American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic

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by John Temple



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ISBN-13: 9781493026661
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 227,117
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Temple is a professor of journalism at West Virginia University and the author of Deadhouse and The Last Lawyer, the latter of which won the Scribes Award given by the Society of Legal Writers. C-SPAN, the Washington Post, Raleigh News and Observer, and many other media outlets have covered him and his work, and before teaching he worked in newspapers for six years at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Greensboro News and Record, and the Tampa Tribune. Temple lives with his wife and two sons in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed American Pain. As a physician, I found it very sad that these dishonorable physicians would betray their oath and actually harm patients simply to make unconscionable profits. I found it particularly interesting that what happened is that a segment of the opiate trade was essentially legalized, with the drugs supplied by legitimate pharmaceutical companies and prescribed by licensed physicians, allowing addicts relatively easy access to opiates without the involvement of cartels or street dealers (except for those drugs sold to the addicts which were ultimately diverted to street sales). This has resulted in a growing problem which has particularly affected certain regions of the country (Staten Island, where I live, has been severely affected). To me, this gives the lie to the idea that the solution to the drug problem is to declare the "war on drugs" a failure and legalize drugs of abuse. The experience with oxycontin and similar opiates suggests that this would only make the problem worse. American Pain is well researched, well written and easy to read. Anyone who reads it will come away with a good understanding of the problem of prescription opiate abuse that has been a scourge in so many of our communities. Overall, a great book!