Nan Goldin and Dr. Andrew Kolodny

The artist & scientist talk opioids with Katie Benner

Watch a discussion about America’s devastating opioid crisis with celebrated photographer Nan Goldin and Dr. Andrew Kolodny, senior scientist at Brandeis University and executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.

Goldin’s addiction to Oxycontin inspired a series of honest self-portraits and the formation of the advocacy group P.A.I.N., which is pushing pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund treatment for those suffering from addiction. Her intensely personal and transgressive work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and museums all over Europe. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, senior scientist at Brandeis University and executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, and Katie Benner of The New York Times, joined her for the conversation.

The duo discussed their personal experiences around the crisis, as well as the urgent political and social changes required to change the opioid epidemic, which has resulted in over 200,000 American deaths since 1999.

This event was part of the 20th Anniversary TimesTalks Festival weekend, from April 13–15, 2018.

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