American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the history of greed, corruption, and indifference that pushed the US into consuming more than 80 percent of the world's opioid painkillers. Journeying through lives and communities wrecked by the epidemic, Chris McGreal reveals no The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake...

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Title:American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts
Author:Chris McGreal
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1541773772
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts Reviews

  • Melissa
    Nov 30, 2018
    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...
  • Beth
    Nov 19, 2018
    This book was somewhat unique in that it focused mostly on the perpetrators of the opioid epidemic - the pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, the doctors and pharmacies - rather than the victims. It was really interesting and frightening to learn about how drugs like OxyContin were appro...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Dec 27, 2018
    I was riveted by this account of the start and spread of the opioid epidemic and how it has helped fuel the rise of heroin and fentanyl. McGreal deftly deals with the complicated mix of players from the pharma companies to unscrupulous physicians, corrupt police and politicians, and fa...
  • Darcia Helle
    Nov 09, 2018
    "Tragedy" is an apt word for the way opioids have been managed by pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and our government. I've read several books on this topic, and American Overdose is right up there with the best. One aspect that makes this a standout read is that Chris McGreal ad...
  • Hadrian
    Jan 02, 2019
    Investigation of the effects of the opioid crisis. The book's greatest strengths are on-the-ground reporting in West Virginia, the epicenter of painkiller distribution and addiction rates, and the broad institutional negligence that allowed the crisis to fester since the early 2000s. ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 14, 2018
    Unconsciousable, if there is one word I would use to describe the greed I read about in this book, this would be the word. One would have to be completely out of touch to have not heard on the news, or read in the papers, about the opoid epidemic striking our nation. Untold deaths, fam...
  • Rachel
    Mar 07, 2019
    Summary: In this heartbreaking work, McGreal covers a detailed history of illegal distribution of opioids by doctors, immoral advertising and drug pushing by big pharma, and the failures of the DEA and FDA in regulating prescriptions. He described how the careless over-prescription of ...
  • Debra
    Aug 21, 2018
    4.5 stars (In 2012) "Doctors write more than 250 million prescriptions for opioids, enough to provide a bottle to every adult in America. The United States consumes more than 80 percent of the world's prescription narcotics." - Scary, Scary statistic. That was 2012. ***Please...
  • Juliana
    Jan 27, 2019
    "No one really knows how many have died from a drug overdose either caused by opioids or in combination with other drugs: the official count is 350,000 between 1999 and 2016." 350,000! 350,000! 350,000! From the first page this book is a riveting account of the rise of the use an...
  • Maureen
    Jan 08, 2019
    How many books will I read about the opioid crisis? Apparently as many as people will write. I found this book more engaging than Dopesick in many ways. However, there were still long passages that were pretty boring. The worst for me was the lack of copy editing- a single dropped ?t...
  • Margaret Sankey
    Jul 06, 2018
    McGreal chases the string of events via which Purdue pharma got doctors to start thinking of pain as a "fifth vital sign" and, with relaxed advertising rules, started convincing people that pain was an unendurable blight, even after surgery or as part of aging. Once the market was prim...
  • Janet
    Jul 03, 2018
    received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A devastating portrait of the opioid epidemic, a uniquely American and catastrophically lethal tragedy born of Congressional neglect, amplified by corporate ...
  • Jessica
    Nov 10, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 20, 2018
    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My first Netgalley! This book made me so mad. As a substance abuse counselor the personal stories are not new to me, but how Oxycontin was pushed on doctors from the drug companies and marketed as safe was ridiculous...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Oct 04, 2018
    This review can also be found on my blog! I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This is publishing November 1st! CW: drug use, addiction, overdoses, suicide, and government assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...
  • Kyle
    Jul 30, 2018
    A received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. A fascinating read about how the opioid epidemic arose. Through meticulous research, McGreal is about to identify the various factors and individuals responsible for this epidemic. McGreal explores the ...
  • Perri
    Feb 14, 2019
    I read this book to help understand this question-"How was the greatest drug epidemic in American history allowed to grow virtually unchecked for nearly two decades with no end in sight?" Epidemic sounds like fear mongering but when the word is right, we must use it. More people dying ...
  • Sarah
    Nov 24, 2018
    I mostly picked up this book because Liberty Hardy, on the podcast 'All the Books,' described it as a great and important read, especially since everyone has been somehow affected or in contact with the dangers of addiction. This book is full of significant facts and historical backg...
  • Stephanie Rowsey
    Nov 11, 2018
    Thank you NetGalley for a free eARC in exchange for an honest review. American Overdose is well researched and well written. This book exposes the opioid epidemic and the corrupt pharmaceutical companies and doctors who profited at the expense of rural Appalachian citizens. I have hear...
  • Michelle
    Nov 19, 2018
    American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts (2018) is a devastating and shocking expose of the chain of events that defines the worst drug epidemic in American history, authored by notable journalist for the Guardian Chris McGreal. As ordinary American?s use and abuse substan...
  • Jen Bober
    Nov 23, 2018
    As someone who works in the field of addictions I was very interested in this book. I found it to be very well researched and really found it interesting hearing the timeline of this crisis. Watching this crisis unfold has just been heartbreaking. Learning the impact that pharmaceutica...
  • Lissa
    Feb 16, 2019
    Reading this book was personal to me, and it broke my heart. I'm originally from the Appalachian foothills, and Appalachia (particularly the tri-state area of West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southern Ohio) is ground zero for the opioid epidemic. I first remember hearing about ...
  • David Wineberg
    Nov 01, 2018
    OxyContin: ?Industrial-Scale Delivery of Death? Opioids came to my attention a few years ago when a report came out that New York State doctors had written more than 24 million prescriptions for opioids the previous year. Unstated in the story, but obvious to me, was that ther...
  • Kristy K
    Feb 19, 2019
    3.5 Stars If you want to be infuriated with pharmaceutical companies, the government, and doctors, then read this book. The blatant way that they ignore or twist data and warnings and succumb to greed is largely the reason there?s an opioid epidemic in America. Those few doctors w...
  • Michael
    Dec 29, 2018
    A three-part history of the opioid epidemic, American Overdose charts how relentless greed led the pharmaceutical industry to hook the nation on highly addictive painkillers. Journalist Chris McGreal starts his book by tracking how Big Pharma, in cooperation with the federal government...
  • Emilia Wright
    Feb 09, 2019
    This was a hard read. Not by quality of reporting (excellent) or length (290 pages). But by the heartbreaking cost of it all. McGreal highlights how so many segments of the medical and social systems failed the American public. Not failure through incompetence or fortune. But failure u...
  • Jessie
    Nov 04, 2018
    This book makes an attempt, in three acts, to sum up the current opioid crisis in America. It?s long long form journalism. This is a heavy topic, although I have to say, the weight of this book for me was more about the often unparsable reams of info about big pharma, the FDA, and al...
  • Jill
    Nov 02, 2018
    5 stars ?A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions. The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the histo...
  • Jill
    Nov 02, 2018
    5 stars ?A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions. The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the histo...
  • Shelly
    Jul 29, 2018
    Interesting and illuminating do not even come close to describing this book! This is the devastating narrative of how the opiate crisis came to pass in America. Written in a unique, comprehensive and educational manner, I found myself wishing that this book was a reading requirement fo...