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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pil...

Title : Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
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ISBN : 9780316523172
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages
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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America Reviews

  • Michelle

    My feelings/thoughts about this book have kept me up at night. Beth Macy is a journalist and in DOPESICK she tracks the ascent of oxycontin and what it's done to this country. Obviously there is a need for pain medication and the drug has legitimate uses, however, the way this drug was marketed, pushed, etc. is absolutely sickening. I thought I was somewhat educated on the topic, because I have specifically made it a point to understand how we came to this, but this went beyond anything I've see ...more

  • Elizabeth Jamison

    You can count on any book by Beth Macy to be a master class in excellent research and reporting, while never losing sight of the most important element of any story - the people at its center. In this regard, Macy's Dopesick continues her streak of excellence while tackling the brutal topic of opioid addition and the insidious way that it is has invaded our nation's communities by using three Virginia communities as the book's heartbeat. The perspectives Macy brings to the discussion are the way ...more

  • Stephanie

    If you want to know the backstory of America's opioid epidemic, look no further than Beth Macy's meticulously researched book. The personal vignettes bring a face to the stories we read about in the paper. I know many people will compare it to Hillbilly Elegy, which I learned a great deal from, but this book raised more questions for me. I think it would be a fantastic book club discussion. It points out a broken health care system that will continue to let people down if we don't make changes s ...more

  • John Spiller

    If you have read "Dreamland" by Sam Quinones, then "Dopesick" may be a bit redundant but still a worthy read. I thought Quinones did a better job examining how the change in approach to pain management, which was ruthlessly exploited by Purdue Pharma (the maker of Oxycontin), ultimately spawned what is now known as the "opioid crisis". Macy does a better job detailing the human cost of opioid addiction. I have read numerous books on the lives of heroin addicts, and Macy still managed to gut me w ...more

  • Ang

    This was ridiculously excellent. Macy is a fantastic writer, and she is so good at getting you to care about the people and issues in this book. I read Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic but didn't think it was particularly good, in terms of helping me understand WTF was going on with the opioid crisis. Macy's book is just SO. MUCH. BETTER. at that aspect of this, while including narrative and biography.

    (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here. This is not at all hopeful, and there
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  • Beth

    I remember back in high school, as part of a senior project about drugs and drug use, I had to write a paper. My argument in that paper was that legalization of any drug was a terrible idea, and would ultimately do more harm than good. This was back in 1990, when "just say no" was the all-encompassing message sent out to kids around the country. That paper, and the overly-simplistic attitude and mindset are not things I think about very often these days...but they definitely come to mind upon fi ...more

  • Paul

    From Roanoke to Maine to Humbolt County, the opioid crisis has swept across the United States with pundits on every side calling for action. Macy cuts through the debate with well-documented research that advocates for a combination of Medication-Assisted Treatment and a twelve step program. Word by word she builds a most striking argument for change. Even in the face of a lack of federal action and the complaints of nimbys, the author provides real solutions and hope. Macy’s work and her writin ...more

  • Traci at The Stacks

    I enjoyed the content overall. I didn’t always like the writing style. At times felt very sympathetic to certain kinds of addicts. It’s a good book but I wonder about the story being told and who is vilified and who isn’t.