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Health Policy Forum | Painkiller: How Oxycontin ignited the opioid epidemic

Sponsored by Office of the Dean, School of Medicine


Friday, November 2, 2018
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center
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Painkiller: How Oxycontin ignited the opioid epidemic

Please join us for a fireside chat with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Barry Meier and Paul Costello, Chief Communications Officer, Stanford School of Medicine.

Barry Meier was the first journalist to shed a national spotlight on the abuse of OxyContin. He was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Meier is also a two-time winner of the George Polk Award. His reporting at the Times concentrated on the intersection of business, medicine, and the public's health. During his career, he has exposed the dangers of various drugs and medical products, including a defective heart device and a generation of flawed artificial hips. Meier is the author of A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine's Biggest Mistake, Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran, and Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic. He lives in New York City with his wife and their daughter.

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