Alexander talked about the tension between drugmakers and the FDA, as well as the less-noticed tension among the other stakeholders.

He pointed reporters to resources to document such tensions, such as an FDA Science Board meeting from 2016 during which a drug-industry official didn’t even mention “addiction.”

He also pointed reporters to DrugFree.org, which has information about the best uses of opioids. And to a report he and Hopkins produced on the range of potential solutions to the opioid epidemic.

Perhaps most importantly, he shared a video of the people who have died as a result of overdoses – photo after photo after photo of people who died in their teens, their 20s, or later. Those, he said, make the need to counter the epidemic all the more urgent.