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Publisher's Summary

Three out of four people addicted to heroin probably started on a prescription opioid, according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the United States alone, 16,000 people die each year as a result of prescription opioid overdose. But perhaps the most frightening aspect of the prescription drug epidemic is that it's built on well-meaning doctors treating patients with real problems.
In Drug Dealer, MD, Dr. Anna Lembke uncovers the unseen forces driving opioid addiction nationwide. Combining case studies from her own practice with vital statistics drawn from public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, she explores the complex relationship between doctors and patients, the science of addiction, and the barriers to successfully addressing drug dependence and addiction.
Full of extensive interviews - with health care providers, pharmacists, social workers, hospital administrators, insurance company executives, journalists, economists, advocates, and patients and their families - Drug Dealer, MD, is for anyone whose life has been touched in some way by addiction to prescription drugs.
©2016 Johns Hopkins University Press (P)2017 Tantor
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"A short and feisty book... Drug Dealer, MD offers a welcome mix of bracing pragmatism and well-judged sympathy, not least for patients and doctors caught in the vortex of institutional forces." ( Wall Street Journal)
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3 out of 5 stars
By edgar on 04-16-18

Siri-like monotone

This is a great book that deserves to be read/heard as it provides background into an important contemporary problem. The computer-like reading voice, without modulation or variation, however, makes listening to this painful. This is admittedly my first audible book, but if they all sound like this, I will not get more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah Canning Howroyd on 02-26-18

Must read!!!

Opioid Use Disorder is my area of expertise and this book is a must read. The author lays out the scientific data, research and history of how we collectively got where we are today as a society.

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