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John Oliver Enlist's All-Stars for dramatic reading of a deposit



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In the latest episode of last week tonight, John Oliver takes the opioid crisis. Yes, it is his second time that addresses the issue, but as he so appropriately points out, it is far from being solved.

In particular, Oliver focuses on the legal woes of Richard Sackler, former president and president of Purdue Pharma, the creators of Oxycontin. The publicity-safe Sackler has been partially investigated because of the shocking things he has said about Oxycontin, which has come out during the trial. He said he wanted to cover the country in "a snowstorm of recipes" and that the first wave of 59 overdose deaths "could have been much worse" and described patients who became dependent on their product as "ruthless criminals". [1

9659003] As shocking as the written words may be, Oliver knows that there is no substitute for a visual. Although the transcription of Sackler's deposit in a case brought by the state of Kentucky has been publicly released, Purdue's lawyers are battling the release of the video of the deposit. And so Oliver led Michael Keating, Bryan Cranston, Michael K. Williams and Richard Kind to make dramatic readings of Sackler's deposit.

It is both entertaining and outrageous, just as Oliver thought it would be.


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