New in Exploring Health's longform vertical: Gillian Feinglass delves into the complex and often overlooked struggles of American apple farmers, juxtaposing the pastoral dream with the harsh economic and environmental realities they face.
Today, we recommend a documentary about the opioid epidemic that focuses on the producers of these drugs. FRONTLINE showcases a 53-minute documentary on Insys, a pharmaceutical company that pushed consumers to use their opioid painkiller drug by bribing physicians and committing insurance fraud. In collaboration with Financial Times, the documentary reveals how federal prosecutors managed to put Insys founder John Kapoor in jail, a rare action for pharmaceutical companies that are typically fined without criminal punishment. If you find this interesting, keep an eye out for a piece by News Team member Sarah Du next week that explores this topic further.
If you’d like to learn more about legal action in the opioid epidemic, read The Opioid Epidemic & Drug Policy.