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Empire of Pain

Empire of Pain

The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

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Presents a portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, who built their fortune on the sale of Valium and later sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.
The Sacklers are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the arts and the sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing a blockbuster painkiller that was the catalyst for the opioid crisis. Keefe begins with the three doctor brothers, Raymond, Mortimer and Arthur, who weathered the poverty of the Great Depression and appalling anti-Semitism. Working at a barbaric mental institution, Arthur conducted groundbreaking research into drug treatments, devised the marketing for Valium, and built the first great Sackler fortune. Forty years later the template he created to sell Valium was employed to launch a far more potent product: OxyContin. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2021]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780385545686
0385545681
9780385697545
0385697546
Call Number: 338.4761 K242e
Characteristics: xii, 535 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 24 cm

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