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Merry Christmas Kids from Purdue Pharma, Maker of OxyContin

The maker of OxyContin -- the ones who lied about the addictive and abusive qualities of the drug -- now want to reach out and "help".

Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert once starred in 'Little House on the Prairie' - today she advocates for Purdue Pharma which is the criminally convicted company that manufacturers Oxycontin. Many would call an 'anti-drug' message from a major drug manufacturer an act of hypocrisy.

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - Partnership for a Drug Free America launched an innovative new Website designed to help parents learn options, recommendations, costs and other resources involved in seeking help for their kids and teenagers who are struggling with addiction. The website is called “Time to Get Help”.

Marianne Skolek

Initially one would think the "Time to Get Help" website was very informative and helpful to parents until the sponsorship of the website is named -- Purdue Pharma -- along with an anonymous donor.

So the maker of OxyContin -- the ones who lied about the addictive and abusive qualities of the drug -- now want to reach out and "help" parents keep their young children and teens safe from drug addiction. Many of these same parents have fallen victim to the criminal marketing of OxyContin and have been dealing with drug rehabilitation, incarceration, continued drug addiction -- and death of their children. Can parents trust Purdue Pharma to offer help in keeping their kids safe when the company lacked integrity, ethics, as well as a moral obligation to the general public and pushed OxyContin in a criminal manner?

The spokeswoman for the "Time to Get Help" website is "Little House on the Prairie" actress, Melissa Gilbert. She acknowledges the need for help in the area of addiction of teens and young adults.

“Time To Get Help comes right at the time when you know your child has a problem and you don’t know where to go. You don’t know who to talk to,” said Melissa Gilbert, spokesperson for The Partnership at “Dedicated to treatment, it gives you the precise knowledge and resources you need to help a child in crisis. And the site’s online community provides parents a place to breathe, a place to feel safe and to know that they are not alone.”

Unfortunately, Ms. Gilbert doesn't recognize the "messenger" in delivering this help. Hopefully she'll realize that her good intentions are being "fueled" by admitted convicted criminals.

In keeping up with Purdue Pharma's "spreading their holiday cheer" to those less fortunate, the Connecticut newspapers recently published a story of a legal center celebrating one year of service in helping veterans get back on their feet.

They wrote about Howard Udell, Purdue Pharma's chief counsel, who is on probation for misleading physicians and patients about the addictive and abusive qualities of the corporation's blockbuster drug, OxyContin. Udell has also been charged by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency and cannot work on any government sponsored programs such as Medicaid for twelve years.

The article goes on to say that Udell is "making a difference" in the lives of veterans and is an "unsung hero" for the heroes.

I think I speak for all the families in every state in the country and Canada suffering through loss of their kids because of the criminal marketing of OxyContin in saying -- "Mr. Udell you are no hero."

_________________________________ Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's who pled guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 7-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.

Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.
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Ada December 26, 2010 7:37 am (Pacific time)

If Purdue really wanted to help they would have disclosed the inherent dangers of the drug from the beginning -- that oxycontin is moleculary similar to heroin and should be restricted. Instead, Purdue has provided misinformation and down right lied about their drug which resulted in myths, stigma and understanding about what addiction is and is not.  Purdue continues to blame those addicted -- it is the individual's fault for becoming addicted to their heroin-like drug.  Purdue continues to mislead the medical community and the public. Once addicted, people have such a difficult time breaking free and sadly, many cannot.  Purdue's continued dishonesty and false pretenses continue to serve their self-interest and continue to ruin our society.
They cannot be trusted.
Several medical studies have shown that the majority of those addicted were under a doctor's care and had taken their oxycontin "exactly as prescribed" -- with sustained use anyone will become addicted.  Restrict this "s--t". 

Chicago December 26, 2010 8:47 am (Pacific time)

Most people, including myself, are saddened when we hear about a story like the author's. The death of any child is horrendous.

But bashing companies because of abusive behavior of individuals, who have choice over their activities is extremely immature and self serving...

Editor: Your IP appears to lead to Purdue Pharma, isn't that interesting?   Looks like the only people against us are the people making money from it and an assortment of addicts  The deleted aspect of your comment is a ridiculous assertion and if it was true, why bother even trying to post that crap here?  .  

Ada December 26, 2010 8:03 am (Pacific time)

Many wonderful doctors are speaking out against oxycontin and that they were not told about the dangers. Purdue cannot be trusted. They should have disclosed all the facts to the medical community and the general public about the inherent danger and highly addictive nature of oxycontin. Purdue continues to lie and through their deceptive marketing practices provides misinformation that generates myths and bias toward the addicted individual. Oxycontin is a heroin-like drug. Several medical studies have shown that the majority of those addicted were under a doctor's care and had taken oxycontin as prescribed. With sustained use anyone can become addicted. Abuse typically begins once the individual is already addicted. Once addicted it is a long hard road ahead. Purdue's false pretenses continue to show us their true colours: profit and self-interest. Restrict this "s--t".

and December 25, 2010 4:20 am (Pacific time)

I was told by a very reliable source that kids are trying oxycotin, becoming addicted quickly, then, because oxycotin is so expensive ($80 a pill?), they switch to heroin which is much cheaper, especially since the fields in afghanistan (guarded by nato troops), are now flooding the world with cheap and potent heroin. Then, if these kids every get in trouble, they will go to diversion. THey will receive either methodone (which is much worse than heroin), or suboxin (trading one opiate for the other), and guess who makes these? The same people who make campaign contributions, and are able to get legislation promoting their drugs...big pharma. WHile people are watching the deceit on mainstream media, or their sports teams on tv, this country is falling apart. 2011 is going to be an eye opener, there is no way out of this economic crash...Buy silver if u can.

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