"The book that started it all. Barry Meier is a heroic reporter and 'Pain Killer' is a muckraking classic." Patrick Radden Keefe, "Empire of Pain."

The landmark book that first chronicled the saga of OxyContin and how its reckless promotion by a company owned by one of America's wealthiest families -- the Sacklers -- unleashed the greatest public health crisis of the 21st century, the opioid epidemic.

In this paperback edition of Pain Killer, tied to the release of the Netflix series,  Barry Meier brings the OxyContin saga full circle with stunning new revelations that will take readers inside the drug's maker, Purdue Pharma, to learn what it and the Sacklers knew about the dangers of its "wonder" drug. This edition also details how government officials charged with protecting the public failed to seize the chance to alter the trajectory of a crisis that has devastated thousands of lives.