LYNNETTE PERRYMAN, LILBURN
Sackler family not the only ones to blame for opioid crisis
Certainly the Sacklers and Purdue Pharmaceuticals are getting their due.
But not the doctors and patients who were knowingly complicit. For we physicians, medical school taught us how addicting these narcotics are. When Purdue’s “detail” representatives came to my offices to lie to us that OxyContin was different, we threw them out laughing at them. Unfortunately lots of doctors did not and some saw an opportunity to make a lot of money.
I treat narcotic-addicted people every week and the majority say of course they knew how risky OxyContin was, but the high was great, so they easily learned which doctors to visit. I assume the lawyers have not blamed patients and doctors but only the Sacklers because class action suits are the lucrative low-hanging fruit. The doctors and patients involved are hardly guiltless.
DAVE M. DAVIS, ATLANTA