A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusionsThe 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 wor...
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American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts Reviews
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 there are only 19 million people in the state, total. Doctors were flooding the state with narcotics. That can’t be right. Chris McGreal’s American Overdose details how very wrong it was and continues to be. It’s capitalism, g ...more
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 ‘the’ or ‘an’ is one thing but there were so many errors in this book, I almost stopped reading it. Overall this book is thoroughly researched and an informative, if infuriating, read.
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 all of the legal issues with the mainstream prescribing of opiates for moderate pain, than to do with the astounding death tolls. I think the facts shared were well researched, but this book was short of qualitative in ...more
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, families, lives ruined. A documentary about West Virginia, which was literally a opoid mill, was shown a few months back, towns completely taken over by addiction. What I didn't realize was how this was accomplished. ...more
An excellent overview of the opioid crisis focused primarily in the West Virginia area, but covers the history of the Pharma Co. and how it literally pushed its brand through this region and the surrounding area. An eye opening read for sure.
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 substance, suppliers/dealers of illicit drugs were included in the same category as the wellness clinics, “pill mills” (of West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida) and the doctor’s that prescribed “astronomical” amount ...more
A tough but necessary read
This book is amazing. I tore through it after NetGalley approved my advanced reader copy in exchange for a review.
I am about as involved as a librarian can be in this issue without actually working in the substance abuse field. I have read a plethora of other related texts such as Dreamland, Pill City, American Fix, and Chasing the Scream. This book, American Overdose, is unique in that it provides and extremely comprehensive history on how Americans got addicted to opioids starting with pills a ...more