From the New York Times-bestselling author of Factory Man comes the only work to fully chart the opioid crisis in America - an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines. Beth Macy reveals the disturbing truth behind America's opioid crisis and explains how a nation has become enslaved to prescription drugs.
This powerful and moving story explains how a large corporation, Purdue, encouraged small town doctors to prescribe OxyContin to a country already awash in painkillers. The drug's dangerously addictive nature was hidden, whilst many used it as an escape, to numb the pain of of joblessness and the need to pay the bills. Macy tries to answer a grieving mother's question why her only son died and comes away with a harrowing tale of greed and need.