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The Origin Story of the Opioid Epidemic

How the marketing of OxyContin generated billions of dollars and millions of addicts.
Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer at The New Yorker, explains the origin of the opioid epidemic, a story he first told in The Family that Built an Empire of Pain (The New Yorker, Oct. 30, 2017).

Keefe is the author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream and Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping. He writes about legal issues, crime, national security, and foreign policy. (And pop culture occasionally, too.)

In 2014, Patrick received the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, for his story “A Loaded Gun.” The recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and fellowships at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Patrick has been a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize and the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award for Best Book on International Affairs.

Patrick grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts and went to college at Columbia. He received Masters degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, and a JD from Yale Law School.

He is on Twitter.