American Cartel

Inside the Battle to Bring Down the Opioid Industry

by Scott Higham; Sari Horwitz

If you are a fan of Patrick Radden Keefe’s ‘Empire of Pain’ and were similarly consumed by the tale of the Sackler family and the roots of the opioid crisis, this book will probably interest you as well.

The authors, Washington Post investigative journalists, are digging deeper into one part of this story — the DEA fight against Big Pharma and distributors responsible for selling millions of pills to Americans. It is a well-written, fast-paced book that reads like a thriller. You will find here even more examples of the moral corruption of the pharmaceutical business and its connection to DC politics. Unfortunately, the problem is widespread and while the Sackers may be the most famous case, thanks to Radden Keefe’s investigation, their behavior, unfortunately, is not isolated nor uncommon.



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