Dopesick - Beth Macy

Dopesick

By Beth Macy

  • Release Date: 2018-08-07
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4
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From 81 Ratings

Description

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

Reviews

  • Ask physicians instead of opportunists

    1
    By owndao
    The current fad to attack the prescribing of opiates and benzodiazepines completely ignores the fact that people must have relief from chronic pain and anxiety as well as the fact there are no substitutes for these medications. Addiction is the least of worries of people that cannot live with the terrible pain and panic attacks these drugs reduce. It’s the current fad to prevent trained professionals from prescribing what they know is keeping their patients alive and in some cases functional. Go attack the sale of proven killers that continue to cause many more deaths in a completely uncaring way such as alcohol, and tobacco products. Don’t torture to death your loved ones. Get the facts. The WHO has easy to use databases and tools to access them that will show that deaths due to misuse of these medications is the issue. Stop the root of the problem, misuse and addictive excess use. Do some research and you will find there are zero substitutes for treating severe systemic pain. There are medications that are much worse such as the ones pain clinics are experimenting with that have been in existence for years but never released for sale because of ineffectiveness or they have not been able to pass FDA approval and are completely experimental, available directly from clinics that have concocted them. Most all people have no conception of what life with crippling pain or panic attacks are like. Neither does this author. Try and imaging anxiety so severe that you feel you are suffocating. They don’t call it the fight or flight response for nothing. Perhaps the author needs a heavy dose of epinephrine or for pain, a broken back or bone spurs stimulating their peripheral nerves. There is nothing short of cancer, severe arthritis, complicated by ulceration of the stomach and colon to replicate the pain so many feel. There is no empathy here, just a way to ride the current fad of ignoring facts and expert advice for cash. Talk to people that are suffering like this instead of jumping on the insurance company propaganda wagon. Since 2016, more than 50 medications have been dropped from policies, not for safety concerns but because it’s not profitable to assist paying for coverage of medications that may be needed for the rest of the insured’s life. Think for a change. The current administration in Washington has along with the Republican majority in Congress have been trying to enrich the already rich further by siding with big business. Check out medical insurance and you will find, like most forms of insurance, that just two or three corporations sell coverage to smaller insurance companies. Anti-monopoly (a small number of companies dominating an entire segment of business) and anti-trust (price fixing) laws are no longer being enforced in order to make the political big contributors more willing to fund million and now billionaire politicians. The only time you will be even addressed by these crooks is at election time. You are not represented, you were dismissed for funding.
  • MS

    5
    By JODRHOD
    Excellent! Every parent, politician, doctor, teacher should read this!