It’s hard to believe that the same pharmaceutical companies that create life-saving drugs would market dangerous opioids to patients who don’t need them. Bloomberg Businessweek’s Esmé Deprez and Paul Barrett argue that drug companies lied to doctors and patients about the safety of opioids to make more money. Many patients who took opioids as directed became addicted. Anti-tobacco crusader Mike Moore is gathering legal teams from across the country to make sure the drug companies pay. getAbstract recommends this analysis to anyone who wants to know more about how the opioid crisis came to be.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Mike Moore went from fighting Big Tobacco to fighting the opioid industry,
- How drug companies created the opioid epidemic and
- What Moore hopes to achieve with lawsuits in several states.
About the Authors
Esmé E. Deprez is an investigative reporter at Bloomberg Businessweek. Paul Barrett is the deputy director at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and a former writer at Bloomberg Businessweek.