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'Crime of the Century', the HBO documentary on the opioid epidemic in the United States

Documentary series have become one of the preferred genres of streaming platform users. This Tuesday, May 11, the documentary The Crime of the Century opens on HBO about the opioid epidemic in the United States, this time it has been divided into two parts and is directed by Alex Gibney, known for having won the Emmy and the Oscar and for his work on The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley and Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, a documentary presented in association with The Washington Post in which a harsh indictment is made against Big Pharma and political operatives and government regulations that allowed for the overproduction, reckless distribution, and abuse of synthetic opiates. Crime of the Century The Opioid Epidemic The documentary Crime of the Century seeks to delve into the origins, scope and consequences of one of the public health tragedies of our time: half a million overdose deaths in this century alone. This incredible number is due to the opioid epidemic in the U.S. The creators of this documentary have enlisted the collaboration of whistleblowers, insiders and leaked documents. Exclusive interviews and access to research are also provided, with input from expert medical professionals, journalists, government agent and former agents, attorneys, and pharmaceutical sales representatives. It has also had tremendous testimonials from victims of opioid addiction. For Gibney, drug companies are, in fact, largely responsible for creating the very crisis from which they profit.Crime of the Century Finding the Guilty The first part of the documentary focuses on how the aggressive promotion of OxyContin, a highly addictive drug from family-owned pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, influenced this epidemic. Company that worked Food and Drug Administration to obtain approval of highly profitable painkillers for wider use, promoting their safety without sufficient evidence In the second part the documentary focuses on the mass commercialization of the synthetic opioid fentanyl and also tries to discover the relationship between drug manufacturers and government policy. The fentanyl opioid maker Insys Therapeutics continued to bribe doctors to over-prescribe it to their patients.This HBO Spain documentary intertwines the stories the characters tell and creates a complex story of pharmaceutical, medical and government corruption . The first part of the documentary The Crime of the Century opens on Tuesday, May 11 on HBO Spain, the second will be available the next day.

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