Congressman Rose calls for Attorney General to bring federal charges against the OxyContin manufacturer and its owners.
WASHINGTON, DC – September 19, 2019 — Congressman Max Rose is urging the Department of Justice to formally bring criminal charges against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family that owns it. Earlier this week, Rose was joined by New Yorkers who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic in slamming the proposed settlement deals and Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy filing as an attempt to evade an admission of guilt and deny justice to the victims.
“In my short time in office, I’ve met with so many parents who have lost their child to the epidemic and so many people who struggle with opioid addiction themselves,” wrote Rose to Attorney General William Barr. “I’ve had to comfort many, many families. Every time a mother or a father or a sister or a brother has to come to my office after losing a loved one, they simply ask for the government to finally do something, do anything. This is your chance to do that. I strongly urge you and the Department of Justice to file the overdue criminal charges against Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers.”
Editor-at=Large Hezi Aris’ Note: Two branches of the Sackler Family control Purdue Pharma.
Rose, a member of the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction, has made combating the opioid epidemic and raising awareness around the disease of addiction a top priority. As part of the National Defense Authorization Act, both the House and Senate passed Rose’s bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which will apply sanctions on drug manufacturers in China who knowingly provide fentanyl to traffickers, transnational criminal organizations like those in Mexico who mix fentanyl with other drugs and traffic them into the U.S. and financial institutions that assist them.
Additionally, the House Committee on Homeland Security passed legislation from Rose to help crack down on the inflow of foreign fentanyl and other opioids into the United States. Following a bipartisan push by Rose to increase funding for opioid prevention and treatment efforts, the House of Representatives passed legislation that increases funding to the agency responsible for supporting these efforts by $129 million.
Full text of letter HERE.
Congressman Max Rose represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn which comprises New York’s 11th District.
SOURCE: Jonas Edwards-Jenks, Communications Director, Congressman Max Rose (NY-11).