Johnson & Johnson found guilty of contributing to the opioid epidemic

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Judge Thad Balkman watches a video on the first day of a trial accusing Johnson & Johnson of engaging in deceptive marketing that contributed to the national opioid epidemic in Norman, Oklahoma, U.S. May 28, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Nick Oxford.

Oklahoma Judge Thad Balkman ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million for playing down the risks of opioids and overselling the benefits. It was the first trial against a drug manufacturer for its role in the ongoing national opioid epidemic. But there are more than 2000 cases in the works, including a big federal case in Ohio that’s set to go to trial later this year. 

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Guest:
Barry Meier - author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Rebecca Mooney