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16 Minutes #66: The Opioid Crisis – How, Who, and Tech

Jorge Conde, Vijay Pande, and Sonal Chokshi

Posted July 25, 2021

Given recent news of drug company settlements, calls to action, policy moves, and more, this episode is a rerun of one of our very early explainers (episode #4 of 16 Minutes, 2019) on the opioid crisis.

Bio experts and a16z general partners Jorge Conde and Vijay Pande discuss on 16 Minutes (our shortform show where we discuss the headlines, tease apart what’s hype’ what’s real, and where we are on the long arc of innovation) with host Sonal Chokshi:

  • how opioids work;
  • the questions around who’s to blame;
  • and other directions for managing pain.

Where could tech come in, even with the broader social, cultural, and structural context involved here?

Original episode: