This Pharma Family Has Made $14 Billion Killing Us


Forbes released it’s list of America’s richest families again and this time, there’s a few new faces: The Sackler Family. Don’t know them? Well, you likely know someone who is potentially addicted to their products. The Sackler family is the world’s richest drug dealer (and it is all legal). The family owns  Stamford, Conn.-based Purdue Pharma. Purdue is the maker of OxyContin. Because of OxyContin, the Sackler family is now richer than the Busches, Mellons and Rockefellers. The Sacklers own every crevice of Purdue Pharmaceuticals; there are no partners. They share the spoils of their drug slinging with no one but themselves.

The Sackler family makes $3 billion a year, mostly from OxyContin. Forbes places the Sackler family’s net worth at a conservative $14 billion, that includes investments and accumulated dividends over the years.

OxyContin, in its current form, was launched in 1995, and it took no time in becoming a staple on Doctor’s prescribing pads. Sales were at $1.5 billion by 2002, and the Sackler family hasn’t looked back since. But it was the scammy way the Sackler family launched the drug which has thrust it into today’s opioid addiction issue as the staple issue. OxyContin was launched as a drug that isn’t addictive.


In 2007, Purdue paid $635 million in fines after pleading guilty to false marketing charges by the Department of Justice. (Sackler family members were never charged.)

The company reformulated OxyContin in recent years, making it far more difficult to abuse, but it is still reckoning with lawsuits stemming from its earlier, oft-abused iteration. A case brought by the State of Kentucky also alleging false marketing has been winding its way through the courts since 2007, and damages could exceed $1 billion.

The Sackler family never being charged is an incredible travesty when you consider that the United States puts marijuana dealers behind bars on a daily basis. This family, however, goes on living a lavish lifestyle while continuing to contribute to a massive scale opioid addiction issue which shows no signs of fading. Raymond Sackler is the only remaining co-founder; he is 94 years of age. But what he has left behind is a dystopia for some towns in America.

Don’t think the Sackler family is just another scumbag drug dealer? Check out the graph below, compliments of, which shows how pervasive the switch from opioids to heroin is.

Figure 3 – Growing Evidence suggests that abusers of prescription opioids are shifting to heroin as prescription drugs become less available or harder to abuse. For example, a recent increase in heroin use accompanied a downward trend in OxyContin abuse following the introduction of an abuse-deterrent formulation of that medication (dashed vertical line)

Keep in mind, heroin addiction was trending downward until the Sackler family began their billion dollar drug slinging empire. Now entire towns are ravaged with futile addiction of both opioids and heroin. The inheritance of billions of dollars, however, is enough incentive for the current family members to keep quiet. Purdue isn’t ran by family members anymore (supposedly). America and the entire western world continue to get it wrong. And we continue to fall victim to pharmaceutical slavery. Our legislation is fueled by their cash flow.