Show Notes

Brace yourself for a fascinating episode of The Addiction Podcast - Point of No Return, featuring the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, Barry Meier, as we peel back the layers of the opioid crisis, examining its roots, aftermath, and the unsettling role played by the Sackler family and their empire, Purdue Pharma. Meier also discusses how he ventured into investigative reporting and provides context for his journey in creating the book that started it all – "Pain Killer: An Empire Of Deceit And The Origin Of America’s Opioid Epidemic".

In this groundbreaking book, Meier exposes the chilling truth behind the creation of OxyContin and its devastating impact on countless lives. The Netflix limited series, based on his work, thrusts viewers into the epicenter of the crisis, spotlighting the Sackler family's sordid connection to Purdue Pharma and their undeniable role in the nationwide tragedy.

As you watch this interview and read the book, you'll gain incomparable insights into the opioid crisis that has ravaged America. Meier's narrative explores the origins and aftermath of this epidemic, giving voice to the perpetrators, victims, and those determined to uncover the truth. The Netflix series not only chronicles the haunting stories of those affected but also introduces us to the relentless truth-seekers whose lives have been forever altered by the invention of OxyContin.

The Netflix series boasts a star-studded cast that brings this gripping narrative to life. Matthew Broderick takes on the role of Richard Sackler, the scion of the billionaire Sackler family and a senior executive at Purdue Pharma. Uzo Aduba from "Orange Is The New Black" embodies Edie, the investigator leading the case against Purdue, while John Rothman and West Duchovny portray Mortimer Sackler, co-owner of Purdue Pharma, and Shannon, a new recruit to the Purdue sales team, respectively. Additionally, Dina Shihabi** steps into the shoes of Britt, a seasoned sales representative for Purdue.

Tune in to our website or YouTube Channel - The Addiction Podcast - Point of No Return - to gain a deeper understanding of the opioid crisis, the role of the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma, and the riveting personal stories that have shaped this tragic narrative. Subscribe now and be prepared to be both informed and moved by the revelations that unfold in this unmissable podcast episode.

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