Interview with Emily Walden, December 11, 2018

Project: Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic

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Interview Summary

Emily Walden talks about her son TJ and the progression of his addiction to Opana, a powerful opioid. Emily discusses how after her son's death from an overdose, she began to investigate Endo Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Opana, and their relationship with the FDA. She tells the story of how she contacted Andy Beshear with her findings and asked him to investigate. Emily also talks about how she began to travel to Washington, D.C. every year to meet with elected officials to try to change FDA policies, and how she eventually testified before the FDA calling for the removal of a reformulated version of Opana. The FDA agreed and pulled the drug from the market.

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2018oh759_pain024

Interviewee Name

Emily Walden

Interviewer Name

Nadia Ramlagan

Interview Date

2018-12-11

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Walden, Emily Interview by Nadia Ramlagan. 11 Dec. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Walden, E. (2018, December 11). Interview by N. Ramlagan. Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic
. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Walden, Emily, interview by Nadia Ramlagan. December 11, 2018, Painkiller: An Oral History of the Opioid Epidemic
, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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