There’s the narrative you’ve probably heard about the opioid crisis. And then there’s the truth about what’s actually happening.
On a new “Right Now with Stephen Kent,” Stephen sits down with policy analyst Jacob Rich and Shoshana Weissmann of the R Street Institute to discuss whether Big Pharma or the federal government is to blame for the opioid crisis: why it is impossible to stop illegal drugs from entering the US; what is actually causing the high price of prescription drugs; and if there is any solution to the opioid crisis beyond convincing people to not take drugs.
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—- Content of This Episode —-
00:00 Episode start
00:05 Reminiscing about Freedom Fest and Mt. Rushmore
04:43 Math is the most concentrated form of truth
05:44 The unexpected relationship between opioid prescription and deaths
09:56 Here’s what’s wrong with the “Big Pharma is causing the opioid crisis”-narrative
12:36 We simply cannot stop illegal drugs coming into the US
14:50 A brief history of drug prohibition
19:31 Why a law mandating drug pricing transparency can be counterintuitive
25:50 We see the same problem with drug pricing, we just can’t find a common boogeyman
32:07 Why Jacob doesn’t support medical marijuana
36:34 The good news about people relocating to rural communities
—- Plugs for our guests —-
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(This episode was taped on July 27)
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