Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Category: True Crime
Author: Sam Quinones, Neil Hellegers
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by JDulin   2019-09-05
These court-cases have two worthy objectives: Correcting this behavior in pharmaceutical co.s in the future and compensating the states & people harmed in the past.

Incentivizing restraint and honest advertising is only possible by punishing executives, personally [1]. Especially those in sales.

And fair compensation is many, many times this number. So I fail to see how this is anything other than an injustice, and fear that it will take the pressure off of other court cases against opioid sellers.

Reading the book "Dreamland" [2] on the opioid crisis changed my life. Even as someone from a part of Ohio hurt by opioids, it's hard to imagine the venality of these people, the callousness of the Mexican drug dealers who swoop in behind them, and the magnitude of suffering their perfect storm concocts.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19669453 [2] https://www.amazon.com/Dreamland-True-Americas-Opiate-Epidem...

by creaghpatr   2019-08-25
I highly recommend the book Dreamland for more on this topic: https://www.amazon.com/Dreamland-True-Americas-Opiate-Epidem...
by jmalicki   2018-11-19
The book Dreamland[1] chronicles a lot of this history... but a belief in science means that if scientific studies challenge some of your preexisting beliefs, you accept that evidence.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Dreamland-True-Americas-Opiate-Epidem...