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What did an opioid patriarch say under oath? Why did everyone want to know so badly? And how might it shape the conversation around the opioid crisis?

We discuss all that and more on a bonus episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. ProPublica reporter David Armstrong joins us to discuss a big story he just put out involving Purdue Pharma and its marketing of the powerful prescription opioid OxyContin. David’s story makes public for the first time a highly sought deposition that shows how Purdue’s Dr. Richard Sackler embraced a plan to conceal OxyContin’s strength from doctors. We’re also joined by a guest co-host, STAT reporter Andrew Joseph.

For more on what we cover, here’s David’s scoop on Sackler’s deposition, here’s the deposition itself, and here’s Andrew’s story on the portrait that’s emerged of Sackler.


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