With President Trump reportedly set to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, The New Yorker shares a powerful photo essay: The Faces of the Epidemic.

+ “If you look at the prescribing trends for all the different opioids, it’s in 1996 that prescribing really takes off. It’s not a coincidence. That was the year Purdue launched a multifaceted campaign that misinformed the medical community about the risks.” Patrick Radden Keefe: The Family That Built an Empire of Pain. (Last week I shared a related piece from Esquire: The Secretive Family Making Billions From The Opioid Crisis.)

+ “He gets mad at me at times, he yells at me at times, but he respects me.” Chris Christie is the man at center of the President’s opiate plan. He could use a win. GQ on Chris Christie’s Last Fight.