Category Archives: Healthcare

The ‘Secret History’ Of The Sackler Family & The Opioid Crisis

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.’

Source: The ‘Secret History’ Of The Sackler Family & The Opioid Crisis : Fresh Air : NPR

EconTalk: Megan McArdle on Catastrophes and the Pandemic

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 American Mind Podcast Episode 57: The Egotist and the Icon

Rush Limbaugh passed away yesterday—his work touched tens of millions of people, our editors included. Then there’s Governor Cuomo, who is embroiled in a scandal after covering up COVID nursing home deaths from the public. Plus: the Claremont Institute has launched a new DC-based branch: The Center for the American Way of Life. Arthur Milikh, the Center’s executive director, joins to talk about reclaiming a more robust kind of conservatism.

Source: The American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #57 – The American Mind

This Is Hell! | Opioid deaths fill the void left by de-industrialization.

States that lost a greater share of manufacturing jobs, and states that had steeper union decline, and states that had lower self-employment – those states had worse rises in overdose deaths. Those three factors – deunionization, deindustrialization, and low self-employment – contribute in a significant way, even net of other important factors like healthcare coverage, like racial percentages, like population size. Those three factors explain almost 40% of the rise in overdose death rates across states.


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.

Source: This Is Hell! | Opioid deaths fill the void left by deindustrialization.