American Overdose by Chris McGreal

American Overdose

A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusionsThe opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the history of greed, corruption, and indifference that pushed the US into consuming more than 80 percent of the world's opioid painkillers.Journeying through lives and communities wrecked ...


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TitleAmerican Overdose
ISBN9781541773776
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Release DateNov 1st, 2018
PublisherPublicAffairs
GenreNonfiction, Health, Medical, Social Issues
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Reviews American Overdose

  • Debra
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars(In 2012) "Doctors write more than 250 million prescriptions for opioids, enough to provide a bottle to every adult in America. The United States consumes more than 80 percent of the world's prescription narcotics." - Scary, Scary statistic. That was 2012. ***Please note the information I received from the Author after writing my review. The below information concerns levels today. The new updated information will be included in the fin...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    Unconsciousable, if there is one word I would use to describe the greed I read about in this book, this would be the word. One would have to be completely out of touch to have not heard on the news, or read in the papers, about the opoid epidemic striking our nation. Untold deaths, families, lives ruined. A documentary about West Virginia, which was literally a opoid mill, was shown a few months back, towns completely taken over by addiction. Wha...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts (2018) is a devastating and shocking expose of the chain of events that defines the worst drug epidemic in American history, authored by notable journalist for the Guardian Chris McGreal. As ordinary American’s use and abuse substance, suppliers/dealers of illicit drugs were included in the same category as the wellness clinics, “pill mills” (of West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida...
  • Shelly
    1970-01-01
    Interesting and illuminating do not even come close to describing this book! This is the devastating narrative of how the opiate crisis came to pass in America. Written in a unique, comprehensive and educational manner, I found myself wishing that this book was a reading requirement for all high school students to help them avoid the pitfalls of the current addiction culture. I then found myself wishing it was a requirement for ALL Americans to r...
  • Kyle
    1970-01-01
    A received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. A fascinating read about how the opioid epidemic arose. Through meticulous research, McGreal is about to identify the various factors and individuals responsible for this epidemic. McGreal explores the epidemic from all angles, and presents perfect representation of each subject and how it contributed to the epidemic. Even those readers already well versed in this sub...
  • Margaret Sankey
    1970-01-01
    McGreal chases the string of events via which Purdue pharma got doctors to start thinking of pain as a "fifth vital sign" and, with relaxed advertising rules, started convincing people that pain was an unendurable blight, even after surgery or as part of aging. Once the market was primed, FDA labeling lobbied for by the company, and sales people armed with big data targeting specific communities and doctors flooded the medical community with Oxyc...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    1970-01-01
    This review can also be found on my blog!I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!This is publishing November 1st!CW: drug use, addiction, overdoses, suicide, and government assholesWhere I am for my social work practicum is a place very different than this book’s stance. Every day — well, Mondays and Tuesdays — I listen to opioid use and the people who use them to make themselves better. The angle I’m coming at th...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A devastating portrait of the opioid epidemic, a uniquely American and catastrophically lethal tragedy born of Congressional neglect, amplified by corporate greed, and brutally exploited by illegal drug cartels.The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history; it results in 90 American deaths a day and h...
  • Jessie
    1970-01-01
    This book makes an attempt, in three acts, to sum up the current opioid crisis in America. It’s long long form journalism. This is a heavy topic, although I have to say, the weight of this book for me was more about the often unparsable reams of info about big pharma, the FDA, and all of the legal issues with the mainstream prescribing of opiates for moderate pain, than to do with the astounding death tolls. I think the facts shared were well r...
  • Darcia Helle
    1970-01-01
    "Tragedy" is an apt word for the way opioids have been managed by pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and our government. I've read several books on this topic, and American Overdose is right up there with the best. One aspect that makes this a standout read is that Chris McGreal addresses the FDA's absolute failure in oversight, and perhaps even complicity in the false and dangerous claims about a prescription drug that led to nationwide addictio...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My first Netgalley!This book made me so mad. As a substance abuse counselor the personal stories are not new to me, but how Oxycontin was pushed on doctors from the drug companies and marketed as safe was ridiculous. This went on for so many years before enough people stepped up and said enough. Unfortunately the damage has been done in so many says. I highly recommend this book t...
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    5 stars“A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions. The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the history of greed, corruption, and indifference that pushed the US into consuming more than 80 percent of the world's opioid painkillers. “This book is eye-opening and very...
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    5 stars“A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions. The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the history of greed, corruption, and indifference that pushed the US into consuming more than 80 percent of the world's opioid painkillers. “This book is eye-opening and very...
  • David Wineberg
    1970-01-01
    OxyContin: “Industrial-Scale Delivery of Death” Opioids came to my attention a few years ago when a report came out that New York State doctors had written more than 24 million prescriptions for opioids the previous year. Unstated in the story, but obvious to me, was that there are only 19 million people in the state, total. Doctors were flooding the state with narcotics. That can’t be right. Chris McGreal’s American Overdose details how ...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I mostly picked up this book because Liberty Hardy, on the podcast 'All the Books,' described it as a great and important read, especially since everyone has been somehow affected or in contact with the dangers of addiction. This book is full of significant facts and historical background that fully details a trail of events that led to the full extent of the modern opioid crisis. A lot of it is really frustrating and difficult to read because of...
  • Beth
    1970-01-01
    This book was somewhat unique in that it focused mostly on the perpetrators of the opioid epidemic - the pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, the doctors and pharmacies - rather than the victims. It was really interesting and frightening to learn about how drugs like OxyContin were approved and marketed as "not addictive" (!!!) and "safe for long-term use at ever-increasing dosages." Just WOW. And then reading about the unscrupulous doctors and pha...
  • Jen Bober
    1970-01-01
    As someone who works in the field of addictions I was very interested in this book. I found it to be very well researched and really found it interesting hearing the timeline of this crisis. Watching this crisis unfold has just been heartbreaking. Learning the impact that pharmaceutical companies, doctors, FDA and other agencies had in this crisis is really upsetting. This book does a good job at outlining what was happening at the high level and...
  • Stephanie Rowsey
    1970-01-01
    Thank you NetGalley for a free eARC in exchange for an honest review. American Overdose is well researched and well written. This book exposes the opioid epidemic and the corrupt pharmaceutical companies and doctors who profited at the expense of rural Appalachian citizens. I have heard of the pill mills in Southern WV, but I was unaware of how unscrupulous the pharmaceutical companies were in their marketing schemes for OxyContin. This book is a...
  • Holly
    1970-01-01
    This book is amazing. I tore through it after NetGalley approved my advanced reader copy in exchange for a review.I am about as involved as a librarian can be in this issue without actually working in the substance abuse field. I have read a plethora of other related texts such as Dreamland, Pill City, American Fix, and Chasing the Scream. This book, American Overdose, is unique in that it provides and extremely comprehensive history on how Ameri...
  • Margaret Myers
    1970-01-01
    This book made me two things: throw away the leftover opioid painkillers from a surgery a few years ago, and a socialist. McGreal’s narrative about the birth (or, a birth) of the American opioid epidemic is a fascinating, heart-wrenching, detailed account of the complicity of the American medical world, lawmakers, and our government. He accounts for shifts in thinking about pain, about the ease with which prescriptions were given, and the downr...
  • Morgan Schulman
    1970-01-01
    I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. I’ve read several books on the opiate crisis, but this is the first one that opened with the Republican gay prostitution scandal. What’s unique about this book is it spends a significant amount of time exploring the bad actors that developed the opiate business, instead of solely focusing on the plight of poor white people in small towns. Of course these people are touched ...
  • Adam Kanter
    1970-01-01
    Fascinating book. Tracked the crisis from beginning to present, offered accounts from many different perspectives, a great and extremely relevant book.
  • Ian
    1970-01-01
    This book reiterated a little more than I thought it needed to, and I had a little trouble keeping up with the sequence of events while reading (thankful for the timeline in the back); however, this was a necessary read.McGreal helps spotlight the triggers for our opioid crisis and all the players (professional and political) who stayed out of the way to line their coffers. It was truly disheartening to see how many chances there were to stop it ...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    I'm about halfway through this book right now. It's interesting. I knew a lot of how the opioid crisis got started but the personal stories throughout are a nice touch and show how it affected people directly.
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    A tough but necessary read
  • Katie Bruell
    1970-01-01
    Wow. Beyond the incredible story of the opioid epidemic, this book tells a frightening story of how much industry money influences politics and decisions that directly impact people's lives.