The Sackler name adorned the walls of many storied cultural institutions – Harvard University; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Tate; the Serpentine Gallery; the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations in the arts and the sciences. The source of the family fortune? Oxycontin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis – an international epidemic of drug addiction which has killed nearly half a million people.
In Empire of Pain, his masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, New Yorker staff writer and critically acclaimed investigative reporter Patrick Radden Keefe exhaustively documents the jaw-dropping story of a dynasty: a parable of 21st-century greed.
Interview by journalist, filmmaker and Chair of Leeds 2023, Ruth Pitt.
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