Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Written by:
Beth Macy
Narrated by:
Beth Macy

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2018
10 hours 15 minutes
A Hulu limited series inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy.

Journalist Beth Macy's definitive account of America's opioid epidemic "masterfully interlaces stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference" (New York Times) -- from the boardroom to the courtroom and into the living rooms of Americans.  In this extraordinary work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. From the labs and marketing departments of big pharma to local doctor's offices; wealthy suburbs to distressed small communities in Central Appalachia; from distant cities to once-idyllic farm towns; the spread of opioid addiction follows a tortuous trajectory that illustrates how this crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy sets out to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a gripping, unputdownable story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy investigates the powerful forces that led America's doctors and patients to embrace a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.

Through unsparing, compelling, and unforgettably humane portraits of families and first responders determined to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows that one thing uniting Americans across geographic, partisan, and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But even in the midst of twin crises in drug abuse and healthcare, Macy finds reason to hope and ample signs of the spirit and tenacity that are helping the countless ordinary people ensnared by addiction build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

"An impressive feat of journalism, monumental in scope and urgent in its implications." -- Jennifer Latson, The Boston Globe
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Jon E.

Devastating story that will make your blood boil and wonder WHY AREN’T THE SACKLERS IN JAIL?! You cannot hear/read this without having a new understanding of the CAUSE of mass addiction in America, and be utterly discussed with Big Pharma roll and our government’s inability to deal with the obvious. Hint: mass incarceration for all but the real perpetrators is NOT THE ANSWER,

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Kyler B.

So eye opening— the author/narrator clear did her research and in the process of writing this book, clearly came to care for these people and their families. Everyone should read this just to get a glimpse of how the opioid epidemic has vastly changed our world.

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Alycia B.

This book is such an important topic. Narration was great, really loved listening to this book even on such a hard topic.

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Fredrika H.

Well written with jaw dropping stats and real life heartbreaking stories . Would prefer a professional narrator

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Tremendous story and so compelling. I have a better sense of what addiction does from the perceptive this book gives and it’s heart breaking consequences for the addicted and their families left me incredibly sad. Juxtaposing this against the callousness of the drug dealers, the big pharmaceutical companies and doctors who prescribe without thinking- my view at least - is infuriating. This book packs a wallop.

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Erla S.

An interesting book that everyone should read. Increases understanding of a growing problem that strikes the entire world. The problem is also growing in Iceland, although attempting to reduce the availability of prescription drugs.

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