Excerpted from Los Angeles Magazine
Earlier this month, El Chapo Guzman, one of the world’s most infamous drug kingpins, was sentenced to life in prison. For decades, El Chapo’s narcotics network smuggled narcotics into the United States through secret tunnels and over border walls. Officials estimate that his organization netted $12.6 billion, a fortune he was ordered to forfeit in his criminal trial.
The very same day as El Chapo’s sentencing, it was reported by The Washington Postthat some of America’s largest drug companies distributed 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 to 2012. We have a legal drug cartel in America, and it’s time for pharmaceutical corporations and their executives to face the same consequences as the kingpins.