A Ministry of Justice Confidential Report The New York Times shows that pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma knew about "significant" OxyContin abuse in the early years of the market but did not know about widespread abuse long after it has been released. After a four-year investigation, the DOJ found that Purdue had received reports that the pills were being "crushed and snorted"; stolen from pharmacies; and some physicians have been assigned to sell prescriptions [.] "The company's internal records show that they knew that Oxy had been snorted and sold on the street in 1
997. DOJ prosecutors wrote in the 2006 report that Purdue continued to market Oxy" Less prone to abuse and addiction than other prescription opioids "if they know about reports of abuse, they also recommend that Purdue executives" be charged with crimes, including the conspiracy to cheat the United States, "but high-level DOJ Employees during the George W. Bush administration did not "support the move" and joined the drug business in 2007 when documents came to the surface, as the growing opioid epidemic in the United States worsened, with the prescription opioid overdose mortality rate rising more than 10 percent in 2016.