Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal
The friend, an anesthesiologist, mentioned that his local pharmacy had spent $12,000 on remodeling to increase security because of OxyContin, the powerful opioid painkiller. The friend recounted that he had recently spoken to a student at an exclusive private high school who said someone had tried to sell her the “designer drug” OxyContin in the campus halls.
“I hate to say this, but you could become the Pablo Escobar of the new millennium,” the friend wrote, referring to the Colombian drug lord.
The email is included in a deposition of Dr. Sackler taken this year as part of litigation brought by states and local municipalities seeking to hold Purdue accountable for the opioid crisis. Parts of the 460-page document, recently made public and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, have been redacted.