The Daily: How the Opioid Crisis Started (NY Times)

Originally Published in the NY Times | Full Story Link Here

JULY 5, 2018

Prosecutors, seeking to hold someone accountable for the opioid epidemic, have been targeting doctors, dealers and users themselves. But those who made billions of dollars from sales of OxyContin, a painkiller at the center of the crisis, have gone largely unpunished.

On today’s episode:

Barry Meier, the author of “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic,” who has reported on Purdue Pharma and the opioid crisis for The New York Times.

Background reading:

An unreleased Justice Department report contains evidence that executives of Purdue Pharma, including members of the Sackler family, knew about widespread abuse of OxyContin years before they said they were aware of the problem, but that they continued to market the drug as less addictive than those of competitors.

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