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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  • Nerdly Reviews
    Nerdly Reviews Day ago

    The Sacklers are like Bruce Wayne, but instead of trying to help people, they suit up and become drug man

  • Jennie Kelly
    Jennie Kelly Day ago

    All US problems that cause death, happen because someone in the 1% is making a shitload of money off of it.....

  • TheUnatuber
    TheUnatuber Day ago

    The Sacklers are Jews. They don't give a fuck.

  • Man Lil
    Man Lil Day ago

    I would PAY to see reactions of the People John Talks about.

  • Christine Woodruff

    Hey Oliver, are you on drugs?

  • TheBill
    TheBill 2 days ago

    Who are the people with thumb down?

  • mngentry
    mngentry 2 days ago

    holy crap www.sacklergallery.com is real.

  • mngentry
    mngentry 2 days ago

    Richard Kind automatically gets a thumbs up. Bing Bong forever.

    AGENT X SECURITY 2 days ago +1

    MOST DRUGS , WOULD END IF THE YOUNG PEOPLES , STOP USING THEM .!!!!!!! BY 60 % .!!!!!! .WAKE UP TO DEMAND .!!!!! .THE REST IS GOVT . USED .!!!!! .😎🇺🇸😎☠️....

  • Yes I’m Blessed
    Yes I’m Blessed 2 days ago

    One of your best videos! sackler is a scumbag, lowlife pos and karma will one day kick him so hard in the ass that his colon will come out his mouth! 😡

  • MizzTab
    MizzTab 2 days ago

    The video of the town that keeps being brought up is from 2008. People from anywhere could have been going there. Why is no one paying attention to the fact that the overdoses that started this crisis are heroin laced with fentanyl? Prescription medication addiction is not the same as physical dependency. The CDC admitted that they changed their method of recording deaths by including those that died from other causes if they had even trace amounts of opioids. This fake crisis will not stop illegal drug use and is destroying pain patients lives. The DEA, CDC and FDA have their own agenda which means keeping them funded. I can tell from the tone of this story that patients being forced off effective treatment, abandoned by doctors then having the government decide what medical treatment they are allowed or denied doesn't cause concerns in this country. I am tired of being in constant pain that will last the rest of my life. So every pain patient including myself will no longer have any respite from pain. I don't want to live everyday being eaten away by never ending torture. Bye John thanks for nothing.

  • Noah Deibler
    Noah Deibler 2 days ago

    The rap...the rap...it stole from Eminem.

  • JerichoDeath
    JerichoDeath 3 days ago

    Huh. Almost makes a case for that family being as bad as the koch brothers.

  • wizzdom100
    wizzdom100 3 days ago

    Nacy Reagan and mr. T, sex tape would be legendary.

  • MegadethTillDeth
    MegadethTillDeth 3 days ago

    Thanks for fighting for us John.

  • Anym
    Anym 3 days ago

    Welp. Time to go to Brazil 🇧🇷
    Ohhh not thooose drugs.... Oh well

  • EviePontecorvo
    EviePontecorvo 3 days ago

    I know this is a month late, but none of those babirs look like Wallace Shawn and I'm very mad about that.

  • MizzTab
    MizzTab 3 days ago

    Prescription pain medication comes labeled with warning stickers and a drug information sheet that tell you it can lead to addiction. The overdose deaths are from fentanyl, heroin, heroin laced with fentanyl. The CDC faked the opioid related deaths and admitted that they changed how they counted them to include deaths not due to overdoses but had traces of the drug. We have known for many years pain medication can lead to addiction but this crisis is targeting the wrong people and drug. I prefer death to a lifetime of constant pain personally John.

  • fexbio
    fexbio 3 days ago

    I'm frequently baffled at how efficiently you people use your money and influence to get the message through. I just watched the excerpts from Sacker's interview: awesome! Keep doing the excellent work.
    I'm also happy that you guys inspired a show in my country - named Greg News, after its host Gregorio. We are in dire need of people to keep things real.

  • GB Austin
    GB Austin 3 days ago

    If you take prescriptions away from people they'll just move to the street and the deaths will sky rocket. Purdue is just a symptom of prohibition.

  • Fulgrim88
    Fulgrim88 3 days ago +2

    I like how the republicans obsess about the "war on drugs" as long as its about jailing immigrants and potheads, but as soon as multi billion pharmaceutical companies get involved (doing just as much harm, if not more) it's fine

  • PaddySnuffles
    PaddySnuffles 3 days ago

    The Kermit jokes are priceless.

  • Travis White
    Travis White 4 days ago

    Richard Sackler? His name is Dick Sack?

  • chadgrov
    chadgrov 4 days ago

    His wallet is the one that says bad motherfucker on it.


    Who’s the fucking girl who keeps laughing like a horse

  • Steve Matthews
    Steve Matthews 4 days ago

    Micheal Keaton is the real Batman

  • elnumbrotres
    elnumbrotres 4 days ago


  • Steve Matthews
    Steve Matthews 4 days ago

    H8 apo

  • Ana Penca
    Ana Penca 4 days ago

    Plase do one of these on Goop, Gywneth Paltrow's company. A lot more people need to know about the dangers of it.

  • Pepper
    Pepper 4 days ago


  • MizzTab
    MizzTab 4 days ago

    John you probably will never read this comment but I will appeal to you once again. Please show what taking away chronic pain patients choice in their own medical treatment is allowing our government agencies and insurance companies to get away with. We have known pain medications abuse potential for years, opium abuse potential for centuries. Before OxyContin we had Percocet, Vicodin and others that were abused. This war on prescription medication for chronic pain patients is ruining lives. It is taking away patients ability to work, access to healthcare and in those with under or untreated pain causing deaths or driving them to suicide to stop the constant suffering. The real issues are power and money the only things our government cares about. Getting elected, keeping their funding and they all want a BIG piece of lawsuit pie but none of them care about the millions of patients who are suffering.

  • Todd Romain
    Todd Romain 4 days ago

    Its what the market does. tRump would murder his entire base for the right amount of profit

  • zaimah Begum-Diamond

    Wow...its hard to understand this kind of evil

  • Shiva Srinivasan
    Shiva Srinivasan 5 days ago

    Did not Omar go after drug dealers?

  • Todd Sheridan
    Todd Sheridan 5 days ago

    Unrelated to the story, but Richard Kind is delightful.

  • David Martin
    David Martin 5 days ago

    you sir are my opioid

  • trinityproj3ct
    trinityproj3ct 5 days ago

    The Behind the Bastards (hilarious and informative) podcast did a two part episode on the Sackler family in April 2019

  • Michael Gonzalez
    Michael Gonzalez 5 days ago

    I can only imagine what this guys family life was like growing up

  • Marshal Dunnik
    Marshal Dunnik 5 days ago

    I wonder why he doesn't choose to go by Dick Sackler

  • Grammar Jew
    Grammar Jew 5 days ago

    John Oliver is FOX news if FOX news had 100% more factual basis, 100% less cringe and 98.4% less bullshit!
    When a corporation wants to hide something from you, its probably worse than anything you can imagine... because hiding shit is pretty bad, and it has to be worse than that.
    PS: I am not looking up Sacklergallery... again. Last time my mom walked in, it was weird.

  • Syfer Polski
    Syfer Polski 5 days ago

    You're a treasure John, keep going after crooks!

  • Murtaza Bijani
    Murtaza Bijani 5 days ago

    “Kermit is a TOP, I’ll have you know. Not that that is any of your business!” Gets me every time! 😂

  • sean callahan
    sean callahan 5 days ago

    Clinton screwed up majorly by pushing the War on Drugs and stricter sentences on this. Fucking drugs are the enemy of the people, but we need to help, not imprison. Trump for all things wrong with him, is at least trying to change the narrative of bullshit prison sentences for drug crimes.

  • bob makr
    bob makr 6 days ago

    How did they not cheer for Omar!?

  • Mircea Pintelie
    Mircea Pintelie 6 days ago

    Boeing was also required to regulate itself no?

  • Diane Gehr
    Diane Gehr 6 days ago

    I just read a statistic that stated that for people aged 50 and under in US, the leading cause of death now is opioid overdose!

  • 18skunk18
    18skunk18 6 days ago

    I have to say that this more information and entertainment then info wars.

  • FaustusFBI 3760
    FaustusFBI 3760 6 days ago

    It seems that people who do or did drugs try and blame all their subsequent health issues on bad food or media lifestyles. Give me a break, idiots. Decriminalization happens because you tax the police. I just saw a book linking mental health issues with pot. This country is headed for disaster because of these potheads and other users.

  • Amanda Schweiger
    Amanda Schweiger 6 days ago

    #DontPunishPain Chronic intractable pain needs opioids. Opioids make their lives worth living. Cutting off chronic intractable pain patients from their medications causes them to die of suicide at an unprecedented rate. #DONTPUNISHPAIN!

  • Alex Stone
    Alex Stone 6 days ago


  • A. Mohsin
    A. Mohsin 7 days ago +5

    Sackler family paid 2000 people to dislike this video

  • 963
    963 7 days ago

    Did they pay for that beat?

  • Jess Webb
    Jess Webb 7 days ago

    I take opiods everyday for pain. There are a bunch of assholes making docters figity for people that realy need them.

  • MK Piatkowski
    MK Piatkowski 7 days ago

    Finally I can watch this! Well done.

  • Colin Thiel
    Colin Thiel 7 days ago

    Ex addict here THANK YOU You’re the only one I’ve really seen to date that gave them real grief and I can assure you it’s driving them up the fucking wall they’re probably going to sue you thanks for speaking for the voiceless this show is fucking gangster

  • Plucky Bellhop
    Plucky Bellhop 7 days ago

    Omg you actually got Omar! Awesome

  • Daanish Ahmad
    Daanish Ahmad 8 days ago


  • Sergio Araiza
    Sergio Araiza 8 days ago

    And people get locked up in many States for selling some bud 🙄 lock up the people who actually sell terrible drugs 😤

  • Stylianos Ansley
    Stylianos Ansley 8 days ago

    Rap god type beat

  • hashtag Speach_impedament

    Sampling Eminem's "rap god" to market drugs is so disrespectful to him and his history with drugs And recovery.

  • christian arroyo
    christian arroyo 8 days ago +1

    "Bears are gonna bear" I´m 100% sure this is a Daniel Obrien bit. Good to see you still killing it dude.

  • D H
    D H 9 days ago

    Michael is king ping

  • Robert Ostler
    Robert Ostler 9 days ago

    How about we just make drugs legal. Let people make their own choices.

  • SuperDeadRooster
    SuperDeadRooster 9 days ago

    I got no love for drug companies, Fuck those guys, but surely it's the individuals fault as well.

  • nathanas64
    nathanas64 9 days ago

    Propaganda disguised as comedy. This guy is a tool.

  • Will Leary
    Will Leary 9 days ago

    I'm gonna be the one to say this, so here goes. Opioids work. They work so fucking well, that there's nothing quite like them.
    The problem is that they make you feel so good that you never want to stop.. so people die.
    But then the reaction to that is that no doctors want to prescribe them. Now you have people in crippling pain that can't get the only medicine that works because doctors are scared.
    Now you have people committing suicide in tears because theyve been in pain for years and nobody will give them what helps
    So what's the answer?
    Do we give opioids to people and let people who become addicted die? Or do we withhold them and let people in pain suffer?
    It's not as easy a question as everyone makes it out to be.

  • Macallan Giunta
    Macallan Giunta 9 days ago

    The american pablo escobar

  • Nehll Kaizen
    Nehll Kaizen 9 days ago

    Holy $h!t. That is about 20 pills per person per day for that 400 resident “town”

    • Austin Parks
      Austin Parks 7 days ago

      At the end of my abuse of prescription painkillers, I was taking 20-25 vicodin a day and mixing in oxycontin and percocets too. 20 seems like a lot, because it is, but hardcore addicts can go beyond that.

  • phil mckay
    phil mckay 9 days ago


  • Brian
    Brian 9 days ago

    So theres actually a family some where in the world that has more money then common sense and they actually use the name Sackler!?

  • Alec Denholm
    Alec Denholm 9 days ago

    How is it legal to answer "I don't know" to a question you know the answer to, while under oath? How hard can it be to prove someone is lying when it's to the extent of claiming not to have known they were a director of a billion dollar company?

    • Alec Denholm
      Alec Denholm 9 days ago

      I suppose this is no different to an Attorney General, highest legal authority in the land, lying under oath that they "don't recall" whether or not they colluded with Russians.

  • Jennifer Gibbs
    Jennifer Gibbs 9 days ago +1

    To everyone at LastWeek Tonight, thank you for doing what you do!

  • Maria Pennicott
    Maria Pennicott 9 days ago

    Yet illegals are being blamed for bringing drugs to America

  • Charlotte Fairchild
    Charlotte Fairchild 9 days ago

    Doctors still give prescriptions for opium drugs. A guy recently threw two small children into the swimming pool while he was smoking marijuana. One is critical and both children had to be resuscitated. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.-- Hippocrates said!

  • Dbl Dbl Crossed
    Dbl Dbl Crossed 10 days ago

    why don't we just go ahead and open some opium dens like they had in vietnam . it seemed to calm those guys nerves. also keep many shellshock victims back then.

  • MrDeekaph
    MrDeekaph 10 days ago +1

    When one of the greatest forces for justice is an HBO comedian.. what a time to be alive.

  • kaz kk
    kaz kk 10 days ago

    Money and power are the the arbiter of everything . This for all ppl. Who believe in justice and American Dream

  • lionroo
    lionroo 10 days ago +1

    Those babies...they look like Wallace Shawn...IN-CON-CEIVABLE!

  • kaz kk
    kaz kk 10 days ago

    They did not set the standards for demands?! Really ? Fuckers

  • kaz kk
    kaz kk 10 days ago

    The pharmaceutical industry is actually selling dangerous elicit drugs as legitimate business?! This came out and did nothing to force the government to shut them down. Pay money to the government as a bribe without admitting wrong doing? Who is running this government ?!

  • Amanda Zimnoch
    Amanda Zimnoch 10 days ago +1

    I was actually at the Guggenheim when the protest happened!

  • zxasuk30
    zxasuk30 10 days ago +1

    the said "put them in jail" "put them in boots" hahahaahaah

  • Turtle Head
    Turtle Head 10 days ago

    Opioids help me, and I don't abuse them. Junkies and people who abuse them need to accept more responsibility for themselves.

  • Joshua Brunetta
    Joshua Brunetta 10 days ago +1

    I love John Oliver’s pieces but I must say, as someone familiar with that industry, the part where Sakler is bragging about the time it took to pass FDA approval doesn’t show anything sinister. Pharma and med companies are always trying to speed up the approval process so they can go to market ASAP. That’s called being a publicly traded company. Not sure what the point of including that was. If it makes anyone look bad it’s the FDA

  • brightstory
    brightstory 10 days ago

    Ur the best John Oliver and the whole crew behind ya! Awesome content that real shines light in corruption in pharmaceutical companies and all the shenenigan!

  • VegasBabyKat
    VegasBabyKat 10 days ago

    It’s not easy being green or staying clean

  • VegasBabyKat
    VegasBabyKat 10 days ago

    Oh herpetological thruple....DANG Kermit...you green freak!!!

  • Sexy Cowboy
    Sexy Cowboy 11 days ago

    I like OxyContin!

  • Adrian gonçalves
    Adrian gonçalves 11 days ago

    I like this program

  • ColeYote
    ColeYote 11 days ago

    Jesus fuck, fentanyl is so toxic police don't even want to TOUCH the stuff without gloves on, and they're putting that in painkillers?!

  • Matthew Walton
    Matthew Walton 11 days ago

    This is why I don't trust big companies. They will screw over anyone and everyone and do any obscene thing they can get away with no matter who gets hurt in order to make obscene amounts of money. Screw them.

    Also I'm disappointed one of the actors you got to portray Richard Sackler wasn't Jack Nichelson.

  • Prashant J
    Prashant J 11 days ago

    John Oliver: "He right. Put em in jail"
    Me: fell off the chair laughing

  • Otis De Marie
    Otis De Marie 11 days ago +1

    American companies are all about profit and they are very willing to undermine people to get it. It's a sad thing, really.

  • MizzTab
    MizzTab 11 days ago +1

    Condemning all opioids will bring back the days of biting a wooden stick during surgery and then dying of shock. Right now patients are being given inadequate pain relief after surgery while in the hospital. People dying of cancer being denied adequate pain relief because they might get addicted. Our government agencies are lying every bit as much about opioids. They are also making health care decisions for millions of chronic pain patients and getting away with it. When do chronic pain patients and the few doctors left treating us get our side seen in the media? Everyone is an accident, illness, aging or surgery away from becoming a chronic pain sufferer. By then, the real culprit heroin will be all that is left.

  • Dev Singh
    Dev Singh 12 days ago

    Love ur show

  • Royal Wins
    Royal Wins 12 days ago

    Watch Harrison from "Harrison's Pharmacopeia" interview with Reason. He has an enlightened view of the Sacklers.

  • Nik Murphy
    Nik Murphy 12 days ago

    To put the opioid crisis into perspective: that lady with the annoying laugh from the first last week tonight opioid video died of an overdose.

  • kroq93er
    kroq93er 12 days ago

    He's a great janitor!

  • Contra
    Contra 12 days ago

    These are the same people that keep weed from being illegal.

  • Trent Robertson
    Trent Robertson 12 days ago +3

    The Bear Deputy analogy also applies to the Catholic Church....