The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, which made billions of dollars selling OxyContin, an opiate painkiller stronger than morphine. Introduced in 1996, OxyContin has been largely blamed for the opioid addiction crisis that followed. The Sacklers and the company are currently facing more than 2,500 lawsuits related to its practices. We talk with journalist Patrick Radden Keefe about the development of OxyContin, what the family knew about the danger of the drug, and how they have tried to thwart his reporting. His book is ‘Empire of Pain.’
How Bill Gates Impeded Global Access to Covid Vaccines: Through his hallowed foundation, the world’s de facto public health czar has been a stalwart defender of monopoly medicine.
Whether it’s a pandemic or a Texas-sized ice storm that leaves millions of people without power, we’d like to avoid a repetition. Megan McArdle of the Washington Post talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenge of learning the right lessons from the current crisis in order to prevent the next one. McArdle argues that we frequently learn the wrong lessons from the past in trying to prevent the harm from the catastrophes that might be waiting in our future.
The president keeps insisting on the urgency of $1.9 trillion in spending. But much of it would be spent on non-urgent policies unrelated to the pandemic.
Sociologist Peter Ikeler on the links between working class opioid deaths and deindustrialization in the neoliberal United States, and what replaces work when work leaves communities – and workers.
Biden’s Healthcare Plan For Pandemic Giveaway To Insurance Companies
John Fabian Witt “American Contagions: Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19”