The Sackler Family Must Pay

By MaryBeth19 03/01/19
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As a Registered Nurse, if I gave my patient a drug that resulted in their death I would be held accountable.

April 17th, 2018 one passenger is killed when an engine malfunctions on Southwest Airlines flight 1380. Immediately the airline industry took corrective action. Grounding all planes. Their concern was not pleasing their future passengers, but keeping them alive.

From 1998-2015, 632,699 Americans died due to opioid addiction. In 2015, 52,404 people lost their lives. You might ask me why I care. My son, Matt was one of The Sackler families victims.

In 2016, the death toll increased to 64,000. In 2017, the death toll nationwide increased to 72,000.

The total loss of life so far amounts to 821,103 human beings. 821,103 families broken left to mourn their loved ones. Families that will never be the same. Families that will never hear the voices of their children, spouses or parents. Families that have suffered financially and emotionally while trying to save the lives of their loved ones.

Purdue Pharma knowingly mis marketed their poison pills. Fully aware that their lies were responsible for the start of this deadly pandemic. Purdue mislead physicians who took a drug meant for end of life care and turned it into the most prescribed drug for every type of pain.

These doctors were given perks promoting them to take this drug out of how it was meant to be prescribed and use it for pain previously treated with non narcotic, non addictive drugs.

Purdue Pharma continues to push opioids on a vulnerable population in our country knowing that their OxyContin remains highly addictive and is responsible for more deaths than the the Vietnam War, AIDS, and gun violence.

Yet, they refuse to be held accountable for the destruction of lives and the heart broken parents left behind. The pharmaceutical industry, their CEOs and founders make billions of dollars while killing thousands of people. Purdue Pharma started this epidemic. OxyContin made them billions. The Sackler family is well know for their so called philanthropy funding medical schools and building museums.

What we demand is that they build and fully fund comprehensive long term treatment centers throughout our country. They must be held accountable for the destruction of lives. They must be held accountable for knowingly creating a product that would create a terminal disease for thousands. They must build an industry that will treat the disease they created while they lived luxurious lives while mothers like me fought with every ouch of my strength and funds to save my son Matt. They need to be held accountable for the death toll their lies created. They must serve life sentences for knowingly murdering an entire generation of Americans.

My son never used heroin. He didn’t need to. Purdue Pharma was his pill pusher. Matt is dead. Yet the Sackler family continues to live and continues to produce the drugs that killed my son. I am serving a life sentence for a crime I didn’t commit. Life as I knew it was shattered by the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and by Congressmen who were paid off to turn a blind eye to the destruction caused by the Sackler’s poison. Senator’s from every state paid off with the blood of our children. With the broken hearts of mothers like me.

Everyone here has a duty. We must stand together and hold Purdue Pharma accountable. We must demand justice for our loved ones. We demand that these pill pushers face the life sentences that we do. Life without their families. Life with only memories of how life used to be. We owe our deceased children. We owe ourselves. Justice must be served.

I owe Matt.

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