The opioid crisis. Over the course of two decades,
millions of Americans have become addicted
to these painkillers. And after years
of people demanding that someone
be held accountable, the drug companies are
finally starting to pay a price. There is word tonight
of a settlement involving thousands of lawsuits
tied to the opioid crisis. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached an agreement
with 22 new states and about 2,000
local governments over its role
in the deadly epidemic. The company will pay
up to $12 billion over time, with three billion coming
from the Sackler family. They own Perdue Pharma and will also give up control
of the company. You know,
I’ll be honest with you, I’m torn about this story. You know, yes, I’m happy that the opioid companies
will have to pay, but at the same time,
they misled sick people about how addictive
their drugs were. Right? They also lobbied to lift limits on how many opioids
doctors could prescribe. And then now that they’ve made
billions of dollars off an epidemic
that caused countless deaths, they just get to be like,
“Uh, how about we give you some of that money back
and we call it even?” I think it’s bullshit.
I’ll be honest. Imagine someone
broke into your house, stole a bunch of your stuff,
and then when you busted them, they’re like, “All right,
all right, you got me. “How about
I break you off a hundred and we call it even, yeah?” Yeah, and then you’re like,
“That’s my wallet.” He’s like, “Okay, $120, $120. But I get to keep
the library card, okay?” And even though,
even though this opioid crisis has been in the news
for the past few years, the family who profited most
from a lot of this devastation has managed to remain
fairly anonymous. But now we’re finally meeting
the men behind the curtain. NEWSMAN: For the first time
we’re now seeing and hearing from Dr. Richard Sackler, the former chairman
and president of Perdue Pharma, respond to questions
under oath. Do you know how much
the Sackler family has made -off the sale of OxyContin?
-I don’t know. Do you know if it’s over
ten billion dollars? I don’t think so. Do you know if it’s over
five billion dollars? I don’t know. But fair to say
it’s over a billion dollars? It would be fair
to say that, yes. Really? Really? This guy’s
gonna act like he doesn’t know if he made a billion dollars? Get the (bleep)
out of here, man. You see him acting like
he’s thinking about it? “Uh… did I…? Yeah, I guess you could say…” He’s acting like he has
to count up all his change. “Well, I did get that
ten dollars from grandma. “And I made $150
from the yard sale. “Oh, yeah,
there’s a billion dollars “from killing thousands
of Americans “by lying to them
about their painkillers. “Oh, yeah, I almost forgot
that part. Oh, and I got the library card,
yeah, the library card.” And the Sackler’s, they-they
aren’t the only ones facing consequences
for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic. Right? Everyone’s favorite
baby shampoo company has also been told
it’s time to pay up. Yesterday,
an Oklahoma judge ruled that opioids ravaged the state, and ordered Johnson & Johnson
to pay $572 million. The judge said that the company
intentionally misled the public about the dangers
of its drugs. TV REPORTER: Johnson & Johnson
stock was up as much as five percent
since the company was ordered to pay far less
than many investors expected. Yeah, you heard that right. Johnson & Johnson’s stock
actually went up after they were fined
$572 million because they expected the
punishment to be much worse. They expected the punishment
to be worse. Yeah. And that tells you something. It’s like a guy coming out
of the shower and his girlfriend is like, “Uh, you’ve got
some explaining to do. “I was looking through
your phone “and who is this puppy you met? “It is adorable.
You know I love puppies. Why didn’t you tell me?”
And the guy’s like, “Oh, yeah.
Oh, the puppy… “that I’m totally
not having sex with. Yeah, the puppy.” So, as it stands, these drug companies are gonna
pay a bunch of fines, not even admit responsibility. And no one seems
to be going to jail, which is insane when you think
about it, right? Like, just think about
the levels here. Prosecutors want
Felicity Huffman to go to jail for cheating in
a college admissions scandal. They want her to go
to jail for that. But the people responsible for thousands of American deaths
get to walk away with a slap on the wrist. These people are basically
very formal drug dealers who are now protected just
because they’re a corporation. But if you look at someone
like El Chapo, what’s the major difference? Right? Be like,
oh, it’s more violent. Yes, but fundamentally,
he’s a drug dealer. They’re all drug dealers. The Feds took his money. Yeah, and he’s spending the rest
of his life in prison. So if you think about it, El Chapo really only made
one big mistake: he shouldn’t have been
a drug lord, he should have been
the CEO of El Chapo, Inc.

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100 thoughts on “Big Pharma Pays Up for Their Part in the Opioid Crisis | The Daily Show

  • September 12, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    Scumbags

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:42 pm
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    #17 on trending

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    [FREE] Assassinate the Sacklers type beat 2019

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    I want to say so much about the unfairness of our justice system!

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    Doesn’t warren buffet own Johnson & Johnson

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    Dam Webster

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    Terrorists: We will destroy the lives of millions of Americans
    Purdue: Hold my beer

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    Payed up? These mother fuckers deserve death row.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    That’s because they’re all white men

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    Why does this cry baby sissy boy keep showing up?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    Who do the multi million, billion, fines go to?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    3 years I've quit pills. I watched my dad die from opioid addiction. Watched friends die. How do you get that back?😥

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    I agree pharma has always been the most corrupt industry. This isn't new we all knew this but said its ok because they save lives. Pain is real and Pain can be debilitating. So how do we manage pain? Live a life in constant pain and beg for relief. How can pain , a natural feeling, be suppressed? Figure that out and you are richer than the inventor of synthetic blood.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    Chapo inc

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:16 am
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    I've been sober for almost 11 years but I still have to take a small dose of suboxone. Just like black people deserve reparations for the years of slavery & racism, the pharma bastards should have to continuously fund better mental health & sobriety resources for the millions who need it – my friends & family are STILL dying off daily –

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Doesn't matter, they've started selling the cure, too.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:27 am
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    Yo I can def relate to these guys. The other day I blew through a school zone going 174 mph, refused to cooperate with the police, and told the judge to shove a softball up his saggy urethra; I got a 5 cent ticket for that shit I was pissed bro

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:28 am
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    Crime is legal if you're rich.

    If we want to teach them a lesson, throw them in prison, and take away all their power. And that's being gentle.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    DuPont was deeply involved in the production of oxycontin back in the 1980s. You will never hear about it, however. The Iron Mountain Warehouse records have been moved.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:32 am
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    So we can have the largest prison population in the world but are still somehow unable to jail the individuals who hurt our society the most. American "justice" is a joke. Rich people can get away with anything because the system is set up to help the rich, not help Americans.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Where's the "make america great again" people at?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:46 am
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    El Chapo isnt white.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    they deserve worse punishment, much worse. the rich get away with everything.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    This is why I changed my major to kinesiology with muscle therapy from marketing minor in biology. I was going to say pharmaceuticals but now I can’t sleep at night seeing this country especially my people get raped by prices by big pharma

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    it isn't fair at all. this is why we all need to get out and vote next year and get someone new in office and kick out the old fat cats

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    not enough they need jail time!!!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    As a healthcare worker of 20 years, it needs to be said the opioid epidemic is largely a doctor induced epidemic. These companies can't prescribe drugs to these patients directly, only physicians can. Doctors have made tons of money in kickbacks as well as been involved in the operation of pill mills knowing full well they're prescribing addictive drugs to patients, many of whom already suffer from addiction or are prone to it. I think these companies should pay up AND face prison time but let's not forget the people who prescribed this stuff in the first place when they probably didn't have to. Not all doctors take the Hippocratic oath seriously. Many are just as greedy and soulless as the drug companies.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    Lost my daughter and 5 kids she ran with. All had been given prescriptions for opids. My daughter and her friends where young moms 28 to 32 when their souls were stolen away by the people that should have helped.✌💖🙏

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:26 am
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    el chapo inc lol

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    You gayyyyyy bro?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:30 am
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    Man I own stock in Pfizer. One of the top three pharmaceutical companies in the world. Check them out. Invest..make money…profit?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    Sackler haha fucking reptiles

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:46 am
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    Wasnt a crisis til it affected so many whites

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    Sackler doesnt give a shit he will just go back home and fuck some lil bois

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    3:43 – "Which is insane when you think about it."
    Yes, that would be insane, until the words "Corporation based in America" come up, in which case it makes perfect sense.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    No you godamn dick's, stop price gouging new medication's!
    That's how you should make them pay.
    Lower prices for premium pill's.
    Screw the lawsuit's.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    Money talks and God leaves the room

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    The only mistake El Chapo made is that he wasn't white.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    That fucking scumbag ruined millions of life's and caused deaths and broke family's hearts forever"

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    I don't care about white people and their drug problems they didn't give a fuck about black being on crack they locked up all the black people no black people are feeling sorry for the whites on opioid not one

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:18 am
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    Noticed how he nodded his head "yes" when the interviewer asked him if his family has made over 10bill from opioid sales.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Don’t blame the drugs.. blame the weak ass people doing them… bunch of bitches

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    My mom died from this. Shit is crazy

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    Yo Trevor: the Sackler multi-billion dollar deal's based on future opioids revenues vs. taking ANYTHING out of the fortunes they've banked based on past biz. More learning for El Chapo to do!!!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:42 am
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    Sorry but I’m more concerned how the crack epidemic by these similar looking “drug dealers” and those that got addicted were criminalized and pushed through the prison system. However, when this “opioid crises” reached them suburbs and those doctor and lawyers kids, everyone up in arms.. I’m definitely sipping my tea on this one with my pinky out!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:46 am
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    Your my favorite racist! You pills are going up and so is your weed. And thanks to you and Dems its legal to get robbed because laws dont matter

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    (((Big Pharma))) behind the Opiod crisis is the Jew family that owns the patents to the drugs and the patents to the drugs to get off the drugs.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    Now you have learned the truth in America if u have enough money you can do whatever you want and get away with it

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    THE American Tourist marketing should concider Making their own beds. THE anti piracy laws was not for " Make America Great Again" to use new title of THE movie Hustlers shall be " Los Mamacitas en la Viejateca" .THE selfproclaimed Swedish capitalist Jesus är only what he wanna See and thats almost everytime Zoofilist porno & laws of finacial business. Why judge yourself when judgeing others are more convinient.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    If i had billions of dollars i could walk up to u n shoot u in the head in time square in front of hundreds n never see a day in prison. In America as far as crime is concerned. The severity of your crime is equally proportionate to the size of your bank account.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    Maybe a few members of this family will get addicted and get a taste of what they have been pushing and lying about.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:06 am
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    They're giving up the company too….

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    The justice system is designrd to jail the poor not the rich and powerful

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    Next is prep! Overcharging for the medication by over 100 times it's cost price.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:43 am
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    2 biggest differences here were the drug dealers are whites and the deaths were largely by whites. So yea the cou try does something about it (unlike the crack era) But They also get to skate by the justice system

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:49 am
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    This…👍

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:49 am
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    And yet you tried to defend Clinton on the email scandals. Stupid african American brit.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    But they arrest weed dealers

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    Trevor pretending to care about poor white people suffering from addiction is cute. These people dont matter unless they vote democrat.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:11 am
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    Not enough fuck those drug companies.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    These lawsuits are stupid. FDA regulates drug safety, they put black box warnings and consumer safety guidance so technically the government should be paying… the government?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    Evil piece of shit! The extent of what people in the health care system will do for money in DISGUSTING! I hope there is a Hell just so these people can rot there.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    Truth! Question is, how do we stop d inequity? It's good to point it out, but den wat? Apparently drug dealers in neighborhoods are more dangerous dan corporate drug dealers 🤔, it all comes down to the money.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Silly Trevor, rich people don't go to jail.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:47 am
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    The opiate crisis is way worse then what Chapel could ever do because the opioid crisis killed and separated many good families as opposed to other narcotics dealers hurting your business…. and you nothing will happen because we all knew this to be the truth way before this "disclosure". 😒

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    3 billion dollars is pennies in the couch cushions to the sackler family. yeah, they're finally paying, but it's a formality and nothing more. no amount of money those monsters pay will be enough.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:51 am
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    Silver lining: Thank you opiates, for showing America that cannabis was safer.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:58 am
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    TREVOR NOAH IS A SOULLESS CORPORATE PUPPET.

    HIS JOB IS TO MISLEAD AND DISTRACT THE MINDLESS POPULACE.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    I have bottles and bottles of prescription pain meds. Addiction is just a weak mind. NO ONE has forced people to take these medications. smh. Now because some junkies overdosed, now people, like me, who needs them are the ones being punished.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:05 am
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    I agree with everything said. But at the same time people can’t just blame these companies. Take responsibility for your actions. YOU are the one who kept taking the pills etc. We should be able to trust our doctors but we should also take responsibility for our own health. Realize that pills and medications are quick fixes for bigger issues. Western medicine is corrupt and revolves around $$. Stop blaming the government for everything when you were ignorant enough to trust them in the first place.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:19 am
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    It's not the fault of Big Pharma that people abused and overdosed themselves on drugs. Sackler family should not be held liable. What's next? Lawsuits against fast food restaurants for obesity? No. You have a choice. Eat the poison or don't. Don't try and hold others accountable. Tired of people going around talking about "the system is so corrupt" … Will you 13 year olds go back to your David Dobrik videos.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    El chapos main crime was not giving the government there fair share of taxes 😀

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    The total number of people that died on earth within the past decade from now is an estimate at this time.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    Nice video
    1 like
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    3 sub
    4 I am fast honestly and loyalty.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    Great drugs not a crime. Partying assholes who get drugs from China. They didnt do shit ive been on the same prescription for 20 years – my life would be shit without it. Now we have a suicide problem of people who need the drugs but cant get them. You are all just jealous of rich people- makes me sick

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    Such bullshit. I'm getting g prescribed a second lime non narcotic instead of a narcotic which actually eorks because people are blaming overdose on people that cant just not take as prescribed.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    Big pharma is the biggest cartel in the u.s. / cia .

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    Trevor is as funny as the genocide in south Africa. Not at all. Thanks for being not funny and working for satanist. You are a petty hire to meet some affirmative action claim because you are as predictable as any other partide faggot

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    Trevor soft. Even Trevor knows it

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    I can’t wait to see some REAL changes in the USA 🇺🇸

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    This is just so sad now. Like it’s just confirming what we know. Like the oppression is insane.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    Yeah they pay to who to the government that's letting them push out the pills what about all the families and people that are hooked on opiates why they not the ones that are getting a cut of this money

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    "To Kill a Mockingbird" comes to mind as the unfairness of the justice system continues the same ole tactics as a means to eradicate people of color while excusing wrongs of White people. El Chapo could have been a CEO but as long as he is a person of color? He IS going down. The laws are final unless you are White.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:17 am
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    To everyone who sees this comment and is sick and tired of this type of shit, look up the "Wolf PAC". It's a bipartisan movement to restore order and make elections free and fair. Let's stop letting money talk

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:25 am
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    Trevor Noah should go back to where he came from.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:34 am
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    Cuckboy Trevor Noah is a Pussy Ass Bitch

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:38 am
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    Who TF paying? The already rich diplomats in Washington, perhaps.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:51 am
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    Makes complete sense: the owners/CEOs must face criminal prosecution. But they won't because the politicians, judges and the prosecutors are on their payroll. The entire system is rigged!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:52 am
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    It’s as bad as a landlord charging a family 1400 for a room the size of a minivan. Parents don’t have the time to educate their children and prepare them for the future, because they’re working two jobs to pay for their 1400$ apartment the size of a mini van. The kids without parents guidance turn to drugs and street life and the cycle continues…

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:54 am
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    risky foray 911 report

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:55 am
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    Give them time for every murder

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:11 am
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    Go back to your country and stop reporting on USA!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    Trevor Noah, you're a puppet now. Congratulations!

    I actually had respect for you, so much for that

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    Remember when this show was funny? John Stewart was the host. This idiot just bashed Trump constantly. Fucking boring as hell. I will never watch this till they get rid of this never funny moron.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    Welcome to Liemerica or better yet Diemerica.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    We charge big pharma for what we believe is the opioid crises, but when did WE quit being responsible for what we put in our mouths?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    Robber Barons

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    Who gets the money?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:14 am
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    Legal drug lords ~

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