For decades Big Pharma has been flooding the market with highly addictive opioids with phony literature and sales pitches to doctors saying there is no danger. When in fact they knew otherwise but the money was too good.
As originally reported in the Charleston-Gazette Mail, 10’s of millions of pills were sent to a tiny town for eventual distribution.
Of course this is old news. And some drug companies are being sued by states to pay for the enormous cost of this crisis. And as the DEA is tightening regulations for prescription opioids, the heroin and subsequent fentanyl supplies from China are filling the gap and killing American by the thousands.
I think Big Pharma and it’s distributors are responsible. Perhaps a few executives on trial for murder would be appropriate.
Of course the protection accorded corporations and their management is pretty solid. And often for good reasons. But running a deadly criminal enterprise should not go unchallenged. And big fines are no big deal. Shareholders end up holding the bag. Prison time is a greater deterrent.
Although the convicts would still live in a “gated community”, the golf courses are not as nice.