American Overdose

The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts
CD - unabridged
Audio (10 discs)
Product Number: DD41036
Released: Nov 13, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781549176920
Narrator/s: Dan Woren
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A devastating portrait of the opioid epidemic, a uniquely American and catastrophically lethal tragedy born of Congressional neglect, amplified by corporate greed, and brutally exploited by illegal drug cartels. The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history; it results in ninety American deaths a day and has eviscerated communities across the country. It is a consequence of a healthcare system run as a business, one that prescribed drugs with unprecedented amounts of oxycodone to patients experiencing everything from toothaches to severe chronic pain. The practice created a culture of addiction in towns and cities from Florida to Maine and throughout Appalachia and the American West.In American Fix, Chris McGreal outlines the three main stories of the opioid epidemic: first, the negligent policies that allowed the greed and corruption of big pharma to profit off the suffering of their patients and new evidence on the FDA's complicity in the matter; second, the widespread addiction that ravaged American towns and cities; and finally, the even more devastating arrival of the drug cartels who deliberately and catastrophically exploited the market for addiction that has been created.Through the lives of doctors, addicts, policy-makers, pharmaceutical reps, and family members, McGreal tells two parallel stories: that of the rise of opioids in the healthcare system and the personal stories of those affected on the ground, joined in what a former member of the FDA has called "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine."

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Author(s): Chris McGreal

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eAudio
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Author(s): Chris McGreal
Narrator(s): Dan Woren
Product Number Z100142370
Released: Nov 13, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
ISBN: #9781549176913
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Author(s): Chris McGreal
Product Number EB00721038
Released: Nov 13, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: #9781541773769

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"Dan Woren's forthright narrating style is the perfect vehicle for this compelling portrayal of the genesis and consequences of America's current opioid crisis. Although the topic has recently received much attention, McGreal's text achieves a unique level of immediacy by combining scientific and historical content with anecdotal accounts of the heartbreaking devastation caused by these drugs. Woren's even tone carries a hint of suppressed emotion as McGreal identifies the malefactors and details how Big Pharma's outrageous greed, coupled with unscrupulous doctors and an incompetent government, is inflicting addiction, suffering, and death on some of our most vulnerable citizens. Woren's masterful presentation enhances listener accessibility to this powerful analysis of a grave social problem. M.O.B. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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