Opioids

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US author to give away £10,000 prize cash over role of sponsor in opioid crisis
Investigative reporter Patrick Radden Keefe will give money from business book of the year shortlisting to charity over involvement of McKinsey firm

Lucy Knight

03, Dec, 2021 @6:24 PM

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Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe review – all the moral power of a Victorian novel
This prizewinning account of a band of brothers who struck gold with the opioid OxyContin is a masterfully told story of corruption and greed

Andrew Anthony

28, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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‘It’s devastating’: how fentanyl is unfolding as one of America’s greatest tragedies
More than 100,000 people died from overdoses in a single year – driven primarily by one drug

Melody Schreiber

22, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The week in TV: Crime; Dopesick; Tiger King 2; Bridget Riley: Painting the Line
Dougray Scott delivers a triple espresso-shot performance as Irvine Welsh’s maverick detective; America’s struggle with opioid addiction makes for serious pharma drama; and the unwelcome return of Joe Exotic

Barbara Ellen

21, Nov, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Baillie Gifford prize goes to ‘controlled fury’ of Empire of Pain
Judges praise Patrick Radden Keefe’s investigation of the Sackler family and its role in the opioid crisis for its rigour, bravery and narrative energy

Alison Flood

16, Nov, 2021 @10:10 PM

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Dopesick review – the heinous truth behind America’s opioid emergency
This eight-part drama unpicks the immorality and greed that led to the rise of “miracle painkiller” OxyContin – but is it trying to tackle too much?

Lucy Mangan

12, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Critics say Biden’s drug czar pick at odds with push for ‘harm reduction’ policies
Concern over role Rahul Gupta played in shutting down West Virginia’s largest syringe service program in the state’s capital

Kyle Vass in West Virginia

05, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Price for drug that reverses opioid overdoses soars amid record deaths
Pfizer manufacturing problems leave nonprofits paying exorbitant prices for dwindling supplies of life-saving naloxone

Melody Schreiber

19, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘A story people need to know’: behind a shocking TV series about the opioid crisis
In the revealing new drama Dopesick, starring Michael Keaton, the horrifying story of the painkillers and the company that created them is brought to a wide audience

David Smith in Washington

11, Oct, 2021 @6:32 AM

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Opioids have killed 600,000 Americans. The Sacklers just got off scot-free | Chris McGreal
A bankruptcy court gave members of the pharma family immunity from further civil suits. They don’t have to admit wrongdoing – and they may end up richer than they started

Chris McGreal

05, Sep, 2021 @10:25 AM

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‘A cartel shouldn’t get away with this’: anger at opioid settlements that exclude admission of wrongdoing
Multibillion-dollar settlements specifically exclude admission of wrongdoing over a crisis that has claimed 600,000 lives

Chris McGreal in New York

25, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Johnson & Johnson to pay $5bn in landmark $26bn US opioid settlement
Group of US states attorneys general unveil settlement including three largest US drug distributors and Johnson & Johnson

Guardian staff and agencies

21, Jul, 2021 @10:45 PM

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