CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Oct. 15): How Efforts to Crack Down on the Opiate Epidemic Were Derailed

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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Oct. 15): How Efforts to Crack Down on the Opiate Epidemic Were Derailed

“60 Minutes” (10/15/17) – A collaboration between two of the world’s most respected news organizations reveals how the Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to crack down on the opioid epidemic were derailed as the number of opioid drug deaths increased.

The results of the six-month investigation by “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, producers Ira Rosen and Sam Hornblower and The Washington Post’s investigative reporters Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein will appear tonight, Oct. 15 in The Washington Post and on “60 Minutes” (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The “60 Minutes” double-length segment includes an interview with the highest ranking DEA agent ever to turn whistleblower, former Deputy Assistant Administrator Joe Rannazzisi.

Whitaker and Higham recently appeared on “CBS This Morning” to talk about their joint investigation and some of its findings. Jeff Fager is the executive producer of “60 Minutes” and Martin Baron is the executive editor of The Washington Post.

“60 Minutes,” the most successful television broadcast in history, began its 50th season in September 2017. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2017, making Nielsen’s Top 10 nearly every week.

Over the 2015-2016 season, “60 Minutes” continued its dominance as the number-one news program, drawing an average of 12.3 million viewers per week – almost twice the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and three million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast. The average audience for a “60 Minutes” broadcast still dwarfs the biggest audiences drawn by cable news programs.

Anderson Cooper, Steve Kroft, Lara Logan, Scott Pelley, Charlie Rose, Lesley Stahl and Bill Whitaker all serve as correspondents and contributing correspondents.

The above press release was issued by CBS News.

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