Editorial: Missouri Bankruptcy does not count in Sackler family protection agreement | Editorial



Jen Trejo, left, from California, holds a sign reading ‘Jail Time for the Sacklers’ in one hand and a photo of her son Christopher, who died of opioid addiction at 32, and Kathy Moorehead in the other. of Louisville, Kentucky. a sign from P. Ryan Wroblweski, during a demonstration with other advocates for opioid victims outside the Department of Justice on December 3 in Washington.

(AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Carolyn Kaster, Associate Press


By the editorial board

Last Thursday, a federal judge rightly overturned a disgusting deal approved by a federal bankruptcy court that allowed the infamous Sackler family of the pharmaceutical world to escape future responsibility for the national opioid addiction crisis that the family helped to create. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon saw through the blatant abuse of the missouri bankruptcy”}” data-sheets-userformat=”{“2″:513,”3”:{“1″:0},”12″:0}”>missouri bankruptcy court system to protect family members who were morally bankrupt but far from financial bankruptcy and did not have to tie their personal liability protection to the broader regulation affecting their business, Purdue Pharma.

While McMahon’s decision may mean more years of delay and court battles, it is worth the time and expense to ensure the Sacklers do not escape full blame for knowingly flooding the market with ‘highly addictive product, OxyContin, while falsely claiming that it is not addicting missouri bankruptcy

The damage they have inflicted on cities across the country, including much in Missouri, demands that the Sackler family be held fully accountable – financially and legally. They got richer by ruining millions of lives, tearing apart families and causing financial turmoil in towns like St. Louis, forcing their law enforcement and social agencies to deal with homelessness and drug-related crime. Mexican cartels capitalized on OxyContin addictions by marketing heroin as a cheaper and more accessible alternative. Drug gangs have flooded the streets with guns, contributing significantly to the current high rates of urban homicides.



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