Big Pharma Pays Up for Their Part in the Opioid Crisis | The Daily Show

  • Published on Sep 12, 2019
  • Big Pharma is finally paying up for their part in the opioid epidemic, but can we really put a price on the damage they’ve done? And why do drug dealers evade jail time just by having an “Inc.” in their names?
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  • Surud Patel
    Surud Patel 5 days ago

    Settlements with Government but who gets the money . Do those effected by these drugs get to see a penny . I think not.

  • Alex P
    Alex P 7 days ago

    The war on drugs is all thanks to the cia

  • Mary Myers
    Mary Myers 8 days ago

    Oh boy the government gets the money to blow. Or put in their pockets

  • Tracy Phillips
    Tracy Phillips 8 days ago

    So the majority of people prescribed oxy was white Americans and now their families will get major cash settlements.
    So where is the payout for the CIA bringing crack into the Black neighborhoods?

  • ZadfrackGlutz Zesozose

    Are the precursors coming from Afghanistan? That's something worth looking into.

  • ZadfrackGlutz Zesozose

    12 BILLION dollars buys a lot of Matzoh Ball Soup.

    ROMEO ROMEO 10 days ago

    Stupid lawsuit ... ok so its addictive and ?? And druggies are victims now ?? “ we didnt know how strong the addiction was going to be, so we are suing” and lets give the druggies some law suit money so they can then just go shoot up.

  • defpixel
    defpixel 11 days ago

    Opioids are terrible. Didn’t get a good night sleep for over a month.

  • SFHoe
    SFHoe 12 days ago

    Thank you Trump

  • Joshua Davis
    Joshua Davis 13 days ago

    "And everybody said, Amen." - Atheists that hate Big Pharma

  • youngphoenix27
    youngphoenix27 14 days ago

    Felicity only got a slap on the risk going to jail a grand total of 14 days

  • Gaslit for Life
    Gaslit for Life 15 days ago

    Lol. What opiod crisis?
    Just lock em up like y'all did during the crack/cocaine epidemic. What is the problem?

  • DatGanjaSmuggla
    DatGanjaSmuggla 15 days ago

    Rlly Bc my family still broke 🤔🤔🤔

  • Andrew Stewart
    Andrew Stewart 15 days ago

    I really don't like this guy.....

  • Judi McAulife
    Judi McAulife 15 days ago +1

    Sackler and the Jewish Mafia.

  • Bruno Simões
    Bruno Simões 16 days ago

    A rare one here, someone calling the Billionaires on NationalTV. should be in the corner: Massage approved by Bernie Sanders.

  • eddiequest4
    eddiequest4 18 days ago

    They should force-feed the sack-ofshit-lers Oxycontin for a few months, and see how well the function afterward.

  • ConsultingStag
    ConsultingStag 19 days ago

    hope that's only my country but it's the same logic as
    person beats someone up: five years of jail for physical violence
    rapist: three years jail time, don't do it again and ruin someone entire life

  • Abel Valdez
    Abel Valdez 22 days ago +1

    Money can buy you anything including your Freedom in this Country.

  • Nadi Nadi
    Nadi Nadi 22 days ago

    I don’t understand why NO ONE knew that opioids were dangerous in 2000’s when opioids were known to be dangerous in the 1920’s!?!? It was the reason why they stopped using cocaine a an anesthetic. This was something I learned about in middle school history, how it is that present day physicians are not aware of that opioids were addictive?!?!? Wtf!?!?? What is going on in the world?!? What the hell happened to society. We are just getting dumber by the day.

  • xjlonelystar
    xjlonelystar 22 days ago

    You only go to jail if you not rich enough.

  • Theliesmaybite Truthhasalltheteeth

    Hopefully this and others will ignite America into voting and replacing corrupt officials. The conspiracies are true, just check out Dirty Money on Netflix about how HSBC got caught laundering hundreds of billions for drug cartels in Mexico and was given a deferred prosecution agreement and fined 1.2 billion. Not a single person went to jail. And Wachovia too.

  • Mitchell Mooso
    Mitchell Mooso 23 days ago

    Should the Sackler family actually go to jail though? Their intent wasn't too kill or over-prescribe oxycontin. Additionally, doctors could be held just as responsible (if not more) got the opioid epidemic. There was a lot of people involved who did not necessarily have bad intentions or purposely cause harm. The opioid crisis was something that happened and we need to fix it; however, jailing the people who were involved is not necessarily the best route to take. Especially since it won't help a single person.

  • lj033
    lj033 23 days ago +1

    Opioids ruined my life. Years later after it’s use, it is still ravaging the leftovers. People go to jail for being poor and mentally ill using them, yet not the murders who make and literally push them on us.

  • Maryann Horton
    Maryann Horton 23 days ago

    How about going after the drug dealers and not the legitimately sick patients. The ones who really need them.

  • Uriyah Thomas
    Uriyah Thomas 24 days ago

    I failed to see anyone who got addicted to these drugs get any money from these lawsuits.
    Do anyone else know anyone who got paid?
    Please let me know if you do!

  • gokul balagopal
    gokul balagopal 24 days ago +1

    We need a new system to replace money

  • Nishat Tasnim
    Nishat Tasnim 24 days ago +2

    omg Richard Sackler sounds and looks exactly as John Oliver predicted, like a f*cking psychopath.

  • Sarvinaz Durmaz
    Sarvinaz Durmaz 25 days ago

    I was supposed to get opioids for about 25ml and got a whole 500ml bottle from the emergency room I went to. Crazy.

  • Calla Antoinette
    Calla Antoinette 25 days ago

    This is only hurting people with real daily chronic pain. I have EDS and it took me two years to find another doctor to give me medication that I never abused in the 5 years I was on it.
    In that two years I went back to not being able to work and not sleeping.
    The CDC going after doctors is BS.
    You are not helping drug addicts. They still hit the streets as much as they ever did.

    • Calla Antoinette
      Calla Antoinette 24 days ago

      @jolourdes Alcinor over a thousand innocent people have committed suicude because the crack down. Even innocent doctors who were not even taking the drugs.
      Families need to give up helping drug addicts period.
      Now they've just gone an hurt innocent people.

    • jolourdes Alcinor
      jolourdes Alcinor 24 days ago +1

      Calla Antoinette
      There’s ups and downs in everything. Some doctors just prescribe without following with the patient to get an optimal treatment for them. Yes, in that case they need to face the consequence of their actions. Unfortunately the way they go about it always screw over patient in need. It creates that negative stereotype that everybody is after narcotics.

  • Yobadd Yobadd
    Yobadd Yobadd 25 days ago

    There it is the Wars going on in CORRUPT America The Drug War and The Civil War. The rich who have the Control, Money, and Power.

  • Sophia Carmichael
    Sophia Carmichael 25 days ago

    This makes me so mad! They should have to give up every penny they made off opioids and redistribute it to the millions of Americans and communities whose live were impacted or ended from that drug. I can safely say my life and my friends and families lives would be significantly better if my mother and her friends were never allotted the amount of opioids they received. Screw Perdu!!!

  • rania abdelkawy
    rania abdelkawy 25 days ago

    Egypt news you have to speak about this

  • Gagan Gurung
    Gagan Gurung 25 days ago

    They are the reason Tim bergling (avicii) is not with us

  • losjorgos
    losjorgos 25 days ago

    WTF is wrong with the world

  • Samuel Rosander
    Samuel Rosander 25 days ago

    It's similar to prostitution: it's only illegal if you don't film it. Then it's pornography, and that's protected. Except, you know, people aren't dying from their orgasm addiction, nor are they living in crack houses because they spend all their money on their porn addiction. And nobody cares about the porn stars or anyone associated with the creation of the product, except as it relates to being "sinful." But still. Our laws are skewed to protect things that are properly labeled, even if they're basically the same in nearly every way that matters. And rich white Christian men. They're almost completely untouchable.

  • Gio
    Gio 25 days ago

    Hasan did it better

  • Ingrid Green
    Ingrid Green 26 days ago

    EVERYTHING is a effing con!!! It’s all bullshit! That’s why more and more people who’ve seen the light, are moving off grid away from all the human scum!

  • H00dN3rdz
    H00dN3rdz 26 days ago

    When are black people going to receive a settlement for the crack epidemic the C.I.A was complicit in inserting in the black community in the 80's?

  • Ai Vel
    Ai Vel 26 days ago

    This is a bunch of fake BS. The Federal Government finances these RX companies tol come up with drugs, then they get a cut of the money bc they are repaid with interest. They then find out the drgs are harmful and close down the drug after so many billions are made. They se the companies and get paid again, but the consumer who suffered are not paid what is due them. They were the test experiment under the US govs watch. What I hate about this BS is the people do not get the money. They have to hire a lawyer, pay the lawyer to get anything, if they win anything. I think when the US government or State sues these companies then all of the money should be divided equally amongst the people of that state including family members who suffered because of the addicted family member. The Federal Government should only be allowed 10% the attorney should only be allowed a combined total of 10% and 80% goes to the people of that state. We pay taxes, we pay for our medications and we pay when we suffer from those medications. 80% belongs to we the People.

  • dosmastrify
    dosmastrify 27 days ago

    Trevor is right, having to forfeit a hell of a lot of money and no more is no punishment.

  • dosmastrify
    dosmastrify 27 days ago

    You can thank John Oliver for breaking the story

  • Nerdee79
    Nerdee79 27 days ago

    who are they paying it to and how is that going to help the people that are addicted? I keep seeing a lot of lipservice being paid to this opioid crisis but I still am not seeing any help for the people trapped in this web.

  • Gontrand Trand
    Gontrand Trand 27 days ago

    Corporates run this world.
    And its uglier everyday..

  • Ricardo Gomez
    Ricardo Gomez 27 days ago

    Nope, big nope, I'm going to disagree big time here, I'm a dental implant surgeon, and I gotta say, every drug has a prescription, everyone who goes to medical school, dental school, anything related to medical services, knows when, how, and whom to prescribe opioids, I rarely prescribe them and threat most of my patients with NSAIDs without any problem, but the doctors and dentists and everyone allowed to prescribe them are the real culprits to be honest, the ones that charge them into your healthcare program, well most clinics and hospitals can charge more, so yeah, that's my POV, and it's mostly what's happening, big pharma is nothing without the ones prescribing them irresponsibly, don't get fooled, this is a very leftist way to manage the problem, "oh yeah send the big pharma owners to jail" when we know it's everyone in the healthcare system but we can't send them all to jail, so let's point fingers.

  • Chaun Collins
    Chaun Collins 28 days ago

    Don’t you dare laugh!

  • Becky Bertish
    Becky Bertish 28 days ago

    Finally! Sadly people are suffering/suffered from it. The stigma of addiction is just so bad.

  • Jackson Bangs
    Jackson Bangs 28 days ago

    These big pharmaceutical companies should be put in jail!

  • pop5678eye
    pop5678eye 28 days ago

    And now they filed for 'bankruptcy' which means they don't have to pay out any more settlements until they reshuffle 'ownership...' and still keep their money.

  • dirty steve
    dirty steve 28 days ago

    and to WHO do they pay this fucking money? It sure as hell isn't the families that have the losses, or the junkies. So what's the god damn point?

  • Nick B
    Nick B 28 days ago +8

    nobody was this outraged when crack hit

    • Gaslit for Life
      Gaslit for Life 15 days ago

      After putting it in the inner city communities right

    • This Guy
      This Guy 22 days ago

      Nick B That’s because no one knew really what it was at first and by the time it hit you also had the AIDS epidemic. Our govt. was more concerned with communists then the ‘war on drugs.’

  • Andre Walker
    Andre Walker 29 days ago

    Until ppl of color start owning Big Pharma

  • Lynn .D
    Lynn .D 29 days ago +3

    What happened to personal responsibility?! Don’t blame pharmaceutical companies!!!

  • David Kearney
    David Kearney 29 days ago

    Johnson and Johnson’s stocks didn’t go up because they didn’t loose as much money as they expected, but rather because of their brand new love child “esketamine”. This is a derived from ketamine! The difference between the two is that esketamine is far more powerful and is name brand for the use of major depressive episodes! It also costs $35,000 a month for 8 doses! These 8 doses come in the form of one spray in one nostril and one on another twice a week! Then president TRAMP tells the committee overseeing treatment of Vets with PTSD to order “lots and lots of esketamine” for these people, which will not have to pay $35,000 a month! Also, this will be paid for with tax money, which goes to Johnson and Johnson for the supply of this medicine! But the absolute best part is that TRAMP owns a ton of stocks in Johnson and Johnson, meaning he makes an order for a medicine that’s barely approved by the FDA, stocks Vets up with a medicine regular people can’t afford but need equally as badly, and all that money goes right into TRAMPS pocket!! That is the new America! The president can freely commit fraud without concerns! Only particular set of groups are listened to because they have enough supporters to shame the government so getting rid of them is easier! Drug addicts are victims! People in pain are the villains! The world of psychology has become the punchline to a bad joke! One last thing that keeps getting me with OxyContin! It’s always been made from a substance that has always been know for its addictive qualities! Just having the term opioid in the description should have set off some warning bells because how could anyone actually make opium not addictive?? So, yeah, doctors knew what they were doing but they had two reasons to continue doing it! Of course the first being the kick backs which made many people rich, and the second was they were given an out! Since this was approved by the FDA for treatment of pain, and the representatives are saying it’s less addictive then other pain meds! So in theory a doctor could blame anyone and get away with it! And they did! But now not even pain specialist will write pain prescriptions! And will cut you off like a long fingernail, and for no reason! So we have a president ordering an abundance of a brand new anti depressant for treatment for people that actually decided to go into the military and had the opportunity to choose of that was the path they wanted to take or now! Meanwhile, non Vets are sometimes actually laughed at by doctors when the doctor is asked if you can try this treatment! This treatment that will make TRAMP plenty of money, meanwhile he knows nothing about the medicine or the fact that maybe non Vets can’t afford $34,000 a month!! We have people with stage 4 cancer in hospice care being prescribed Vicodin for pain! People on the cusp of death already and a doctor gives them Vicodin? Screw that! If someone is about to die you make it an effort as a doctor to make them as comfortable as possible! Don’t be afraid of the DEA because it wasn’t the DEA that went to medical school! And abusing such power is sickening! Also how doctors just tend to refer you from one place to another to another because they don’t want to deal with you and the hassle of prescribing pain medicine!

  • MisstressMourtisha
    MisstressMourtisha 29 days ago +1

    They knew EXACTLY wtf they were doing!!!

  • h h
    h h 29 days ago +1

    Must be nice to be a drug dealer that faces no consequences.

  • h h
    h h 29 days ago

    they should take 6 billion from them not 3.. WTF they should fine the owners not really the business. they control the business so they should pay more of that bill not thier company. like 12 billion but 6 coming from the family and 6 coming from the company

  • P J Schuster
    P J Schuster 29 days ago +1

    Blaming our heroin addiction crisis on legally prescribed medications like OxyContin is waaay too simplistic. The vast majority of people who are prescribed these life-SAVING medications for their incurable chronic pain conditions do not become drug addicts, nor do they overdose on their medications. The ppl who are fanning the flames of this opioid hysteria are the same ppl who will benefit financially from everyone being labeled as either being a drug addict or having this new “convenient” diagnosis of opioid use disorder (OUD). They own the rehab centers that they want everyone sent to & benefit from everyone being forced onto Suboxone or Subutex; which, by the way, are just as addictive as the oxycodone & heroin they are taking you off of.
    Hundreds of thousands of real people, like me, who suffer with real pain that can’t be cured, are being demonized & left to suffer after having our medications either reduced to an ineffective dose or taken away entirely; & we are sick of it. Someone needs to speak up for us.

    • oldguy10010M
      oldguy10010M 27 days ago


  • Nicholas Stone
    Nicholas Stone 29 days ago

    Is nobody gonna talk about how one of the family members is named Mortimer? Gee can't believe he's an evil corporate scumbag...

  • Fat Sack
    Fat Sack 29 days ago

    The sacklers look like devils