142 Americans die of a drug overdose every day, according to the CDC. A White House commission is urging the Trump administration to declare a national emergency. A number of states, cities, and counties, including Ohio and Missouri, are suing pharmaceutical companies saying they caused the crisis with a campaign of fraud and deception.
It's been a huge national story, but the key role that drug companies played in causing it – with aggressive marketing and an unwillingness to crack down on “pill mills” – gets remarkably little play. Should drug companies be held responsible for the suffering and social costs caused by this crisis?
Sam Quinones, independent journalist, and author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
Liz Essley Whyte, reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization
Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of Opioid Policy Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing
Sam Quinones: Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
Center for Public Integrity: Politics of pain: Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis
The New Yorker: Who Is Responsible for the Opioid Epidemic?
The Globe and Mail: Is Litigation the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?