Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has drawn criticism for being handed an award for its commitment to keeping Connecticut’s youth “safe, successful and drug-free.” The Connecticut Governor’s Prevention Partnership apparently honored Purdue on Oct. 20 for its “dedication to making a real difference in keeping Connecticut’s youth off drugs,” according to this article. The award has come under fire from activist Marianne Skolek, who puts it bluntly: “Purdue Pharma keeping youth safe – give me a break.”
For those parents who have lost children to OxyContin due to the “criminal marketing” by the company “who will have empty chairs at the Thanksgiving table this month,” Skolek lists the relevant telephone numbers to “express outrage at any reward given to Purdue.” (Those numbers are reproduced below).
“It’s despicable, immoral, and a sad day for Connecticut and the entire country when a governor gives an award to a company that should have been shut down after what they admitted to,” Peterson said, referring to the $634.5 million fine Purdue Pharma paid out in 2007 to settle charges that it misled doctors and the public about OxyContin’s dangers.
“They caused genocide, a pandemic and are very much responsible for the death and destruction of families across America,” she said.
Decide for yourself, and view the original complaint in the case against Purdue here.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell: (860) 566-4840.
Jill Spineti, Connecticut Governor’s Prevention Partnership: (860) 523-8042, or cell (860) 989-6554.