The Reckoning: Opioids and the Pursuit of Justice
Sometimes the underdog prevails. Acting on principle, with sparse resources and limited support from regulators and legislators, a few determined individuals took on the industry behind the opioid epidemic and found a semblance of justice for those it had harmed. Although Purdue Pharma gained particular notoriety for its deceptive marketing strategies, it did not act alone. To expose the culprits who made fortunes from dangerously addictive, pain-relieving drugs, relentless investigators cultivated whistleblowers, poured through hundreds of thousands of documents, and demanded accountability in court. Pitted against an adversary with almost unlimited resources and lobbying power, they showed what perseverance can accomplish.