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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Hungurr on 05-06-18

long overdue

excellent book. one highlight is that patient satisfaction score system is a joke . physicians are slowly waking up to the fact that their main function in recent decades is to keep the chains moving and not to care for patients. sad state of affairs. the truth of the matter is patients don't want good quality care because that involves the patients doing a lot of work on themselves and changing lifestyle habits. a 30 min or even one hour talk with a doctor every few months is not going to do that. so the pills and procedures keep coming that's what the public wants really no matter how much they protest. the easy way.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kassandra E. Kaplan on 06-04-18

Excellent with just a couple of misgivings

Really great overview of the problem. Only criticisms are: 1, several medical terms mispronounced by the reader which was a bit jarring, and 2, an offhand comment about insurance covering “even gender reassignment surgery but not addiction treatment” as if gender dysphoria was a trivial and frivolous, not a serious and life threatening, condition (news flash - it very much is life threatening, and treatment, including surgery, is recognized worldwide as being lifesaving).

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