This is Why The French Invented Guillotines

The Sackler family, who made their fortune off of Oxycontin, which is probably the major reason the life expectancy for middle-aged working-class white people has dramatically fallen over the past decade, are almost a perfect example of how the ruling class sees the world. As long as they get their kids into the right schools they don’t care if yours die.

Jacqueline Sackler was fed up. HBO’s John Oliver would soon use his TV show to pillory her family, the clan that owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. In a nearly 15-minute Sunday-night segment, he joined a long line of people who blamed the Sacklers in part for the nation’s opioid crisis.

Before the show aired, Ms. Sackler, who is married to a son of a company co-founder, emailed her in-laws, lawyers and advisers. “This situation is destroying our work, our friendships, our reputation and our ability to function in society,” she wrote.

“And worse, it dooms my children. How is my son supposed to apply to high school in September?”

Or, to take an iconic clip from a classic film, this is how people like the Sacklers really see the rest of us.

4 thoughts on “This is Why The French Invented Guillotines

  1. katharineotto

    I’ve been following the “opioid epidemic” pretty closely, and know a little something about the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma. They certainly contributed to the opioid epidemic with OxyContin, but there was a huge “conspiracy” among pharmaceutical companies and the FDA to treat pain more aggressively. Doctors were being penalized for not treating pain sufficiently. Meanwhile, the FDA was approving more and more opioid agents (from multiple companies) at doses even their advisers warned were excessive.

    Right now, there are multiple states suing Purdue, but no one is looking at the FDA, whose job it is to protect the public from scams like this. Instead, the FDA was complicit in obscuring the truth and furthering pharma’s agenda to sell more and more opiates to more and more people. I think everyone needs to take a hard look at the FDA’s collusion in this “crisis” and question whether it is the one most culpable in this situation.

    By the way, I’m posting a blog on this situation and drug laws in general either tomorrow or the next day.

    1. srogouski Post author

      Certainly true, but what makes Sacklers such compelling villains is they so perfectly represent just how little the American ruling class cares about the rest of us.

      Ironically, the “legal” opioid epidemic largely spared black people because doctors were less likely to give them “legal” drugs.

      1. katharineotto

        Yes, which is why heroin and fentanyl are the main culprits in the overdoses you see all the hullabaloo about. This is downplayed in the media, which conflates legal and illegal opiates in the “opiate-related deaths.” There is not a clear connection between prescription opioids and heroin/fentanyl except that some people claim heroin is cheaper on the street than OxyContin, so OxyContin addiction may be a “gateway” to heroin.

        1. srogouski Post author

          My cousin almost died because of prescription opiates. The doctors over prescribed them for his “anxiety.” If pot had been legal, he could have treated that anxiety risk free. Sadly, it’s never going to be legal here in New Jersey because big pharma dominates the state politically. See also, Corey Booker.


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