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...
  • Beth
    Aug 31, 2018
    I remember back in high school, as part of a senior project about drugs and drug use, I had to write a paper. My argument in that paper was that legalization of any drug was a terrible idea, and would ultimately do more harm than good. This was back in 1990, when "just say no" was the ...
  • Renata
    Oct 28, 2018
    This was eye-opening in several respects. Being generally aware and reading about this epidemic is one thing, but having such a detailed account of the hurdles and obstacles people have to overcome to get treatment, is a whole other thing. I found the writing a little choppy at times -...
  • 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.? ...
  • Tfalcone
    Jul 02, 2018
    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. I had barely started reading and I was immediatly getting fired up. First of all - the greed of drug companies, salespeople and doctors.Whatever happened to "First do no harm"? I never realized the amount of money that was at stake here. I also d...
  • Irene
    Nov 12, 2018
    Beth Macy presents a compelling and very readable argument for who should hold the blame for the current opioid crisis killing as many as 7 people an hour in the U.S. First she points to pharmaceutical companies that developed these drugs and aggressively marketed them to doctors despi...
  • Christine
    Sep 17, 2018
    People, just read this. I never claimed to know much about drugs, and this book confirmed that I was right. What a sad sad book! If you have children, I highly recommend you check this book out. Literally, from your library if necessary! It will remind you to always keep your eyes open...
  • Traci at The Stacks
    Sep 04, 2018
    I enjoyed the content overall. I didn?t always like the writing style. At times felt very sympathetic to certain kinds of addicts. It?s a good book but I wonder about the story being told and who is vilified and who isn?t. ...
  • 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'...
  • Sarah
    Nov 28, 2018
    An incredibly throughly researched look into the opioid epidemic in the U.S. - I went into this one knowing very little about the topic but finished feeling like I had a rounded understanding, which I think is the mark of a very good non-fiction book. Highly recommended for fans of non...
  • 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...
  • ♥ 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...
  • Jill Mackin
    Nov 07, 2018
    An excellent book about the opioid crisis in America. Dopesick is a very readable book about a major problem, which began in the central Appalachia area of Virginia, and has spread across the country. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Paul
    Jul 09, 2018
    From Roanoke to Maine to Humbolt County, the opioid crisis has swept across the United States with pundits on every side calling for action. Macy cuts through the debate with well-documented research that advocates for a combination of Medication-Assisted Treatment and a twelve step pr...
  • Lisa
    Oct 27, 2018
    Incredibly well researched with a clear understanding of all the different facets of why and how Opioid addiction manifests and spreads like a wildfire out of control. Why the current laws and legislation will never outsmart the current model of profiteering and abuse. Unfortunately it...
  • 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...
  • Betsy Holcombe degolian
    May 22, 2018
    A fascinating look into the history and reality of the opioid epidemic. Macy did her research and compassionately tells the story of those touched and living in the throes of the epidemic. ...
  • 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...
  • Liz Bartek
    Apr 11, 2018
    Great work by Macy, as always; truly heartbreaking, we're not doing enough to address this epidemic. ...
  • 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. Review to come. ...
  • John Spiller
    Aug 18, 2018
    If you have read "Dreamland" by Sam Quinones, then "Dopesick" may be a bit redundant but still a worthy read. I thought Quinones did a better job examining how the change in approach to pain management, which was ruthlessly exploited by Purdue Pharma (the maker of Oxycontin), ultimatel...
  • Kathleen
    Aug 20, 2018
    Dopesick is an excellent companion to Sam Quinones? Dreamland: The True Tale of America?s Opiate Epidemic. Macy expands on Quinones' reporting on Purdue Pharmaceutical?s indefensible marketing of OxyContin that resulted in thousands and thousands of addicted users. Perdue was for...
  • Lucas Brandl
    Aug 11, 2018
    This is one of the saddest and most terrifying books I've ever read. Drug overdose is currently "the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of fifty, killing more people than guns or car accidents, at a rate higher than the HIV epidemic at its peak." This book captures many...