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 ...

Details American Overdose

TitleAmerican Overdose
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Medical

Reviews American Overdose

  • Debra
    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 ☔
    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...
  • Shelly
    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
    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
    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)
    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
    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...
  • Holly
    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
    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...
  • Adam Kanter
    Fascinating book. Tracked the crisis from beginning to present, offered accounts from many different perspectives, a great and extremely relevant book.
  • Morgan Schulman
    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 ...