This is a difficult theme to cover, read and write about. Our May discussion will focus on the devastating impact of drug addiction. In 2010, when I did my road trip across the USA, there were just over 38,000 drug overdose deaths in this country. By 2017, that number had grown to 70,000 for the year.
The seed for our conversation is the book Dreamland, listed below. This was recommended by one our of group members who happens to be a long-time physician, and he noted it’s the best book he’s read so for on the topic. As I delve into the book and related articles (several provided below), I come away with a richer understanding of causes, a deep sense of anger and some measure of hope.
- Book: Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic – Sam Quinones
- Interview/Podcast: Sam Quinones (author of Dreamland above) – How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America – NPR
- Book: Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America – Beth Macy. Here too, is an excellent review of the book.
- Article: America’s Best Weapon in the Opioid Epidemic Just Got Cheaper – Bloomberg
- Article: Opioid Crisis Fast Facts – CNN
- Article/Video: Heroin Addiction Explained: How Opioids Hijack the Brain (a visual journey through addiction) – New York Times
- Article: Guggenheim Museum says it won’t accept Gifts from the Sackler Family – New York Times
- Article: In Fight Against Opioid Crisis, Targeting Prescription Drugs Is Largely Futile – U.S. News