The Opioid Crisis: Trump Blames Mexico & Big Pharma Blames Addicts | The Daily Show

Who is to blame
for this crisis? Well, if you listen
to the president, which, by the way,
I don’t recommend you do, but if you do, he’ll point his
tiny little blame finger where he normally does:
south of the border. Whether it’s the opioids,
whether it’s drugs as you hear
in the traditional sense, much comes through
the southern border. The opioid
is a tremendous emergency. And I tell you what,
we’ve made a big impact, but still, we need the wall. One of the reasons
we want the strong borders. A lot of this stuff comes in
from different places, but it comes in from Mexico, it comes
along the southern border. Man, Trump blames Mexico
for everything. The opioid crisis,
factories closing, crime in America. I wouldn’t be shocked
if he’s in bed with his wife, and she’s like, “What’s wrong,
Donald? Can’t get it up?” He’s like,
“It’s these goddamn immigrants. Not you, baby.
The other ones, the other ones.” (laughter) But in reality… (cheering and applause) In reality… the opioid crisis is as American
as baseball or student loan debt because it wasn’t
Mexican drug dealers that got people addicted, right? That was the work
of homegrown American doctors like Barry Schultz. In July, Schultz was sentenced
to 157 years for his role in fueling the most devastating
public health crisis of the 21st century. In one 16-month period, DEA records show
Barry Schultz dispensed 800,000 opioid pills
from his office pharmacy. When you’re giving somebody
60 oxycodone a day, how could they not abuse it? (sighs) 60 a day is a large number,
I admit. That’s a very large number. But if it’s taken properly… How can you take
60 oxycodone a day properly? Some people need that dose. There is no scientific evidence
to support that claim. Goddamn, 60 oxycodone a day. This guy deserves 150 years
in prison. I bet when they announced it
in court, he was like,
“But that’s a life sentence.” And the judge was like,
“Well, no, “not if you space it out
properly. It actually works out.” Now, the truth is
as bad as this guy is, doctors like this are basically
low-level henchmen, right? If you want to find the source
of the opioid problem, you have to go to the top
of the cartel: the pharma companies
that make the drugs. Former executives and managers
for Insys Therapeutics are on trial in Boston. They’re accused
of bribing doctors to prescribe a highly addictive
fentanyl spray. Prosecutors say
five Manhattan doctors were paid more than $800,000 combined
from Insys. They were also treated
to lavish dinners and expensive strip club visits. One of the former executives, a former stripper
turned saleswoman who prosecutors say
bribed doctors and, in some cases,
got personal with them all so they would prescribe
the company’s drug. That’s right. This drug company didn’t just bribe doctors
to push opioids. They sent strippers
to bribe the doctors. And let me just say, when a stripper
starts paying you, something fishy is going on,
all right? That just doesn’t make sense.
Doesn’t make sense. It’s like a crackhead begging
to give you five dollars. “Hey, brother, you look
like you could use some help. Come on, man, take it.” Now, that’s just one example
of how drug companies are pushing doctors
to overprescribe opioids. And that drug company
is small-time compared to the Pablo Escobar
of opioids, the Sackler family. We are hearing from the
Massachusetts attorney general, who blames the founding family
of a pharmaceutical company for helping create
the opioid drug crisis. In a lawsuit,
the state targets Purdue Pharma and eight members
of the Sackler family. It alleges
they are personally responsible for deceptively selling
OxyContin. The company admitted
in federal court in 2007 that it had misled doctors
and consumers about just how addictive
OxyContin can be. The lawsuit contends
that from 2008 to 2016 alone, members of the Sackler family
paid themselves more than $4 billion
in opioid profits. That’s right.
This one family made $4 billion by allegedly lying
about how addictive opioids are. That is straight-out evil. If your product is addictive, you have to be up-front
about it. I mean, that’s why
we always start our show with the disclaimer,
“Do not consume “more three episodes
of The Daily Show if you’re addicted
to Africans with dimples.” All right?
I have to warn people. I could be a billionaire
if I didn’t show that warning. I have to do that. I don’t want to do it,
but I have to do it. Your grandmother
would be selling her VCR to watch this show
if I didn’t give that warning. And it’s bad enough that
the Sacklers reportedly lied about how addictive
their drugs were, but according to
the court filing, they then turned around
and blamed their victims for getting addicted
in the first place. REPORTER:
The newly unredacted complaint points to a strategy
allegedly employed by the company
to blame the addict. In a confidential 2001 e-mail, Richard Sackler,
then Purdue chairman and president, wrote… (reading): This is pure evil. Like, genuinely pure evil. They got people hooked
on their product and then tried to demonize them
for being hooked. This is like if a guy
at Cinnabon was like, “Have you tried
the Cinnabon breadsticks? “Have you tried the– have
you tried the Cinnabon Stix? “Yeah? Oh, and have you had–
Uh, you’ve got to try “the Caramel PecanBon.
Yeah, yeah. “And you do not want
to get on that plane without the ten-piece
CinnaSweeties!” And then I’m like, “Okay,
you got me. I’ll try them all!” And then he’s like, “You
fat (bleep), you disgust me.” “Wait, what? What?” And according to allegations
in the complaint, blaming the addict
was just a small part of the Sacklers’
diabolical master plan, right? Because once they got people
addicted, they tried to make money treating the addiction
that they caused. And, believe it or not,
that-that wasn’t even their most sinister idea. The maker of the highly
addictive painkiller OxyContin is now trying to get
FDA approval to label it as suitable for use by children
as young as six years old. -Wow. Wow.
-WOMAN: What? Yeah, what? That’s right. Even after they knew full well
how addictive their drug was, they still wanted to make
a version for kids. Like, nobody should ever want
kids doped up on opioids, all right? Like, unless they’re next to me
on a plane and that little asshole
is kicking my seat, ’cause, like, I’m try–
I’m trying to rest, is what I’m saying.
But other than that, -no one should ever,
-(laughter, applause) should ever want to do– Oh, actually, actually,
also in restaurants, you know, sometimes when they’re running
around, screaming, and they throw the food.
Those ones also. But, other than that,
a child is the most prec– Yo, Jesus, movies. Movies
as well. They never shut up. The kid’ll be talking, like,
“Mommy, did you see–” Yeah, we all saw it!
We’re watching the screen! It’s on the screen! Now shut up
so I can watch Lego Movie!


  1. I guess I was lucky? My doctor stopped prescribing due to being threatened for to long. After 14 years of being on Norco everyday he took me off using the proper method with Suboxone. I only needed it for 5 days.(IF YOUR DOCTOR HAS YOU ON SUBOXONE FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, THEY ARE DOING IT FOR MONEY) It has been about a year and I've never craved the medication. But now my life is lost. On the Norco I started a business. I have been so proud because I started it with 20.00 and it grew fast. I could drive again and even work out. I was eating and sleeping. Now I have no idea who I am. Every doctor tried to put me on anti depressants. But I am not depressed. I think for what happened to me sadness and anger are normal emotions. I fear diabetes. It runs in my family. I am almost always sedentary now and gaining weight, Very different than when I was a body builder and trainer. I gave up driving. I sleep very little and eat very poorly. I can't eat in pain. Now I'm dealing with PTSD from doctors. I had one doctor scream at me. He didn't even bring my file into the room. He didn't even know my name. He called me desperate and an addict and said he was cutting my meds to less than half per day. It was horrible. The staff let me leave to drive home- even though I was having a panic attack and an SVT. My only thought was "I'm losing my business, my livlihood". The next doctor demanded an MRI of my back. I explained that I did not want an epidermal (they are not FDA approved). My back isn't even my worst pain issue. He yelled at me on the phone and hung up. Then a female doctor put me on several anti depressants at one time. I ended up in the ER with serotonin syndrome, and now I have serious white coat issues. I'm am slowly losing my business. I'm trying and don't want to give up. I understand why people are committing suicide. It's not like retiring. You aren't prepared. In a week your life just changes. It's gone. I always tell ppl' that are not in pain…have someone tap on your forehead for a month straight. While you try to eat, sleep, talk on the phone or make big decisions. See how well you concentrate after a month. It's not just the sensation of pain, but it brings madness to your life. I spend much time watching t.v..trying to just focus on the t.v to try to drown out the pain. I can't even read well now. My concentration is poor at best. I am so terrified of doctors that I broke my nose several months ago and fixed it myself. Last month I dislocated my shoulder and again fixed it myself. I respected the medication I was on. I was so thankful. After years of all kinds of therapies, medications that did not work and I was even scammed into trying things like body magnets, copper bracelets, infrared therapy, acupuncture several times and more. I'm not ready to just be a meat suit sitting on the sofa, with a brain that wants to do so much in life. I have another grandchild coming, number 5. And all I can think is 'another grandchild I can't play with or babysit. "They" never made a follow through for us. Once this started there was all kinds of things to help addicts. But we are left chronic pain criminals. Sadly this issue is having a snowball effect. People don't trust doctors anymore. I even know a group of women that are doing home births with no medical help. This is infecting everything. It has not slowed down drug abuse and suicides have increased. I can't believe my countries medical system is doing this to us.

  2. What numbnut health officials believed that opioids weren't highly addictive? Did they not look at what was in the drugs??? Do they not know what they themselves are looking at?

  3. man I remember about 10 15 years ago doctors were handing out Vicodin and Percocet like fucking Skittles I totally blame the doctors and big pharma for my opiate addiction I remember getting a script to 40 10mg Vicodin for a migraine I had went to the er for thinking I'd get ibuprofen 800mg at the most but nope doc gave a 16 year old kid 40 10mg Vicodin prescription and I would get a very nice buzz of one pill so it's bullshit when they said it's a less addicting opiate than oxycontin and now I can say from experience that they all feel the same as actual black tar heroin, exactly the same 100% if you've ever gotten a buzz from hydrocodone or oxycodone then you know what heroin feels like

  4. This video keeps coming up in auto play even though I have seen it already 5-10x. One piece in this segment that i have found to be maybe misleading is the article the sachler family claiming it’s the addicts fault. I don’t think they are blaming the ones prescribed to their medication, I believe they are talking about the people who are buying pills or stealing pills from others, that if it wasn’t for the black market everything would be okay. Which I understand still in itself is shady and dumb to argue, just slightly not as bad as blaming the people who are taking it because a doctor told them to.

  5. Just because a Doctor prescribes something doesn’t mean that you have to take it. Research everything before you accept a prescription for use. If your doctor calls it in to a pharmacy and you don’t like what your research is telling you, tell the pharmacy to put it back. Don’t accept it.

  6. So let's dissect this: American invades a country that produces 90% of the world's opium supply and, oh, what do we have here? An opioid addiction takes root. Stop with the partisan divisive hatred. It's a distraction from who really hurting you. Our collective enemy are ruling elite controlled, by big pharma and big oil. The ruling elite cannot be trusted. Why is it taking you sheep so long to wake up?

  7. What an idiot! Opioids are created by America pharmaceutical companies that paid doctors to prescribe opioids!

  8. What I still can't grasp is why or how the physicians did not realize AN OPIATE would be addictive? It isnt like these are the first opiate pain meds ever. I smell bullshit.
    I took pharmacology in nursing school…oxycontin is an opiate. The physicians should have known better

  9. These people are bad but anyone that ever taken an opioid knows within a week that it is addictive. Take some personal responsibility people.

  10. It’s strange and ironic how white people want to declare white people overdosing as a crisis. When it was black folk “we need more police on the streets”. White privilege has done white people a terrible disservice. Good luck trying to help a fiend they are the biggest liars and manipulators. Make AmeriKKKa Great Again

  11. I blame the politicians and CDC that lump heroin and fentanyl in with oxycontin. Heroin is 40x stronger than oxy by the way.

  12. President Trump has all of his money he can't get something to help him with the bags under his eyes or more importantly around his eyes.

  13. Lol you guys are missing the point the biggest drug in the world is sugar yet! ?? Come on Americans plus 30million Americans who suffer from chronic illnesses need those opioids to live a normal life! Americans are so dumb! Sigh never seeing the bigger picture. Can never think for yourselves.

  14. What happened to the war on drugs even if you used No help just jail and prison thats what joe biden and the United states government did to so called Nigros and Blacks destroying families and Communities and loving homes and to this day because of Felonies all most al is band and barred from Jobs Careers and housing.

  15. Did the G-men eradicate organized crime, or simply protect the government’s monopoly on the guaranteed success it reserves for itself while denying it to the masses. Too big to fail or be deterred by collateral damage to others.

  16. Wait you wanna get me hooked on OxyContin? I’m going to scream the rest of the movie 🍿😒👾👻😈🗣

  17. I don't think that doctor should have got that many years in prison even if you did prescribed 100 oxycodone today you can go to the liquor store and if you want you can buy a hundred bottles of alcohol everyday no crime there the alcohol is more deadly

  18. Can you go to a doctor and get prescription opiates prescribed to you easier in Mexico than you can't hear because I could use about 20 mg of oxycodone a day for my back pain and I can't get them here

  19. I wish the doctor never got in trouble because I would go to set up an appointment I could use at least 30 mg a day which is only 6 5 mg tablets a day if you're alone term user of the drug and you built up lots of tolerance you might need 60 a day depending on your pain

  20. Can you think of how many human tragedies happened because someone lied to get a dollar or save themselves. This kind of shit is insane.

  21. This is why every time they prescribed me opioids for pain I dispose of them. I'd rather deal or take an ibuprofen and call it a day…

  22. A rich fucking drug dealing family that has literally killed thousands and thousands of people, addicted countless others and costed the tax payers millions and millions of dollars in healthcare for those who became addicted, who were fed these pills by the handful are still free. And Trump blames Mexicans for that? God forbid he blame a fellow elitist white family for it. We have countless people jailed for life for far less and drug dealers that are absolutely nothing when compared to this family that will never see the light of day and these murdering fucks are still free? Hell even Escobar was small time compared to this family. There is something seriously wrong with this picture.

  23. Now cut and paste the focus of this investigation onto the "crack epidemic" imposed on the Black community for which they are being thrown in jail for ever! Watch the sentiments change…

  24. When I hear this story, I think of Presentable Liberty's ridiculous plot by "Dr. Money". Hell, it's not that far off, anyhow.
    Consider my day "ruined, but not unrecoverable".

  25. Mexico doesnt have a drug problem america does lol and if mexico doesnt import them other countries surely will cause american addicts wont settle for a no. Americans are the type to blame everyone else except themselves for their drug problems 😂😂

  26. Hello Trevor. I reside in India and I am a Surgical Oncologist. The concept of blaming doctors exists in America too which is very deplorable. The doctor who gave a high dose of opiods for his patients would have done it with a good intention. Opioids have no ceiling effect and the dose can be increased in terminal patients to get adequate pain relief. Kindly stop persecting the doctor fraternity worldwide

  27. Who is to blame? Big pharmacy, black ops in America and open borders. I have to watch my young bright friends throwing their life away. Their teeth, their health their intelligence. America's young people are needed to be healthy, we have soul contracts on them. Our young children have already been trampled on and beat down. The old conservatives that were liberal, guess what? We not gonna be silent while this crime is being committed on an entire generation. Don't tell us your negative dumb down lies, we see your motivation to lie and destroy them.

  28. I mean that dr is trippen! But a responsible dr would give them a regiment and its the responsibility of the patient to take that regiment as prescribed. If the patient abuses the drug that doesnt fall on the dr or the parma company that falls on the patient. Example do you blame the guy cooking meth for the fact that there are meth heads? No you blame the meth head for smoking meth!

  29. Not only do big farma pay doctors but they do the same thing to the "government "that why they are allowed to do this and nothing happens and nothing will ever happen is all that mulaaaa

  30. I am addicted my lawyer will be calling you in the morning. 😜😂😂😂. I have been binge-watching you all day.❤❤

  31. I am genuinly puzzled why vigilante justice is N O T a thing at this point.
    I dont wish it. I dont advocate. I dont call to. I just wonder.

  32. Im gonna say it. It's white doctors babying white patients. White folks are dying off slowly. It's evolution.. natural selection. They do too much damage in the world

  33. Sacklers and Trumps fault. It is a legal drug with prescription. Does Trump know he is president? They are corrupt as hell not even trying to hide it, poisoning America.

  34. High CBD with THC is a good pain killer and non-addictive. Yes cannabis. How are the Sacklers going to make billions and poison America if people can grow this in their back yards?

  35. I love CNN bit this guy has no idea what the fuck he's talking about there's two sides to this story and he's only covering one side he has no idea I live this everyday and when he's ready to see and hear the real side of what cause the opioid problem contact me

  36. I'm going to purposefully engineer an additive substance, bribe my way into shoving it down your mouth , have heath ledger and Chris Farley die, then sue you for being addicted. GTFO.

  37. Is it just me but have Trevor's inserts just gotten SO much better – US stuff, now at the level of his SA standup! It's totally in his writing style and well researched by his team, love it!

  38. the pharmaceutical companys sell set doses when you get shit from mexico or and other country you dont know what strength your buying ! so now people that need them get zero and the junkies just keep dying ! doctors even without pain killers are the third leading cause of death in the country right behind cancer and heart disease!

  39. Black people: crack epidemic in 80s gets arrested by government
    White people: opioids in 2018- present government tries to help them…

    …well ok then

  40. Ritalin is already used to string out kids and make them shut up and pay attention. Then they find out they can crush it up and snort it for a cocaine like effect

  41. perhaps the patent system and capitalism is to blame. All those drugs have patentents that can be renewed endlessly

  42. Meanwhile there are people assassinating Marianne Williamson for questioning the big pharma for unnecessary vaccines and anti-depressant as if they have the purest of intentions and morality.

  43. It's Funny we aren't we looking hard at the Big Pharma Corporatocracy, now the most hated industry in America? Can't imagine why people don't trust them, with the billions poured into Big Pharma $avior propaganda? The real Funny thing is that we the people hate diabolical Big Pharma more than hemorhoids and sinking vacation cruise ships, from the new Gallop Poll "Big Pharma Sinks to the Bottom of U.S. Industry Rankings."
    Can't even mention that in their bought and paid for media? Not so funny after all?
    Wanna know what the funny thing really is? We the Sheeple have the very finest "scientists," media, "education" and politicians drug money can buy.

  44. Sometimes I wonder if I'm in a simulation and the programmers are just throwing random shit in here to see how insane the world has to get before I lose my mind completely.

  45. Wait a minute! Did I just hear this doctor say 60 oxycodone pills a day “if taken responsibly” was okay? If I have to take 6 ibuprofen tablets in one day for pain that doesn’t go away, the medical field tells me I should be worried but this guy doesn’t even blink too hard at 60 oxycodone a day. Are you kidding me right now? Am I being punked? Come on, people. He’s not sorry for what he did because he doesn’t think he did anything wrong. People who can admit to being wrong would not justify their previous behaviors or the destructive outcomes of such behaviors. Period! Not one bit of shame or guilt in his answer. Just righteous indignation to a fault. I’m disgusted by people like this and I dare say his time in prison will not be well spent if he continues to be convinced of his own righteousness. It will have been for nothing.

  46. If anyone is interested I was in a PBS NOVA documentary called “Addicted” and I tell my opioid crisis story along with other families. You can find it on the PBS NOVA website. It shows a completely different side of the opioid crisis and how every case is so different from the other.

  47. I need that dose of oxycodone to live and due to peoples stupidity i am unable to get my medication for doctors fear of loosing their license… so now i will be suffering and bedbound. im 19, i deserve to live

  48. it was narrated that The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
    "O people, those who have gone before you were destroyed, because if any one of high rank committed theft amongst them, they spared him; and it anyone of low rank committed theft, they inflicted the prescribed punishment upon him."

    When a nation's definition of success in life is measured by how much money one makes then the making more money would always be a priority even if it's on the expense of people's life.

    There are homeless people who have more honor, dignity, mercy and humanity more than some of those who live in mansions. You need to change your perceptive about what success is before it's too late.

  49. How can someone lie …. TO A DOCTOR about how addictive opioids are?? Something's wrong about the doctor's part. Or right down to the qualifications in becoming a doctor part.

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