“American Cartel” A Conversation with Alex Gibney, Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham

Today it’s my great pleasure to introduce two Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists, Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham, who are going to discuss their new book, “American Cartel.” We’re talking about companies that create and fuel the opioid crisis. We’ve heard this story about the Sacklers and indeed the Sacklers have been identified, and if criminal charges haven’t been brought at least they’ve been vilified in the press. But … this goes way beyond the Sacklers. This is not just the story of one bad apple. “It’s so much bigger than that,” [said Horwitz]. “We found, in our two-year investigation … a constellation of companies that fuel the deadliest epidemic, drug epidemic, in American history. Some of these companies are some of the largest in this country. Some we’ve heard of. They are household names – Walgreens, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson. We found internal emails from these companies where the people in the companies were laughing at the addicts. They were mocking them. Meanwhile, the drug companies, they are smart. They decide to lure away the best and the brightest if they can from the DEA and the Justice Department to help them as they are selling opioids, and they are very successful. They hired dozens of people from DEA and the Justice Department to work for these companies. So again, these are the people who are trying to protect us, working for the DEA and the Justice Department. They are lured away to the companies who are selling addictive painkillers that are killing people.”

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