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Dopesick : dealers, doctors, and the company that addicted America / Beth Macy.

Macy, Beth (author.).

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Milford Public Library 362.29 M (Text to phone) 34013144060145 Adult Nonfiction Large Type Available -
Plumb Memorial Library - Shelton 362.29 MAC L.T. ed. (Text to phone) 34025143048061 Adult Large Type Checked out 06/07/2021

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 487-548).
Formatted Contents Note: Part one: The People v. Purdue. The United States of Amnesia -- Swag 'n' Dash -- Message board memorial -- "The corporation feels no pain." Part two: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. Suburban sprawl -- "Like shooting Jesus" -- FUBI -- "Shit don't stop." Part three: "A broken system." Whac-a-mole -- Liminality -- Hope on a spreadsheet -- "Brother, wrong or right" -- Outcasts and inroads. Epilogue: Soldier's Disease.
Summary, etc.: Chronicles America's more than twenty-year struggle with opioid addiction, from the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, through the spread of addiction in distressed communities in Central Appalachia, to the current national crisis.
Subject: Opioid abuse United States
Medication abuse United States
Oxycodone
Oxycodone abuse United States
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Genre: Nonfiction.

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Journalist Macy (Truevine) takes a hard and heartbreaking look at the cradle of the opioid addiction crisis, the Appalachian region of Virginia and nearby states. She places the responsibility for the epidemic squarely on Purdue Frederick, makers of OxyContin, and its sales division, Purdue Pharma, which engaged in near-predatory marketing practices to sell a drug that has wreaked havoc on the lives of 2.6 million Americans who are currently addicted, with more than 100 dying per day from opioid overdoses. In the first of three sections, she addresses "big pharma" in telling detail, outlining how the overprescribing of pain medication in doctors' offices and emergency rooms created a market demand that was then met by illegal drug peddlers on the streets. Section two follows the spiral of addiction as users of prescription pills no longer able to afford their habit turn to heroin, a cheaper and more lethal solution to feed their fix. In the last section, the author changes the focus to what has become an addiction treatment industry. Macy potently mixes statistics and hard data with tragic stories of individual sufferers, as well as those who love and attempt to treat them. One addict, Tess Henry, was just 26 when she was first interviewed by Macy and, despite multiple attempts at rehab so that she could raise her infant son, she was dead within three years. Macy's forceful and comprehensive overview makes clear the scale and complexity of America's opioid crisis. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Americans, representing 5 percent of the world's population, consume 80 percent of its opioids." Macy (Factory Man; Truevine) brings that statistic down to the personal level as she relates individual stories of OxyContin use in the United States, while also tracing its regulatory history and legal, medical, and social ramifications. The intertwined factors that have led to today's opioid epidemic play out in stories of health-care providers, patients, pharmaceutical companies, politicians, drug dealers, users, and family members. Starting with her own community of Roanoke, VA, Macy effectively shows how opioid abuse plays no favorites as it works its way into all socioeconomic levels, races, and ethnicities. The accounts of addicts and their families leave no doubt about the power the chemicals hold over the brains they alter. Addicts soon begin using to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal (dopesick) rather than gaining any pleasurable high. Controversies abound over what treatments work. Abstinence versus medication-assisted therapy is an ongoing debate, while profit motives and insurance problems are also factors. VERDICT Macy's use of current research by various experts makes clear how complex the opioid problem is, but the strength of this narrative comes from the people in the day-to-day battle.-Richard Maxwell, -Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Dopesick delves deeply into the opioid overdose death crisis currently menacing the US. Presently, opioid deaths exceed the numbers of AIDS/HIV casualties, and the epidemic shows no signs of abatement. Macy, a journalist, began studying the opioid crisis over two decades ago--before it spun out of control. Her analysis is wide-ranging: she interviews public health officials, nurses, doctors, law enforcement personnel, addiction medical specialists, addicts, those in recovery, and their families. Providing a macro level understanding, she systematically explores how Purdue Pharma aggressively marketed OxyContin painkilling capsules without any firm scientific foundation, resulting in sharply rising numbers of addicted users while economic obsolescence began to affect rural America. Dopesick also offers a powerful micro-level analysis as Macy established enduring associations with those impacted by the crisis, following subjects through their repeated recovery efforts, interviewing some even in prison, and seeing some succeed in renouncing their addictions while others relapsed or experienced fatal overdoses. This heart-wrenching narrative calls attention to the US government's failure to adequately address this burgeoning crisis. An important read for anyone seeking to better understand the opioid death epidemic. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. --William Feigelman, emeritus, Nassau Community College

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*Starred Review* Award-winning Virginia-based journalist Macy, author of best-sellers Factory Man (2014) and Truevine (2016), carefully constructs the through line from the midnineties introduction of the prescription painkiller OxyContin to the current U.S. opioid crisis: 300,000 deaths over the last 15 years, with that number predicted to double in the next 5. Its addictiveness initially far underreported, Oxy was outrageously marketed to doctors and overprescribed to patients, who quickly couldn't do without it. The much-later introduction of an abuse-resistant formula made heroin cheap and easily accessible, a natural next step. Macy's years of following the issue have earned her remarkable access to those suffering from opioid-addiction disorder as well as the people who tirelessly love and care for them and, in many cases, honor their memories. Again and again, she hears of the devotion the addicted claim to the drug, over every other aspect of their lives, and the motivating fear of dopesickness, gutting withdrawal symptoms. And despite its proven long-term success, medication-assisted treatment remains stigmatized and often too difficult to access. Although the realities are devastating, the doctors, the bereaved, and the advocates Macy introduces do offer hope. Hers is a crucial and many-faceted look at a still-unfolding national crisis, making this a timely and necessary read.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2010 Booklist


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