Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America's Opiate Crisis

Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America's Opiate Crisis

by Erin Marie Daly


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Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America's Opiate Crisis by Erin Marie Daly

As the opiate epidemic takes an increasingly strong hold on American families, Erin Daly’s investigation into what happened to her younger brother is as important as ever.

What had happened to my baby brother? How did a tiny little pill shatter our family? When did we first begin losing Pat? These are the harrowing questions that plagued Erin Marie Daly after her youngest brother Pat, an OxyContin addict, was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of twenty. In just a few short years, the powerful prescription painkiller had transformed him from a fun-loving ball of energy to a heroin addict hell-bent on getting his next fix. Erin set out on a painful personal journey, turning a journalistic eye on her brother’s addiction; in the process, she was startled to discover a new twist to the ongoing prescription drug epidemic. That kids are hooked on prescription drugs is nothing new; what is new is how a generation of young people playing around with today’s increasingly powerful opioids are finding themselves in the frightening grip of heroin.

With a new introduction and updated notes, Generation Rx explores what the opiate epidemic is doing to our youth, and just how inextricably tied OxyContin and Heroin really are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619022911
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,178,553
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Erin Marie Daly worked for five years as a senior reporter for Law360, where she covered the pharmaceutical industry and product liability litigation. In 2012, she was awarded the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Online Reporting category from the Society for Professional Journalists. She was also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism in 2007. Daly has reported in countries such as India, Bosnia, and Russia. With an MA in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University, her freelance feature writing has appeared in a myriad of publications.

Table of Contents

Timeline 1

Introduction 9

Part I Denial

1 Waiting 21

2 Just Let Me Forget 27

3 Two Saturdays 32

4 Remembering 39

5 The Fall 45

6 Run Like Hell 47

7 Choosing To Believe 55

8 Buying Time 61

9 Saying Nothing 67

10 Come Back 73

11 Losing Faith 81

Part II Anger

12 Untrue 91

13 Stranger Than Fiction 97

14 Wax 105

15 signs 111

16 Digging for Bones 115

17 Overtaken 121

18 Where Are You? 129

19 Sixteen Days 137

20 Tranquilidad 143

Part III Bargaining

21 The Talisman 153

22 Letting Go 163

23 Broken 171

24 Secrets 177

25 Make It Not So 183

26 Too Late 191

27 The Boo Story 199

Part IV Depression

28 Black Tears 207

29 You without Me 211

30 Little Bird 219

31 Imprisoned 227

32 Haunted 235

33 Atonement 243

34 Despair without Hope 353

35 Blindsided 259

36 Falling Apart 265

Part V Acceptance

37 Terrible Truth 275

38 See You 283

39 Another Life 291

40 Take Him Home 299

41 Roses and Weeds 305

42 Walking with the Devil 315

43 When You Were Free 321

44 The Promise 326

45 Awake 331

Notes 333

Acknowledgments 347

Resources 349

Sources 351

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