American Overdose by Chris McGreal audiobook

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

By Chris McGreal
Read by Dan Woren

9781610398619

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549176920

  • ISBN: 9781549176906

  • ISBN: 9781549149290

Runtime: 11.92 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic—devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions

The opioid epidemic has been called “one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine.” But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of history. Driven by greed, incompetence, and indifference, it was an utterly avoidable tragedy.

Chris McGreal reveals this in his deeply reported account, covering everyone from the law enforcement who struggled to get prosecutors to go after the doctors they called “drug dealers in white coats;" to miners who grew addicted to opioids while trying to ease the pain of their strenuous job; to physicians and scientists who tried to warn of an epidemic; to a teenage girl dragged into the heroin trade.

American Overdose also presents new evidence of Big Pharma’s domination of the healthcare system as it flooded the country with opioids. It exposes how the Food and Drug Administration and Congress were coopted into the drive to push painkillers—resulting ultimately in the rise and resurgence of heroin cartels in the American heartland.

McGreal tells the story, in terms both broad and intimate, of a population hit by a catastrophe they never saw coming. It was years in the making; and its ruinous consequences will stretch years into the future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dan Woren’s forthright narrating style is the perfect vehicle for this compelling portrayal of the genesis and consequences of America’s current opioid crisis…Woren’s masterful presentation enhances listener accessibility to this powerful analysis of a grave social problem.” AudioFile
"[A] powerful encapsulation of that epidemic….a timely examination of hard-won lessons.” Nature
“Staggering… Zola-esque in its dark twists and turns.” Literary Review
“This urgent, readable chronicle, which names names and pulls no punches, clearly and compassionately illuminates the evolution of America’s mass addiction problem.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Chris McGreal

Author Bio: Chris McGreal

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 11.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English