The Opioid Crisis

America is in an opioid crisis: 64,000 people overdosed last year, and more are expected to die this year. The crisis may stem in part from a single pill, Oxycontin, and its developer’s insistence that the pill was fundamentally different than every other pain pill. That led to questionable practices in how the meciation was prescribed, potentially leading to more abuse. To tell the story of Oxycontin, Nevada Health welcomes Harriet Ryan. She’s an investigative journalist with the LA times who last year wrote a blistering investigation into the drug and its maker, Purdue pharma.

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