‘Crime of the Century’ Traces Origins Of The Opioid Epidemic | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Emmy and Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney joins Morning Joe to discuss 'The Crime of the Century,' the new two-part HBO documentary on the origins of the country's opioid crisis.

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'Crime of the Century' Traces Origins Of The Opioid Epidemic | Morning Joe | MSNBC


  1. There is no difference between crack, and opioid, the government, and big pharma when BIG MONEY is involved.

    1. My sister feeds her opioid addiction by going to California. She has a doctor there that prescribes her 300 oxycontin’s a month.

    2. how is the government involved? this is an issue due to a private health care system. Countries with public health care don’t have this problem. DO you think the government would be willing to write cheques for opioids that were being over-prescribed?

    3. @ghij347dereg I would imagine excruciating mind numbing pain would force someone to accept them when offered by a doctor. Grow up. Don’t be so naive

  2. Those drugs are very bad news . I had been on those for a long time for a work injury , I never felt good when using them . As my body got used to them the Doctors would just increase the dosage . I had an array of issues but finally got myself off from them . I did it cold turkey on my own and went through horrible withdrawals . My Doctors have since apologized for ever haven prescribed them to me . They told me at that time the drugs manufacturer had said that there were no side effects from them , they now know that was a LIE . I feel bad for anybody that has gone down the road of Opioids , I was lucky that I came out the other side , hundreds of thousands did not ..

    1. Hate to say it, but you’re lucky. Oxycotin use led me to heroin abuse. It was stronger and cheaper. Lost 5 years of my life and saw things I’ll never forget. The withdrawals, which I went through time and time again trying to clean up were horrifying and even when I got through them my body was so unbalanced that deep depression would set in.

      I’m 8 years clean now, but there are pieces of myself that I won’t ever get back.

    2. My heart and prayers go out to all of you who have survived this, you are strong , and I just can’t find the words to commend you for your victory over this ! You humble me thank you

  3. Watch the movie BEN IS BACK. The doctors & pharmaceutical companies are in cahoots. Doctors actually get kickbacks from the companies when they get their patients on prescribed drugs. A friend of mine who was a rep for a pharmaceutical company told me all about it. And it’s not just opioids. Any of the prescribed drugs. Don’t blindly trust your doctor.

    1. True. In my country we have laws about that. Doctors are not allowed to accept ‘freebies’ from big pharma. It helps that the government buys all our meds in bulk to keep costs down so things like insulin cost $5. You can’t sell direct to doctors.

  4. The alternative media: Democracy Now and Truthdig, have been covering this topic for years. The Sackler family made deals along time ago not to be prosecuted for any of their massive crimes.

    1. Pretty good book.

      Also, just finished “Empire of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe. Fantastic.

  5. Big pharma: 500,000 deaths in 20 years, let’s make them pay
    tRump: 500,000 deaths in one year?

  6. If 500,000 overdose deaths over 20 years is the crime of the century, then what do you call more than 500,000 deaths in less than a year?

    1. Hay that family drug cartel went from 16th on the rich list to 19th. They’ve suffered enough 😅

  7. I would like to add that from a nursing perspective we were all forced to suddenly ask patients about their pain and scale it every two hours and document it. Then if they said they had pain there was no option just cope with it we had to medicate them. All of this started because someone got away with the lawsuit that they were in pain in the hospital did nothing about it

  8. 2016 guidelines only made it impossible for real pain patients to garner any relief at all creating horrible docror/patient relationships. The addicted are still treated like criminals for a medically treatable condition and Overdose deaths have continued to climb since 2016.

    Good job! Now patients like myself who are in constant chronic untreated pain are seeking drugs on the street, killing themselves or patients like me who have stopped all continued care for our chronic conditions to hasten our own deaths. Even if pain meds were offered to me now I would not take them because I cannot trust my own government not to force me into withdrawals. Never again!


  9. I was a teen during the Pill Craze, and although I never touched it I saw many family members fall to it, especially how they smoked it.

  10. My daughter has been accused of addiction even though she refuses to take the fentanyl that she has been prescribed for her endometritis.

    1. You are wrong. Cancer is painful as are many diseases. Opioids are natural just like weed… and everybody is on weed nowadays.

      Ppl need pain medicine as a last resort

  11. At the time the research was published I read a summary from the scientist who concluded that opioids were not physically addictive to people in pain, and that addicts had mental issues. It was very convincing, even though it was 180 degrees off of centuries of experience and accepted knowledge. He failed to mention his work was funded by the pharmaceutical industry. It was about “easy” money at all levels.

  12. I saw this 25 years ago. When I was a kid and you got a surgery or a broken arm, you sucked it up and took tylenol. If it didn’t feel better in a few days then you had better see the doctor about infection.

  13. Calls for the development and enforcement of criminal penalties for company employees and government employees who recklessly endangered our lives

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