American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts Review

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

The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the history of greed, corruption, and indifference that pushed the US into consuming more than 80 percent of the world's opioid painkillers.

Journeying through lives and communities wrecked by the epidemic, Chris McGreal reveals not only how Big Pharma hooked Americans on powerfully addictive drugs, but the corrupting of medicine and public institutions that let the opioid makers get away with it.

The starting point for McGreal's deeply reported investigation is the miners promised that opioid painkillers would restore their wrecked bodies, but who became targets of "drug dealers in white coats."

A few heroic physicians warned of impending disaster. But American Overdose exposes the powerful forces they were up against, including the pharmaceutical industry's coopting of the Food and Drug Administration and Congress in the drive to push painkillers--resulting in the resurgence of heroin cartels in the American heartland. McGreal tells the story, in terms both broad and intimate, of people hit by a catastrophe they never saw coming. Years in the making, its ruinous consequences will stretch years into the future.

Title:American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Debra

    4.5 stars(In 2012) "Doctors write more than 250 million prescriptions for opioids, enough to provide a bottle to every adult in America. The United States consumes more than 80 percent of the world's ...

  • Diane S ?

    Unconsciousable, if there is one word I would use to describe the greed I read about in this book, this would be the word. One would have to be completely out of touch to have not heard on the news, o...

  • Michael

    A three-part history of the opioid epidemic, American Overdose charts how relentless greed led the pharmaceutical industry to hook the nation on highly addictive painkillers. Journalist Chris McGreal ...

  • Michelle

    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 jou...

  • Hadrian

    Investigation of the effects of the opioid crisis. The book's greatest strengths are on-the-ground reporting in West Virginia, the epicenter of painkiller distribution and addiction rates, and the bro...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    I was riveted by this account of the start and spread of the opioid epidemic and how it has helped fuel the rise of heroin and fentanyl. McGreal deftly deals with the complicated mix of players from t...

  • Shelly

    Interesting and illuminating do not even come close to describing this book! This is the devastating narrative of how the opiate crisis came to pass in America. Written in a unique, comprehensive and ...

  • Margaret Sankey

    McGreal chases the string of events via which Purdue pharma got doctors to start thinking of pain as a "fifth vital sign" and, with relaxed advertising rules, started convincing people that pain was a...

  • Kyle

    A received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. A fascinating read about how the opioid epidemic arose. Through meticulous research, McGreal is about to identify the va...

  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    This review can also be found on my blog!I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!This is publishing November 1st!CW: drug use, addiction, overdoses, suicide, and government as...