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Crime of the Century: Big Pharma and the American Opioid Crisis
The Yale Program in Addiction Medicine welcomes Alex Gibney, creator of HBO's The Crime of the Century, and Patrick Radden Keefe, investigative journalist and author of Empire of Pain, to discuss the role of Big Pharma in production of the opioid epidemic in the United States.

Crime of the Century, a two-part documentary, is a searing indictment of Big Pharma and the political operatives and government regulations that enable over-production, reckless distribution, and misuse of synthetic opiates. Exploring the origins, extent, and fallout of one of the most devastating public health tragedies of our time, with half a million deaths from overdoses this century alone, the film reveals that America’s opioid epidemic is not a public health crisis that came out of nowhere. With the help of whistleblowers, newly leaked documents, exclusive interviews, sobering testimony from victims of opioid addiction, and access to behind-the-scenes investigations, this exposé posits that drug companies are in fact largely responsible for manufacturing the very crisis they profit from, to the tune of billions of dollars -- and thousands of lives.

This event is part of the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine's Finding Solutions for the Opioid Crisis speaker series made possible by generous support from the Sandgaard Foundation.

Oct 5, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Alex Gibney
Creator & Director, HBO's the Crime of the Century @Jigsaw Productions
Director Alex Gibney has been called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine (Esquire) and “one of America’s most successful and prolific documentary filmmakers” by The New York Times (The NY Times T Magazine). Known for his cinematic, gripping, and deeply insightful documentaries, the filmmaker has won the Academy Award®, multiple Emmy Awards, the Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia, The Independent Spirit, The Writers Guild of America Awards, and more.
Patrick Radden Keefe
Investigative Journalist and Author, Empire of Pain @The New Yorker
Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty and Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, as well as two other books: The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, and Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping.