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

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

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 Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed s...

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Title:Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
Author:Beth Macy
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

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

  • Ang
    Mar 25, 2018
    This was ridiculously excellent. Macy is a fantastic writer, and she is so good at getting you to care about the people and issues in this book. I read Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic but didn't think it was particularly good, in terms of helping me understand WTF...
  • JanB
    Dec 03, 2018
    I personally know 5 families who have lost a family member(s) to heroin/fentanyl. Good, strong, well-educated families. It is happening all around us, in all walks of life. There are plenty of heartbreaking personal accounts in this book from families who have lost a loved one, and...
  • lp
    May 01, 2018
    An emotional, powerful, important must-read. This book wasn't trying to do what HILLBILLY ELEGY was trying to do, but it did it, anyway. It did a great job getting close to answering those big questions. I got a huge understanding of the cycle of addiction and struggle in Appalachia. B...
  • Julie Christine
    Jun 13, 2019
    A few weeks ago, a beloved member of my community?husband, father, celebrated musician?was found in his car in the hospital parking lot, unconscious. He'd been driven there by a drug dealer and abandoned after two attempts to revive him with Narcan failed. ER intervention was too l...
  • Matt
    Oct 08, 2018
    ?The informant leaned into [Lieutenant Richard] Stallard?s cruiser. ?This feller up here?s got this new stuff he?s selling. It?s called Oxy, and he says it?s great,? he said. ?What is it again?? Stallard asked. ?It?s Oxy-compton?something like that.? ...
  • Marialyce
    Apr 07, 2019
    Reading this book is like a descent into the hell of addiction, the pharmaceutical companies that pushed drugs using doctored data, the doctors overdosing their patients, and the government that seems to pour money into trying to find a solution that doesn't seem to have one. ?Am...
  • Lauren
    Dec 15, 2018
    "When a new drug sweeps the country, it historically starts in the big cities and gradually spreads to the hinterlands, as in the cases of cocaine and crack. But the opioid epidemic began in exactly the opposite manner, grabbing a toehold in isolated Appalachia, Midwestern rust belt co...
  • Laurie Anderson
    Jan 29, 2019
    This astounding book should be read by every parent, politician, police officer, judge, and health care policy wonk in the country. It's eye-opening, devastating, and infuriating. The insights I most appreciated were the explanations of how opiates affect the addicts brain (which total...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 28, 2018
    "But you can't put a corporation in jail; you just take their money, and it's not really their money anyway. The corporation feels no pain." Beth Macy has made a name for herself with her award-winning research and journalism, and she put her skills to good use in covering America'...
  • Dianne
    Jan 18, 2019
    Disheartening deep dive into the opioid crisis in America, from its inception twenty years ago via OxyContin prescriptions to today?s desperate consumption of heroin and synthetic opioids. Big Pharma and corporate greed play a huge role, as does public policy. Still, history is inter...
  • Theresa Alan
    Jan 20, 2019
    This is a well-researched nonfiction book about how the Sackler family of the privately-held company Purdue Pharma, their sales reps, unethical and misinformed doctors, our pitiful healthcare system that only helps some people, and our misguided law enforcement and incarceration laws c...
  • Jenna
    Feb 20, 2019
    Dopesick is a semi-interesting book about the opioid epidemic in America. Ms. Macy follows many people and families over the course of 6 years and tells their stories in this book. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had the author narrowed it down to just a couple individuals a...
  • Esil
    Dec 27, 2018
    Dopesick was very well done and thought provoking. But it took me a long time to listen to the audio because it felt like I could only listen to so much bleak information about the opioid crisis at any given time. Beth Macy looks at opioid addiction from many perspectives, including it...
  • Rachel
    Oct 19, 2018
    Compelling, informative, compassionate, and harrowing. Dopesick is a comprehensive account of America's opioid crisis that has plagued disparate rural areas throughout the country, though Beth Macy mainly narrows down her research to her local Appalachia. She pieces together interviews...
  • carol.
    Apr 14, 2019
    A problematic read for me. Yes, I know; awards and all that. But I honestly think the awards go to the fact that Macy made Oxycontin and heroin part of a national conversation, not because this book was exemplary journalism or writing. Issue 1: Macy does not feel like a competent r...
  • Kelli
    Feb 02, 2019
    This book is about the opioid crisis. It?s an extremely well-researched, comprehensive look at how it started, how it spread, and some of the lives it has affected/ destroyed/devastated. Another story about hardworking Americans being led to their demise by a greedy American corporat...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Oct 31, 2018
    4 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown and Company for a chance to read this book. Published August 7, 2018. For me this was a book that needed a bit of time, after reading, to be able to review it. The author Beth Macy is a favorite author of mine. I enjoy the way she lay...
  • Julie
    Sep 28, 2018
    Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company Who Addicted America by Beth Macy is a 2018 Little, Brown and Company publication. ?Because the most important thing for the morphine-hijacked brain is, always, not to experience the crushing physical and psychological pain of with...
  • PorshaJo
    Dec 30, 2018
    Shocking.....just shocking! I had no idea how bad things have become and who was responsible. You hear news about the opioid crisis and it's getting worse and we need to do something about it.....but we don't. Giving out Narcan to folks so if they overdose they have the fix, not sur...
  • Maureen
    Sep 03, 2018
    3.5 Stars - 4 for the importance of the subject matter, 3 for the quality of the writing. I felt like there were just too many players to keep track of in the narrative. Someone introduced on page 30 by their full name is going to be unforgettable when introduced by their first name af...
  • Melora
    Jan 21, 2019
    Wow. Well, that was a real eye-opener for me. I've tended to see the opioid crisis from the perspective of compliant chronic pain patients, whose access to effective pain medication is increasingly restricted due to attempts to limit drug abuse. A close family member whose pain had pre...
  • Malia
    Dec 27, 2018
    Dopesick is a very informative and well-written book about the opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, I listened to the audiobook, and I really hate to whine about this, but the author narrates it, and her voice reminded me so much of that of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. This isn't anyone's fault,...
  • Geoffrey
    May 14, 2018
    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley.) Beth Macy has crafted a work that expertly utilizes both a grander narrative and the personal tragic tales of numerous figures and families, all to great effect to show how the ongoing epidemic came t...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Aug 07, 2018
    I have read several books on the opioid epidemic but never had I read a nonfiction narrative documenting such a landscape of relentless distress and horror. This book is heartwrenching as individuals and communities sink into levels of hell that grow worse and worse. The author Beth Ma...
  • Michelle
    Aug 06, 2018
    In 2012, author and investigative social journalist, Beth Macy began writing about the worst drug (heroin) epidemic in world history. ?Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and The Drug Company That Addicted America? began in the hills and valleys of Appalachia, the mid-western rust belt, ru...
  • Ellen Gail
    Nov 18, 2018
    If you've seen my reviews of books like American Pain and Dreamland, you'll know that I work in pharmacy. (also that I am totally a shill for 'Big Pharma'. Cause I can't possibly review books and, you know, have my own opinions on them?) Seems awfully suspicious to me. ?I ...
  • Stephanie
    May 17, 2018
    If you want to know the backstory of America's opioid epidemic, look no further than Beth Macy's meticulously researched book. The personal vignettes bring a face to the stories we read about in the paper. I know many people will compare it to Hillbilly Elegy, which I learned a great d...
  • Hannah
    Dec 05, 2018
    Heartbreaking, infuriating, incredibly well-researched. This is an impeccably researched overview of the US-American opioid crisis, enriched by case studies of people affected. Macy manages to show both the immediate, private reach of this crisis and the overarching problems in the ...
  • Candie
    Apr 18, 2019
    4.5 Stars This book is just so shocking but at the same time a lot of it is not. I learned so much and it made me so angry and sad. There is a history of drug addiction with many members of my family and I found this book really hard to read. I seriously don't think many books have ...
  • Elizabeth
    Sep 11, 2018
    Tl;dr: Dopesick is an outstanding, harrowing look at America's opioid epidemic. One of the best books of 2018. Dopesick is a solid, thorough, thoughtful, and bleak look at America's opioid addiction problem. Ms. Macy first started off writing about the deaths of young peopl...