Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend.
'You want a description of hell?' OxyContin's 12-hour problem, Los Angeles Times
The LA Times’s OxyContin investigation is devastating https://t.co/nwrgYulctm— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) May 6, 2016
When Purdue Pharmaceuticals released OxyContin in 1996, the company touted its 12-hour pain relief as "more than twice as long as generic medications." But this Los Angeles Times investigation found that the drug wears off early in many patients. Still, instead of stepping back from its 12-hour claim, Purdue told doctors "to prescribe stronger doses, not more frequent ones," which may have helped contribute to OxyContin being "one of the most abused pharmaceuticals in U.S. history."
Migrant children kept from enrolling in school, Associated Press
Migrant students – sometimes fleeing violence – are being routed to alternative programs or being denied access to schools in districts across the country. The AP found instances of students being pushed into separate programs or being dissuaded from enrolling in "at least 35 districts in 14 states."
Wall Street Stock Loans Drain $1 Billion a Year From German Taxpayers, ProPublica/Washington Post
Dividend arbitrage, or div-arb as it's known, has been an "open secret on Wall Street for years," but a trove of documents reveals how the trading is being used to skirt taxes in more than 20 countries. In Germany alone, div-arb deals mean the government collects $1 billion per year less in taxes than it otherwise would.
The End of Prison Visitation: "Video visitation" is replacing in-person visits with glitchy, expensive video calls. https://t.co/geet3PPovr— Kevin D. Grant (@kevindgrant) May 6, 2016