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Dopesick : Dealers, Doctors And The Drug Company That Addicted America - Beth Macy

Dopesick

Dealers, Doctors And The Drug Company That Addicted America

By: Beth Macy

Paperback Published: 4th March 2019
ISBN: 9781788549424
Number Of Pages: 416

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A portrait of the devastating opioid crisis in America from a New York Times bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it.

Beth Macy reveals the disturbing truth behind America's opioid crisis and explains how a nation has become enslaved to prescription drugs. This powerful and moving story explains how a large corporation, Purdue, encouraged small town doctors to prescribe OxyContin to a country already awash in painkillers. The drug's dangerously addictive nature was hidden, whilst many used it as an escape, to numb the pain of of joblessness and the need to pay the bills. Macy tries to answer a grieving mother's question – why her only son died – and comes away with a harrowing tale of greed and need.

About the Author

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

Industry Reviews

'An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference'
Kirkus

'Macy potently mixes statistics and hard data with tragic stories of individual sufferers, as well as those who love and attempt to treat them ... Forceful and comprehensive'
Publishers Weekly

'A crucial and many-faceted look at a still-unfolding national crisis ... A timely and necessary read'
Booklist

'A shocking investigation ... [Dopesick] is essential. The urgency of its message is compounded by the fact that as I write this, the latest figures show the number of deaths in England and Wales due to the synthetic opioid fentanyl rose by 29 per cent in 2017'
The Times

'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 and the glimmers of hope that remain'
Janet Maslin, New York Times

ISBN: 9781788549424
ISBN-10: 1788549422
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 4th March 2019
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.3

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