Steve Duin: The real drug czars

Purdue is the creative force and marketing genius behind OxyContin, the king of the opioids. Since the prescription painkiller was released to great fanfare in 1995, it has generated $35 billion in revenue.

You are awash, I know, in holiday reading lists. But before you curl up by the fire with another epic tale of the human condition, you should read “Empire of Pain” in the Oct. 30 issue of The New Yorker.

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