After recent knee surgery, I was prescribed Oxy and thankfully it made me feel ill. I say thankfully because the horror stories surrounding its, scared the %&*@ out of me.
Beth Macy's 'Dopesick' opens up health and social issues regarding prescibed drugs - food for thought! Specifically, she takes aim at Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family, unscrupulous doctors and even street dealers - all benefit financially from patient-addiction. The issues she raises also question science versus ethics and government control versus vested interests. Finally, she looks at the ever increasing everyday crimes that are directely connected to addiction (how users to pay for their hits).
The excuse offered by the pharmaceutical industry regarding addiction is: it's not the drug, but it's the misuse of drugs that is the problem (a little like society's firearm dilemma).
In the book, Beth highlights the very personal side of such drugs; the long term and devastating effects on both the addict and their families. Her realistic account evokes a variety of strong emotions - from outrage to despair. She concentrates on the US state, Virginia.
Readers should note that the book is nonfiction and as such, uses actual circumstances, research, statistics, medical jargon and historical references to put a spotlight on the voice of victims. It isn't a book that offers concrete answers, but instead opens up discussion with the intention of providing information and hopefully, resolution.