Massachusetts, like many other states, is having a bit of a problem with Oxycontin. There are a lot of Oxy addicts around, and many pharmacies have had to post signs saying that they have none on the premises — any prescriptions will take a day or so to fill. And while the drug’s power for those who truly need it are legendary, the brutalities of its abuse are equally terrifying.
So Massachusetts’ Attorney General (who’s running for Governor) thinks it’s time to kick up the fight a little. He wants to go after the problem at what he sees as the source of the problem, one of the biggest reasons Oxycontin is so readily abused.
So, is he going after addicts, who demand it? Dealers, who obtain it through illegal means and cater to these addicts? Doctors who over-prescribe the drugs, getting them out of the control of the drug industry and into the general populace.
Nah. Tom Reilly is obeying the legendary advice from Watergate, and is “following the money.” He’s threatening to sue the drug’s manufacturer.
According to Mr. Reilly, the real problem is that Purdue Pharma made a very powerful, very effective drug, and then tried to sell it to doctors. They had the nerve and the gall to try to put a powerful new pain-killer into the hands of those who treat those people who have severe pain, to give them one more tool in their efforts to help people live longer and better lives.
Mr. Reilly isn’t just trying to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. He’s declaring it open season on the geese, and is posting a bounty.