Colbert Links Big Pharma’s Sackler Family To America’s Opioid Crisis

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Published on September 15, 2018

Stephen takes a sober look at the family behind Purdue Pharma, the company that unleashed OxyContin on the world and now looks poised to make even more profit off those who have become addicted.

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  • Toad Jiang 2 months ago

    American big pharma is robbing Americans blind! Like I recently read that they charge $2400 – $2800 for a bottle of nitrofurantoin despite in China a bottle of 100 pills nitrofurantoin only costs 8 yuan ( about one dollar 20 cents ). Not to mention in America an ambulance ride can cost hundreds sometimes even more than a thousand dollars despite in China it’s only 10 yuan ( about $1.5 ).

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  • Kim Jong Fun 2 months ago

    Big pharma is America’s biggest drug cartel.

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  • Barbara Rey 2 months ago

    These companies are destroying our country from within. Greed over the well being of our fellow citizens.

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  • New Message 2 months ago

    This is why I stick to huffing glue.

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  • Napoleon I Bonaparte 2 months ago

    War on Drugs anyone?

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  • Plen122 2 months ago

    NPR did a story sometime ago on the amount of pills that are produced and shipped, it’s staggering. Truck loads and truck loads. The only thing Americans are addicted to more than social media is meds.

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  • Jess Wolfe 2 months ago

    I’ve gone without food because of my insulin costing so much it comes down to having food or being alive.

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  • New Message 2 months ago

    …another shout-out to Canada in this one.. I’m starting to think Stephen’s thinking about a move…

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  • Vincent Tomassi 2 months ago

    Most doctors are pill pushing ignorant pricks. Many different people’s experiences for that comment. I went to the doctor earlier this year for what I now know is fibromyalgia and was prescribed cymbalta for the pain. I mentioned I may have some form of mental issues along with the ailment, but it was just breezed over. Turns out I have bipolar disorder and giving someone an antidepressant like cymbalta is extremely bad. It’s the worst btw if you want to look it up. I tried to get off of it after I blacked out and threatened my wife, and 3 or 4 days later I had a seizure and almost chewed my tongue off. EMS came and I didn’t wake up till later in the hospital. These drugs are no joke. I had to get back on it so I can ween myself off. They call it “serotonin syndrome”, but that’s just because they don’t want to call it what it is.. Withdrawals.

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  • sprybug 2 months ago

    THANK YOU STEPHEN, for using your platform to inform people on this terrible, terrible crisis.
    I watch a lot of political / news channels that have covered this already quite a bit in the past year, but it is always great to see someone talk about it on a big platform, and a comedy talk show none-the-less.

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  • Sammy McFone 2 months ago

    Wow! I take it all back.
    This was an outstanding take down of evil people.
    Colbert is back baby YEAH!

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  • noxabellus 2 months ago

    All they need is to run their own opioid addiction clinics where the patients all work on opioid farms and we’ll have gone full A Scanner Darkly

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  • KingOfMadCows 2 months ago

    Isn’t creating diseases and then selling the cure how the Umbrella Corporation in the Resident Evil games operate?

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  • MzyraJ 2 months ago

    I think part of this comes down to failures of US healthcare in general – there are people who genuinely need painkillers like oxycontin to function because they have painful conditions that have no other way to be treated of cured at present (my fiance is one of them, we’re in the UK). However, I think a lot of people have conditions causing them pain which could be cured or better treated – but they or their insurance would have to be able to cover the cost of all the tests and then the proper treatment. Much easier (and perhaps cheaper) to just throw painkillers at the problem and hope it will go away on its own, which doesn’t often happen.

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  • Mark Shepard 2 months ago

    I guess the Sacklers don’t own CBS…. yet.

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  • herrikudo 2 months ago

    PUSH THIS. PUSH THIS HARD. PLEASE Late Show staff if you see this comment PLEASE encourage this segment to be followed up constantly. I have disagreed with methods and messages of the show from time to time, but this is important. Too many are dead and dying because of these evil people. It is legitimately what everyone paying attention has been babbling about since the 80’s only to be labeled a conspiracy theorist, *big pharma is killing millions.* This crisis is a potential nation killer, if not a threat to the entirety of humanity if they are really pushing out that far. Keep pushing this, keep the pressure on people to wake up and pay attention to the truth of this crisis.

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  • MountainMan23 2 months ago

    Fun Fact – The Forbes family made their initial fortune selling Turkish opium in China.

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  • Lily Jade 2 months ago

    The Umbrella Corporation and Resident Evil

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  • Paul Hurst 2 months ago

    The Sacklers should be sitting on death row, like any other drug pushers. But they are rich, so they will simply bribe some politicians, and retire to their private islands in the Caribbean.

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  • Nic Danger, Third Eye 2 months ago

    Let’s see, Democrats are for regulations to protect Americans, while Republicans are for fewer regulations so people like the Sacklers can maximize profits. Let the market decide, say the Republicans. Okay, and what if the market is hopelessly addicted to a product that’s killing them?

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