Dopesick : Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America
|Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Nonfiction 2019 Finalist|
Author: Beth Macy
Published:4 Mar 2019
‘Shifting effortlessly between the socio-political and the personal, Macy weaves a complex tale that unfolds with all the pace of a thriller’ Observer. ‘Dopesick is a deep – and deeply needed – look into the troubled soul of America’ Tom Hanks. ‘Dopesick goes to the heart of one of the most urgent problems of our time’ The Tablet.
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.