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

Beth Macy


Harper Collins

Drug & substance abuse: social aspects


384 pages

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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.

By:   Beth Macy
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781788549424
ISBN 10:   1788549422
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

'A crucial and many-faceted look at a still-unfolding national crisis ... A timely and necessary read' Booklist. '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. 'An urgent, eye-opening look at a problem that promises to grow much worse in the face of inaction and indifference' Kirkus. 'Beth Macy seeks the very hearts of the people who are running the long marathons of struggle and survival - of Life. Dopesick is another deep - and deeply needed - look into the troubled soul of America' Tom Hanks. '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. '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.

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