I lost the trace of how many times I panted when watching HBO was a crime of this century. Two parts of Alex Gibney, a documentary for four hours, see the root of the American opioid epidemic.
While opium addiction has become a scourge for centuries, more than 500,000 Americans have died of an overdose in the past two decades.
Gibney examined the cause of this explosion. In addiction and found that an opioid crisis was a crime. Or, to put it more accurately, extraordinary crime nets. This century’s crime is a sad and challenging exploration of how wide Avarice causes mass murder and why no one wants to stop it.
The crime of this century was the latest Documentary Documentary Project:
From the Director of the Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney. Gibney is the most famous for its work that reveals corruption.
He directed Enron: the smartest in the room, explained: Scientology and trust prison, and The Juicy Elizabeth Holmes Doc Inventor: Exit for blood in the Silicone Valley. Gibney invaded psychology (and paper paths) in each of these projects, hiding before the eyes.
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And in each of the projects, Gibney has apparent criminals to hang errors. The underlying horror in this century’s crime is that the opioid epidemic does not only have one criminal. It has countless criminals, many of them ironically the victims of opioid addiction themselves.
However, discussing the original sin that triggers an opioid epidemic usually points to the Sackler family. Sackler began as three ambitious brothers who want to help people with a pharmaceutical solution.
Therefore, they bought Purdue medicines in the early 1950s and departed. By changing drugs to be discussed and shared in America forever. (Advertisements of prescription drugs everywhere on TV?
Sackler pioneered them.) In the 1990s, the most significant “hit” drug was the controlled. Morphine release pill called MS Counter, mainly used to treat cancer pain. As a journalist, Patrick Radden Keefe explained in the crime of this century. When Purdue Patent on MS continued to come.
They got the idea to translate the “sustainable” method to attach the power of PIL painkiller in the release shell which controlled the opioid oxycodone recipe. The idea is to control the release of opioids.
It’s a good idea in theory, but you can destroy pills and snort them in practice. You can take more than prescribed. You can finally be canceled by a good-meaning doctor. And find your need for drug drugs encourage you to buy heroin on the road. So it’s a terrible idea.
Even worse, students engineered an aggressive marketing plan to encourage this new money-producing drug:
Oxycontin, to a broader audience than usually the opioid will be prescribed. You see, opioids are usually provided for end-life patients. Sackler argues that people who live with back pain or knee injuries deserve freedom from pain. And oxycontin can provide peace.
What happens is that powerful and addictive drugs are being prescribed to patients who do not need such a pain killer.
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And because it’s very addictive, Oxycontin is a pill that traps patients in one cycle where they cannot free themselves to need more … until overdose and death. It was a big moneymaker for Purdue and another pharmaceutical company legion that hoped to enter the racket.
In the end, Gibney showed that Sacklers were not the only threat in this situation. Greedy public officials focus the opioid epidemic fire to take bribes from Purdue to film. The FDA verdict and doctors who see how to make money fast. An ambitious pharmaceutical repetition uses the predator tactics to shift opioids to the patient’s hands. And every time Dea finds a way to crack down. The opioid crisis will erupt in a new, terrible way, like the head of Hydra.