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Dopesick

Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

by Beth Macy

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Deaths of Despair

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Dopesick IllustrationThe deceased was a middle-age white man who liked to be called Horsey. A working-class Ohioan who left school after 11th grade, he toiled as a mechanic, then as a laborer and then he bounced around from job to job, barely making a living until he died of an opiod overdose. His death wasn't unusual. In 2015, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton established that white men and women without college degrees are dying faster than any other demographic.

In Dopesick, Beth Macy describes a rural America in which opioid abuse is 50% higher than in urban areas. Undereducation, unemployment, a disability culture, and destabilization of rural economies have created mental stress and anxiety and the behaviors to cope with that anxiety have metastasized. Case reinforces this fact in an article in the L.A. Times: "There's an America for people who have a college degree and an America for people who do not have a college degree," she says. "The people without a college degree ...

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