18. Conclusion: So did purdue pharma have a role in the opioid crisis? in my opinion, even if they did, it was minimal. If you're going to go the route of "oh it's big pharma's fault for creating the drug in the first place", purdue is probably one of the least culpable for the opioid crisis with their extended release formulation that very few abusers(if any) actually use. But it does seem like they will likely be scapegoated and sacrificed in order to make a point.