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Dopesick

Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

by Beth Macy

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Dopesick by Beth Macy
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    Aug 2018, 384 pages

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Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, Dopesick brings each facet of the crisis into focus.

Before Tess Henry was a heroin addict, she was a teenage girl who wrote poetry and loved the author David Sedaris. She played basketball and ran track. The daughter of a surgeon and a nurse, Tess studied French at Virginia Tech. She was one of the advantaged. Tess started with the narcotic Lortab, then graduated to Dilaudid, Roxicodone, and Opana. But it was her heroin descent that introduced her to the corrupt dealers, the predatory practices, the cruel punishment and the violent outcomes for addicts – the opioid culture.

When opioid abuse was a rural problem in forgettable places, Beth Macy began writing about it for the Roanoke Times. Six years later, opioid abuse is a national epidemic of 2.6 million addicts. Fluent in the crisis, Macy tells a layered tale of the history of morphine, children and their grieving families, and heroin highways. Absent ethnocentric and class ...

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