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  • Dopesick

  • By: Beth Macy
  • Narrated by: Beth Macy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Summary

A Times book of the year.

Beth Macy reveals the disturbing truth behind America's opioid crisis and explains how a nation has become enslaved to prescription drugs.

This powerful and moving story explains how a large corporation, Purdue, encouraged small-town doctors to prescribe OxyContin to a country already awash in painkillers. The drug's dangerously addictive nature was hidden, whilst many used it as an escape, to numb the pain of of joblessness and the need to pay the bills. Macy tries to answer a grieving mother's question - why her only son died - and comes away with a harrowing tale of greed and need.

©2018 Beth Macy (P)2019 Head of Zeus

Critic reviews

"A shocking investigation...[Dopesick] is essential." (The Times)

"Shifting effortlessly between the socio-political and the personal, Macy weaves a complex tale that unfolds with all the pace of a thriller." (Observer)

"Dopesick is a deep - and deeply needed - look into the troubled soul of America." (Tom Hanks)

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Interesting, but don't recommend the audiobook

This book brings to life the opioid crisis, but needs re-recording with a professional narrator.

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Comprehensive and poignant

A thorough investigation into addiction, corruption, lost hope and the fracturing of American society by greed and lack of regulation. A brilliant work by a compassionate woman.

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Heartbreaking and illuminating

This should be compulsory reading for everyone. The case studies humanise a very human and misunderstood problem and also lay out the underlying contradictions in treatment approaches and attitudes to addiction in general. The tendency for addicts to be criminalised and taken into the criminal justice and penal systems with devastating consequences is not unique to the US and it was interesting to see how many overlaps there are between treatment approaches globally in spite of a growing problem and little evidence that traditional criminalisation techniques work.

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Thick Giblet

This is really important. The OxyContin epidemic took some of my best friends. The TV series is fantastic. But, why O why did the author narrate her own work. This book deserves better. Needs a professional narrator. Such a shame.

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Heartbreaking.

A in-depth look into how America is rotting away from the Opioid crisis.
This book reveals so much and Is truly heartbreaking.
A must read into the corruption and negligence from the top people in America.
Well done Beth Mach for shedding light onto this subject and everyone who told their story of pure heartbreak.
My Love,heart and deepest sympathies go out to everyone who’s lives this drug has ruined.

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Harrow but necessary

One of the more harrowing, frustrating and yet necessary books I've ever read. An illustration of the errors of politicalising of drug use and drug treatment, where an uneducated public continue down the pathway of calling for simple abstinence and religious based 12-step programmes in face of scientific evidence of a different solution.

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Gripping journalistic account of America’s opioid crisis

This is a well written and well researched account of the causes and effects of the OxyContin and heroin addiction problems in the US. It is a first person account and I thought that the author read it well. The victims and their families are described with sympathy and compassion. I haven’t seen the Disney drama of the same name, but I think that this focuses on certain chapters of the book. I enjoyed this, particularly the parts dealing with the drug company’s ethics and the complexities of health care in America (I work for NHS in UK). I bought this when it was the daily deal. I am not sure if I would have paid full price.

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Just Watched Dopesick on Disney!

Hi just watched Dopesick on Disney and now I`m hooked! (how ironic). The author, Beth Macy reads this and it works. I think this is because its non-fiction but she does a good job and makes the storey compelling. Truly a betrayal of the American people. By industry, the government and by themselves. Its all here in full colour. Oh and the Sackler family? Burn in hell.

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Little to do with the série Dopesick

This book is only about the destruction on people induced by opioid abuse especially OxyContin

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Heartbreaking

Heartbreaking but informative.

This book comes at the problem of heroin addiction from all angles in a no nonsense manner.