Dopesick: dealers, doctors, and the drug company that addicted America
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New York, NY : Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
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0316551309, 9780316551304
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Soon to be a Hulu Original Series  Journalist Beth Macy's definitive account of America's opioid epidemic "masterfully interlaces stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference" (New York Times) -- from the boardroom to the courtroom and into the living rooms of Americans.  In this extraordinary work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. From the labs and marketing departments of big pharma to local doctor's offices; wealthy suburbs to distressed small communities in Central Appalachia; from distant cities to once-idyllic farm towns; the spread of opioid addiction follows a tortuous trajectory that illustrates how this crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy sets out to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a gripping, unputdownable story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy investigates the powerful forces that led America's doctors and patients to embrace a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death. Through unsparing, compelling, and unforgettably humane portraits of families and first responders determined to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows that one thing uniting Americans across geographic, partisan, and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But even in the midst of twin crises in drug abuse and healthcare, Macy finds reason to hope and ample signs of the spirit and tenacity that are helping the countless ordinary people ensnared by addiction build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. "An impressive feat of journalism, monumental in scope and urgent in its implications." -- Jennifer Latson, The Boston Globe
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First Back Bay paperback edition.
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vi, 376, 9 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm.
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"August 2019"--Title page verso.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-363) and index.
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Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, journalist Beth Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother's question--why her only son died--and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. The unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death. Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus.
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Macy, B. (2019). Dopesick: dealers, doctors, and the drug company that addicted America. First Back Bay paperback edition. New York, NY: Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Macy, Beth. 2019. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America. New York, NY: Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company.

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Macy, Beth, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America. New York, NY: Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2019.

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Macy, Beth. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America. First Back Bay paperback edition. New York, NY: Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2019. Print.

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