New York Times bestseller
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science & Technology
Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2018
Finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize
Finalist for the 2019 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Nonfiction
Longlisted for the 800-CEO-Read Business Book Award
A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Nonfiction
A Library Journal Best Books of the Year selection
One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018 in Nonfiction
A USA Today Pick
A 2019 Booklist Top of the List Pick in Audiobooks
Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
An iBooks bestseller in Health, Mind & Body
An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the Month
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Best Books Now in Paperback
A Flavorwire Pick of Best New Books Out in Paperback
An Amazon.com bestseller
A BookPage Top Pick of the Month
An instant New York Times bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to tell the full story of the opioid crisis, from the boardroom to the courtroom and into the living rooms of Americans struggling to save themselves and their families: "masterfully interlaces stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference" (New York Times) from a journalist who has lived through it.
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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