Crime of the Century – Big Pharma & the Opioid Crisis

RMA-Episode 39 Show Notes:


When you think of the term “crisis,” what comes to mind? Usually, a crisis is thought of as something that just happens; a series of events that brings you to a critical point where action needs to be taken. But that’s only part of the story. How does a crisis come into being? If you’re talking about the opioid crisis, you can draw a straight line from the actions of Perdu Pharma to the 500,000 Americans who have died of opioid overdoses in the last 20 years.


This week on Recovery in the Middle Ages, Mike and Nat review the new HBO documentary The Crime of the Century, a searing indictment of Big Pharma and the political operatives and government regulations that enable over-production, reckless distribution, and mass abuse of synthetic opiates.


Directed by Alex Gibney and featuring the reporting of Patrick Radden Keef, the Crime of the Century exposes how the pharmaceutical industry reaps billions of dollars in profits dealing drugs while hiding the destructive and dangerous nature of the product they are selling. 


Don’t miss this important and compelling look at the epidemic that has cost billions of dollars and taken hundreds of thousands of lives.


Of course, we also have the weekly wrap-up, Recovery in the News and the Week in Weird on an addictive, over-prescribed, immune from civil and criminal liability episode of Recovery in the Middle Ages


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