Opioids II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Apr 15, 2019
  • Following some recent revelations about the role of large companies in America’s ongoing opioid epidemic, John Oliver takes another look at the crisis.
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  • Olivia Quezada
    Olivia Quezada 3 hours ago

    I have actively used heroin every day for close to 5 years. I have been using opiates for 9 years. How? I was prescribed Loratab at 18 for dental surgery. They refilled my script 3 times when I only had pain for 3 days. Hell I finished the first bottle before I even had the surgery.
    Growing up in Florida in the early 2000s I was at ground zero for the Roxycodone epidemic. I was sniffing 30mg Roxy's before I even knew they were just blue heroin. In the beginning they were 5-8$ a pill. By the time I discovered heroin they were $40-45 a pill, $30 if you were lucky. Heroin was cheaper and far stronger. Yes doctors and manufacturers are to blame but the real culprit is much higher. Jeb Bush was governor at the time. He deregulated the monitoring of narcotic pill sales. Meanwhile his brother invaded and controlled the producer of 90% of the world's opium (number 1 ingredient in not just heroin but all semi-synthetic opiates including morphine and oxycodone) known as Afghanistan. So how does Bush benefit from this? Taking all the poppies and opium they had, sending it to the pharmacutical manufacturers, they turned it into pills, then sent those pills to Florida where they could be distributed with next to no oversight. My addiction is my own fault (that said I do have chronic pain due to IBD) and I'm not just blaming Bush, but more people need to know this epidemic was manufactured and implimented to harm American citizens.

  • Mafia1997
    Mafia1997 Day ago

    I want to watch breaking bad now.

  • fuzzyhair321
    fuzzyhair321 Day ago

    And people think drug dealers are the problem. This is a scale not seen since the british

  • lukeslc
    lukeslc Day ago

    In my opinion, this person (Oliver) needs to seek professional help for his own safety and for the safety of others. Seriously, I think he is emotionally and mentally unstable.

  • Frank Page
    Frank Page Day ago

    john... Denis gets only 7.50 an hour. they don't pay him enough to masturbate. poor Denis. I feel kinda bad for him.

  • M Y
    M Y 2 days ago

    Otherwise good episode. But using actors this way is a very shady way to influence your audience. Your thinking seems to be: "He´s a bad guy. So we should portray him as such". Not really a good way to be unbiased and neutral. Could really work against you. Let people use their own brains. Give facts and trust your audience. Thank you.

  • SeeingFyre
    SeeingFyre 2 days ago +1

    Opioids 2: electric boogaloo

  • T.j. Hanna
    T.j. Hanna 2 days ago

    “It’s not you Ms. piggy.
    Kermit is a top, but that’s none of your concerns!” 😝

  • jake whit
    jake whit 3 days ago

    his name is literally dick sack? christ no wonder he is a prick, i use oxycodone for my back (spinal) im 25 and go through 60 a month roughly, it's terrible but im glad it exists as it really has helped me live a much more pain free life.

  • Rob Birchwood
    Rob Birchwood 3 days ago +1

    Ugh... If only Kevin Spacey wasn't so god damn gropey-rapey, we'd have the best Richard Sackler!

  • random269
    random269 3 days ago

    Let's see how many big Pharma exec's go to jail.

  • LaBass666
    LaBass666 3 days ago

    Did anyone else think John was gonna tell us to put those carrots in the shitter?

  • Jordan Chance
    Jordan Chance 3 days ago

    Fake news

  • WinniW2102
    WinniW2102 3 days ago

    9:59 : Richard Sackler: "59 deaths - not great not terrible"

  • natty features EVERYTHING

    this is amazing make this into a docuseries

  • John Curley
    John Curley 4 days ago

    Dick Sackler

  • RedekerEleven
    RedekerEleven 4 days ago

    I understood that reference! @6:50

  • John Lennon
    John Lennon 4 days ago

    There are two substances which will help a lot in this crisis. Ibogain and Kratom. Both illegal in the US

  • Jonathan .Cheadle
    Jonathan .Cheadle 5 days ago +1

    if it's so important for the Sackler name to be attached to this, why isnt that the title

  • Ulf Edlund
    Ulf Edlund 5 days ago

    - Sorry Oliver , was thinkin about the Kennedys ... why dont people whant to be famed anylonger ... ? ( about Trump )

  • Brandon Domer
    Brandon Domer 7 days ago

    The problems this country is having with opioids is caused by prohibition. Stricter regulation and restriction of opioids will not only not solve the problem, but will make it worse. People with chronic pain from illness and disease whom are having the doctors reduce or take away their prescription opioids, caused by this knee jerk reaction of new tighter controls by the government, are instead now just switching over to heroin in droves. Also prosecuting these pharma companies simply for doing what all companies are meant to do, (which is sell their product as much as possible). Is not going to help the situation either. Its the responsibility of the individual taking these drugs to understand the risks and to know how to use the drugs responsibly, including knowing how much of the drug to take and taking only a safe amount. When people die from alcohol overdose do we blame the company that produced that alcohol that killed the individual? No of course not. Because its up to the individual to understand how to consume safely. The fundamental problem here is ignorance on part if the consumer. And yes some people intentionally abuse opioids just like some abuse alcohol. But in both cases responsibility for that is on the individual. Stricter controls on prescription pain killers just means there will be more people who are on heroin. Some for real pain relief. Some will just use it for recreation. Point is scapegoating these pharma companies for the societal problems caused by drug prohibition solves nothing.

  • Seal Games
    Seal Games 7 days ago

    Ive been on methadone for awhile now to treat my addiction to pain killers that started by just listening to my doctor. It turned my life into a living hell. I didnt look like what people think of when they hear “drug addict” I have money, a nice house, a good job, a loving family. These opiods became a daily necessity just so i could appear healthy and i just felt stuck. God help those who have to turn to the street for drugs just to keep themselves healthy and i hope they are lucky enough to find a way of treatment that will help them escape this horrific vice. Methadone as a treatment for opioid addiction is a lifesaver and IS PART OF THE SOLUTION not the problem. At least at this point where the damage has already been done and we need every tool we can get to help people who have suffered in the opioid epidemic.

  • Emma V
    Emma V 8 days ago

    There exists a man who could be referred to as Dick Sackler, and he is.

  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair 8 days ago

    I did a whoopie cushion to mr sackler at his best friends funeral

  • Phil Buckhouse
    Phil Buckhouse 8 days ago

    Evil things done by evil men for evil reasons

  • Luboman411
    Luboman411 9 days ago

    This is why I LOATHE the pharmaceutical companies. I keep as far away from these fuckers as much as possible. So far so good--I've been blessed with good health, and I've never been in a car or other accident.

  • One Slip
    One Slip 9 days ago

    John Oliver you are just the type of human scum that have caused millions of people in chronic pain to succumb to suicide because they have been cut off from proper pain meds. Most of these commenters on this post have no idea what chronic pain is and neither do you John Oliver. You are a paid lackey sensationalizing overdose rates from dubious reports and spout off your opinion on national television. And the stupid people who have yet to suffer, believe your every word. I’ve never seen a report by media mouth pieces like you on who it really is that opioids can benefit. I have severe bone disease in my spine that such pain meds makes life a little easier to live. It’s unfortunate that this smear campaign isn’t called out for what it really is. You see big pharma came out with pain meds that actually work in providing relief to millions. But then doctors couldn’t make money putting people under the knife and big hospitals were losing big money so the smear campaign continues to vilify those that have become dependent on them. Yes you really are the scum of the earth.

    • Luboman411
      Luboman411 9 days ago

      This is not only John Oliver. Various state governments, like Kentucky and Massachusetts, have sued Purdue Pharma for flooding the market with opioids, and have copious evidence showing criminal negligence and sometimes criminal intent on the part of Purdue and other manufacturers. You deserve to have those meds--but there are only a few million people in this country that should be prescribed these very powerful painkillers. 30 million pills went to a town of 400 people within a few years. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of similar pill mills like this in the areas most hard-hit by the opioid crisis. Does this not sound alarm bells in your head? Do you not care one wit about the massive crimes committed by these greedy pharma companies and their greedy enablers?

  • Phart
    Phart 9 days ago +2

    Interesting that that company would rip off Eminem for their rap song considering Eminem is a recovering painkiller addict.

  • koila maoh
    koila maoh 9 days ago

    Funny most are white people dying off of this drug, even th eir old people are dying. I wonder if the mass shooters are addicted to this, since all of them are white and tend to be christian like..

  • Christoph Waltz
    Christoph Waltz 11 days ago +1

    How many people here from Hasan Minhaj to see my boy Johnny O do it better ?

  • JeevesReturns
    JeevesReturns 11 days ago

    At 1:16 ... how come most of them look like extras in Breaking Bad at a party at Jessie’s house? #notagoodmessagetoputoutthere

  • Azra Hinton
    Azra Hinton 11 days ago

    Bears will be bears

  • Gayle Clanton
    Gayle Clanton 11 days ago

    I felt that in my bones toooooi; OLIVER

  • Sonia Phillip
    Sonia Phillip 11 days ago

    The capitalist system is broken

  • lengua muerta
    lengua muerta 11 days ago

    omar wasn't really a drug dealer he just robbed drug dealers

  • Xexomaru
    Xexomaru 12 days ago +2

    so USA has "minimum mandatories" in jail for people who use or deal drugs... except if they are big pharma or super rich... neat

  • Chris Dumea
    Chris Dumea 12 days ago

    I'd love to disperse to these people some of their own medicine. Pump them full of their own drugs for a year, then let the go cold turkey. And then do it all over again, and again.

  • Patrick Kilduff
    Patrick Kilduff 12 days ago

    Yes...these companies are evil...everyone knows that. But if we improved people's lives in America...less people would even want to be abusing these drugs....they would become way less profitable. There is a reason America takes 90% of all the drugs in the world...our policies and system are the worst in the world

  • Chris Dumea
    Chris Dumea 12 days ago +1

    And that, my John Oliver-loving compadres, is the golden age of America for ya, an America run by corporations, the industrial military complex and Big Pharma, an America where the drugs run rampant and the prisons r full, but hardly never does any crooked psychopathic CEO of a major crooked corporation go to jail. Write a check and go deal some more legal drugs because, yes, this is the golden age of America!

  • rcoveyduc
    rcoveyduc 12 days ago

    Dick Sackler

  • Meeka Moo's 2 cents
    Meeka Moo's 2 cents 12 days ago

    I'm glad there's no dying seagull in the crowd this time

  • drew camero
    drew camero 12 days ago

    Thats news to me! Thanks for some real news.

  • Derek Mohr
    Derek Mohr 13 days ago

    Please do a.story on Portugal and how they solved their drug epidemic.

  • Derek Mohr
    Derek Mohr 13 days ago

    The war on drugs doesn't work! We need to use that money to help people get treatment and to help reintegrate them into society. Not throw them in jail basically ruining any chance they have at a normal life. I had pancreatitis and ended up addicted to Oxys afterward. I never stole to get drugs, drove high or committed any crime other than buying and using Oxycodone. Fortunately I had people who were willing to help me get better. But had I been caught in Florida with illegally obtained oxys I could have been charged with one felony for each mg in the 30 mg pills. I often had as many as 50 to 100 at a time. My life would have been over. Just for getting high. No other reason. How fucked up is that? You should do a story on Portugal and how they legalized drugs causing the crime, addiction and overdose rate went from one of the highest in the world to the lowest.

  • Chris Summers
    Chris Summers 14 days ago

    Bury the completion

  • Zack B
    Zack B 14 days ago

    This is priceless

  • Nina Lee
    Nina Lee 14 days ago

    Drug companies couldn't be successful without the public being complicit. It's irresponsible people abusing drugs with their doctor's being complicit that has caused the opioid crisis. Pain patients being cut loose are the collateral damage. Only 4% of pain patients abuse their medication and, consequently, overdose. You can expect more than that to screw up.

  • Frozen Sunburn
    Frozen Sunburn 15 days ago

    So we got kratom is getting people off opiates and they are trying to lobby against it and have it banned....

  • Peter Vesalius
    Peter Vesalius 15 days ago

    I went to the website and watched ALL the different Sackler versions... Now I gotta think about how to use 'em effectively! 🤔

  • Kaotiqua
    Kaotiqua 16 days ago

    ...like the other things _and people_ they've buried...

  • raghfarm
    raghfarm 16 days ago

    You should not make fun of the Sachler family.....they are of the chosen people. If you criticise them, then you hate Israel.

  • Jorge Salazar
    Jorge Salazar 17 days ago

    Just marvelous!!

  • tozier
    tozier 17 days ago +1

    i have a lamer rap verse

    "i did half a xan 13 hours til i land had me out like a light"

  • Aleks
    Aleks 17 days ago

    Its funny becasue strong cocaine, above 85 to 94% (more is impossible to achieve) will make your teeth fall out within a month from everyday consumption.

  • john hopkins
    john hopkins 18 days ago


  • john hopkins
    john hopkins 18 days ago

    Family Sackler, Purdue, Mundipharma GmbH, Monsanto, Deutsche Bank... a trend??

  • Casai
    Casai 18 days ago

    So, I did some math.
    In 2008, when the FDA fined Mckesson for their shitty behavior, Mckesson had made $101 billion in profits for the entirety of that fiscal year.
    I personally make $10.50 an hour working at a pharmacy that pretty much exclusively gets their medication through Mckesson. Were I to receive a fine proportional to the FDA's fine for Mckesson, you'd be charging me less than five bucks (around $4.86, give or take).

    I don't know about you guys, but I don't know how Mckesson made it out of this one still afloat.

  • ä
    ä 18 days ago

    Was woke Sackler really necessary? *puke*

  • kyle kyle
    kyle kyle 18 days ago

    What a lot of people dont know is that a huge portion of these opioid overdoses are intentional. The world is heart broken.

  • Yuriko Halligan-Jones
    Yuriko Halligan-Jones 18 days ago

    Deep, dence & White: title of my sex tape

  • Astro Wolvez
    Astro Wolvez 19 days ago

    Wow, I've never really noticed the other people dancing in that rap video. God it is bad, and notice there's not a single black person there. 😂

  • Br And
    Br And 19 days ago

    Their white so it's ok

  • pearl lee
    pearl lee 21 day ago

    I am not a fan of the pharma reps pushing sales onto dr.'s with unethical tactics. Nor the pharma ghost writing, nor the heavy controlling influence they hold on med schools, nor their power plays with the public in culture shifts AKA creating a pain pill crisis & keeping it going without any full accountability & the other political dirty tactics they pull. Like I am not a fan of bad dr.'s or some so-called good Dr. who royally fucks up. Been there & seems to be back again. Nor am I a fan of dr.'s who corral to protect a Dr. Screw-up from malpractice accountability as it hurts more than the immediate patient who suffers from that event/ series of events.

  • pearl lee
    pearl lee 21 day ago

    Senator Grassely held investigative hearings on pharma corruption before and about psychiatric drugs about 10 years ago

  • pearl lee
    pearl lee 21 day ago

    My words to a clinic triage RN about my physical symptoms & inability to manage various pain or NSAID drugs along with prescribed morphine which happened prior to my being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer was used against me by nursing staff while inpatient recently, even though calling a clinic RN about something like this was the smartest thing to do given that I clearly said that I didn't know what to do. All is still not well with my situation.

  • pearl lee
    pearl lee 21 day ago

    I am recovering from major surgery, I got up from sleep due to knee pain & watched this theme show.

  • pearl lee
    pearl lee 21 day ago

    I am not addicted to this drug, nor do I want to be.

  • pearl lee
    pearl lee 21 day ago

    I agree that the ones who will suffer most are those who really medically need this.

  • pearl lee
    pearl lee 21 day ago

    Pharmamafia with only a slap fine from the DEA.

  • pearl lee
    pearl lee 21 day ago

    How can we do a viral satire or such, a definite spin, comedy, something like 'moscow Mitch's or similar...oxycontin aka 0-xy-cotton? Can anyone help? The sackler family needs a good slap.

  • Stoney Curtis
    Stoney Curtis 21 day ago +4

    "Corporations are people my friend" < Mitt Romney..
    But Corporations do not go to jail... We need to change that, CEO's and CFO's need to be held to the same standard as the common drug dealer.

  • Renee
    Renee 21 day ago

    The big pharmaceutical companies don't care what happens to people... get them hooked on opioids then they come out with the meds people need to take to get off of them a win win no matter what... we are one a the very few countries that allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise their drugs... they hand out opioids to people like candy and then the people will turn around and sell them to supplement their income... I really wish that they would all go bankrupt and that the companies CEOs go to jail for first degree murder...

  • charlotte carpio
    charlotte carpio 22 days ago +1

    Every time he says Insys I here incest

  • nathan mckenzie
    nathan mckenzie 22 days ago

    John out did himself this time, and that's saying *a lot*

  • shrek
    shrek 23 days ago

    I'm 13 and this is deep