Who Is Actually to Blame for the Opioid Crisis?

Who Is Actually to Blame for the Opioid Crisis?

After a year-long investigation, which concluded just before the Coronavirus outbreak, 60 Minutes aired a 2-part episode, as part of their ongoing series, examining who is actually to blame for the opioid crisis. So, who IS actually to blame for the opioid crisis? In this compelling, June 21, 2020 episode, Correspondent Bill Whitaker and producer Sam Hornblower take a deeper look into one of the most devastating public health emergencies of the 21st century. In January 2020, for the first time ever, top drug company executives were sentenced to prison for their crimes associated with sales practices that contributed to the massive increase of opioid prescriptions being written and filled over the last two decades. A jury found five executives from Insys Therapeutics guilty for the reckless and illegal practices they used to boost profits from the opioid painkiller Subsys. Subsys is the brand name for Fentanyl, a fast-acting, powerfully addictive pharmaceutical opioid, which is 100 times stronger than morphine. A judge sentenced John Kapoor, the former CEO of Insys Therapeutics, a once billion-dollar company that is now bankrupt, to five and a half years in federal prison. A dozen doctors were also convicted of crimes connected with Insys Therapeutics.

In this 60 Minutes episode, Whitaker reported that in 2018 alone, 46,802 people in the U.S. died from an opioid overdose, with health care providers across the country writing prescriptions for opioids at a rate of over 50 prescriptions dispensed per 100 people.

The number of deaths has almost doubled since 2018’s numbers with now nearly 70,000 people in the U.S. dying each year from drug overdoses, mainly from opioids.

Purdue Pharma, The Maker of OxyContin, Will Plead Guilty to 3 Criminal Charges.

Purdue Pharma, The Maker of OxyContin, Will Plead Guilty to 3 Criminal Charges.

Justice Department officials announced on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 that Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, the powerful prescription opioid painkiller, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion. As reported by CBS News, “The company will plead guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws, the officials said. The resolution will be detailed in a bankruptcy court filing in federal court.”

While OxyContin was fueling the opioid epidemic over the past decade, the Sakler family was busy withdrawing an estimated $10.4 billion from Purdue Pharma and its affiliated businesses. After financial analysis, it has been found that those billions of dollars had all been withdrawn since 2008, just one year after Purdue pleaded guilty for misleading doctors and patients about the highly addictive properties of OxyContin.

POI Institute Co-Founders George Beck and Diane Baklor interviewed by WBAL in Baltimore after helping a Baltimore couple

POI Institute Co-Founders George Beck and Diane Baklor interviewed by WBAL in Baltimore after helping a Baltimore couple who had lost hope after exhausting what they believed was every option to help their son, until #ibogaine. See how this “miraculous” drug treatment gave Josh his life back and what George and Diane are doing to help others reclaim their lives with #ibogaine.