American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

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 w A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions ...

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Title:American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts
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American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts Reviews

  • Melissa
    Nov 30, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

  • Beth
    Nov 19, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

  • Darcia Helle
    Nov 09, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

  • Whitney Archer
    Dec 10, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

  • Margaret Myers
    Aug 23, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

    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 ...

    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 Ame...

  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 14, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

  • Debra
    Aug 21, 2018

    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...

  • Margaret Sankey
    Jul 06, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

  • Janet
    Jul 03, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

  • Jessica
    Nov 29, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

  • Morgan Schulman
    Jul 03, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

    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 ...

    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 Ame...

    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 ...

  • Jess
    Nov 10, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

  • Holly
    Sep 10, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

    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 ...

  • Katie Bruell
    Nov 24, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

    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 ...

    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 Ame...

    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 ...

    Fascinating book. Tracked the crisis from beginning to present, offered accounts from many different perspectives, a great and extremely relevant book. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    While I don't think this is a complete look at the problem it is comprehensive, and details personal accounts of experiences with overdosing and being addicted. The look at the medical/pharmaceutical system and how it has failed America is riveting. ...

    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. ...

  • Leslie Jonsson
    Dec 11, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

    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 ...

    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 Ame...

    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 ...

    Fascinating book. Tracked the crisis from beginning to present, offered accounts from many different perspectives, a great and extremely relevant book. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    While I don't think this is a complete look at the problem it is comprehensive, and details personal accounts of experiences with overdosing and being addicted. The look at the medical/pharmaceutical system and how it has failed America is riveting. ...

  • Jennifer
    Nov 20, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Oct 04, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

  • Kyle
    Jul 30, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

  • Sarah
    Nov 24, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

  • Rebecca
    Nov 26, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

    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 ...

    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 Ame...

    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 ...

    Fascinating book. Tracked the crisis from beginning to present, offered accounts from many different perspectives, a great and extremely relevant book. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Stephanie Rowsey
    Nov 11, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

  • Michelle
    Nov 19, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

  • Jen Bober
    Nov 23, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

  • David Wineberg
    Nov 01, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

  • Jessie
    Nov 04, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

  • Jill
    Nov 02, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

  • Jill
    Nov 02, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

  • Adam Kanter
    Sep 17, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

    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 ...

    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 Ame...

    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 ...

    Fascinating book. Tracked the crisis from beginning to present, offered accounts from many different perspectives, a great and extremely relevant book. ...

  • Shelly
    Jul 29, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

  • Ian
    Nov 20, 2018

    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...

    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, fam...

    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 substan...

    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 fo...

    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 ...

    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 prim...

    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 assholes Where I am for my social work practicum is a place very different ...

    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 ...

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books/PublicAffairs for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Chris McGreal's American Overdose is a must-read for anyone concerned with the current opioid crisis in the United States. And who should be concerned? Everyone. Hav...

    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 al...

    "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 ad...

    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...

    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 histo...

    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 histo...

    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 ther...

    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 backg...

    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 appro...

    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 pharmaceutica...

    I haven't read Dreamland or Dope Sick yet (on the TBR, I swear) but my first dive into books about the opioid crisis made me Very Angry. All the systems that are supposed to prevent problems like this failed us because Capitalism and Political Lobbying (like, WTF, do people not underst...

    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 hear...

    Worth reading - the author does a solid job of tracking past regulation lapses to modern congressional actions. I like the other books I've read on this subject more (Dopesick, Dreamland), but this is well done. ...

    A tough but necessary read ...

    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 ...

    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 Ame...

    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 ...

    Fascinating book. Tracked the crisis from beginning to present, offered accounts from many different perspectives, a great and extremely relevant book. ...

    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...