duty to report such an increase of prescribed of opioids, as well as the physicians prescribing them. I will give you one better, the TV show Lou Grant (1978-1982) actually had one episode focused on that issue, an issue before OxyContin was in existence. A systemic failure brought into the limelight by a TV series and well over 13 years before there was OxyContin, so at this point, is there a clear directive to take a much larger view before you merely throw your lawsuit needy fingers towards the Sackler family?
And the clear part is that I am not stating that they are innocent, I am showing that there are at least three iterations of optionally guilty parties and involved players that should find themselves defending their actions in the courts before there is even a remote chance to have a go at the Sackler family and the FDA might be in court long before the Sackler members are.
So whilst you want to have a go at la dottore Raymond Sackler, be aware that those trying to make that jump will lose funds and cash by not doing their homework form day one and it took me a mere 187 seconds to realise that after these two articles were read. The biggest part is seen with: “This nation is facing an unprecedented opioid addiction epidemic that was initiated and perpetuated by the Sackler defendants for their own financial gain, to the detriment of each of the plaintiffs and their residents. The ‘Sackler defendants’ include Richard Sackler, Beverly Sackler, David Sackler, Ilene Sackler Lefcourt, Jonathan Sackler, Kathe Sackler, Mortimer DA Sackler, and Theresa Sackler,” this week’s lawsuit states“, no mention of the FDA approval, no list of hundreds of physicians prescribing the substance and no mention of a properly investigated medical history of the victims, all that got the limelight from the mere mention of ‘prescription painkiller‘. The fact that a TV Series like Lou Grant took an episode to show the failing of some physicians in such a situation was merely the icing on the cake called: “Laughingly created Court failure“.
As stated, I am not stating that they are guilty, not merely as they are presumed innocent, especially in light of the failed required elements in all this, the fact that some articles are loaded with emotion absent of 22 years of evidence that never required to await the court date is the added bonus that makes this all an optional failure, the application of common sense wins again!
In addition, consider the quote: “Court documents accuse the eight family members of purposely playing down the dangers of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which is more potent than heroin or morphine“, yet I see no mention or any accusations towards the FDA, are they not the authority that people should turn to? Where were they in all this? Where are the approving physicians in all this? All direct questions, all without any answers. So when we consider the statement: “Drug overdoses now kill more than 72,000 people in the US a year, according to government figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 49,000 of those are caused by opioids.” How many of those are merely junkies looking for a fix? How many were due to illegally obtained drugs and painkillers? I wonder what remains of these numbers when we take a deeper look at that part of the data cake sliced on those influencing factors. When we do that those numbers might dwindle down for up to 80% making this a non-case and a non-event from the very beginning.
Good luck to those who shout: ‘prosecute’ whilst ignoring common sense of the matter at hand.