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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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By Rose Evernden-Andrade on 12-29-17


Where does Drug Dealer, MD rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Defiantly not my favorite read BUT fascinating look at how we got where we are and what we as a society need to do to change things.

What did you like best about this story?

Not a story - VERY tough truth! Every physician should read this book -

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes and I did but have listened to it several time - hard truth is hard truth sometimes you need to hear it over and over!

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By Andrew on 10-16-17

Highly Recommend

This is a thorough insight into the underlying problems that have produced the prescription drug epidemic. The author is writing for other doctors - this is a strength of the book. It’s intelligent, honest and even handed. The narration is also quite good given that the material is fairly dry reading. If you want to learn more about this topic, I highly recommend.

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