LEAKS REVEAL HOW THE "PITBULL OF PR" HELPED PURDUE PHARMA AND THE SACKLERS IGNITE THE OPIOID CRISIS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

LEAKS REVEAL HOW THE "PITBULL OF PR" HELPED PURDUE PHARMA AND THE SACKLERS IGNITE THE OPIOID CRISIS

The leaks reveal how Dezenhall took credit for the work of psychiatrist Sally Satel, a "resident scholar" at the American Enterprise Institute, the DC thinktank notorious for its advocacy for the tobacco industry, against Net Neutrality, against Dodd-Frank, against a national minimum wage, and in favor of climate denial and the Iraq invasion.

Satel penned a series of editorials and gave numerous media appearances that furthered the "blame the victim" narrative for the opioid epidemic, drawing on research funded by the Sacklers and Purdue, which ran under headlines like "Oxy Morons" (WSJ) and "OxyContin doesn’t cause addiction. Its abusers are already addicts" (Forbes).

Purdue were $50,000/year funders of AEI, something that Satel says she didn't know about (she also says that she didn't know that the research she cited in her articles was funded by Purdue).

Behind the scenes, the leaks show that Purdue and Dezenhall were intimately involved with Satel's work, with Dezenhall taking credit for briefing her, getting her articles published, and suppressing negative responses (Dezenhall also masterminded a campaign to get prominent retractions for critical articles about Purdue and Oxycontin, then followed up with a PR campaign that leveraged the retractions to generate press that expressed doubt about the risks of opioids).

AEI's other fellows through the years include Antonin Scalia and John Bolton. According to bankruptcy proceedings, Purdue still owes Dezenhall $186,575 for the work it did.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the love of money corrupts people to the point where they are selling out their brothers and sisters to a drug which has horrifically addictive properties, it is an absolute bet, that they have had their consciences surgically removed before so doing.

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