The Business and Crisis of Opioids, with Barry Meier
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In 1996, a prescription opioid known as OxyContin hit the market. It was among the first opioids to be heavily marketed (yes, legally) and since that time, more than 400,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses—including some 200,000 from prescription opioids. Millions more continue to struggle with addiction, and entire communities have been devastated by the epidemic. Who or what is to blame? Where is the original sin? Looking for answers, Bethany speaks to NYT reporter Barry Meier about the opioid crisis.