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American Overdose

Chris McGreal

A devastating portrait of America’s opioid painkiller epidemic – the deadliest drug crisis in US history.

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£10.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9781783351695
Date Published
26.09.2019
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Summary

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2019

A devastating portrait of America’s opioid painkiller epidemic – the deadliest drug crisis in US history.

One hundred and fifty Americans are killed each day by the opioid epidemic. But, as Chris McGreal reveals it was an avoidable tragedy driven by bad science, corporate greed and a corrupted medical system. He tells the stories of the families devastated by painkillers they thought would heal, and the physicians and scientists who took on the drug companies behind the epidemic. American Overdose is a powerful account of the terrible human cost of the crisis, and a stark warning of the consequences of running a health care system as a business, not a service.

Critic Reviews

A searing book.

James McConnachie, Sunday Times
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Great reporting and compelling story telling . . . Those who want to understand the issue of narcotics and addiction have to read it.

Ioan Grillo
Critic Reviews

A detailed and compelling account . . . reads like a white-collar The Wire.

Andrew Anthony, Observer
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Staggering . . . Zola-esque in its dark twists and turns.

Ed Vulliamy, Literary Revire
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One of the truly essential reporters of our times . . . A riveting and urgent reckoning of colossal corruption that has taken such a staggering toll on twenty-first century American life.

Philip Gourevitch
Critic Reviews

A riveting read . . . a detailed picture of this crisis and its history.

Scotsman
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