Dec 6, 2021
Patrick Radden Keefe is an
award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker and the bestselling
author of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler
Dynasty. In this episode, Patrick tells the story of the
Sackler family and Purdue Pharma - makers of the pain management
drug OxyContin, providing the backdrop for the ensuing opioid
epidemic and public health crisis. He reveals the implicit and
sometimes explicit corruption of all parties involved in the
development, approval, and marketing of OxyContin, leading to a
cascade of unintended consequences including addiction and death.
He explains the unfortunate lack of accountability for the current
crisis, as well as what it all means for those with legitimate pain
management needs. Finally, he examines the difficult path ahead
towards finding a solution.