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The opioid crisis: how we got here

>  “Researchers link opioid deaths to marketing by drugmakers”

LA Times | January 18, 2019

In a study, published in JAMA Network Open, researchers sketched a vivid line linking the dollars spent by drugmakers to woo doctors around the country to a vast opioid epidemic that has led to tens of thousands of deaths.

>  “An ‘Over-prescription of Opioids’ That Led to a Crisis”

The Atlantic  | June 23, 2018

The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse pointed to economic factors as a cause of the epidemic.

>  “Beth Macy’s Story of The Drug Company that Addicted America”


"Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America” is a look into the opioid crisis as it emerged. This podcast is an interview with Beth about her research.

>  “The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis”

Esquire | October 16, 2017

The company that makes OxyContin and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family.

>  “Purdue Pharma's opioid ties to Massachusetts General, Tufts: 10 things to know”

Becker’s Hospital Review | January 17th, 2019

"I thought, in my naivete, that Purdue would want to know that as well, that they would want to know [opioids for chronic pain] wasn't working for patients," Dr. Ballantyne told STAT. "But that wasn’t their goal at all."

>  “Drug companies get tax windfall, but they're not reducing prescription prices”

USA Today | April 11, 2018

You’d think the massive tax cut signed into law in December would be the perfect opportunity for drug companies to take some of their windfall and bring down those prices. You'd be wrong.

>  "How Congress allied with drug company lobbyists to derail the DEA’s war on opioids" 

Washington Post investigation | October 15, 2017


>  Beyond Purdue: Our Deadly Unlearned Lessons From the Overdose Crisis

Filter | March 19, 2019

Accountability for wrongdoing is important—though the extent to which Pharma, rather than societal factors, drives addiction is questionable. What’s far more needed is identifying structural, political and societal lessons that we have been far too slow to grasp—and then acting on them.

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Hand-picked videos from around the web.

These two 60 Minutes videos provide foundational knowledge for anyone working on the opioid crisis.

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