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

By Beth Macy
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10.28 Hours 08/07/2018 unabridged
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Factory Man comes the only book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America—an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines. In this masterful work, 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 pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death. Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope—and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

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Summary

An Amazon.com bestseller

From the New York Times bestselling author of Factory Man comes the only book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America—an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines.

In this masterful work, 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 pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.

Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope—and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Dopesick is another deep—and deeply needed—look into the troubled soul of America.” Tom Hanks, Academy Award-winning actor and New York Times bestselling author
“Essential reading…Macy follows one specific drug through the range of problems it has caused, the people it has hurt, the difficulties in fighting it (with plenty of too little, too late) and the glimmers of hope that remain.” New York Times
“Harrowing travels through the land of the hypermedicated, courtesy of hopelessness, poverty, and large pharmaceutical companies…An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A searing account of the US opioid epidemic, it methodically follows that scourge along its murderous path…What makes Macy’s book so devastating are her intimate portraits of addicts and their tortured families, trapped in the cycle of addiction, recovery, and relapse.” Shelf Awareness
“Macy’s use of current research by various experts makes clear how complex the opioid problem is, but the strength of this narrative comes from the people in the day-to-day battle.” Library Journal
“Everyone should read Beth Macy’s story of the American opioid epidemic.” Anne C. Case, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and Sir Angus Deaton, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

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Author Bio: Beth Macy

Beth Macy is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books Truevine and Factory Man. Her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English