EBOOK / PDF [Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America]

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Summary ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Beth Macy Free read Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty plus year struggle with opioid addiction From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national 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 endeavors to answer a grieving mo. A problematic read for me Yes I know awards and all that But I honestly think the awards go to the fact that Macy made Oxycontin and heroin part of a national conversation not because this book was exemplary journalism or writing Issue 1 Macy does not feel like a competent research or investigative journalist Apparently before the book writing gig her newspaper job was human interest stories I can so see that And I am not the human interest kind of reader Dopesick primarily focuses on those on the front lines but not the dopesick Though it begins by talking with a major drug dealer it uickly moves to one of the physicians who watched the crisis unfold and then a very brief history of Oxycontin the manufacturer Purdue Pharmaceuticals and the family that owns the company But mostly there are stories from the mothers Details are heart tugging and honestly facile She writes about how one son who died of an OD used to help his mom grow sunflowers so now the mom plants her whole front yard full of them Another carries around the urn of her son s ashes and caused a minor disturbance in a courtroom Does this help us understand drug abuse No Does it help stir anger against Purdue Pharmaceuticals I d argue no because it gives the reader a sad tragic death only partially from system failure Macy is trying desperately to relate the individual stories to the larger issues of economics and escape but it never gels Unlike Evicted Poverty and Profit in the American City which dispassionately used the micro stories of people to show the complexity of the issues around housing Macy seems desperate to engage the reader through emotion but without a lot of researchSurprisingly for a book about dopesick Macy largely avoids the elephant of addiction It feels like she s uick to blame the system ex Ann had a twisted ankle and got twenty five oxycodone before looking at individual behaviors that contribute It is clear indirectly that many of the mothers were in denial about the level of their teens use So it kind of ignores the web of deceptions and strategies that occur before the pill takers turn into addicts She makes it sound like people are prescribed oxycodone get addicted start finding someone with extra start dealing to cover costs then turn into heroin addicts There s a loose attempt to connect that chain with economic depression but it doesn t work Mostly she makes it sound like the good kids did it for fun and then boom their lives end Literally For me it s the most annoying kind of journalism because it uses stereotypical images and catch phrases to capture tragedy It s Hallmark Channel journalismIssue 2 Macy is not a good writer She uses adjectives for things she can t possibly know but play into preconceptions see above re Hallmark Channel and below uote about stone faced She also uotes some people saying really intriguing but largely unsupported things and then doesn t address them later When I checked her footnotes in the back they aren t actually footnoted in the body of the book you have to skim through the notes and see if a section you are curious about is highlighted she has lame ass citations By lame ass I mean one uote she uses from a guy who asserts Adderall might make the brain susceptible to addiction then she cites a book called Drug Dealer published in 2016 Why is this claim in the middle of writing about 2005 2007 I don t know Like I said terrible journalism But further research has led me to think that book has potentialIssue 3 Purdue Pharmaceuticals is an evil evil corporation As a general rule I m pretty sure most pharmaceutical companies are greedy soul sucking entities but Purdue seems actively evil which Macy illustrates The topic gets a chapter or two but is severely hamstrung by the fact that it is a privately owned corporation by the very private Sackler family and that one of her co workers already investigated and wrote a book about how Kermit a town of 400 had enough pills to supply the US The Sackler family has doubled down by counter suing the states instead of admitting any kind of culpability The only ones that have won here are their lawyers who have made buckets defending them since 2005 or so when the internet exploded and people really started to get that Oxycontin was addictive I would have liked an expose of how Purdue built their empire I want of the details from the whistle blowers Some of those are included but not in detail There s a woman who was terminated and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit asserting she was fired because she refused to sellpush drugs to two of her highest prescribing doctors Her district was Florida naturally I wanted to know about that they must be saying that they actually tracked prescribers and numbers and actively promoted to them Which by implication is basically admitting that they were being legal drug dealers Now that is unbelievably unethical and if you have problems with kids pushing dope in schools is because this corporation and the family that owned it ENCOURAGED IT This family has billions made from an addictive substance they repeated promoted as not Anyway Macy only briefly covers that case and largely in relation to the fact that she ended up losingIssue 4 You want compassion Talk to someone who isn t the child of police officers and a cancer nurse Macy didn t help me develop that or make me appreciate the insidious way addiction rewires the brain one dopamine burst at a time The last time I took care of an addict at my last hospital we had to call a Behavioral Emergency because we had finally gotten all the unknown drug out of his system and he was pissed we messed up his high His mother was exhausted tired of coming to the hospital and trying to talk sense into him He ripped out his IV leaking blood everywhere Hepatitis positive naturally and left It was super not fun Macy s stories barely even help me with compassion for the parents seeped as they are in denial and white privilege Kristi Remembers the first time someone in town suggested her son had a pill problem Kristi defended her son even suggesting that it had been the woman s son not Jesse who swiped the pills She continued to make me feel compassion and empathy for the people that love addicts but didn t do anything for me about addictsWhich leads me to issue 5 Macy doesn t handle The Race Issue well When someone is black she usually makes a point of saying it and urban is often code for low class person of color She will reference sides of the town What has become clear by 2016 is that now that loads of well to do white kids are dying it s an issue The one person I remember in the book as a person of color is black is in prison and who Macy seems to finger as being the person that brought dope to their middle class burbs The white twenty some old that was in jail is portrayed as reformed living healthy and educating others before he goes to do his time in prison for providing drugs in an OD death Issue 6 The Science this is science light I really really wanted of this Bickel went onto scientifically uantify the indifference of the typical opioid user comparing the average non addictive person s perception of the future calculated to be 47 years against an addicted users idea of the future which is just nine days I once met an addiction researcher that really educated me on brain wiring and how it changes with addiction and it was really the first time I really started to appreciate how terrible trying to combat addiction is I was hoping Macy would talk about the changes in addicts and how they can actually be helped but it felt like this section was science light and hope heavy She likes to blame various aspects of the system usually lack of affordable rehab beds when an addict finally says I m ready to uit but doesn t really address the most obvious problem that she herself notes only 50% of addicts who get into a program and on maintenance drugs stay sober for a year That s a really shitty success rate would you go to a surgeon who was only successful 50% of the time Oh we got most of your appendix but not all of it Take thyroid medication or insulin if there was only a 50% chance it would work Yeah probably not These people are desperate so they re taking what they can get but the most honest response to the addiction issue We don t know the best way to do it yet TL DR If you know nothing about what oxycodone is or why it s part of the national conversation start here But if you want investigative journalism info on Purdue or discussion on treating addiction go elsewhereOne and a half stars only because I never threw it across the roomActual semi comprehensive overview in under 20 minutes by John Oliver

Free read Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Summary ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Beth Macy Free read Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ther's uestion why her only son died and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996 Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm In some of the same distressed 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 deathThroug. I personally know 5 families who have lost a family members to heroinfentanyl Good strong well educated families It is happening all around us in all walks of life There are plenty of heartbreaking personal accounts in this book from families who have lost a loved one and the steps they took in an attempt to save them It can and does happen to anyone They aren t other they are us and it is heart wrenching to readAccording to the author the roots of the epidemic stems from a perfect storm of factors the government mandate that physicians make adeuate pain control a priority Purdue Pharma who aggressively marketed Oxycontin to doctors as effective without causing dependency They hid evidence that this was a highly addictive drug physicians writing large amounts of the narcotic Oxycodone often for minor procedures outdated methods of treating addicts proven by multiple studies to be unsuccessful treating addicts like criminals again exhaustive research tells us it doesn t work once addicted to Oxycontin and no longer able to obtain a supply the addicted turn to the cheaper heroinfentanyl combination according to some this is a small percentage see below economic factors at play in a population where poverty and unemployment is the norm the conditions are ripe for drug useaddiction Appalachia was among the first places where OxyContin gained a foothold in the mid 1990sMedicine has changed no longer do doctors prescribe large amounts of narcotics as a matter of routine care after surgery In fact physicians face sanctions for prescribing narcotics inappropriately and many have chosen to just stop prescribing I read this book a month ago but have hesitated to write a review because I m conflicted There is another side to the story and chronic pain patients are the unintended victims I wish the author had addressed this issue and given a balanced report Not everyone who uses Oxy will go on to become a drug addictAccording to while prescription opioid misuse is a risk factor for starting heroin use only a small fraction of people who misuse pain relievers switch to heroin According to a national survey less than 4 percent of people who had misused prescription pain medicines started using heroin within 5 years1 Side note I m an RN and I have a disease that causes chronic pain I m fortunate that my disease is under control through the use of biologics and I have no need for pain medicine But I keep abreast of what is happening in the chronic pain community and all too often those who suffer from chronic pain are the unfortunate victims of new laws and government mandates I ve personally visited pain clinics where I felt treated like a criminal even though I wasn t there for a narcotic prescription I can t imagine what it would have been like if I had needed oneDoctors are being pressured to taper chronic pain patients off opioid regimens that have been working for them for years Most chronic pain patients use the drugs in order to function but are now treated with suspicion and judgement even if they have been using the drugs for years with no problem Many can t get their prescriptions filled at the pharmacySome experts claim most of the harm from opioids are from the drugs being smuggled into the country from China and Mexico but nearly all the government s solutions are based on limiting access to pain medication for people in pain For information

Summary ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Beth Macy

Summary ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Beth Macy Free read Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB H unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic each facet of the crisis comes into focus In these politically fragmented times Beth Macy shows astonishingly that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all Macy still finds reason to hope and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their famili. Heartbreaking infuriating incredibly well researchedThis is an impeccably researched overview of the US American opioid crisis enriched by case studies of people affected Macy manages to show both the immediate private reach of this crisis and the overarching problems in the health system that led to it


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    Free read Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America EBOOK / PDF [Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America] Beth Macy ✓ 6 Free read A problematic read for me Yes I know; awards and all that But I honestly think the awards go to the fact that Macy made Oxycontin and heroin part of a national conversation not because this book was exemplary journalism or writing Issue 1 Macy does not feel like a competent research or investigative journalist Apparently before th

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    EBOOK / PDF [Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America] Shockingjust shockingI had no idea how bad things have become and who was responsible You hear news about the opioid crisis and it's getting worse and we need to do something about itbut we don't Giving out Narcan to folks so if they overdose they have the fix not sure if I fully agree with it Aren't we just enabling it by this? I remember once someone telling me at a hospital someone came in OD'd Given Narca

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  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America
  • Beth Macy
  • English
  • 10 July 2019
  • 9780316523172