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  • Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America
  • Beth Macy
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  • 08 November 2020
  • 9780316523172

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characters Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó Beth Macy Beth Macy Ó 5 Read & Download 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. In 2012 author and investigative social journalist Beth Macy began writing about the worst drug heroin epidemic in world history Dopesick Dealers Doctors and The Drug Company That Addicted America began in the hills and valleys of Appalachia the mid western rust belt rural Maine before rapidly spreading throughout the US In 2016 64000 Americans perished from drug related causes and overdoses outnumbering the total of those killed during the Viet Nam War Macy explored the terrible destructive impact on society those who have helped and harmed and the brave individuals sharing their own stories of tragedy and loss casting aside stigma and shame to alert and help othersIn the late 1990 s Appalachian country doctor St Charles Virginia Art Van Zee MD 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 deadIn 2007 with over 28 billion USD earned in drug profits Purdue Pharmaceuticals was found guilty in federal and civil criminal courts for their roleresponsibility for creating the opioid epidemic for misbranding OxyContin with aggressive marketing techniues 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 MedicaidMedicare 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 uiones 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 The Hunt for the Golden Mole 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. In 2012 author and investigative social journalist Beth Macy began writing about the worst drug heroin epidemic in world history Dopesick Dealers Doctors and The Drug Company That Addicted America began in the hills and valleys of Appalachia the mid western rust belt rural Maine before rapidly spreading throughout the US In 2016 64000 Americans perished from drug related causes and overdoses outnumbering the total of those killed during the Viet Nam War Macy explored the terrible destructive impact on society those who have helped and harmed and the brave individuals sharing their own stories of tragedy and loss casting aside stigma and shame to alert and help othersIn the late 1990 s Appalachian country doctor St Charles Virginia Art Van Zee MD 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 deadIn 2007 with over 28 billion USD earned in drug profits Purdue Pharmaceuticals was found guilty in federal and civil criminal courts for their roleresponsibility for creating the opioid epidemic for misbranding OxyContin with aggressive marketing techniues 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 The Team 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 MedicaidMedicare 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 uiones 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

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characters Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó Beth Macy Beth Macy Ó 5 Read & Download 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. 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 Narcan revived Awesome They were given Narcan to take with them Later that same day they were backOD d again But we need to look at the root cause the pharma companies and doctors that over prescribe Listening into my husbands conversation recently with someone who tore a muscle at work on the job He had to get their medical history At the ER they were given Oxy for pain REALLY That s what you get for a torn muscle now This person was smart enough to throw out the prescription But many think I ll take just one pill I can handle it but the sad thing is that s all it takes You want it and And in the end you try to stop but you get so sickdopesick So you continue to take it just to avoid the dopesickness A vicious cycleAnyway this book is a very detailed look at this crisis and how it came about and how fast it spread and continues to spread You get intimate details of the people hit with this families recovering or trying to from loosing loved ones or just trying to get a loved on straight We might think oh this is only something that happens in the downtrodden areas of the US where people don t have jobs have no money and so on But it s not the case The wealthy affluent have also been affected Big business does well to keep people hooked on these drugs drug reps make tons of cash to have doctors peddle their drugs even when not needed And doctors are too lenient in handing out drugs like tic tacs So if you want an in depth look at this crisis grab this one It s heartbreaking sad enragingbut a great read I listened via audio which was read by the author She did a wonderful job but at times there were too many people and too many facts and that sort of stuff is hard to track via audio Print might have been better for me Perhaps I should now just sayrant off

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characters Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó Beth Macy Beth Macy Ó 5 Read & Download 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. The informant leaned into Lieutenant Richard Stallard s cruiser This feller up here s got this new stuff he s selling It s called Oxy and he says it s great he said What is it again Stallard asked It s Oxy comptonsomething like that Pill users were already misusing it to intensify their high the informant explained as well as selling it on the black market Oxy came in much higher dosages than standard painkillers and an 80 milligram tablet sold for 80 making its potential for black market sales much higher than that of Dilaudid and Lortab The increased potency made the drug a cash cow for the company that manufactured it too The informant had specifics Users had already figured out an end run around the pill s time release mechanism a coating stamped with OC and the milligram dosage They simply popped a tablet in their mouths for a minute or two until the rubberized coating melted away then rubbed it off on their shirts Forty milligram Oxys left an orange sheen on their shirtsleeves the 80 milligrams a tinge of green The remaining tiny pearl of pure oxycodone could be crushed then snorted or mixed with water and injected The euphoria was immediate and intense with a purity similar to that of heroin Beth Macy Dopesick Dealers Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted AmericaEvery morning at the train station I find myself staring at the iconography of the opioid epidemic Next to me there is an advertisement for Narcan a naloxone nasal spray that can be used in case of an opioid overdose Across the tracks another ad this one for a residential treatment center focused on opioid addiction When I step on the train I am greeted with a placard that says Stop Don t Run It is a public service announcement reminding users that they will be given prosecutorial immunity if they call 911 and stay with a person who has overdosed It is a law that is meant to stop users from running away and allowing a person to die in order to avoid a possession rap Day after day it is easy to allow such things to recede into the background To become part of normal life If you are like me you have heard the phrase opioid epidemic so often it has started to lose meaning Whether we pay attention or not it is happening Over the past fifteen years 300000 Americans have died from drug overdoses Seventy two thousand died just last year It is the leading cause of death for Americans under fifty and is deadlier than guns car accidents and peak HIV Beth Macy s Dopesick tells the story of the crisis by giving it details She provides the faces and the names and the unhappy endings It is a potent at times unbearably powerful story She follows everyone cops and criminals and users prosecutors and judges doctors and nurses and treatment providers Mostly though this is a story of mothers A tale of mothers and their dead sons and daughters While the opioid crisis has its tentacles in every corner of the nation Macy traces it from its origin in rural America specifically western Virginia As a journalist based out of Roanoke she was there at the beginning with Perdue Pharma s introduction of OxyContin The 1996 introduction of OxyContin coincided with the moment in medical history when doctors hospitals and accreditation boards were adopting the notion of pain as the fifth vital sign developing new standards of pain assessment and treatment that gave pain eual status with blood pressure heart rate respiratory rate and temperature A paradigmatic shift turned patients into health care consumers Accordingly pharmaceutical companies sent their sales reps across the country to evangelize for new medications to prescribe to these customers Macy devoted years to this story and she begins Dopesick with the story of Perdue Pharma and OxyContin She describes how this potent drug was sold to physicians who then over prescribed it to their patients And when I say sold I mean that in a literal sense Sales reps were buying loyalty with free lunches and junkets and swag Physicians for their parts were enjoying catered lunches and filling Oxy scripts with indefinite refills At the time Oxy hit the market unfortunately it was not tamper resistant meaning that this incredibly potent drug could be altered for an incredible high This high came at an even incredible cost Dopesick is the term used to describe withdrawal and it explains why opioids are so dangerous Once your body has entertained the euphoria of opioids it has a hard time going back Symptoms of withdrawal include aches diarrhea fevers profuse sweating stomach cramping nausea vomiting anxiety restlessness and irritability A person undergoing this extreme manifestation of absence becomes desperate to reverse course to feed the addiction in order to make the sickness go away An addict will do anything to get enough money for the next hit The slang junkie after all refers to a person who scrapped metal in order to support their addictionEventually the trend that began with Oxy exploded into a rebirth of heroin leading to a public health crisis that devastated rural communities filling the boneyards and the prisons Macy devotes a lot of time to following the resistance a small band of people who tried to fight City Hall even though City Hall had been purchased by Corporate America We are introduced to a small town doctor who was the canary in the coal mine warning of Oxy s dangers as he saw his patients dying there is a dogged ATF agent who broke one of Virginia s largest heroin rings there is a nurse practitioner who takes her mobile health wagon into the old coalfields where the uninsured multitudes await and there is a no nonsense Catholic nun whose activism could help remind the moribund husk of a beleaguered Church that faith without works is dead Dopesick features beautiful black white portraits of most of these people taken specifically for the book It adds a great deal to have a face to go along with the names Perdue Pharma is an easy target It is a corporation after all a molten mass of money surrounded by the impenetrable layers of the mythic corporate veil endowed by the Supreme Court with all the rights of a human person but none of the moral responsibilities or potential legal conseuences Macy though does not stop with them She looks at the many other contributing factors such as an acuiescent FDA where top officials transition directly from the agency into high paying corporate positions and physicians who failed to do their due diligence before reaching for their Perdue Pharma ballpoints to write a script and at the potency of opioids themselves which makes recovery extremely difficult In the latter half of Dopesick Macy turns this into a furious critiue of the treatment industrial complex She advocates strongly for medication assisted treatment MAT using drugs such as Suboxone to uell cravings and subdue withdrawal symptoms without getting the person high According to Macy this is the only feasible way to break the epidemic However the legal and medical systems are extremely wary of using drugs to defeat drug addiction even though we live in a hyper medicated culture in which there is a prescription for everything Dopesick is deeply researched nicely balancing the big picture statistics with on the ground reporting But as hard as she tries this is not a work of objective journalism Macy was in the trenches a long time essentially embedding herself in fraying communities To follow these lives she became a part of those lives to the point where she would get texts from users asking her to drive them to rehab Frankly I do not see this as a problem If journalism reuires a person to put their humanity on hold then journalism is not worth a damn The surprising thing to me is that she was able to maintain her empathy Addicts are extremely frustrating I was a public defender for nine years and the number of drug users I represented who maintained their sobriety was depressingly low Addicts will and do steal from the people they love the most lie to the people they love the most let down the people they love the most It becomes very hard very uickly to feel sorry for them This brings us back to the mothers Mothers are the beating heart of Dopesick and we follow them closely as they try to save their kids It makes for dispiriting reading as these young people trade their futures to chase a high joining a cycle of sobriety and relapse that lasts for years and is physically and psychologically difficult to escape From the outside it is easy to say Cut them off Stop helping them Let them go Three strikes and you re out From the outside it is easy to ask When is it enough But that is only what you say when it is not your child Because when it is your child there is never a point where you uit And maybe that is the only redemption to be found in Dopesick the mothers who keep trying to save their kidsMany of them do not succeed Macy begins her book with a fitting line from Agatha Christie A mother s love for her child is like nothing else in the world Christie writes in The Last S ance It knows no law no pity it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path Christie was describing a mother s love but she might have been describing opioids themselves Unfortunately it does not seem that even love can triumph over the ruthless power of an insidious drug


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