UNLOCKED – Blizzard Of Prescriptions

*Unlocked* Originally posted January 23rd

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The Panel dives into the latest public info on the Sackler family’s peddling of Oxycontin from court docs released in recent days as part of Massachusetts v. Purdue Pharma (which will be heard in court this Friday). We also retrace some of the weirder stories in the megadonor family’s history. Richard Sackler says he’ll bury us in prescriptions. We offer to tie old man Aaron Sorkin’s shoes.

[Since this episode was originally posted, the court filings we reference here were ordered to be unredacted by the court. Here’s a link to the unredacted version: https://arstechnica.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Unredacted-Mass-lawsuit.pdf ]

Referenced in this episode:

Commonwealth of MA’s Pre-Hearing Memorandum, MA v. Purdue: https://arstechnica.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Mass_AGO_Pre-Hearing_Memo_and_Exhibits-1.pdf

Ars Technica – Damning Court Docs Show Just How Far Sacklers Went to Push Oxycontin – https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/family-behind-oxycontin-called-addicts-criminals-while-pushing-pills/

Chris Glazek – The Secretive Family Making Billions from the Opioid Crisis – https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a12775932/sackler-family-oxycontin/

WaPo Bad Take of the week: “Karen Pence’s Worldview Horrifies Me But Her Return to Work is a Feminist Victory – https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/17/karen-pences-worldview-horrifies-me-her-return-work-is-still-feminist-victory/

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