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Jack Conway Takes Money from Criminal Drug Company
October 28, 2010
The more you look at Jack Conway, the worse it gets. Yesterday we reported on Conway’s effort to obstruct justice in a criminal drug investigation of his brother. Today we report that Jack Conway accepts money from a company that pushes a dangerous drug, OxyContin.
The NADDI, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, dropped a $50,000 check on Kentucky and its Attorney General Jack Conway.
On October 25, Marianne Skolek, writing for the Salem-News, reported on Conway’s connection to Purdue Pharma, a Stamford, Connecticut, pharmaceutical company that manufactures the highly addictive opioid analgesic, OxyContin. According to Skolek, the “state of Kentucky was suing Purdue Pharma for the devastation caused by OxyContin in deaths and addictions — and since Purdue Pharma was criminally convicted in Federal Court in 2007 of deceiving physicians and patients about the addictive and abusive qualities of OxyContin, I had a problem with law enforcement being associated with Purdue Pharma’s poster child, NADDI.”
NADDI’s stated purpose is that it “facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the prevention and investigation of prescription drug diversion,” according to its website.
Conway told Marianne Skolek he will continue to take “this money and put it to good use to help in the fight against drugs and crime.”
“Abuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem in the state of Kentucky,” notes a website critical of Conway. “Jack Conway claims to be ‘tough on drugs’ but in reality, he broke an important campaign promise to create a drug task force upon entering office. Additionally, he took $50,000 from the very drug company that creates OxyContin. Does Jack Conway stand with the drug companies and their deep pockets, or with the people of Kentucky who must deal with the rampant problems with crime and abuse?”
Conway demonstrated his hypocrisy when he criticized opponent Rand Paul for opposing Kentucky’s policy of taking federal money in the so-called war on drugs. Paul told a group of county officials gathered in Louisville this summer that he would “rather see drug abuse and dependency treated and paid for at the local level” than by the federal government.
In response, Conway released the following television ad:
It looks like Jack Conway is soft of drugs, not Rand Paul. He takes money from a company convicted of deceiving physicians and patients about the addictive and abusive qualities of OxyContin.
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