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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

  • Jill Mackin

    An excellent book about the opioid crisis in America. Dopesick is a very readable book about a major problem, which began in the central Appalachia area of Virginia, and has spread across the country.

  • PorshaJo

    Shocking.....just shocking!

    I had no idea how bad things have become and who was responsible. You hear news about the opioid crisis and it's getting worse and we need to do something about it.....but we don't. Giving out Narcan to folks so if they overdose they have the fix, not sure if I fully agree with it. Aren't we just enabling it more by this? I remember once someone telling me at a hospital someone came in, OD'd. Given Narcan, revived. Awesome! They were given Narcan to take with them. Lat
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  • Malia

    Dopesick is a very informative and well-written book about the opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, I listened to the audiobook, and I really hate to whine about this, but the author narrates it, and her voice reminded me so much of that of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. This isn't anyone's fault, of course, but I do wonder whether a different performer might have brought more life to the narration. That being said, the author tells an important series of stories and does so in a compassionate way I fund co ...more

  • Jennifer

    "But you can't put a corporation in jail; you just take their money, and it's not really their money anyway. The corporation feels no pain."
    Beth Macy has made a name for herself with her award-winning research and journalism, and she put her skills to good use in covering America's opioid crisis from past to present. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America discusses all the warnings history has left for us concerning the addictive qualities of opiates, referen ...more

  • Renata

    This was eye-opening in several respects. Being generally aware and reading about this epidemic is one thing, but having such a detailed account of the hurdles and obstacles people have to overcome to get treatment, is a whole other thing. I found the writing a little choppy at times - anecdotes and side comments thrown in spots - which I could have done without. But overall, this was as good as it was difficult to read. The most frightening thing is that it is not entirely clear how we get out ...more

  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley.)

    Beth Macy has crafted a work that expertly utilizes both a grander narrative and the personal tragic tales of numerous figures and families, all to great effect to show how the ongoing epidemic came to be.

    This is a work that will tear out your heart before filling you with a ferocious fury. Fury at the shameless drug companies who targeted economically depressed communities with their painkillers. Fury over the co
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  • Lisa

    Incredibly well researched with a clear understanding of all the different facets of why and how Opioid addiction manifests and spreads like a wildfire out of control. Why the current laws and legislation will never outsmart the current model of profiteering and abuse. Unfortunately it's a war where only those affected will see and live the reality of what some will only see as a "godsend". The Pain medication debate resulting with a "steamrolling" epidemic, where the balance between assisting i ...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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