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America’s opioid crisis: a turning point?

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31 August 2019

Episode 295

30 minutes


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A judge in Oklahoma this week ruled that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has to pay $572m for its part in the state’s opioid crisis. The firm is far from the only company embroiled in this ongoing and devastating problem that’s sweeping the US. But does this ruling, and a shift in the way law enforcement deals with those hooked on prescription medicine, show a country starting to come to terms with the severity of the issue – and even the beginning of the end? Andrew Mueller is joined by Anna Lembke, Sam Quinones and Beth Macy.

31 August 2019

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