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Dopesick : dealers, doctors, and the drug company that addicted America

Author: Beth Macy
Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Company, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency" (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Macy, Beth.
Dopesick.
2018
(DLC) 2017961068
(OCoLC)1043454094
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Beth Macy
ISBN: 9780316551281 0316551287 9780316551212 031655121X
OCLC Number: 1046613672
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 376 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: The United States of amnesia --
Swag 'n' dash --
Message board memorial --
"The corporation feels no pain" --
Suburban sprawl --
"Like shooting Jesus" --
FUBI --
"Shit don't stop" --
Whack-a-mole --
Liminality --
Hope on a spreadsheet --
"Brother, wrong or right" --
Outcasts and inroads --
Epilogue: Soldier's Disease.
Other Titles: Dope sick
Responsibility: Beth Macy.
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An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency" (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it 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. "An impressive feat of journalism, monumental in scope and urgent in its implications."--Jennifer Latson, The Boston Globe

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