- 出版社: Little Brown & Co (2018年8月7日)
- 精装: 376页
- 语种： 英语
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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (英语) 精装 – 2018年8月7日
"Macy's harrowing account of the opioid epidemic in which hundreds of thousands have already died masterfully interlaces stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference."--New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice
"A harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency...a masterwork of narrative journalism, interlacing stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference."--Jessica Bruder, New York Times Book Review
"This book is comprehensive, compassionate and forceful. No matter what you already know about the opiod crisis, Dopesick's toughness and intimacy make it a must."--Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Macy reports on the human carnage with respect and quiet compassion."--Gabriel Thompson, The San Francisco Chronicle
"Macy's book doubles as a history and a call to action."--Inside the List, New York Times Book Review
"In Dopesick, journalist Beth Macy chronicles the crisis at large, and holds a mirror up to the pharmaceutical companies that are fueling it. Macy does exhaustive research for her books and it's encouraging that, despite all she's learned, she still has hope that our country can effectively combat this epidemic."--Amazon Book Review
"Dopesick pulls together [Macy's] decades of research and interviews to highlight why and how doctors, dealers and drug companies conspired (in some cases knowingly) to get large swaths of the American population addicted to painkillers."
--Jessica Roy, Deputy Editor of Elle, Best Books of 2018
"A ferocious piece of journalism distinguished by unyielding compassion."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Beth Macy's recent Dopesick outlined the synergistic destruction that legal and illegal narcotics wreak on users and their communities."--Abigail Zuger, The New York Times
Beth Macy is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books Truevine and Factory Man. Based in Roanoke, Virginia for three decades, her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard.
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No parent wants to think the opiod crisis has hit their own homes and families. No, that's other people's problems; the poor, the badly raised, the down-and-out, the truly addicted. But about 30 years ago, doctors and law enforcement in the backwoods of Virginia and in the towns as well, began noticing the overdoses and deaths. Tracing the deaths pointed to Oxycontin - a miracle drug made for late-stage-cancers - that were being prescribed over and over again by doctors either unwilling or unable to prescribe the right pain meds for the rigtht pain. Oxycontin was being pushed on doctors by its manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family. ("The New Yorker" had a bombshell report about the Sackler family, their philanthropy, and Purdue in their October 20, 2017 issue that's worth getting your hands on if interested.) Macy covers a court case where Purdue was sued by various state governments for it's pushing of Oxycontin and their other pain products. The company was convicted and the three company officials received sentences of community service...
But Beth Macy keeps asking the questions in her book. Why are people of all ages getting addicted? How many families are destroyed by having children - or parents - as addicts? Does the fact that many addicts have taken Ritalin and other AHAD meds before becoming addicted to Oxy and other drugs? How many stays in rehab does it take to break an addiction? There seem to be as many questions as there are addicts.
Beth Macy's book is a very, very readable book about a major problem, which began in the central Appalachia area of I81 Virginia, and has radiated out to all of us.
In the late 1990’s, Appalachian country doctor (St. Charles, Virginia) Art Van Zee M.D. was among the first to sound the urgent alarm how OxyContin had infiltrated his community and region. Patients were admitted to hospital ER’s in record numbers from drug related causes. Rates of infectious disease including Hepatitis C, along with petty and violent crime had increased substantially, a police car was fire-bombed—addicts were desperate for cash to support their drug habit, an elderly patient had resorted to selling pills from his nursing home bed. Van Zee called public meetings to advocate and alert others of the opioid health crisis, and didn’t hesitate to file complaints against Purdue Pharma for aggressive marketing campaigns promoting OxyContin. By 2001, he and Sister Beth Davies were attending two funerals per day of the addicted dead.
In 2007, with over $2.8 billion USD earned in drug profits, Purdue Pharmaceuticals was found guilty in federal and civil criminal courts for their role/responsibility for creating the opioid epidemic, for “misbranding OxyContin”: with aggressive marketing techniques that downplayed and minimized the potential for addiction. The $600 million USD fine was worth the risk for Purdue; the executives charged were forced to listen to victim impact statements, and were compared to Adolf Hitler and the mass destruction of humanity, yet these men served no jail time. Both Doctor Van Zee and Sister Davies were outraged that none of the fine was allocated for drug recovery and addiction programs. Instead, it was appropriated for Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement and for criminal justice and law enforcement.
Macy documents the vast suffering, heartbreak of the families, friends, medical staff and first responders, the foster parents, clergy left behind to carry on after destruction and death had taken its toll. The closed down factories, lumber mills, furniture manufacturing warehouses and stores, coal mines-- jobs that had once sustained the middle class were grim reminders that for the average American-- life would never be the same again. Some desperate families impacted by “the disease of despair” had lost life savings attempting to pay for costly drug rehabilitation programs for loved ones, only to realize addiction was a lifelong process and the likelihood of relapse might be a day away. Providers of rehab facilities were not in agreement over MAT (medication assisted treatment) though medical experts contend that MAT is absolutely necessary to battle the intense cravings of addiction and increase the rates of successful treatment.
Many of the stories were harsh and brutal. Too many politicians and policy makers believe addiction is a personal moral failing and criminal offense rather than a treatable disease that robs victims of their dignity and freedom of choice. Macy’s book easily compares to Sam Quiones outstanding award winning book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” (2015). Macy is the author of the bestselling “Factory Man” (2014) and “Truevine” (2016). ** With thanks and appreciation to Little Brown and Company via NetGalley for the DRC for the purpose of review.
I was immediately interested due to family members who's lives have been destroyed from the opioid epidemic.
Can't even express how disappointed I was.
The things that intrigued me about this book are almost difficult to find within it's pages.
Choppy chapters that seem to repeat themselves, incomplete,confusing information with no natural flow, flashbacks and flash forwards, feels like the authors lack of information causes her to stall throughout.
The only thing keeping you reading is the hope of a revelatory climax. Sad to say you're left with nothing.
In the words of fellow reviewer "This book is a mess"