In the 1990s, Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, put out a promotional video featuring seven chronic pain sufferers, according to John Fauber and Ellen Gabler at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They wondered what had happened to these people, who talked on the video about how much OxyContin was helping them.
Here's what the reporters found:
Two of the seven patients were active opioid abusers when they died. A third became addicted, suffered greatly, and quit after realizing she was headed for an overdose. Three patients still say the drug helped them cope with their pain and improved their quality of life. A seventh patient declined to answer questions.
Sales of OxyContin, they report, have...