Brian Mann
Stories By

Brian Mann

Brian Mann

Story Archive

Evidence seized from a drug trafficking operation in central California in early 2020 included methamphetamine and fentanyl with a street value of $1.5 million, authorities said. Tulare County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

toggle caption
Tulare County Sheriff's Office via AP

Methamphetamine Deaths Soar, Hitting Black And Native Americans Especially Hard

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1039094566/1039800103" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy with a more than $10 billion plan to settle claims that it fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic by illegally pushing sales of its addictive OxyContin painkiller. The company's headquarters in Stamford, Conn., is shown here in 2019. Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Probes Begin After Elderly New Orleans Residents Die In Harsh Conditions Post Ida

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1034719272/1034719273" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Week After Ida Hit Louisiana, Electricity Is Slowly Being Restored

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1034556241/1034556242" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sam Catrambone clears debris away from a friend's home that was damaged by a tornado in Mullica Hill, N.J., on Thursday after record-breaking rainfall brought by the remnants of Hurricane Ida that swept through the area. Branden Eastwood/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Branden Eastwood/AFP via Getty Images

Biden Visits Areas Damaged By Hurricane Ida In Louisiana

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1034137458/1034137459" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Two demonstrators protest against U.S. Judge Robert Drain, who has granted immunity from future opioid lawsuits to members of the Sackler family. Brian Mann hide caption

toggle caption
Brian Mann

The Sacklers, Who Made Billions From OxyContin, Win Immunity From Opioid Lawsuits

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1031053251/1033568603" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

With a federal judge poised to approve the Purdue Pharma's controversial Chapter 11 plan, the company is working behind the scenes to preempt a legal challenge by the Department of Justice. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

OxyContin-Maker Purdue Pharma Launched A Stealth Campaign To Sway U.S. Officials

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1032778376/1033002701" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Kathe Sackler, a member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, testifies via video in December 2020 to a House Oversight Committee hearing in Washington. Sackler was one of four members of her family to testify this week at U.S. Bankruptcy Court at a hearing over a reorganization plan for Purdue. House Television via AP hide caption

toggle caption
House Television via AP

Gov. Cuomo Was Brought Down By Scandal And Threat Of Impeachment

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1030223457/1030223458" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

David and Kathe Sackler, members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, testified via video to a House Oversight Committee hearing on Dec. 17, 2020. Sackler family members have acknowledged that the drug had a role in the opioid crisis, but they have stopped short of apologizing or admitting wrongdoing. House Television via AP hide caption

toggle caption
House Television via AP

The Sacklers Want Immunity From The Opioid Crisis For A Long List Of Their Associates

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1028761427/1029582468" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

New York Is About To Get Its First Female Governor Kathy Hochul

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1026628840/1026628841" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Democratic Dynasty Crumbles With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Resignation

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1026500600/1026500601" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Signage for Purdue Pharma headquarters stands in downtown Stamford, April 2, 2019 in Stamford, Connecticut. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company's alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

As Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Nears Approval, Family Members Write About The Human Toll

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1025171160/1026004366" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript