SOURCE: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

May 11, 2007 11:12 ET

Statement by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chairman and President of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and Author of "High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages

America and What to Do About It" on Perdue Pharma Executives Misleading the Public on OxyContin

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 11, 2007 -- The following statement is an opinion of Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chairman and President of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University:

If Perdue Pharma and its executives had been street drug dealers they would be in prison for a very long time. Their fraudulent and misleading marketing has led to thousands of deaths from overdose use of OxyContin and many thousands more kids having their lives ruined by addiction to the drug. They have made billions of dollars. A fine of several hundred million dollars is hardly appropriate for the ruined lives and deaths they have caused lying about the addictive nature of this drug. Prescription drug abuse has exploded in America and OxyContin is the chief culprit.

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