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Pain Killer

An Empire of Deceit and the Origins of America's Opioid Epidemic

Barry Meier



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27 October 2020
True crime; Illness & addiction: social aspects; Drugs trade & trafficking; Corporate crime
Every catastrophe has a beginning. For the opioid crisis in America, the seed was a drug called OxyContin. First hailed as a miracle drug for severe pain in the early 1990s, OxyContin went on to ignite a plague of addiction and death across America, fuelled by the aggressive marketing of its maker, Purdue Pharma and the billionaire Sackler brothers who owned the company. Investigative journalist Barry Meier was the first to write about the elusive Sackler family, their role in this catastrophic epidemic and the army of local doctors, law enforcement and worried parents that tried to bring them down. We meet the teenager proud of being the youngest Oxy user she knows at just 16, the local doctor who witnesses his community in the grip of a ferocious epidemic, the three billionaire Sackler brothers, and the government official who made it her mission to hold the company to account. Equal parts crime thriller, medical detective story, and business expose, Pain Killer is the origin story of the opioid crisis and a hard-hitting look at how a supposed wonder drug became the trigger for a national tragedy.
By:   Barry Meier
Imprint:   Sceptre
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   180g
ISBN:   9781529356168
ISBN 10:   1529356164
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   27 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Barry Meier is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times investigative reporter. He's twice won the George Polk award for Investigate Reporting. Prior to joining the New York Times in 1989, he worked for the Wall Street Journal and New York Newsday.

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