‘Accountability and Addictive Wrongs’

Nora Engstrom and Robert Rabin, ‘Pursuing Public Health Through Litigation: Lessons from Tobacco and Opioids’, 73 Stanford Law Review 285 (2021). In ‘Pursuing Public Health Through Litigation: Lessons from Tobacco and Opioids’, Nora Engstrom and Robert Rabin set out to isolate the essential similarities and differences between the tobacco and opioids public health crises, and to extract lessons for future crises. In both the extent of the harm that they have done – and in their slow-motion train wreck extension across decades – both crises are vast. Indeed, they have lasted so long that they are part of the background noise of our lives. Yet, there is still shock value in Engstrom and Rabin’s short summaries of just how devastating these two crises have been – and still are. We all seem to have grown accustomed to appalling baseline levels of death and devastation. Engstrom and Rabin drive this point home simply and powerfully at the beginning of their fine article … (more)

[Gregory Keating, JOTWELL, 26 October]

First posted 2021-10-27 17:00:10

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