Opioids II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published: 15 April 2019
  • Following some recent revelations about the role of large companies in America’s ongoing opioid epidemic, John Oliver takes another look at the crisis.

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  • Pikaia Gracilens
    Pikaia Gracilens  5 hours back

    Ah, great. A shitty rap video by a pharmaceutical company completely destroyed my city (I live in Vancouver).

    • Gabriel Hoekstra
      Gabriel Hoekstra  1 days back

      His statement could've been worse, though. He could've said, "That's not too bad. It could've been far worse. As long as it was mostly jews."

      • Mr Miscellaneous
        Mr Miscellaneous  2 days back

        That rap in the beginning...

        Given that Eminem had an addiction to similar drugs before, got off them, and has been sober for over 10 years, using his song to sell those drugs is just insulting.

        • Faith Fuldeeds
          Faith Fuldeeds  2 days back

          I applaud Michael Keaton for not smacking in some thoughtlessly abstruse or overly exaggerated manner while eating his sandwich on film. *snacking maka me wana snap!!!*

          • Faith Fuldeeds
            Faith Fuldeeds  2 days back

            The point about Dennis, the janitor is actually an insanely considerate and accurate statement. Like the people responsible are actually going to sweep up anything (other than lawsuits under the proverbial rug). On the other hand, I'm sure he gets paid hourly and maybe he might have needed a little over time that week. *of course I'm sure they would commission extra help for the cleanup of such a thing, but it's still an adequate example of how short sighted and thoughtless a mob of protestors can be....

            • Walter Luhm
              Walter Luhm  3 days back

              mr sackler will never have to spend 1 single in prison because he is a high ranking freemason. how do i know? because when democracy now did a piece on him they showed a picture of him wearing a button with there logo on it. why is that significant? two reasons. one because a basic tenet of there beliefs is that everything is a hierarchy so if u get rich crushing somebody its ok because thats just how nature works. secondly if your in that organization long enough, you earn diplomatic immunity. no joke and no conspiracy theory. wake up america!

            • Cosmus Melly
              Cosmus Melly  3 days back

              https://www.sacklergallery.com/ This will work.

              • Jeffrey Stull
                Jeffrey Stull  4 days back

                I'm in love with what this crew gets out in the open. Thank you sincerely and truly.

                • Sequential Geek
                  Sequential Geek  4 days back

                  Why dont you articles / videos about how 'Americans' in general do NOTHING hold people accountable for anything,... -Instead of having actors play people from Purdue, have actors play Americans saying 'Oh well, Im sorry that you feel that way", and "if someone wants to take Oxycontin, then THATS THEIR CHOICE" -like typical 'Americans', then show them obsessing on who around them is 'different', and how to be an 'entitled' alienating mean bigot... like good well bred 'Americans' in a fake country.

                  • Sequential Geek
                    Sequential Geek  4 days back

                    UGH! The jokes Oliver inserts are terrible,...

                    • Jumping Sloth
                      Jumping Sloth  5 days back

                      Well this idea didnt just start here. China was flooded with opium in old history. Thats why so many nations strictly forbid it. Punishment with death even in some countries

                      • Seth Horras
                        Seth Horras  5 days back

                        Awesome Micheal Keaton did this.

                        • Seth Horras
                          Seth Horras  5 days back

                          Wow, JO makes me laugh every f#@%ing episode. He's a national treasure.

                          • kim okla
                            kim okla  5 days back

                            Great John Thx soooo much, LOL salamanders!

                            • Amrita Chatterji
                              Amrita Chatterji  6 days back

                              doing god's work John Oliver.

                              • Amrita Chatterji
                                Amrita Chatterji  6 days back

                                they also get trump's tax cut

                                • Arthur Clements
                                  Arthur Clements  6 days back

                                  Oliver is a monster...a deeply ugly man making money and making light of a horrible crisis. Scum bag masquerading as a saint. Kill yourself Oliver.

                                  • Dr. Kira
                                    Dr. Kira  7 days back

                                    "I'll substitute you like a Xylotol" Is a lamer rap line than that C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang chorus parody? I would agree except,

                                    "I can hold my own/knick-knack Shaq attack give a dog a bone" exists.

                                    • Ca Ad
                                      Ca Ad  1 weeks back

                                      I would say that having Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, and Michael K Williams play me is worth owning the opioid crisis....

                                      • TWSTF 8
                                        TWSTF 8  1 weeks back

                                        He needs to make an, "Opioids part III" episode about the Poppy fields in Afghanistan where the Pharmaceutical manufacturers get the bulk of the primary active ingredients for their Drugs.

                                        (Oxyconton, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, etc.)

                                        The problem is so systemic, the US Military is actually actively protecting the Opium Poppy Industries run by Tribal communities, most of which used to be maintained, regulated, and controlled by the Taliban and other comparable local organizations and government agencies.

                                        Although they're mostly all still owned and operated by the same Afghan Tribal communities, and there have been efforts to transition them to growing and cultivating altogether different cash crops, like corn, etc., the region is particularly suited to the healthy and profitable growth and cultivation of the Poppy plants in a far more significant rate per acre of land.

                                        It's the primary global, "supply," end of the worldwide Opiate crisis, accounting for about 80+% of the industry's supply.

                                        And, just as the Drug manufacturers are protected by American Lawmakers here, the Opium Poppy farms are protected by the United States Military in Afghanistan.

                                        So, it's clearly just as complex a problem as the manufacturing and distributing end, and ultimately the drug users and abusers themselves.

                                        Making the entire industry from Poppy to pill a worldwide systemic issue needing a solution.

                                        • Dale Bouwman
                                          Dale Bouwman  1 weeks back

                                          The Sacklers should be fed their own medicine. Daily.

                                          • Dale Bouwman
                                            Dale Bouwman  5 days back

                                            @Sharon Jensen Your hired....love the enthusiasm

                                          • Sharon Jensen
                                            Sharon Jensen  1 weeks back

                                            Can I volunteer to do it? It would give me great satisfaction. Double dosages.

                                        • Carlositos G-O
                                          Carlositos G-O  1 weeks back

                                          “Kermit is a top” 😂 OMG The Oliver Team on top of the gay lingo! *pun intended lol

                                          • MoistCake
                                            MoistCake  1 weeks back

                                            Why does the legal supplier have the responsibility ... they respond to demand? If X pharmacy has a billion script count, someone has to supply. Maybe they should flag the pharmacy and report to a third party?

                                            • Floxxoror
                                              Floxxoror  2 weeks back

                                              my grandma did get fentanyl(for good reasons). well sadly i managed her medicine and got kinda hooked on it. the result: the hardest shit in my life that was kinda like rape and the hardest anxiety kicks and panic attacks you can imagine. well i guess you cannot, as i couldnt up to this point. im not from the us though.

                                              • Meadow Rae
                                                Meadow Rae  2 weeks back

                                                I live in WV and the medical examiner, foster care, and first responder systems are completely overrun. There are so many kids in care and kids as young as 6th grade overdosing. I wish I could melt all of those responsible in a vat of acid.

                                                • Samantha Wells
                                                  Samantha Wells  2 weeks back

                                                  American Greed has three episodes from season 12 that deal with opoids and heroin.

                                                  • samuel rappaport
                                                    samuel rappaport  2 weeks back

                                                    can we please put “Bears are gonna Bear” on a t shirt?

                                                    • bloodvow333
                                                      bloodvow333  2 weeks back

                                                      The most fucked up part thing about this is that it’s an Eminem song and Eminem almost died from addiction to opioids

                                                      • D. C. S.
                                                        D. C. S.  2 weeks back

                                                        7500 doses per person in Kermit is 675 a month the hell?! (It has to be other areas around it)

                                                        • Rey Barrera
                                                          Rey Barrera  2 weeks back

                                                          Wtf man. I went to jail for a gram of weed.
                                                          But opioids are contributing to literal mass addiction and death.

                                                          • Kyle Mouttet
                                                            Kyle Mouttet  2 weeks back

                                                            And the victims of this are still treated like trash!
                                                            I guess it's just too difficult for people who've lived their whole lives looking down their nose, to see the world from any other perspective.

                                                            • Karen McCarrell
                                                              Karen McCarrell  2 weeks back

                                                              Oh! Oh! Christopher Walken please, please!

                                                              • Terri Williams
                                                                Terri Williams  2 weeks back

                                                                Does McKesson just drop ship meds to Kermit? You're story doesn't make sense.

                                                                • John O.
                                                                  John O.  2 weeks back

                                                                  the phrase "it could have been worse" can only not be applied to two things: Richard Sackler's statement regarding those 59 deaths and the way ICE is handling their detainment of migrants.

                                                                  • Sara Murphy
                                                                    Sara Murphy  2 weeks back

                                                                    Can we just pause to realize his name is Dick Sackler?!?!?!

                                                                    • Jebediah Gentry
                                                                      Jebediah Gentry  2 weeks back

                                                                      I wanna know where a janitor gets $15 an hour because I'm moving there

                                                                      • Bhanu Singh
                                                                        Bhanu Singh  2 weeks back

                                                                        Hail Satan, but only if thy skullfuck Sackler

                                                                        • Dylan Noah
                                                                          Dylan Noah  2 weeks back

                                                                          “Kermit is a top I’ll have you know...not that that is any of your business.”
                                                                          Why...why did I laugh so hard at this...

                                                                          • Aradia With Geese
                                                                            Aradia With Geese  2 weeks back

                                                                            They made a sequal?

                                                                            • Sharon Jensen
                                                                              Sharon Jensen  2 weeks back

                                                                              They had to. Since some people didn't get the memo last time.

                                                                          • Richard Wyant
                                                                            Richard Wyant  2 weeks back

                                                                            Why should my taxes pay for someone's irresponsible choices?

                                                                            • Smilley MLK
                                                                              Smilley MLK  2 weeks back

                                                                              Because other people's taxes will pay for your unfortunate accidents, unplanned medical conditions and assorted mishaps. The same goes for medical insurance, BTW.

                                                                          • Plixemon
                                                                            Plixemon  2 weeks back

                                                                            Opioids two; the electric bugaloo

                                                                            • Kyle Rider
                                                                              Kyle Rider  2 weeks back

                                                                              Greed will be the undoing of the USA

                                                                              • only me
                                                                                only me  2 weeks back

                                                                                Omar's coming....

                                                                                • BockworschtSoldier
                                                                                  BockworschtSoldier  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Opioids for minor issues like Back- and Knee Pain? I don´t know how it is in the States, but for minor issues like this works Paracetamol or Ibuprofen very well and they don´t make you addicted.

                                                                                  • dsm02c
                                                                                    dsm02c  3 weeks back

                                                                                    The giraffes face, awesome.

                                                                                    • Allison Bauch
                                                                                      Allison Bauch  3 weeks back

                                                                                      I so love Bryan Cranston. He is such a great actor. I loved him on "Malcolm in the Middle". He fucking cracks me up. I am so happy he's had so much success. He deserves it. Congratulations, Bryan.

                                                                                      • David Roberts
                                                                                        David Roberts  3 weeks back

                                                                                        47,000 isn't a large number, at all, especially when you stop to think that cops have shot or killed triple that number of citizens...we might want to get *that* "epidemic" taken care of first.

                                                                                        • Chris Floyd
                                                                                          Chris Floyd  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Bryan Cranston ffing killed it.