Watch ‘Opioids, Inc.,’ a Story of Corporate Greed, Fraud and Death by Fentanyl
Documentary producer Nick Verbitsky joined All Sober to discuss his startling account of Insys, a pharma company that bribed doctors to push a fentanyl spray now linked to hundreds of deaths
“It wasn’t about cancer patients. It was about getting as many people as you could on the drug.” That’s how a former sales representative for Insys Therapeutics describes the sales strategy behind the company’s Subsys painkiller — a fentanyl-based nasal spray 100 times stronger than morphine.
It’s one of the many eye-opening, sometimes infuriating, admissions captured in the PBS Frontline documentary “Opioids, Inc.,” a 2020 production that exposes how a ruthlessly profit-driven pharmaceutical company misled insurers and effectively bribed doctors to prescribe ever-higher amounts and doses of its highly potent opioid formulation, with little regard for danger to patients.
The scheme, recounted on film by the former Insys employees tasked with carrying it out and the investors who profited from it, would eventually catch the eye of federal prosecutors and lead to the imprisonment of CEO and founder John Kapoor on racketeering charges. But the damage had been done to unwitting pain patients.
Watch the documentary, and then check out our Talk Sober Live interview with producer Nick Verbitsky, who has updates on the Insys case and others.
Don Fertman woke up one morning 40 years ago and poured himself a drink, as usual. But the future Subway exec didn't know this day would be far from ordinary.
Seeking purpose in early recovery, Annie Zimmerman rekindled an old fire with distance running — and found it carried her through some of her toughest trials in sober life.
On Ben Tuff's third day in inpatient treatment, he had a surprising encounter that would eventually lead him to attempt a grueling 24-mile swim across the Narragansett Bay.
Don Fertman, longtime Subway exec, writes about a pivotal moment in his 40 years of sobriety: what happened after he went public about his recovery on "Undercover Boss."
Need to get out of the house for a bit and see some friendly sober faces? Recovery support group meeting marathons run 24/7 from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.
Coming out of severe alcohol addiction, Ben Tuff barely knew how to swim. Ten years later, he makes a bold attempt to traverse the Narragansett Bay, taking on 24 miles of ocean in one day.
The actor became a hero to many for his years of work on recovery initiatives and his candor about his own struggles with drugs and alcohol.
Happy soberversary to the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and All Sober ambassador extraordinaire! Check out his inspirational video message and song.