Salman Rushdie on Corruption and the Opioid Crisis


Your story in this week’s issue, “The Little King,” revolves around the life of an Indian-American pharmaceutical billionaire, who attains that status first by inventing a dangerous, fast-acting opioid spray and then by insuring—through bribes paid to doctors and others—that millions of people become addicted to it. You mentioned that Dr. R. K. Smile’s...