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Kentucky Sues Devil of Drug Manufacturers, 'Hillbilly Heroin' Maker Purdue Pharma

"I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is to take advantage of everyone." Carmille Claudel

Kentucky versus the devil

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - If Kentucky is suing the makers of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma for their deceit in marketing the drug, how far behind are the remaining 49 States in Filing Lawsuits for loss of hundreds of thousands of lives to addiction and death?

The State of Kentucky has taken on the devil. The devil known as "Hillbilly Heroin" and "Heroin of the Hills" in their state. The devil being the maker of the lethal drug, OxyContin - Purdue Pharma. Purdue Pharma intentionally marketed OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to the medical profession. Their deception paid off for Purdue Pharma to the tune of billions of dollars.

In 2007, the State of Kentucky took on Purdue Pharma and filed a lawsuit against the $13 billion convicted felon pharmaceutical company. "We're asking to hold them (Purdue Pharma) accountable for the wrongs they committed, for the actions they've done. The illegal profiteering that they've engaged in at the expense of human beings that are addicted and families that have been destroyed," said Greg Stumbo, Attorney General of Kentucky in 2007.

Unfortunately, Purdue Pharma was successful in having the lawsuit moved to Federal Court in New York where it has sat until recently. The case has been remanded back to State Court in Kentucky. Jack Conway, current Attorney General of Kentucky was successful in having the lawsuit returned to Kentucky. Specifically back to Pike County - the heart of Appalachia where OxyContin addiction and death is in epidemic proportions and where the litigation was filed.

  • So what if Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in 2007 in Federal Court in Virginia to their lies.  It's not like they didn't have the money to pay the hundreds of millions of dollars in fines -- or be put on probation -- or do community service.  They continued to reap the harvest of billions of dollars in profits attributed to the sales of OxyContin.

  • So what if Purdue Pharma mass manufactured OxyContin in order for it to hit the streets and their lies rewarded them in huge profits.

  • So what if patients became highly addicted to OxyContin when physicians were told there was little risk of addiction.

  • So what if hundreds of thousands of victims in every state in the country and Canada are dying or so addicted to the drug, they are a breath away from death.

Libby Holman who calls herself "a spokeswoman for Purdue Pharma", but is actually Associate Director of Public Affairs for the disgraced pharmaceutical company described the company as disappointed in the appeals court decision. But she said it dealt only with where the case should proceed, not whether Kentucky can prove its claims.

"Now that the federal jurisdictional issue is resolved, Purdue is fully prepared to vigorously defend this action on the merits, and we expect to prevail," Holman wrote in an email to the Associated Press.

If anyone would like to contact the "spokeswoman for Purdue Pharma" as a voice for the hundreds of thousands of victims of their marketing lies, you can reach her at 203-588-7670, or email Be a voice for the true victims of deception perpetrated by Purdue Pharma -- your loved ones.

Deterioration of 'hillbilly heroin'
user. Photos courtesy: The Atlantic

"Drug companies that mislead consumers about the nature of their drugs must be held accountable," Attorney General Jack Conway was quoted as saying. Kentucky's lawsuit claims that Purdue Pharma downplayed the dangers of OxyContin which resulted in thousands of people being misled about the risks of addiction associated with the drug. Attorney General, Jack Conway appears to be concerned for the loss of lives in his state.

I have written about Jack Conway in the past (links provided) below and have been vocal in my concern that Conway accepted a $50,000 check from an organization called National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) since they are funded by Purdue Pharma and Kentucky was involved in a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. I would like nothing more than to admit I made a mistake about Conway and he is, in fact, extremely concerned and incensed by the loss of life in his state due to the criminal marketing of OxyContin. Families in Kentucky suffering in this epidemic deserve a true believer in making a difference and having the thousands of victims of OxyContin in Kentucky have a voice.

LP - Roses are red - Violets are blue - Angels in Heaven Know I Love you! Quack! Now can I do the Palace?

NADDI President John Burke presents
Attorney General Conway with a 'Seed
Grant' for $50,000. Courtesy:

There are 49 states with their eyes on you -- make me a believer Attorney General Conway -- don't make a deal with the devil..

Articles referencing or specifically about Jack Conway:

Jun-01-2011 Eric Holder negotiated an OxyContin settlement in West Virginia - working for Purdue Pharma!

Feb-16-2011 OxyContin and Purdue: Dancing with the Devil in Ohio

Oct-25-2010 Drug Issues Plague Attorney General Jack Conway of Kentucky's Bid for U.S. Senate

Mar-14-2010 AG Conway Update and Wikipedia

Feb-17-2010 No Expenses Spared for NADDI by Convicted National Drug Peddler Purdue Pharma

Sep-10-2009 A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

______________________________________________________ Investigative Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma 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 - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded 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 8-1/2 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.

Marianne Skolek

Investigative Reporter for on drug epidemic



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sean January 27, 2013 6:19 pm (Pacific time)

THE HARSH REALITY OF ADDICTION The producers of this short film are both recovering addicts who have both spent time living and indulging with drug addiction in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Today they are both clean and sober with multiple years of recovery

M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. January 24, 2013 7:34 am (Pacific time)

To Laura Woodward et al.... Not to belabor this issue, but the point remains Oxycontin is not solely resposible for most of the deaths attributed to it by emotional writers. An investigative journalist would readily find attribute to a multitude of other drugs in did the writers from the Atlantic. Had they looked even further, they would have discovered that while Oxycontin is a very popular drug, methadone has far more attributable deaths over all. The fact is that pin-pointing just one drug fails to address the real issue. Repeating ad nauseum that there are "hundreds of thousands" of deaths caused by Oxycontin does not make it a fact. By saying this am I also implying that Oxycontin is ok and that Purdue is OK? Only a fool would ascertain such from my writing. FYI, I have been a drug counselor and innovator of therapy for over 20 years. Part of any therapy is to avoid hysteria and false claims based on emotions. The preferred treatment is reality based. Imply what you will, it only reflects poorly upon you and your cognitive abilities.

Laura Woodward January 23, 2013 8:12 pm (Pacific time)

Gee M. Dennis Paul, that is a pretty crappy way to address this writer. Exactly how many children have you buried as a result of OxyContin? You are a highly insensitive person and I assume, probably a drug addict. Your attack is a sad thing to read, I wholeheartedly disagree with your entire view, but those rich corporate bastards at Purdue likely applaud you. Really, you are operating as if you are being paid, why else would a person attack such a noble cause?

M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. January 23, 2013 3:15 pm (Pacific time)

From the Atlantic Aug 23 2012... "The reliance on government checks, and a vast array of painkillers and opiates, has turned towns like Gary into modern opium dens. The painkillers OxyContin, fentanyl -- 80 times stronger than morphine -- Lortab, as well as a wide variety of anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax, are widely abused. Many top off their daily cocktail of painkillers at night with sleeping pills and muscle relaxants. And for fun, addicts, especially the young, hold "pharm parties," in which they combine their pills in a bowl, scoop out handfuls of medication, swallow them, and wait to feel the result. A decade ago only about 5% of those seeking treatment in West Virginia needed help with opiate addiction. Today that number has ballooned to 26%. It recorded 91 overdose deaths in 2001. By 2008 that number had risen to 390. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in West Virginia, and the state leads the country in fatal drug overdoses. OxyContin -- nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" -- is king. At a drug market like the Pines it costs a dollar a milligram. And a couple of 60- or 80-milligram pills sold at the Pines is a significant boost to a family's income. Not far behind OxyContin is Suboxone, the brand name for a drug whose primary ingredient is buprenorphine, a semisynthetic opioid. Dealers, many of whom are based in Detroit, travel from clinic to clinic in Florida to stock up on the opiates and then sell them out of the backs of gleaming SUVs in West Virginia, usually around the first of the month, when the government checks arrive. Those who have legal prescriptions also sell the drugs for a profit. Pushers are often retirees. They can make a few hundred extra dollars a month on the sale of their medications. The temptation to peddle pills is hard to resist." I wonder why the focus remains on Oxycontin? I also wonder why provable statistics consistently fail to bear out the dramatic claims of your "investigative journalist"... There is a big difference between emotional writing and actual investigative journalism.

stoppnow January 16, 2013 3:51 pm (Pacific time)

Marianne Keep us posted. It's all about money, greed and corruption. Keep us all posted. Janet Colbert stoppnow

Toni Samanie January 16, 2013 1:06 pm (Pacific time)

Marianne, Another great story. Thank you for continually exposing the underbelly of the Pharma cabal. I started a group on Facebook recently - Prescription Drug Dangers and in effect said the same thing today about how doctors fail to disclose the awful effects of these drugs to an unsuspecting and all too trusting public.

Matt Johnson January 16, 2013 12:52 pm (Pacific time)

Can you explain what you mean Luke?

Luke Easter January 16, 2013 3:08 am (Pacific time)

As far behind as the Cleveland Browns are from the New England Patriots.

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