ABINGDON � As demonstrators gathered
outside, victims of OxyContin came from all over the
nation to speak their mind at Friday�s sentencing
hearing � and tell Purdue executives exactly what they
think of them.
Here are some of their stories.
Teresa Ashcraft, who lost a 19-year-old son to
OxyContin, came from Florida to refute the claims
of corporate spokesman, who she says blamed the
victims for the drug�s effects. "Our children were
not addicts. They were just regular teenagers,"
Ashcraft said at the sentencing hearing for Purdue
Pharma executives. "We have been given a life
sentence due to their lies and their greed."
Donnie Trent, of Lee County, said he is a
recovering addict who tried the drug and then
struggled with addiction for five years. He said
money needs to be spent on treatment, "because
jails are not the answer to addiction."
Ed Vanicky, of Georgia, said he lost his wife to
OxyContin. "She had been taking OxyContin as
prescribed for five months, and it killed her," he
said, while Purdue executives "sat in their plush
Stamford, Conn., offices watching the money roll
Lee Nuss, of Florida, showed the court an urn that
contained the ashes of her only son, whose college
fund ended up paying for his funeral. She said the
death was part of a "legal genocide" of the
nation�s youth and said in her opinion Purdue is
"nothing more than a large corporate drug cartel."
Marianne Skolek spoke about her 29-year-old
daughter Jill, who was prescribed OxyContin in
January of 2002 and died in April of that year,
leaving a young son behind. She called the
executives "sheer evil."
Victor and Theresa Del Regno are a South
Kingstown, R.I., couple who lost their son Andrew
to an OxyContin overdose in 2002. Andrew was a
college student who tried the drug at a party. "It
will allow us to move on," Victor Del Regno said
of Friday�s sentencing. It was "Bittersweet," he
said, "but at least there was some justice."
MY testimony which I had to shorten due to time
My name is Ed
The first time I
heard the word oxycontin, my 18 yr old ,honor
student son was DEAD from it after taking it at a
I started a
website to warn kids about this drug
I told purdue
that a lot of the death and addiction stories I am
getting through my website are from patients.
was �Less than 1% of patients get addicted�
which was a LIE
They also said
that there is a study - PSEUDO ADDICTION where if
a patient is not receiving a high enough dose they
will exhibit all the symptoms of an addict but all
they really need is a higher dose. The sales
force also used this story on doctors but they did
not even know the whole theory was based on a
I have met the
three criminals before. I was at the first
congressional hearing on oxycontin. There it came
out that Purdue knew of all the top prescribing
doctors even those who went off the charts. When
asked at the time why they did not report these
TOP prescribers. They took the 5th
amendment. At a later trial a purdue lawyer
responded to this same question with PURDUE was
under no legal obligation to report these top
prescribers�.. which by the way Purdue referred to
them as WHALES but I call them PILL MILL
For these 3 men to
claim it was only a few rogue individuals guilty
of the crimes is ludicrous. Purdue painted
themselves as champions of chronic pain patients
and I am sure you will hear from some of them
today with SEVERE injuries and it. BUT in fact
Purdue was spending hundreds of millions of
dollars on marketing this heroin like drug for
In the summer of
2001 oxycontin was front page news and there were
congressional hearings scheduled for the fall on
this rising epidemic.which by the way PURDUE
WAS DENYING EXISTED.
I was optimistic
that something concrete would be done to stop the
death and destruction that was occurring.
Unfortunately on 9/11/2001 everything changed and
the oxycontin epidemic was no longer a priority
and understandably so.
I dare to say that
I was even shocked to later learn that on
9/12/2001. While the twin towers were still
burning.Purdue�s VP of sales sent a voice mail to
all sales reps saying
since the media was focused on the attacks it
would be a great opportunity to see our top
prescribers to really push OxyContin to get more
Through my website
oxyabusekills.com I have received thousands of
death and addiction stories and anyone can read
them in my guestbook.
Please do not
allow this plea bargain to proceed these CRIMINALS
deserve jail time.
The lies and
deceit started at the top and have cost or ruined