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

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Book Information

• Author :Beth Macy
• Pages :
384 Sheets
• ISBN-10 :
0316551244
• ISBN-13 :978-0316551243
• Release :
August 7, 2018
• Publisher :
Little, Brown and Company

⊕ Plot Summary : “The only book to totally chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: Associate in Nursing haunting portrait of the families and 1st responders on the front lines, from a replacement royal line Times bestselling author and journalist World Health Organization has lived through it.

In this masterful work, letter Macy takes America into the geographic point of America’s twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed tiny communities in Central geographical area to rich suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it is a heartrending flight that illustrates however this national crisis has persisted thus|for therefore|for thus} long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with one dealer World Health Organization lands in an exceedingly tiny Virginia city and sets regarding turning highschool soccer stars into opiate dose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a mourning mother’s question-why her solely son died-and comes away with a painful story of greed and want. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses however America embraced a medical culture wherever overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In a number of an equivalent distressed communities featured in her bestselling book manufacturing plant Man, the unemployed use painkillers each to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, whereas privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even highschool standouts fall prey to vice crime, jail, and death.

Through unsparing, nevertheless deeply human portraits of the families and 1st responders troubled to ameliorate this epidemic, every aspect of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, letter Macy shows, amazingly, that the sole issue that unites Americans across geographic and sophistication lines is opioid substance abuse. however in an exceedingly country unable to supply basic health care for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and determination necessary in those facing addiction to create an improved future for themselves and their families.

“Everyone ought to browse letter Macy’s story of the yankee opioid epidemic” — prof Anne C Case, prof old at university and Sir Angus Deaton, winner of the honour in political economy

Review

An Amazon Best Book of August 2018: i assumed I understood the origins and impact of America’s opioid crisis. Then I browse Dopesick. letter of the alphabet Macy’s book unconcealed the greed that drove OxyContin to be America’s drug of alternative, and it opened my eyes to the shame of addiction that unbroken this epidemic hidden till way too late. Opioid addiction has touched nearly all people within the twenty years since OxyContin came to plug, and it’s one thing that didn’t need to happen. Money–absurdly immense sums of it–encouraged doctors, politicians, and also the pharmaceutical trade to simply accept claims concerning the security of this medicine even once it absolutely was in conflict with what they saw in their practices and communities. there have been such a lot of warning signs. And there have been such a lot of people—particularly in little middle yank towns–who cried foul, however nobody in power cared to act. letter of the alphabet Macy may be a good investigatory journalist and a compassionate individual, and she or he tells this story like nobody else has up to now. Dopesick offers simply the proper mix of private stories and cold exhausting facts; it’s a strong book that incites oral communication. There’s most i would like to share from Dopesick, however i suppose what I most wish to mention is this: browse it. and so pass it on. –Seira Wilson, Amazon review article.

“An spectacular deed of journalism, monumental in scope and imperative in its implications…gritty and sorrowful.”―Jennifer Latson, The Hub of the Universe Globe.

“Essential reading…Macy follows one specific drug through the vary of issues it’s caused, the individuals it’s hurt, the difficulties in fighting it (with lots of deficient, too late) and also the glimmers of hope that stay.”―Janet Maslin, big apple Times.

“Macy has waded into a public health quagmire that has additionally become a political parcel…Macy’s strengths as a newsman area unit on full show once she talks to individuals, gaining the trust of rebuked users, sorrowful families, exhausted medical staff and even a guilty opiate dealer, whose scheduled two-hour interview with the author all over up stretching to over six hours.”―Jennifer Szalai, big apple Times.

“Macy powerfully mixes statistics and exhausting information with tragic stories of individual sufferers, still as those that love and conceive to treat them. . . . Macy’s forceful and comprehensive summary makes clear the dimensions and complexness of America’s opioid crisis.”―Publishers Weekly, asterisked Review.

“Award-winning Virginia-based journalist Macy, author of best-sellers mill Man (2014) and Truevine (2016), fastidiously constructs the through line from the time of life introduction of the prescription medicine OxyContin to the present U.S. opioid crisis… though the realities area unit devastating, the doctors, the grief-stricken, and also the advocates Macy introduces do provide hope. Hers may be a crucial and many-faceted check up on a still-unfolding national crisis, creating this a timely and necessary browse.”―Booklist, asterisked Review.

“An urgent, eye-opening check up on a tangle that guarantees to grow a lot of worse within the face of inaction and indifference.”―Kirkus, asterisked Review.

“Macy may be a masterful storyteller…Dopesick may be a moving, must-read analysis of a national crisis”―Alice Cary, Bookpage.

“With each compassion and no-bull reportage, Roanaoke, Virginia-based journalist letter of the alphabet Macy delivers the primary book to fully chart America’s current opioid crisis.”―Garden and Gun.

“Beth Macy offers the opioid epidemic a personality’s face, however not at the expense of historical and scientific context.”―Plough Quarterly.

“A searing account of the U.S. opioid epidemic . . . what makes Macy’s book thus devastating area unit her intimate portraits of addicts and their tortured families, unfree within the cycle of addiction, recovery and relapse.”―Shelf Awareness.”


⊗ Author Profile

Beth Macy – Author letter of the alphabet Macy worked for years as a newsperson for the city Times. “When I became a journalist, I gravitate to those types of stories of what I decision ‘outsiders and underdogs,’ ” she says.

“It’s the simplest story in city, however nobody’s been ready to get the picture.” This was the key confided to letter of the alphabet Macy in 1989 by a creative person throughout her youth as a newsperson at the city Times. To uncover the reality would take many interviews and decades of analysis, however once over twenty five years of effort, Macy is finally ready to provide associate degree authoritative account in Truevine: 2 Brothers, A capture, and a Mother’s Quest: a real Story of the Jim Crow South.

The story itself is sort of too odd to be real. those who hadn’t detected it before couldn’t believe it and also the those who knew it were hesitant to inform. “Are you certain you wish to listen to this?” they might raise Macy throughout interviews. though once well-known to locals, the story had been mostly forgotten over the years and, in some ways, actively suppressed.

So, here it goes: In 1899 within the city of Truevine, Virginia, there lived 2 boys, St. George and Willie Muse, born into a sharecropping family. They additionally happened to be black albinos and their pale skin and yellow hair was not like something the city had seen before. One day, a man comes giving them candy and — you’ll see wherever this can be going. Once kidnaped, the boys were then noncommissioned as circus freaks and carted round the world to be displayed as off-the-wall beasts.”

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