Gerald Posner told host 터커 칼슨 in a new episode called, 'Fueling an Epidemic’ that not only did OxyContin users experience addictive side effects, but that they also often moved on to harder, illegal drugs to get their fix without having to fill a prescription.
“If a doctor went to them and said, ‘by the way, I think you say the odds of addiction are very low and you can’t get addicted if you’re giving it just for pain — but some of my patients seem as though they… behave like they’re addicts,'” 그는 말했다. “‘They want more and more. They’re calling me in the middle of the night. They’re hitting on the door. They had a thing called pseudoaddiction…'”
“그들 [pharma] would say, ‘no, 아니, 아니. That’s not really addiction,'” 그는 계속했다. “'그것 외모 like addiction. It has all the behavior characteristics of addiction — but you’re not giving them enough OxyContin. To cure that, you need to give them more OxyContin.'”
Posner said that, 차례로, Purdue would make more money because the strength of the dose was more concentrated and therefore contained more product.
He added that the main ingredient in the drug is very cheap to manufacture, but that the company made large sums off the pharmaceutical.
“The ingredient inside oxycodone is pennies to make. But if somebody took, 의 말을하자, a 20-milligram tablet twice a week, Purdue would make like $ 40. That was their profit. If they took an 80-milligram tablet, Purdue would make $ 600,” 그는 말했다.
“So they liked doctors giving ever-stronger prescriptions. They marketed it that way all the time. 과 [그래서] the side effects began.”
Posner also told Carlson about the nefarious “gateway” characteristic of OxyContin:
“People became OxyContin users. Then they often they left OxyContin to move to street drugs like heroin or fentanyl, especially heroin because it was cheaper,” 그는 말했다.
“It was cheaper than filling the pills for 80-milligram pills every time. And so they would actually move to street drugs. It was like– you wanted the perfect gateway drug, they used to talk about how cannabis leads you to hard drugs,” 그는 계속했다. “OxyContin could lead you to heroin. It was the chemical equivalent of heroin in terms of OxyContin.”
작년, Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to three criminal charges relating to their acknowledgement of responsibility for their part in the opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths.
Before a Newark, N.J. federal judge, the OxyContin-maker admitted impeding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to combat the addiction crisis.
Purdue acknowledged that it had not maintained an effective program to prevent prescription drugs from being diverted to the black market – even though it had told the DEA it did have such a program – and that it provided misleading information to the agency as a way to boost company manufacturing quotas.
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