Family Who Made Billions Off Rise Of OxyContin Are Clinton Donors

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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The Clinton Foundation took donations from the family that made a fortune off OxyContin — one of the opioids fueling an addiction epidemic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now campaigning to fix.

The presumptive Democratic nominee has a $10 billion plan to deal with the nationwide addiction problem driven by these opioids, and recently embraced the idea of a federal tax on the drugs. But what she’s leaving out on the campaign trail is that the man who made billions off OxyContin’s invention donated to the Clinton Foundation, reports The Washington Free Beacon.

“We’re not just now ‘discovering’ this problem,” Clinton says on her campaign website in reference to the addiction epidemic. “But we should be saying enough is enough.”

Dr. Mortimer Sackler purchased Purdue Pharma in the 1950s when it was still a small drug company. Since the painkiller OxyContin was approved for prescription use in the ’90s, the Sackler family has made a $14 billion fortune from sales of the drug. Sackler was a Clinton Foundation donor before he died in 2010, and his close relatives have donated to Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.

Millions of Americans have abused the popular painkiller, which is a cousin to heroin. The Los Angeles Times recently alleged Purdue Pharma is misleading consumers about how the drug works in order to boost profits by falsely stating it lasts for 12-hour spurts.

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