All the major features of Purdue's handling of OxyContin conform to similar acts of corporate fraud perpetrated in recent years. Still the story is peculiar in some key respects. Many times corporate fraud originates in some fairly innocent business model. Not so with OxyContin, a dubious affair from the start.
Although most anyone can be a target of fraud and identity theft, senior identity theft is on the rise and those ages 50+ are often in the cross-hairs of scammers. The U.S. government is taking steps to help circumvent the high level of fraud aimed at seniors, but it can only do so much -- and progress in this area has been fairly slow.