'The Daily Show' Wants to Rap to You About Drugs

Correspondent Michael Che investigates the world of prescription drug addiction and finds lots of darkness lying in plain sight.

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The Daily Show just wants to have an open and honest conversation with you about drugs. Everything's going to be okay. Jon Stewart and his team are here for you. And by "you," they mean "millions of Americans [suffering] side effects too terrible to comprehend."

Recently appointed SNL Weekend Update anchor Michael Che took a look in the world of prescription drug abuse. Drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin are causing some of the most severe addiction issues ā€“ and some are aiming to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible.

One main issue: pharmaceutical companies say Oxycontin is less likely to lead to addiction, as Che learns from Dr. Peter Gotzche. But that's not true.

"You can look at the lawsuits," Gotzche told Che of the legal action against companies like Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Eli Lilly. "What they do is actually organized crime. Pharmaceutical companies are like drug cartels."

But Che really got the dirt from the former executive director of Eli Lilly, Dr. John Virapen. "They can buy anyone they want: the FDA, the government, researchers," he said.

"Aren't you afraid they'll come after you?" Che asked.

The doctor responded, "Why do you think I live in Sweden?"

It may not be The Daily Show's funniest bit, but it's definitely one of the most interesting. Watch the full clip below.

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