The richest newcomer to Forbes 2015 list of America’s Richest Families comes in at a stunning $14 billion. The Sackler family, which owns Stamford, Conn.-based Purdue Pharma, flew under the radar when Forbes launched its initial list of wealthiest families in July 2014, but this year they crack the top-20, edging out storied families like the Busches, Mellons and Rockefellers.
How did the Sacklers build the 16th-largest fortune in the country? The short answer: making the most popular and controversial opioid of the 21st century -- OxyContin.
For all the griping and whining about big government taking away our freedoms, for all the pathetic claims that "We're going to build a wall", for all the nonstop quacking about liberals taxing the working people into poverty, for all the projections about bad hombres smuggling coke and pot across the border...nothing even comes close to the scourge wrought on our most vulnerable Americans by our own built in, protected, legal drug cartel, the Purdue Pharma empire, built by the Sackler family of Connecticut.
Take a trip across America's Gulf Coast, down through the Florida Panhandle and up into Kentucky, West by God Virginia, Indiana and even Missouri, and the number of doctor shopper pain clinics will boggle your mind.
In fact, Missouri is now the only state without a prescription drug monitoring program, meaning it's the best place to get hooked on oxycodone, or start your own pill trafficking operation.
Florida held the lead in pill mills until right around 2011.
Then Missouri took the lead with a novel idea: FREEDUMB...freedom for the pill dealers.
"If they overdose and kill themselves, it just removes them from the gene pool,” quoted during an eight-hour filibuster led by Sen. Rob Schaaf, (R-St. Joseph) against a proposed pill monitoring program bill in 2012.
This was excellent news for pill dealers from Tennessee to Illinois, who rejoiced, knowing their lucrative trade would not be threatened, and that finally, someone in government was looking out for them.
It was also good news for the Sackler family, because even the smallest pain doctor operation, that sees only eighty patients a day can move as much as twenty thousand pills.
That's a sh!t-ton of Oxy, and a sh!t-ton of money. The OxyContin Clan