As the nation’s opioid and drug overdose crisis deepens, it can be hard to watch as the “Not My Fault” crowd clucks about its blamelessness in pushing potent painkillers that have played a part in killing more Americans in 2016 and 2017 alone than lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
The latest NMF protagonists include:
- David Sackler, the outrage-fueling scion of the family that owns Purdue Pharmaceutical, the maker of OxyContin. That drug — and the relentless and inaccurate sales and marketing push that the Sackler family put behind it — helped to foster a calamitous wave of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction, deep media investigations and court cases have shown. OxyContin, in turn, assisted in opening the door to lethal abuses and overdoses of even stronger legal and illicit drugs, including the painkiller fentanyl and street heroin.