The American Conservative’s 3rd Annual Crony Capitalism Conference
The American Conservative’s 3rd Annual Crony Capitalism Conference: Opioid Outrage: How Cozy Ties between the Pharmaceutical Industry, Congress and Federal Agencies Hastened an Epidemic
The ugly truth behind a decades-long scandal in which pharmaceutical companies and distributors skirted laws, corrupted physicians, and mass marketed dangerous painkillers to an unwitting public has been finally exposed --unfortunately, only after hundreds of thousands of Americans have fallen prey to overdose and abuse with the number quadrupling in the last year alone.
Join us for this important discussion about how Big Pharma lobbying, the revolving door between the industry and the federal agencies tasked with overseeing the private sales and distribution of opioids, and the congressional nexxus, facilitated this crisis.
Introductory remarks: Amb. Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel and Ambassador to the European Union.
Keynote: Tim Carney, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse.
Hon. Mary Bono, former U.S. Representative for California's 44th & 45th , 1998 to 2013. Currently sits on the board of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America).
John L. Brownlee, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, successfully prosecuted Perdue Pharma in 2007.
Chris McGreal, reporter for The Guardian and author of American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts
Moderator: Danielle Brian, Executive Director of The Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
Light breakfast served