Oxy maker draws fire for winning award

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).

Similarly, Joanne Peterson, founder of Learn To Cope, a support group for parents and family members dealing with a loved one addicted to heroin, OxyContin and other drugs, lambasted the move.

“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.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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One Response to Oxy maker draws fire for winning award

  1. If you have dealt with the horrific aftermath since Purdue Pharma used greed and lied to doctors and the public about OxyContin PLEASE CALL THE CT GOvenor TODAY. I have posted to all the families on my webiste hoping they call. Even if it hasn’t happened to someone you love or care about, PLEASE MAKE THIS CALL! We can not allow convicted felons to recieve an award after what they have caused and plead GUILTY TO! Only God knows how many are dead or live a much different life of hardship since they unleashed this poison!

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