This is a grim summary of realities in some of the lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, and definitely worth reading. Barry Meier, the author of this opinion piece in The New York Times, is an outspoken critic of the industry, and has written a book on the subject. Here he notes, “It is also an uncomfortable truth that public officials and plaintiffs’ lawyers, by failing to use lawsuits to hold the opioid industry to account, have allowed a containable crisis to mushroom into catastrophe.”