Book Review: Dopesick, Beth Macy


Beth Macy


Genre: non-fiction, health, politics

Published: August 7, 2018

Pages: 560

I received a free copy from Little, Brown and Co. All opinions are my own.

This was a depressing and sobering look at the opioid epidemic in our country. The author, a former journalist, takes the reader step by step from the history of doctor prescribed addictions to the contemporary landscape today.

So many shocking and sad stories. The hardest part was reading about the parents who just want answers and the children who are born addicted. It’s a vicious circle with grandparents often raising their grandchildren. The book was heavy on facts and statistics and detailed descriptions of lawsuits and pharmaceutical insanity.

Interspersed are stories of hope and survival and forgiveness. Incredibly sad stories too.

It’s an important and well researched book. It’s doubtful anyone reading this won’t be absolutely shocked. The majority of readers will also know someone who has been directly affected.

It’s a hefty, dense read. Get ready to be completely immersed.

Add to your Goodreads TBR.


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