This installment examines the drug companies’ role in the current opioids crisis. Led by the billionaire Sackler Family, Purdue Pharma used marketing, advertising and questionable tactics to encourage physicians to prescribe OxyContin whenever possible. The push to “eliminate pain completely” resulted in iatrogenic addiction. Beautiful Boy author, David Sheff, Dreamland author, Sam Quinones and Addiction Treatment Specialist, Shelley Sprague are this week’s contributors.
Dr. Robert DuPont, former White House Drug Chief (under Nixon), joins us this week to talk about Methadone maintenance therapy as a treatment for addiction. He shares his thoughts about harm reduction and illuminates the groundbreaking work that was done in this area by Dr. Marie Nyswander and Dr. Vincent Dole.
This episode is sponsored by Select CBD.