The New Yorker has a very detailed investigative article The Family That Built an Empire of Pain. From the article, it appears that The Sackler family which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin (active ingredient oxycodone, a chemical cousin of heroine). Since 1999, over two hundred thousands Americans have died because of OxyContin & prescription opioids overdose. A must read article to understand the entire prescription overdose epidemics.
The New York Times opinion columnist Richard A. Friedman‘s (professor of clinical psychiatry and the director of the psychopharmacology clinic at the Weill Cornell Medical College) What Cookies and Meth Have in Common to our brain very clearly explains how people get addicted with foods & drugs & role of our environment that we live in.
In recent years there is wide coverage of news about Unnatural Causes of Death of young adults in small towns & rural America. Washington Post national investigating reporter Kimberly Kindly describes its underlying causes in her recent article Six facts about dying young in Washington Post with graphics and additional resources. Very interesting read!
During the past couple of years, I have been interacting with people with addiction, some of them in really bad economic & health conditions. Since I don’t do nicotine myself, I don’t have my own personal experience with such an addition. My interactions with these hardworking but addicted individuals on a daily basis and watching …
There is wide coverage of Opioid epidemic in the US in the last couple of years. To-day there is another heart-breaking story Fentanyl Outpaces Heroin as the Deadliest Drug on Long Island in New York Times.
Very interesting book “Drug Dealer, M.D.’: Misunderstandings and Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic by Anna Limbke, MD, Stanford Medicine. According her biographical page Dr Limbke is listed as Assistant Professor of Phsychiatry & Behaviour Science and specializes with clinical focus on co-occuring addition, and addiction medicine. In her new book, she explores the origin of prescription opioids epidemic problem in US from doctor’s perspective.
For more than a year or so, we have been reading articles on opioids addiction, alarming death rates from opioids overdose and related topics on daily basis in major national newspaper like Washington Posts & New York Times.
Since I have been interested on this topic, I have been reading these articles whenever I come across one from trusted source. For my own purpose and for others interested in this area, I have started to compile of a selective lists of popular news article published in major news outlets like New York Times, Washington Posts and others.
In recent years there are lot of stories on prescription opioids related addiction problem in many rural America. Major newspapers & other media has been covering reports of increasing deaths from opioids & drug overdose related problems. In this recent article in Washington Posts, one third of long term users say they’re hooked on prescription opioids. Very interesting but alarming story!
I read an article about A Story of Truth, Lies & American Addition in to-day’s The Washington Post. I had read several stories on this topic in the past year or so, but this heart-breaking story almost made me cry. This article was so beautifully written and a vivid survival struggle of a addict named Amanda, doing everything right but still a victim of addiction habit.