New Scientist

The doctor who took on big pharma to stem the US opioid epidemic

ANDREW KOLODNY first noticed something was amiss in 2004, when his job as a medical director at New York City’s health department was to reduce drug overdose deaths. An expert in addiction treatment, he opened an evening and weekend clinic with the expectation that his patients would come from New York’s rougher neighbourhoods, where overdose deaths had been concentrated for decades. But many of those who turned up came from wealthy areas like Long Island and Westchester. About a third were eld