OxyContin created the opioid crisis, but stigma and prohibition have fueled it

False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.

Emily B. Campbell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of the Holy Cross • conversation
Sept. 16, 2021 ~11 min

How the Purdue opioid settlement could help the public understand the roots of the drug crisis

The multibillion-dollar settlement will trigger the release of troves of documents that may shine new light on what caused the opioid crisis.

Antoine Lentacker, Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Riverside • conversation
Sept. 1, 2021 ~10 min

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma may settle legal claims with a new 'public trust' that would still be dedicated to profit

The government has tried to harness profit-driven drugmaking to serve public health before. The results were underwhelming.

David Herzberg, Associate Professor of History, University at Buffalo • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~10 min