OxyContin verdict: What have the feds been snorting all these years?

From the AP:

Purdue Pharma L.P., the maker of OxyContin, and three of its executives were ordered Friday to pay a $634.5 million fine for misleading the public about the painkiller’s risk of addiction … U.S. District Judge James Jones levied the fine on Purdue, its top lawyer and former president and former chief medical officer after a hearing that lasted about three-and-a-half hours … Designed to be swallowed whole and digested over 12 hours, the pills can produce a heroin-like high if crushed and then swallowed, snorted or injected.

It took the feds this long to finally put 2 + 2 together? From 1996 to 2001, the number of oxycodone-related deaths nationwide quintupled. In 2002, the DEA stated the drug caused 146 deaths and was a factor in another 318.

Well, I guess justice delayed is better than justice denied. We’ll see what kind of penance these white-collar criminals actually end up paying.

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